26th June 2018

News: New Kia Ceed is all grown up

European designed and built

KIA’s third generation Ceed, now apostrophe free and with a capital ‘C’, has been designed, developed and engineered in Frankfurt by Kia’s European design, product development and R&D teams. It is manufactured at the brand’s production facility in Žilina, Slovakia, alongside the Kia Sportage and Kia Venga.

More than 1.3 million Ceed models have been built at Kia’s Slovakia manufacturing facility since its introduction in 2006. The five-door hatchback makes up the majority of sales, while Sportswagon models have accounted for approximately 40% of all Ceed sales since its launch in 2007 (compared to around 30% for other C-segment vehicles with tourer variants).


Lower, wider, and with a longer rear overhang than the car it replaces, the new Ceed’s cab-rearward silhouette, the new model features ‘ice cube’ LED daytime running lights as standard, echoing the appearance of earlier Kia GT and GT Line models.

The new model adopts the wide C-pillar that has become a hallmark of Kia design in recent years, enhancing its cab-rearward stance. This also gives the upper window-line a sleek new ‘half-moon’ shape. At the rear, new LED daytime running lights give the Ceed greater visibility – and recognition – on the road.

KIA Ceed Dimensions 2018

Constructed on Kia’s new ‘K2’ platform, the new Ceed five-door hatchback is 20mm wider (1,800mm) and 23mm lower (1,447mm) than the outgoing model. Its wheelbase remains the same at 2,650mm, with the front overhang shortened by 20mm (to 880mm), and rear overhang extended by 20mm (now 780mm). Its wider dimensions and longer rear overhang create a more assertive and sporty stance, for a more confident presence on the road.

The Ceed Sportswagon features a longer cargo area and rear overhang. Extending the straight lines of the bodywork, and capped with a subtle tailgate spoiler, the Ceed Sportswagon joins its five-door hatchback sibling in presenting a stable, sporty aesthetic. The rear overhang is extended by 115mm (now 1,070mm) compared to the outgoing model. At 4,600mm in overall length, it is 95mm longer than its predecessor.

From launch, the new Ceed range will be available in a choice of 11 paint finishes. A selection of wheels and designs are available, with buyers able to choose from 15-inch steel wheels, 16-inch steel or aluminium wheels, and 17-inch two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels.

Ceed interior design

Inside the cabin, the Ceed dashboard is laid out horizontally for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. This design also creates greater space and a sense of openness for the front passenger, creating more room in the footwell and a clearer view ahead.

For all models, the dash is split into an upper area – for the ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system – and lower area, housing controls for audio and heating and ventilation. Driver-centric in its layout, the centre console is angled slightly towards the driver’s seat for ease of use on the move.

The interior is finished in a higher proportion of sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout. Surfaces are finished with metallic or satin chrome trim, with buyers able to choose from a range of cloth, synthetic leather or genuine leather upholstery. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearstick are also available as an option.

The new Ceed has a more spacious cabin than before, in both hatchback and Sportswagon models. The wider body creates greater shoulder room for rear passengers (increased by 34mm to 1,406mm), while 16mm-lower seating position in the rear creates sufficient knee and legroom for passengers in the second row. Despite the lower roofline, the platform and lowered front seating position create greater front-row headroom than before (now 987mm). The lower rear bench also ensures similar levels of headroom for rear passengers.

 Ceed hatchback cargo space

While the new Ceed five-door hatchback occupies a similar on-road footprint to its predecessor, it boasts a larger 395-litre boot – increased in size by 15-litres. The boot lip is also substantially lower than before – the lift-over height is reduced by 87mm compared to the outgoing Ceed, making it easier to load heavier items into the boot. A split-level boot floor allows owners to lower or raise the height of the boot floor, to accommodate larger cargo or create a hidden compartment beneath.

Ceed Sportwagon cargo space

The new Ceed Sportswagon boasts boot space of 97 litres (18%) larger than the outgoing model, expanding to 625 litres in capacity. The boot lip is also substantially lower – the lower lift-over height makes it easier to load heavier items into the boot.

The split-fold rear seats are fitted in a 40:20:40 configuration and can be folded remotely with a single touch from a lever just inside the tailgate. With the seats folded, the boot floor is completely flat. Every Ceed Sportswagon features an underfloor box to secure or hide smaller items, as well as a tonneau cover and a bag hook to prevent groceries and other items rolling around the load bay. Integrated roof rails are also fitted as standard to facilitate supplementary stowage.

