09 December 2013
This 1.6-litre diesel engine is a marriage between economy and performance. The seven-year warranty displays a confidence in the product which other manufacturers have so far failed to match.
This 1.6-litre diesel engine is a marriage between economy and performance, although unlike most marriages these days this one actually works! After having previously driven the 2.0 CRDi offering from Kia we were under the impression that the 1.6 CRDi would offer a lot less in terms of pulling power and driver enjoyment... how wrong we were. The performance is spirited to say the least and you do feel the car wants to be pushed rather than being held back for reasons of economy.
The steering feel is good at low and high speeds with feedback constantly being fed through to the driver via a firm ride and keen suspension. This is a station wagon at the end of the day and not a sports car although we didn’t notice any discernable difference in handling between the estate and hatchback variants of the cee’d.
That seven-year warranty dominates this subject again! It displays a confidence in the product which other manufacturers have so far failed to match. The cabin has been made with good quality materials with a soft touch dashboard and leather steering wheel adding to the ‘premium’ feel of the model we drove.
The Kia cee’d was awarded the maximum five-star rating for adult protection in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The car also received four-stars for child protection and two-stars for pedestrian protection. The cee’d scored maximum points in the side impact and pole tests. Every cee’d come with front, side and curtain airbags as standard plus active front seat headrests. Twin ISOFIX child seat mountings and anti-lock brakes are also standard but stability control will have to be added as an option on all but the top-of-the-range models.
The boot size on the SW is certainly a different proposition to that which the hatchback provides. The capacity of 534-litres can be increased to an impressive 1,664-litres by folding the rear seats flat. There is also enough head- and leg-room to allow four adults to be seated comfortably.
Residual values have yet to settle themselves for the cee’d as it is still a relatively new model. Kia are a bit of an unknown performer in this car sector but the seven-year warranty can only enhance their status. If you want an outstanding 2.0 litre diesel unit which rivals more expensive marques with it’s performance AND miles per gallon then you would struggle to find it elsewhere at the price of the Kia Cee’d 1.6 LS SW.
Submitted: 04/08/2008 15:19:03
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