Facelifted Kia Ceed gets a sleek redesign

The Kia Ceed gets a refresh for 2021 with updated styling, technology and a revised engine range

  • Refreshed styling 
  • Flagship models feature upgraded infotainment system
  • New 1.5-litre petrol engine introduced 

This is the new facelifted Kia Ceed. The refreshed model is the first major update to the current Ceed since it was introduced three years ago, with the changes introducing an updated exterior design, new technology and a revised engine range. 

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The changes apply to the Ceed hatchback, Ceed Sportwagon estate and the ProCeed Shooting Brake estate. Full UK pricing and specifications will be announced in the coming weeks, with the new car slated to go on sale later this year. Rivals include the Ford Focus, Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf

2021 Kia Ceed: styling and design 

The Ceed gets a new nose, which now sports the brand’s new badge. Changes over the old car include a more upswept headlight design and a new gloss black front grille. The redesigned front bumper has a more angular design, and features a trio of larger air intakes. The ProCeed gets LED daytime running lights that double as scrolling indicators in top-spec GT Line S and GT trims. 

At the back, GT Line trim models are fitted with new tail lights featuring a honeycomb pattern. The rear bumper has larger contrasting rear inserts and a redesigned lower gloss black insert sporting silver trim. Kia has added three new alloy wheel designs, ranging from 16 to 18-inches in size, and two new paint colours called Orange Fusion and Machined Bronze. 

Interior and technology 

Higher trim level cars are fitted with a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital dial cluster. Kia has also added four new upholstery trim options, taking the total available to nine. 

The Sportwagon estate gets an electronically operated tailgate as standard, ventilated and heated front seats, two-zone automatic air conditioning, and heated rear seats are available on higher trim level models. The range-topping ProCeed GT S gets electrically adjustable front seats and a premium JBL stereo system with eight speakers.  

Kia has also strengthened the Ceed’s safety features with blind-spot collision alert and vehicle departure alert, the latter of which sounds an audible notification that the car in front has moved when sitting in traffic. A new rear-view monitor is also fitted, which uses a rear-mounted camera to give a clear view behind the car when reversing. 

Engines and performance

The refreshed Ceed is available with petrol and diesel engines, with the entry-level 118bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine carried over unchanged from the old car with a standard six-speed manual gearbox. 

Above this, a new 158bhp 1.5-litre petrol replaces the existing 1.4-litre engine. For higher mileage drivers, a 1.6-litre diesel engine is also available, featuring mild-hybrid electrical assistance to help improve fuel economy. Buyers can spec both of these engines with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed automatic. 

The flagship GT spec car gets a more powerful 1.6-litre petrol engine, which produces 201bhp. It can only be had with a seven-speed automatic gearbox. Full details of performance, fuel economy and emissions will be announced in the coming months before the new car goes on sale. 

Read our review of the Kia XCeed, Sorento and e-Niro here. 

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