Kia Cee'd (2012-2018) review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
New EU6 compliant engines – lead by 1.0 ecoTurbo – makes the Cee’d even more attractive thanks to lower running costs and a credible rival to cars like
Kia’s new turbo engine has opened the Cee’d range up to a group of new buyers who were after the practical, affordable and well-equipped car with a low CO2 petrol. Emissions are now down to 109g/km for the low power model and 115g/km for the more powerful version. This works out at 60.1 and 57.6mpg respectively.
As a result road tax is affordable at £140 and £160 each for the year, helped by Kia’s ISG intelligent stop and go system.
The most economical diesel version is the actually the 1.6, which returns 78.5mpg according to Kia’s figures with a best of 94g/km CO2, equating to first-year road tax of £120.
Other engines in the range offer competitive efficiency, even though they aren’t class leading. However, the Cee’d GT’s 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine is still the one of the dirtiest in its class, returning a quoted 38.2mpg and 170g/km CO2.
Insurance groups for the new Cee’d range from group seven for the entry-level 1.4 petrol in ‘1’ trim, while the high performance GT model comes in at group 26. These ratings are about average for the class.
Spec the Cee’d up with more tech and equipment and insurance costs will rise in line with rivals, so it shouldn’t cost that much more to cover than any of its major competitors.
Our experts haven’t yet predicted residual values for the new Cee’d, but with more tech and increased efficiency, we’d expect the residual values of the new car to be stronger than its predecessor.
The old entry-level 1.4 ‘1’ petrol will hold onto a relatively strong 42.1 per cent of its value. However, it was the old VR7 estate model that commands the strongest RVs, retaining 47.1 per cent, so expect a similar performance from the new car.
Residual values of the pre-facelift 1.6 diesel Cee’d hovered around 36 to 44 per cent – extra equipment as standard should haul second hand prices up across the range, while the attractive 1.0 turbo will help used values, too.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Kia Cee’d offers practicality and solid build quality, but the driving experience is on the dull side
- 2Engines, performance and driveNew 1.0T engine adds all-important low CO2 petrol to range, while cleaner diesels help broaden appeal, along with new DCT gearbox
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingNew EU6 compliant engines – lead by 1.0 ecoTurbo – makes the Cee’d even more attractive thanks to lower running costs and a credible rival to cars like
- 4Interior, design and technologyMore tech inside the Kia’s cabin helps bring it even more upmarket. There’s lots of comfort, but some cheap plastics let the air of quality down.
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceCompetitive boot space easy access and an estate version mean the facelifted Kia Cee’d can easily cope with the rigours of family life
- 6Reliability and SafetyExtra safety tech means updated Cee’d is safer and more secure