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Kia Ceed - Reliability and safety

Stacks of safety kit and a generous warranty should make life with a Kia Ceed as straightforward as possible

Overall Auto Express Rating

4.0 out of 5

Reliability and Safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

Price
£22,575 to £31,175
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​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, a reversing camera and a Lane Keeping Assist function. Top-of-the-range GT-Line S models also get a smart park assist system; this takes control of the steering to manoeuvre into spaces and includes front and rear parking sensors.

The Ceed achieved a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety 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 2023 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, the Ceed finished in a strong 10th position out of 75 cars – a further improvement on the previous year's 16th position. The Sorento SUV and all-electric EV6 also placed in the top 10, which explains why the Kia brand also fared extremely well, finishing in sixth place out of 32 manufacturers.

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.

Toyota does offer a longer 10-year or 100,000-mile policy with the Corolla  – although you will have to keep getting your car serviced annually at a Toyota main dealer to maintain the warranty over that extended period. 

Servicing

Service intervals are pretty standard, and set at every year or 10,000 miles for petrol engines. Buyers can opt for Kia Care service plans, which offer fixed-priced packages tailored to the age and mileage of your car.

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
    £22,470

Fastest

  • Name
    1.6T GDi ISG GT 5dr DCT
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £27,110

Shane is responsible for looking after the day-to-day running of the Auto Express website and social media channels. Prior to joining Auto Express in 2021, he worked as a radio producer and presenter for outlets such as the BBC.

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