Kia Ceed hatchback - Interior & comfort
Interior quality and refinement really impress, elevating the Kia Ceed in a tough class
It’s hard to believe the Ceed is only in its third generation, especially when you sit inside. In terms of quality, there’s little to separate it from the Volkswagen Golf, thanks to attractive and tactile surfaces on the dashboard and doors, satisfying buttons and switches, along with an attractive touchscreen.
Kia Ceed dashboard
The latter now resembles a portable device docked between the air vents, updating the traditional car-stereo-look of older versions of the Ceed and giving it a contemporary feel – unless you compare it to the ultra-modern (but pricier) Mercedes A-Class.
This has allowed Kia to slim down the fascia, creating a more open space for the driver and front-seat passenger, as well as subtly improved visibility ahead. There are still physical controls for the heating and ventilation, too – much to the relief of anyone who finds using touchscreen controls for these a step too far.
The Ceed hatchback is now sold in three trim levels: ‘2’, ‘3’ and GT-Line. Pre-facelift cars were also available in ‘2 Nav’, GT-Line S and GT specifications, but Kia has slimmed the range down to make it easier for buyers. Even the entry-level ‘2’ is very well equipped with alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a DAB radio and Bluetooth, air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, remote central locking and cruise control. There’s also a reversing camera and safety kit like lane-keep assist and driver-attention warning.
On top of the 2’s impressive equipment, the ‘3’ includes a bigger touchscreen, sat-nav, electric folding mirrors, upgraded seat trim with faux leather bolsters, two-zone automatic air-conditioning and rear parking sensors.
GT-Line adds a sporty body kit, black exterior accents, keyless entry and start, a heated steering wheel and heated front seats over the ‘3’ trim.
If you want music to sound top-notch in your Ceed, you can upgrade to a JBL Premium sound system, which includes 'Clari-Fi' technology designed to improve the reproduction of digital files. Wireless charging for phones is also handy, if you have a compatible device.
Speaking of convenience, a heated windscreen is available for the first time in a Kia, melting frost in winter before you drive off. Heated and ventilated front seats and heated back seats are also desirable options in the colder months.
Which Is Best?
- Name1.0T GDi ISG 2 5dr
- Gearbox typeManual
- Name1.6 CRDi 48V ISG 2 5dr
- Gearbox typeManual
- Name1.6T GDi ISG GT 5dr DCT
- Gearbox typeSemi-auto