Sportswagon customers can also specify a Smart Power Tailgate, which opens automatically when it detects the Ceed’s smart key in close proximity to the tailgate, for occasions when users’ hands are full with heavy cargo. A safety barrier net – between the cabin and the boot – is also available, as well as a net to secure small items, and a luggage floor rail system.

Engineered for European roads

The new Ceed has been engineered exclusively for European roads, with European buyers in mind. The ride and handling characteristics of the new model have been tuned to elevate the Ceed over its predecessor in terms of dynamism and driver engagement. At the same time, a focus throughout the new model’s development on eliminating noise and vibrations means the cabin of the Ceed is more refined than ever.

New fully independent suspension system promises drivers more agile and immediate handling responses, complemented by revised spring and damper rates. The front springs are now 40% stiffer and the torsional rigidity of the front stabiliser is reduced by 22%. The new Ceed sports a 17% more direct steering rack than its predecessor, with a 12.7:1 ratio from its electric motor-driven power steering system. Requiring just 2.44 turns of the wheel from lock-to-lock, the new model provides a more incisive response to drivers’ steering inputs.

In addition to the stiffer front springs, the Ceed’s is supported by optional Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres for buyers specifying 17-inch wheels, allowing for higher yaw velocity.

The front-wheel drive Ceed comes with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system as standard. This enables the inclusion of Torque Vectoring by Braking technology, an additional electronic driver support feature which intelligently brakes the inside wheels to reduce understeer around corners.

Refinement – reduction of NVH

Refinement and the suppression of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) on this new model features thicker, more insulating dashboard padding, new, more sound-absorbent insulation around the rear wheel arches, and a new insulation layer beneath the cabin carpet, reducing engine and road noise.

Due to its reshaped windscreen side mouldings and new, more comprehensive sealing around the doors, the new Ceed is quieter than its predecessor at every engine speed, with road noise at 60kph reduced from 67.5 to 66.5dB. Wind noise is also reduced, with 63 dB registering in the cabin at 110kph, compared to 64 dB in the second-generation model.


In 2019, the new Ceed will be available with Kia’s new ‘EcoDynamics+’ 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, to further reduce CO2 emissions. The ‘EcoDynamics+’ powertrain supplements acceleration with power from a 48-volt battery, while a new Mild-Hybrid Starter-Generator unit extends engine ‘off time’ with a ‘Moving Stop & Start’ function.

Technologies and features

The cabin features a ‘floating’ infotainment system available as either a 7.0-inch touchscreen audio system or 8.0-inch touchscreen navigation system, with navigation and Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom. The system enables full smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto. Android Auto is designed to work with Android phones running 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher. The Ceed’s Apple CarPlay system is compatible with the iPhone 5 and every iPhone released since.

Buyers can also specify a powerful JBL Premium sound system with Clari-Fi music restoration technology. Standard technologies include full Bluetooth smartphone integration, as well as automatic lights and keyless entry.

Ceed Drive Modes

A Drive Mode Select system will enable owners to tailor their driving experience, with Normal and Sport mode. Normal mode maximises the potential for greater fuel efficiency and offers more relaxed steering inputs. Sport mode enhances throttle responses, enables faster acceleration – from a standstill and at speed – and adapts the steering to offer additional weight and more decisive responses to driver inputs.

Comfort & Safety

An optional heated windshield makes the new Ceed easier to live with in colder months, the first time this technology has featured in a Kia. A wireless smartphone charger, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are also available. Ceed Sportswagon buyers can specify Kia’s Smart Power Tailgate, which can be opened hands-free for added tourer practicality.

On the outside, the new Ceed is fitted with newly designed ‘ice cube’ style LED daytime running lights (DRL) as standard, integrated into the headlamp units on every model in the Ceed range. Full LED headlamps are also available as an option.

Ceed ECO Pack

The Ceed’s optional ECO Pack features an Active Air Flap, which closes and opens depending on engine cooling requirements, enhancing the car’s aerodynamic efficiency for greater fuel economy. The ECO Pack also features an underbody cover and lower suspension, aiding airflow beneath the vehicle, as well as low rolling resistance Michelin tyres. Both the Ceed five-door hatchback and Sportswagon are available with the ECO Pack.

