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Kia Ceed hatchback - Practicality & boot space

Passenger space benefits from the Kia Ceed’s new shape and the boot is one of the largest in the family hatchback class

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While this Ceed occupies about the same space on the road as its predecessor, Kia has shuffled around the interior dimensions and liberated extra boot space, while also making it easier to load bulky items. The bodywork is slightly wider than before and the wheels have been pushed to each corner to boost passenger space, too.

Kia Ceed interior space & storage

There’s 34mm extra shoulder room in the back of this Ceed, giving passengers more space to move around. The rear bench also sits 16mm lower than before, ensuring there’s still plenty of headroom despite the lower roofline. The back feels a bit less roomy than a Golf, however, with less foot room under the front seats.

Boot space

There’s 395 litres of boot space, which is 15 litres more than the Volkswagen Golf and 25 litres more than the Vauxhall Astra, but 75 litres less than the commodious Honda Civic. Folding down the rear seats sees this expand to 1,291 litres. Kia has also made it far easier to load awkward or heavy cargo than before, reducing the height of the boot lip by 87mm compared to the older model. If you require even more space, there’s also the Kia Ceed Sportswagon estate with an enormous 625-litre boot.

A split-level boot floor means you can lift or lower the bottom of the luggage compartment, creating a hidden space for valuables or muddy sports kit when it’s in the upper position.


The Ceed is capable of towing a braked trailer of between 1,000 and 1,200kg. Interestingly, it’s the bigger 1.4-litre petrol model that has the lower 1,000kg capacity, whereas the 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol and the 1.6-litre diesel have the 1,200kg capacity. If you regularly need to tow a trailer, the diesel would be the better bet due to its higher torque output.

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