Kia Ceed review - Reliability and safety
Stacks of safety kit and a generous warranty should make life with a Kia Ceed as straightforward as possible
In addition to plenty of equipment that boosts comfort and convenience, the Ceed comes with a whole suite of safety kit as standard. Six airbags are standard on all Ceeds, as is High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning and a Lane Keeping Assist function.
The Ceed achieved a five-star Euro NCAP rating when tested in mid-2019. However, top marks are only awarded to any version fitted with the ‘Advanced Driving Assistance Pack’. Without this, the overall rating is downgraded to four stars.
In our 2021 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, the Ceed finished in a strong 17th position out of 75 cars - an improvement on the previous year's 18th position. The Kia brand fared extremely well, with a score of 90 per cent and second place overall out of 29 manufacturers. Reliability, high-quality fit and finish, appealing interior design and plenty of interior storage were key highlights.
Kia has remained the benchmark for UK car warranties since 2007 when it launched the original Cee’d with a seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That warranty is applicable to all new Kia models, including the new Ceed, and it’s free to change it to the car’s subsequent owner. The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.
Service intervals are pretty standard, and set at every year or 10,000 miles for petrol engines, or 12 months/20,000 miles for diesels. Buyers can opt for Kia Care service plans, which offer fixed-priced packages tailored to the age and mileage of your car.
In this review
- 1Kia Ceed reviewThe Kia Ceed is one of the firm’s best-selling cars, and the latest model is a hatchback front-runner
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Ceed delivers a decent drive, although sportier GT Line models offer a firmer set-up
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsLatest Ceed engines help reduce fuel consumption and emissions, with overall running costs pretty reasonable
- 4Interior, design and technologySharp looks and good levels of kit help the Ceed remain competitive against close rivals
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceClever packaging means decent space for adults to travel in comfort, while luggage space is excellent
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingStacks of safety kit and a generous warranty should make life with a Kia Ceed as straightforward as possible