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.
The latest Ceed is too new to feature in our annual Driver Power survey. However, the Kia brand fares extremely well, with a score of 91.54% and third place overall in the 2019 survey. 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.
The Ceed’s 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 third-generation model is a hatchback front-runner
- 2Engines, performance and driveTorquey engines and improved handling make the Ceed better to drive than ever
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsLatest engines help reduce fuel consumption and emissions, but they’re still a little off the class best
- 4Interior, design and technologyNew platform means more space inside and a better driving position, while all models get touchscreens as standard
- 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 class-leading warranty should make life with a Kia Ceed as straightforward as possible