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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

By Andrew Brady

My colleague Sarah Tooze was reluctant to hand over the keys to the Ceed when it was my turn to spend some time with it.

And I can see why – it’s comfortable, efficient and has a great deal of standard equipment.

I also suspect she quite liked how it looked – because most people do. Kia’s design boss Peter Schreyer is the man behind the design of the original Audi TT and, more recently, redesigning the Kia line-up and implementing the tiger nose face as seen across the current range.

But looks are massively subjective and I apologise Mr Schreyer, but I think the Ceed looks ghastly.

Well done to Kia for being brave enough to inject some personality into the Ceed, which is more than its rivals have managed (ahem, Volkswagen Golf).

And I don’t think the awful placenta colour of our test car helps.

All I’m saying is that I’ve found myself parking the Ceed further down our street so I don’t have to look at it out of my window.

The Ceed’s handling appears to be another controversial subject, with my peers on other publications slating it.

If you enjoy the occasional lift-off oversteer and like to fling your family hatchback down twisty B-roads, the Ceed won’t put a grin on your face.

However, driving in a manner that doesn’t put your licence at risk, it handles perfectly well.

If you can get on with the Ceed’s looks, then it should definitely be considered. But please, I beg you, don’t bother if you live near me.

The Golf is much easier on the eye.

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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