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Home » Green Car News » Kia Green Cars

New Kia cee’d priced from £14,395

21 May 2012


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The all-new second generation Kia cee’d goes on sale in the UK on 1 June bringing enhanced quality, refinement and efficiency to the family car market.  Designed, engineered and built in Europe Kia’s replacement for the car that pioneered the seven-year warranty, and changed perceptions of Kia, combines impressive levels of comfort, safety and luxury whilst maintaining competitive pricing with on the road prices starting from £14,395.

If the first cee’d was a game-changer for Kia, the new one takes the company into an altogether different league.  It is nothing less than a showcase for everything that Kia knows about design, quality, engineering and technology. 

New cee’d is available with a state-of-the-art direct-injection petrol engine for the first time and is the first Kia in the world to offer a dual-clutch automated manual transmission.  It is still one of only a handful of compact hatchbacks to have independent rear suspension, with inherent advantages for ride and handling – both of which have been honed even further for the new car.  Quality and refinement have been significantly raised to be at the top of the class and it offers technology that, until recently, was available only on upmarket models from premium brands.


Improved efficiency

The second-generation cee’d raises the benchmark for fuel-efficiency in its class, with average fuel consumption reductions of 4 per cent and CO2 emissions as low as 97g/km for the 1.6-litre diesel model – a remarkably low figure for a non-hybrid car.  Four engines are available at launch – 1.4- and 1.6-litre diesels from Kia’s U2 family and petrol engines of similar capacity from the Gamma range.

The 1.6-litre petrol engine features efficiency-enhancing direct fuel injection.  Familiar from the Kia Sportage, it is the most powerful of the four cee’d engines, with 133bhp and 164Nm of torque, and is the only cee’d available with the new dual-clutch gearbox developed in-house by Kia.

This advanced new gearbox allows fully automatic operation, or manual changes, via steering wheel-mounted paddles, but without the fuel consumption penalties that accompany conventional automatics.  Because one clutch works with gears one, three and five and the other takes care of gears two, four and six, the transmission is always primed for the next up- or down-shift ensuring changes are particularly rapid and smooth.

All 1.6-litre manual versions of the cee’d are equipped with ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go), Kia’s engine stop/start system which is a major contributor to the efficiency improvements of the new range. 

The 1.6-litre diesel with ISG has a combined cycle potential fuel economy of more than 76mpg, with CO2 emissions from 97g/km, depending on the wheel and tyre combination. The 1.6-litre diesel develops 126bhp and 260Nm of torque – figures which promise outstanding driveability in the conditions faced by Europeans on a daily basis. It is available with a conventional six-speed automatic gearbox in place of the standard six-speed manual. The CO emissions of the 1.6 CRDi automatic are 145g/km.

The 1.4-litre units deliver a strong balance of flexible performance and low fuel consumption, even without the aid of ISG. The petrol version develops 98bhp and 137Nm of torque and is capable of more than 47mpg, with CO2 emissions from 139g/km. The diesel, with 89bhp and 220Nm, manages almost 69mpg, with CO2 emissions down to 109g/km.

Safer and more luxurious

The stiffer bodyshell is the result of a comprehensive package of reinforcements in critical areas with the aim of making the new cee’d not just amongst the most efficient in its class, but also the safest. In total, 57 per cent of the new body is made from high-tensile steel, with ultra-high-tensile steel in the B-pillar structures.

There is an i-type subframe with more rigid side members, front apron and dashboard. Horizontal and centre tunnel supports have been added in the dash area. The A-pillars, inner door rail and upper and lower body structures have been reinforced. New transverse cross-members link the front and rear suspension mounts while the angle of the front side crash members has been decreased for better deformation. And there is a ring-type support around the rear roof rail and tailgate opening. The new cee’d also provides better pedestrian protection in the event of a collision, and is easier and cheaper to repair after a low-speed (9mph or lower) accident.

