Should The New Kia Ceed Worry The Establishment In The Compact Segment?

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.

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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.


  • T2X

    The first thing what I see is, she looks pregnant…

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      Your observational skills are exceptional. You must be the world’s finest Obstetrician.

      • pcurve

        you two are hilarious

    • Dr Bjorn K. Von Strangefingger

      Yeah… maybe… but still kinda hot.

      • T2X

        True true =)

  • salamOOn

    someone should tell her that Octavia is not the same class as ceed or golf…..

    new ceed is a great offer, i would choose it over golf for sure.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Wot class is it then?

      • salamOOn

        golf and ceed are both compact hatchbacks with length of 4.31m for ceed and 4,35m for golf.
        octavia is midsize sedan with length of 4,67m for sedan.
        not the same class, for sure. they should put a skoda rapid spaceback against ceed or golf.

        • Loquacious Borborygmus

          The Rapid is on the Polo platform, the Octavia the Golf.

          • salamOOn

            platform is not the guide for car classes… volvo has numerous vehicles on one platform. do you think they are in the same class as well because of the one platform used?

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Ask Skoda if they think the Rapid is a competitor for a Focus.

          • D4VE THEFIRST

            Next generation will be

          • Loquacious Borborygmus

            Next year is 2019 but that has nothing to do with the current Rapid.

    • StrangerGP

      Yep Skoda was always known for building cars that are between classes. It is a clever tactic if you ask me, Octavia wins over customers by being bigger and it’s also winning journalist comparisons because it’s always put against standard size hatchbacks.

  • Paul

    It seems like a nice little car. They should put the steering wheel on the other side and send it to the US of A

  • sidewaysspin

    Sad, boring vehicle, now where is the N version?

    • Matt

      ‘N’ is Hyundai’s brand, not Kia’s. Kia has already said it won’t create a performance sub-brand.

  • Six_Tymes

    Nice design. I might go check one out.

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