A modern compact hatchback needs to be very good in order to compete against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus et al. in the compact hatch segment.
With the newly designed Ceed, Kia thinks that it has what it takes in order to offer customers a credible alternative to the aforementioned vehicles.
Sure, it offers less engine choices than what consumers would normally find in the Volkswagen Golf, and the ride and interior space don’t match up to the Skoda Octavia, but the 2019 Kia Ceed does have its strong points.
As WhatCar found after driving the Korean hatchback, the handling is pretty good thanks to the firmer suspension, finding a good driving position is fairly easy and all trim levels have plenty of equipment. Even the base model comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, reversing camera, air conditioning, cruise control and others.
In terms of storage compartments, expect the usual average-sized door bins, glove compartment and additional space under the front armrest. Passengers sitting on the rear bench have plenty of headroom, but the legroom is a bit cramped. The boot capacity, meanwhile, tops those of the VW Golf and Seat Leon, so you won’t have an issue with transporting your luggage.
Kias used to be cheaper than the competition, but as they raised their game considerably and launched much better products, that strategy doesn’t apply anymore. However, with a good level of equipment and a 7-year or 100,000-mile (160,934 km) warranty (whichever comes first), they are still competitively priced.
So, should you consider the new Ceed, shortlist it or go ahead and purchase one? The answer lies in the video right below.