The extensive standard and passive safety equipment of the previous cee’d – including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and six airbags – has been supplemented with new features. All versions of the new cee’d have Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS) which causes the rear brake lamps to flash in an emergency stop to alert following drivers. Depending on model, static and active cornering lights, a colour reversing camera, a Parallel Parking Assist System which automatically steers the car into kerbside spaces and a Lane Departure Warning System are also available.

Driver and passenger comfort have also been substantially upgraded in the new cee’d. Most models now have a Flex Steer function within the standard Motor Driven Power Steering with three settings – ­ Comfort, Normal and Sport – so that the level of assistance can be increased when parking and decreased to make the car more stable at highway speeds.

An electronic parking brake, a heated steering wheel, automatic lights and wipers, larger vents to deliver more air to the rear footwells, dual-zone automatic air conditioning – with soft and fast air-flow modes, 10-way adjustable driver’s memory seat and electric lumbar support are all features new to the cee’d range.

The audio systems have been upgraded and are now fully integrated into the dash for a higher-quality appearance and have improved functionality. It incorporates Bluetooth with voice recognition in 10 languages and music streaming, iPod connectivity through the original iPod cable and 600Mb of MP3 memory within the headunit.  The high-grade Audio plus Navigation system now has a 20 per cent more powerful control unit and permits voice recognition in 13 languages, full UK postcode entry when setting navigation instructions, Traffic Messaging Channel information and full phone number download from the owner’s mobile telephone.


Routine servicing is needed only once a year or every 20,000 miles for both petrol and diesel versions. 

Care-3 – Kia’s servicing package for retail customers – is available for cee’d and offers a fixed cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work will be carried out by trained product technicians, using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils.

The Care-3 package is £299 including VAT, which covers the first three services, or the Care-3 Plus package is £549 including VAT and covers the first five services. 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on then the next owner may upgrade to the five year service package.  The cost of the vehicle’s first MoT test fee can be included for just an additional £30.

cee’d range – performance and economy

Model Power
Max speed
‘1’ 1.4 6-speed manual 98 137 12.4 113 47.1
‘1’ 1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 89 220 13.0 106 68.9
‘1’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 126 260 11.5 122 76.3
‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual 98 137 12.4 113 46.3
‘2’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed manual ISG 133 164 9.8 118 52.3
‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 126 260 11.5 122 74.3
‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed auto 126 260 11.3 116 51.4
‘3’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed manual ISG 133 164 9.8 118 52.3
‘3’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed DCT 133 164 10.4 121 46.3
‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 126 260 11.5 122 74.3
‘4’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed manual ISG 133 164 TBC TBC TBC
‘4’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed DCT 133 164 10.4 121 46.3
‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 126 260 TBC TBC TBC
‘4 Tech’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed manual ISG 133 164 9.8 118 TBC
‘4 Tech’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed DCT 133 164 10.4 121 46.3
‘4 Tech’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 126 260 TBC TBC TBC

cee’d range – emissions and costs

Model CO2 g/km VED
‘1’ 1.4 6-speed manual 139 E 18% TBC £14,395
‘1’ 1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 109 B 15% TBC £15,695
‘1’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 97 A 13% TBC £16,295
‘2’ 1.4 6-speed manual 143 F 18% TBC £16,395
‘2’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed manual ISG 124 D 15% TBC £17,195
‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 100 A 13% TBC £18,295
‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed auto 145 F 23% TBC £19,395
‘3’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed manual ISG 124 D 15% TBC £18,995
‘3’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed DCT 140 E 19% TBC £20,295
‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 100 A 13% TBC £20,095
‘4’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed manual ISG TBC TBC 15% TBC £20,595
‘4’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed DCT 140 E 19% TBC £21,895
‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG TBC TBC 13% TBC £21,695
‘4 Tech’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed manual ISG TBC TBC 13% TBC £22,495
‘4 Tech’ 1.6 GDI 6-speed DCT 140 E 19% TBC £23,795
‘4 Tech’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG TBC TBC 13% TBC £23,595

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