Kia Cee'd (2012-2018) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
Competitive boot space easy access and an estate version mean the facelifted Kia Cee’d can easily cope with the rigours of family life
Three body styles are available, meaning you can tailor what shape and size Cee’d you want depending on the level of practicality you need.
There’s plenty of space to stow items such as mobile phones inside the cabin, as the Cee’d boasts a roomy glovebox and door bins. There are two cupholders behind the gear lever and a large storage area in front.
Despite the rakish styling for a family hatch, visibility is good – but even if you find it difficult to manoeuvre, there’s a reversing camera available to help when parking and turning round.
The driving position is good, with lots of adjustment in the seats and steering wheel so you can get just right behind the wheel.
At 4.3 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.5 metres tall, the Cee’d is smack bang in the middle of the family hatch class. For reference, Volkswagen's Golf is 4.3 metres long, 1.8 metres wide and 1.5 metres tall…
This means it’s simple to park and drive, helped by the strong visibility.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The three-door is obviously sportier, but the five-door Cee’d strikes a nice balance between ease of use and looks. Access to the rear is good thanks to a fairly large opening, and once you’re back there, there’s an adequate amount of legroom. The relatively high roofline means even taller adults won’t be rubbing their heads on the roof in the back.
At 380 litres boot space is unchanged and is on a par with rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon. A wide hatch and a good opening means it’s easy to load, too. Fold the rear seats down and there’s a maximum of 1,318 litres on offer in the five-door model, while the Sportswagon estate offers 528 litres and 1,642 litres respectively.
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 CostsNew 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 space - currently readingCompetitive 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