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Kia Ceed review - MPG, CO2 and running costs

Latest Ceed engines help reduce fuel consumption and emissions, with overall running costs pretty reasonable

The third-generation Kia Ceed brought in a mixture of all-new and updated engines, all of which meet the latest 6d-Temp emissions regulations. The 1.0-litre T-GDi is a revised version of the unit used in other Kia and Hyundai products, hence why we’re confident in recommending it. The engine returns 54.3mpg and emits 119g/km of CO2 in standard form, according to the WLTP tests.

Upgrading to the 158bhp 1.5-litre petrol model sees a fall in efficiency, with the six-speed manual version returning 49.6mpg and 129g/km of CO2. The DCT auto manages 47.9mpg, with CO2 emissions of 133g/km.

Choosing a diesel-powered Ceed will provide improved fuel economy and lower emissions, although specific data is not yet available. Company car drivers will be better served by opting for an oil-burner, although the Xceed plug-in model has a lower BiK rate and will benefit from lower tax bills.

Insurance groups

Insurance group ratings are now more competitive, with the entry-level 1.0-litre Ceed 2 now in group 8, similar to the Ford Focus Style, and much cheaper than a similar VW Golf. The 158bhp 1.5-litre model in GT Line trim is in group 17, while diesel versions start in group 12 and top out in group 16.

Depreciation

Residual values for the Kia Ceed are higher than some of its rivals, although they still fall behind the VW Golf in that regard. A long equipment list and Kia’s transferable 7-year warranty help to keep values strong, and after three years and 36,000 miles you can expect to get an average of 47 to 51 per cent of its original list price back. 

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Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.0T GDi ISG 2 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £18,875

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.6 CRDi 48V ISG 2 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £21,055

Fastest

  • Name
    1.6T GDi ISG GT 5dr DCT
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £26,760

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