Ceed Safety

The 2018 Ceed comes with even standard airbags, and standard safety technologies that include High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Lane Keeping Assist with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

It is also available with Lane Following Assist, a ‘Level Two’ autonomous driving technology. Lane Following Assist tracks vehicles in front of the Ceed in traffic, and detects road markings to keep the car in its lane on the motorway. The system controls acceleration, braking and steering depending on the convoy of vehicles in front, using radar sensors to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front. Lane Following Assist operates between 0 and 130kph.

Additional available technologies include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Collision Warning, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning, Smart Parking Assist, and pedestrian recognition with haptic steering wheel warnings for the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system.

Every new Ceed is equipped as standard with Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM). VSM ensures stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control (ESC) if it detects a loss of traction.

Warranty and manufacturing

The new Kia Ceed will enter production in Q2 2018 at Kia’s Žilina, Slovakia manufacturing facility. On sale across Europe from the end of Q2 2018, the Ceed will be covered by Kia’s 7-Year, 150,000-kilometre warranty as standard.



Body and chassis

Five-door, five-seater compact C-segment vehicle, with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. Engine choice of diesel and petrol three- and four-cylinders, driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

Petrol Engines

 1.4-litre/100ps MPI petrol

Type                          Four-cylinder in-line, naturally aspirated

Capacity                   1.4-litres, 1,368 cc

Bore and stroke         72.0 x 84.0 mm

Compression ratio      10.5:1

Max power               100ps

Max torque              134 Nm

Valves                    16 (four per cylinder)

Fuel system             Multi-point injection

Emissions class       Euro Stage 6d TEMP


1.0-litre/120ps T-GDI petrol

Type                        Three-cylinder in-line, turbocharged

Capacity                   1.0-litres, 998 cc

Bore and stroke        71.0 x 84.0 mm

Compression ratio     10.0:1

Max power               120ps

Max torque              172 Nm

Valves                    12 (four per cylinder)

Fuel system             Direct injection

Emissions class       Euro Stage 6d TEMP


1.4-litre/140ps T-GDI petrol

Type                        Four-cylinder in-line, turbocharged

Capacity                   1.4-litres, 1,353 cc

Bore and stroke         71.6 x 84.0 mm

Compression ratio      10.0:1

Max power                140ps

Max torque              242 Nm

Valves                     16 (four per cylinder)

Fuel system             Direct injection

Emissions class       Euro Stage 6d TEMP


2018 Ceed Diesel Engines


1.6-litre/115ps U3 CRDi diesel

Type                          Four-cylinder in-line, turbocharged

Capacity                   1.6-litres, 1,598 cc

Bore and stroke        77.0 x 85.8 mm

Compression ratio     15.9:1

Max power               115ps

Max torque              280 Nm (6MT)

                              300 Nm (7DCT)

Valves                     16 (four per cylinder)

Fuel system             Common-rail direct injection

Emissions class       Euro Stage 6d TEMP


Suspension and damping

Front                             Fully-independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

Rear                             Fully-independent by subframe-mounted double wishbones, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar



Wheels and tyres

Standard                     Steel 15-inch, 195/65 R15 tyres

Optional                      Alloy 16-inch, 205/55 R16 tyres

                                  Alloy 17-inch, 225/45 R17 tyres

Spare                         Tyre mobility kit or optional temporary spare wheel



Exterior dimensions (mm)

Exterior – hatchback

Overall length        4,310             Overall width*       1,800

Overall height        1,447             Wheelbase            2,650

Front overhang      880                Rear overhang       780

Front track**       1,573             Rear track**                        1,581

Ground clearance  140

*excluding door mirrors

**on 15-inch wheels


Exterior – Sportswagon

Overall length                    4,600             Overall width*       1,800

Overall height                    1,465             Wheelbase                2,650

Front overhang                    880              Rear overhang       1,070

Front track**                     1,573             Rear track**                        1,581

Ground clearance  140

*excluding door mirrors

**on 15-inch wheels



                                         Hatchback         Sportswagon

Fuel tank                         50 litres                50 litres

Luggage (VDA)                395 litres              625 litre

with rear seats folded     1,291 litres          1,694 litres



CO2 emissions Petrol Hatchback


1.4 MPI                   1.0 T-GDi                                     1.4 T-GDi


CO2 emissions          137 ~ 142    122 ~ 128    128 ~ 135    125 ~ 129





                                       1.6 CRDi (lo)                            

                                     MT             7DCT            

CO2 emissions          99 ~ 104      107 ~ 109   


*Fuel economy and emissions: driving range standards are calculated using the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) and converted back to NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) 2.0, and differ depending on individual vehicle specification



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