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1          THE NEW KIA cee’d                                                               

Short story 

  • World-class new powertrains improve efficiency
  • Economy of up to 78.5mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 94g/km
  • New GT-Line trim package for the sports-hatch enthusiast
  • New advanced electronic aids to help the driver
  • Improved navigation and connectivity services
  • All-European car, with more than a million sold so far

With world-class new powertrains, a sporty new GT-Line trim level and major additions to electronic driver aids and connected car systems, the new version of Kia’s European mid-sized hatchback, cee’d, is ready to build on the strengths which have already attracted more than a million buyers.   

From the outset the cee’d was fundamental to Kia’s policy of creating specific cars in and for the markets where they are sold. It was the car which gave Kia a manufacturing footprint in Europe, and is designed, engineered and sold exclusively there. It is still produced only at the Žilina plant in Slovakia. The cee’d was also the first car to be offered with Kia’s industry-leading seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty – a feature now standard on every model from the Korean manufacturer. 

The latest cee’d is even more adapted to the requirements of its European homeland. It introduces new state-of-the-art 1.0-litre three-cylinder ecoTurbo turbocharged petrol engines and a new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel which bring CO2 emissions down to as low as 94g/km. The diesel is the first car to be available with Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic transmission, which offers buyers all the advantages of both a manual and an auto but with far superior fuel economy and emissions. 

For buyers who enjoy the sharp exterior and interior styling of sports hatchbacks, but want to avoid the higher fuel, taxation and insurance costs of an out-and-out high-performance model, Kia introduces GT-Line, a new styling and trim option. It offers much of what makes the flagship 201bhp cee’d GT stand out, but with lower running costs and more comfort-oriented chassis settings.

The advanced driver assistance features available now include Speed Limit Information, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert – just some of the items on an extensive list of systems to reduce the workload of the driver in congested cities, on dark rural roads or in bad weather. The car’s infotainment and navigation systems have also been upgraded.  Finally, although they hardly needed it, the handsome exterior lines and the high-quality cabin have been given a subtle freshen-up. 

New ecoTurbo and CRDi engines plus a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox

Kia unveiled its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo (ecoTurbo) engines at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. They are destined to be used in a number of models, but make their debut in the cee’d with power outputs of 98 or 118bhp. Both are 998cc units developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang research and development facility in Korea, and have been engineered to require 10 to 15 per cent less fuel than the 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre GDi units in other versions of the cee’d, with similar reductions in emissions. Kia will replace 70 per cent of its internal combustion engines with new, downsized, more fuel-efficient alternatives within the next few years.           

Both ecoTurbo engines are capable of 57.6mpg in the official European combined fuel test, with CO2 emissions of 113g/km for the lesser-powered version and 115g/km for the more potent unit.  

The new cee’d also introduces a new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine. This has increased power – up from 126 to 134bhp – with greater torque of 280Nm in manual versions and 300Nm with the new 7-DCT gearbox. CO2 emissions are down by as much as 10g/km in manual versions. However, the greatest gains are seen when the CRDi engine is paired with the 7-DCT gearbox. Compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109. 

The 7-DCT gearbox was also developed in-house at Namyang and, with a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm, will be used in a wide range of models within the next few years. Fuel economy for manual versions of the new cee’d 1.6 CRDi is up to 78.5mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 94g/km depending on wheel and tyre size, while all 7-DCT versions have corresponding figures of 67.3 combined mpg and 109g/km. 

All diesels feature additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin for greater refinement and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). 

The cee’d continues to be available with a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine and with the 133bhp 1.6-litre direct-injection GDi unit. There is also an 89bhp 1.4-litre CRDi diesel. Kia’s ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) engine stop/start system is standard with all 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines. By shutting down the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gear-lever into neutral and releases the clutch, it ensures that no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted while stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch is pressed.    

GT-Line – hot hatch looks with more affordable running costs

The new cee’d introduces a new trim level – GT-Line – which offers buyers most of the styling and trim features of the sporty flagship cee’d GT, but with lower fuel, insurance and taxation costs. GT-Line is available with the higher-powered 1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol engine and with the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. 

