Here’s A Peek In And Out Of Kia’s All-New 2018 Cee’d

Kia’s third-generation Cee’d compact was recently spotted while testing on public roads, hidden underneath multiple layers of camouflage.

We should expect the new Cee’d to look sportier than the outgoing model, sharing some of the design language used on the new Rio sub-compact.

While there’s not much else we can tell you regarding its exterior as of right now, the “tiger nose” grille should be there as expected, as are the LED daytime running lights, which apparently come with a 4-dot pattern design.

With the interior, we’re looking at a whole different story, since Kia technicians didn’t bother covering it up all that well. Compared to its Hyundai i30 sibling, the all-new cee’d will feature a sportier cabin with a more driver-oriented center console. Another difference between the two models is that the new Cee’d has its air vents positioned on each side of the sat-nav display, as opposed to underneath like the i30.

In terms of power units and on-board tech, we expect the cee’d to share its petrol and diesel engines with the third-generation i30, while also boasting several modern safety and convenience features, such as Autonomous Emergency Braking with Front Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection and Lane Keeping Assist. Kia’s new VW Golf rival should also come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, an integrated rear-view camera and a more powerful audio system.

As of right now, we’re expecting Kia to introduce us to the 2018 Cee’d during this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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  • Julien Lachemoi

    It kinda looks like the interior of a 2010 SUV/Minivan.

  • Knotmyrealname

    I have a lot of respect for Kia/Hyundai generally, but one thing that I don’t like, and never really have, is their switchgear. It’s just sort of flat and lifeless. I know I’m being picky….

    Other than that, I agree with Julien, it does look like a SUV.

  • WG

    Too many plastics in the center stack. Nevertheless this could change (hopefully) before its debut, so we’ll see.

    • Miknik

      Well at this price point you will hardly have brushed metal or real wood. And if I have to chose between mate black plastic and some cheesy fake alloy or plastiwood, I’ll go with black. That said, I bet the surrounding of the HVACs controlls will have a glossy piano paint finish on most versions….

  • Matt

    Obviously customer clinics gave Kia feedback that their fat fingers couldn’t operate Nav commands, hence the massive buttons?

  • Jimbo

    Not digging that C-pillar redesign at all. Not so I like the twin dial instrument cluster as opposed to the classic triple dial. Current Ceed is still a good looking car. That C-pillar is guaranteed to dumb it down and take away the sporty looks, no matter how sharp its front/rear will be.

  • gareth1989

    Is it true that the cee’d wont be europe only and actually be the same as the next generation cerato/forte?

  • no25

    That screen looks really small

  • Marcin89

    Interior looks very heavy… For now i30 has better, more smooth and modern look inside.

  • haudit

    From what I can see, this has gone back to the cost-saving body engineering of the first-generation Cee’d and i30, having the two cars share largely the same centre section, being differentiated by their front and rear-end styling treatments and interior designs.

    In common with the new Kia Rio and Hyundai i30, compared to the current Cee’d, this looks pretty disappointing – both inside and out. It’s further evidence of Kia’s recent trend away from dynamic design towards safer, more stolid styling.

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