The Kia Ceed, now in its third generation, has been unveiled at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Designed, developed, engineered and built in Europe, the Kia Ceed is its competitor in the highly competitive C-segment.
As it shares the same basic architecture with the Kia Forte sedan and its K2 platform, the Kia Ceed also drew design inspiration from the brand’s Stinger luxury sports sedan. Lower, wider, and leaner, the Kia Ceed is looks more dynamic and athletic than ever before. A long hood with shorter front overhangs and longer rear overhangs give it an athletic, cab-rearward design. Straight lines replace the rounded-off edges of its predecessor, evolving the front of the car with a wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille and lower air intake. The new model features ‘ice cube’ LED daytime running lights as standard, which creates an authoritative presence on the road. As it uses the K2 platform, the Ceed has a new European-tuned independent rear suspension, which should provide it supreme levels of handling and ride comfort.
Inside, the Kia Ceed has a more premium and upscale cabin that’s loaded with plenty of soft touch materials. There’s now a dominantly horizontal layout for the dashboard, which emphasizes the cabin’s width. Highlighting the cabin is a floating touch screen infotainment system, which are available in 5.0 and 7.0-inch touch screen audio systems, or an 8.0-inch navigation system. Further bolstering the Kia Ceed’s athletic nature is its slightly angled cockpit that’s facing towards the driver. Drivers can use the Drive Mode Select, which has a Normal and Sport mode. Customers can opt from premium options such as full leather interior and a JBL premium audio system.
Powertrain options include a 1.0 liter T-GDi engine producing 120 hp, a 1.4 liter T-GDI engine producing 140 hp, and a 1.6 liter CRDi diesel engine at two states of tune, 115 hp and 136 hp. Both are equipped as standard with a 6-speed manual, while a 7-speed dual clutch transmission is an option.
As expected, the Kia Ceed comes with the latest in high tech driver safety gear. It is equipped as standard with High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, and Forward Collision Warning. Lane Follow Assist, which is a Level 2 autonomous features, is available as an option, and is the first Level 2 autonomous Kia sold in Europe. Also available as an option include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Smart Parking Assist.