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Kia Ceed review - Reliability and safety

Stacks of safety kit and a class-leading 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, Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City. Pedestrian detection is available on all manual versions from the Ceed 3 upwards, and as part of an optional Advanced Driving Assistance Pack on Ceed 2 and 2 Nav variants, as well as versions of the 3, GT-Line and Lunar Edition fitted with the automatic gearbox.

In a first for Kia, the Ceed First Edition and GT-Line S automatic models come with Lane Following Assist that detects road markings to help keep the car in the centre of its lane on the motorway, and controls acceleration, braking and steering.

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 2020 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, the Ceed finished in a strong 18th position out of 75 cars. The Kia brand also fared extremely well, with a score of 90.84% and second place overall. Reliability, high-quality fit and finish, appealing interior design and plenty of interior storage were key highlights.

Warranty

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.

Servicing

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.

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