GT-Line models are distinguished by a deep front bumper flanked by ice cube-style LED daytime running lights. These are housed in black high-gloss panels along with the foglights and daytime running lights. There is a unique black lower grille and a black high-gloss mesh main grille with a graphite chrome surround. This is complemented by an equally sporty rear bumper with a deeply recessed number-plate housing and dual exhausts. The number plate and rear foglights are encased in high-gloss black panels. The rear lamps are full LED units. At the sides there are sill extensions and bespoke five-double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a ‘GT-Line’ identifier on the rear bodywork.

In the cabin, GT-Line models feature black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts. The driver and front passenger seats have power lumbar adjustment.  There is a sporty leather steering wheel with a perforated grip, and silver stitching which is replicated on the gear shifter, back door centre trim and seats. There are also alloy pedals with rubber grip inserts and faux black leather door inserts. The navigation centre in the fascia console has a matt black finish and there is a high-gloss black console tray, air vent surrounds and door trims.     

There are no unique suspension, steering or braking revisions to GT-Line models, but all versions of the cee’d have a modified fully independent suspension system to improve comfort and handling. All-independent suspension has inherent advantages for ride and handling compared with the simple beam rear axle used by many cars in this class. 

The cee’d now features torque vectoring to minimise understeer in hard cornering by partially braking the inner front wheel. The Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has been retuned to be more linear and predictable in response to steering inputs, while the front wheel geometry has been adapted to improve on-centre feel. Revisions to the suspension improve comfort on poor surfaces by minimising vibrations and the rear anti-roll bar is now hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise into the cabin. 

Advanced driver aids and connected-car systems

The new cee’d introduces a range of additional driver assistance and connectivity features to the range. Depending on model, the cee’d is now available with a Speed Limit Information Function to reduce the risk of drivers falling foul of the law. 

To help reduce accidents, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert add to the already comprehensive passive and active safety systems of the cee’d. Blind Spot Detection gives the driver an extra pair of  ‘eyes’  when swapping lanes, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert prevents the car from being reversed into the path of another vehicle when leaving end-on parking bays. A perpendicular parking function has been added to the Smart Park Assist System which was available in the previous model. It can steer the cee’d into or out of parallel parking spots and into perpendicular (90)º spaces.

The new model features the highest level of connectivity ever found in a cee’d through the latest Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®. Via the stylish, modern-looking 7-inch central touchscreen, drivers gain access to European mapping, a Traffic Messaging Channel, full UK postcode entry and the choice of fast, short or economical route-planning, while TomTom Connected services provide additional and valuable driver information, including speed camera locations, live traffic updates and local search and weather details. The 7-inch touchscreen is linked to a colour reversing camera. A DAB radio with MP3 compatibility becomes standard on every cee’d. 

European design and quality

The cee’d name was first heard at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, coinciding with the arrival of Peter Schreyer as Chief Design Officer. The second-generation model, created entirely under his watchful gaze by a team led by European design chief Gregory Guillaume, appeared a little under six years later at the Geneva Show, and is still so fresh and appealing that only minor modifications have been made to add a touch more sportiness and perceived quality to the mix.

Kia hallmarks like the ‘tiger-nose’ front grille, sleek profile and wrap-around headlights remain largely untouched except for a new oval-shaped grille mesh. This has a chrome surround on the two lower-series models and a graphite chrome surround on all others. All versions except GT have a newly designed front bumper which is now common to all three cee’d body styles. It includes a horizontal lower section which links the front foglamp/daytime running lamp surround and a flatter grille, emphasising the wide stance of the car and presenting a sportier look. The foglight housing is in either matt or high-gloss black, depending on model, with matt black or chrome edging.

There is also a revised rear bumper with more voluminous reflectors housed in high-gloss black panels (except the base model) and LED lamp clusters for the majority of models. There are also stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels for all except grade 1, and new 18-inch for the GT.

