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July 19, 2013

Kia’s new Cee’d

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Every now and then a mould-breaker comes along – a car that changes the public perception of its manufacturer.

In Korean company Kia’s case, that car was the oddly named Cee’d, a five-door hatchback that launched the industry’s first transferable seven-year warranty.

The latest generation of a model that has been designed

, engineered and built for Europe has moved the game on once again.

Slightly larger and with better head and shoulder room, the new Cee’d also has a coupe-like roofline that gives it a sporty stance on the road.

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But it’s in the cabin where you really notice the difference, from the quality of the switches and plastics – all sensibly laid out with piano black inserts – to the overall ambience.

A cockpit-like design with aircraft-themed fascia sees the main control panel wrap around the steering wheel for easy access, and there are plenty of places for putting away odds and ends.

While the front seats are comfortable and offer lots of support, the rear ones can accommodate two tall adults, though a centre rear passenger is slightly perched.

You also get a reasonably sized boot and the rear seats split and fold 60/40.

Of the 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol and the pair of turbo diesel engines of similar capacity available in the range, the 1.6 GDI used in the tested model is the most powerful. It boasts 133bhp of punch, six-speed manual transmission and Kia’s ISG stop/start system.

The Cee’d returned an average fuel economy of 41.7mpg over 350 miles of mixed motoring – and that’s not too far removed from the official combined figure.

While family-friendly cars like the Cee’d aren’t about outright performance, the 1.6 GDI certainly isn’t a slouch, showing plenty of spirit and a planted feel when I drove it out on the road.

Trim levels – named 1, 2, 3 and 4 – all feature standard kit, such as electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and an adjustable driver’s seat.

They also include air con, steering wheel-mounted controls, front electric windows, daytime running lights, remote central locking, cooled glovebox and ambient front lighting.

An iPod-compatible audio system with radio and CD player, USB port, Bluetooth, hill-start assist control, six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking also all come as standard.

Prices are from 14,395 for an entry-level 1.4 petrol version developing 98bhp and capable of an average 47mpg with CO2 emissions from around 139g/km.

Diesels start at 15,695 for the 1.4 CRDi with 89bhp and almost 69mpg, as well as CO2 emissions of 109g/km.

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