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Our Fleet: Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDI 3 Ecodynamics

Kia
BIK List Price
£20,040
Kia Cee'd BIK list price
BIK Percentage
15%
Kia Cee'd BIK Percent
CO2
100g/km
Kia Cee'd CO2
Combined MPG
74.3
Kia Cee'd MPG

Review

One of Kia’s strengths is value for money and this holds true with the Ceed when compared with fleet favourite the Ford Focus.

I pitted our long-term Ceed against the Focus 1.6 TDCi Titanium using the Fleet News car running costs tool (www.fleetnews.co.uk), provided by KeeResources on an operating cycle of four years/80,000 miles.

Overall, the Ceed works out more than 1 pence per mile (ppm) cheaper to run than the Focus, costing 31.56ppm compared with 32.85ppm.

That’s largely down to fuel costs. The Ceed has a combined fuel economy of 74.3mpg and its fuels costs are 8.68ppm while the Focus has an mpg of 67.3 and costs 9.58ppm in fuel.

The Ceed also costs marginally less to maintain at 3.15ppm compared with 3.83ppm. Where the Focus has the edge is residual value and depreciation, holding its value better than the Kia at £4,536 compared with £4,250.

Other key rivals in this sector outperform both the Ceed and the Focus on overall running costs, however.

The Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC ES-T and Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI Elegance, for example, cost 30.7ppm and 31.27ppm respectively. One of the key differences is that the Civic and Octavia both have CO2 emissions below 100g/km.

The Civic emits 94g/km while the Octavia’s figure is 99g/km. In contrast, the Ceed emits 100g/km and the Focus emits 109g/km. The Civic also has the best mpg at 78.5.

Of course real-world mpg is a different matter. My colleague John Maslen achieved 60-plus in his Civic long-termer while I am in the 50s in the Ceed.

Top Speed
122mph
Kia Cee'd Top Speed
VED band
A
Kia Cee'd Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Kia Cee'd Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £5,775
4 Year 80k : £4,375
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 35.21
4 Year 80k : 31.52

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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