Nearly new buying guide: Kia Ceed

It’s also generously sized inside. There’s plenty of room up front and in the back for young families. The boot may not be as capacious as that of the Skoda Octavia (very few are), but you can still fit quite a few suitcases into it, and there’s a relatively low lip to ease loading. An adjustable boot floor is standard, meaning you can create a mostly flat cargo floor by folding down the rear seats.

The Ceed received some updates in 2020, mostly to its infotainment. An 8.0in screen became standard, while 2 Nav trim and above got a 10.25in one. Also, a 158bhp 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine replaced the 1.4 and the lower-powered diesel was dropped.

Prices start at £10,000 for an early car. If you fancy a better-equipped 3 or a 2019 car, up your budget to £12,000, while GT-Line and First Edition Ceeds can be found for closer to £15,000. Spend £15,000 to £18,000 on good 2020 cars or £18,000 to £23,000 on those from 2021.

Buyer beware

Engine: The Ceed is a well-made and very reliable car on the whole. There have been a number of issues relating to engine failure caused by piston slap in older Cee’d models, but the latest iteration seems relatively bulletproof so far. Any problems should be covered under the long and transferable manufacturer’s warranty, but be warned that not all areas are covered by this warranty as the car grows older.

Transmission: Some owners have reported the first and second gears being very difficult to engage in older cars. The towing capacity is a modest 1200kg, so where a towbar is fitted, check the operation of the car’s clutch and cooling system.

Electrics: The immobiliser is prone to failing on the Ceed, leading to starting problems, right up to the car not starting at all.

Reliability: Kia has a fine reliability record, finishing ninth out of the 30 manufacturers featured in the most recent What Car? Reliability Survey, above all the makers of its main rivals apart from Toyota and Mazda. The Ceed itself did well in the family car class, too, finishing seventh out of 24 models and far ahead of volume rivals such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.


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