Price: It does offer good value for money (while not a huge car you are getting a lot of bang for your buck)
Room: While it doesn't look like it from the outside, the interior is actually quite spacious and has been designed with medium to larger framed people in mind...this is something that many of its competitors have not considered in design.
Fuel efficiency: With its light weight and aerodynamic design it goes easy on fuel
Comfortable and easy to drive
The 1.6 liter engine is not quite as punchy as other engines in its class
The handling of the car is also not as good as many of its European rivals.
Steering is quite light when compared to others in its class
Before even getting to the end of this review, there will be readers who have already made their mind up about Kia. They will assume that the car is cheap, nasty and won't perform well when compared to its rivals. In the case of the cee'd this would be a mistake.
The Kia cee'd on all levels is actually an impressive car. While it won't win any "best looking car of the year" awards, in terms of performance, style and value for money it is up their with the best in its range.
The 1.6 liter is standard, if you are after a little more power, the 1.6 Turbo GT is the way to go. Even with this engine however, don't expect to break any land speed records. With these engine types it is clear that the car is made for fuel efficiency rather than racing and performance. This however, is not a bad thing.
There are two generations to choose from. The first generation was made between 2006 and 2012. The second generation is post 2012. While the first generation is an impressive car, the second generation is more efficient, refined and sophisticated. This is the case for many generational cars as once a first generation car sales well, manufacturers look at further refinements and improvements for further generations.
When compared to other cars in its class such as the Ford Focus, you will find that the Kia is not quite as good to drive. However, when you consider the price, the interior space and the engine size, it does stack up against the Ford.
The car has received a five star European safety rating (which is impressive for a small car) and has even received praise on Top Gear for its performance and easy of driving in day to day scenarios. In fact, it was ranked well above the Renault Mégane 265 by Top Gear.
Sure it won't be the most impressive car on the road, and sure there could be further refinements to steering, design and even performance. However, in terms of value for money and practicality as an every day vehicle it is worth a test drive. When you add in its impressive safety record, it is hard to go past.