The spacious and handsome interior of the cee’d has received only small detail touches, mainly to add an extra veneer of quality or to accommodate the new driver assistance and connectivity systems, such as the revised 7-inch touchscreen and turn-by-turn instructions which now appear in the instrument panel. 

There is a revised air vent system with a chrome surround to accentuate the width of the cabin, and additional chrome on the window switches. An illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button now features on models with the Smart Entry System.   

The cee’d in the UK

Kia offers an 18-model cee’d range in the UK (excluding GT), but with significant revisions to take into account the new engines, transmission and GT-Line trim option. The line-up has been carefully selected to reflect changes in buying patterns, with an increasing number of customers now opting for higher trim grades.

The entry points to the range are grades ‘1’ and ‘SR7’, both of which are available with the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines. Grade 1 is also available with the uprated 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel as a low-cost offering for budget-conscious fleet operators.  

Grade ‘2’ gives buyers the option of the 1.6-litre GDi direct-injection petrol engine, the lesser-powered 1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol engine or the new 1.6-litre CRDi in either manual or 7-DCT form. Grade ‘3’ comes with the higher-powered ecoTurbo engine and manual or automatic 1.6-litre CRDi powertrains. This is replicated by the choice of new GT-Line models. Grade ‘4’ is CRDi only – manual or automatic – while grade ‘4 Tech’ is powered solely by the CRDi engine with manual transmission. 

All feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, front electric windows, remote central locking, a cooled glovebox, a flat-folding 60:40 split rear seat, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system, a DAB radio, illuminated USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking. 

‘SR7’ adds new 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, reversing sensors, all-round electric windows with auto up/down function, chrome interior garnish, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and automatic headlight control. Grade ‘2’ is distinguished by new black Premium cloth seats, chrome front foglight surrounds, a graphite chrome radiator grille, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights and a dual-tone horn. This is on top of LED rear combination lamps, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, chrome window surrounds, a rear centre armrest, cruise control with speed limiter, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage net hooks and an under-floor box and the Flex Steer function giving three different levels of steering weight and sensitivity.  

Grade ‘3’ has different 16-inch alloy wheels and the 7-inch touchscreen with TomTom® Connected services and a reversing camera, rain-sensing front wipers with de-icing elements, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with two-step airflow control, black seat upholstery with contrasting mesh inserts, powered lumbar support adjustment for the driver and front passenger, faux leather door trims, a black high-gloss fascia and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. 

Grade ‘4’ introduces 17-inch alloys, exterior illumination on the front door handles, black leather front and rear seats with contrasting grey inserts, a heated steering wheel and front seats, an electronic parking brake, the Smart Entry System with illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button, a premium centre console with sliding cover and cupholders, a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display and stainless steel pedals and scuff plates, while the grade ‘4 Tech’ is distinguished by the new Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, xenon adaptive lighting system with automatic levelling, front headlamp washers and front and rear parking sensors. 

And now there is GT-Line, with the GT-Line exterior styling pack of graphite chrome grille surround with black high-gloss mesh, a black lower grille, side sill mouldings, a dual exhaust, black high-gloss LED light housing and number-plate surround, ice-cube LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss foglight housings and rear ‘GT-Line’ badge. The GT-Line interior pack supplements this with black headlining and black cross-stitch upholstery with silver stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gearshifter, door trim and seats. There is a leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and a black centre fascia and high-gloss black centre tray, air-vent surrounds and door trim. 

The cee’d was designed and engineered at Kia’s Frankfurt design studios and technical centre and is made at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia. It comes with a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty and is available for retail customers with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages, which cover all routine maintenance for three or five years. The warranty and servicing packages are transferable if the car is sold before they expire. 

UK cee’d line-up

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

1.4 6-speed manual 1

98

134

12.3

114

47.1

138

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 1

89

240

13.0

107

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 1

134

280

9.5

117

78.5

94

1.4 6-speed manual SR7

98

134

12.3

114

47.1

138

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual SR7

89

240

13.0

107

67.3

109

1.6 GDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

133

164

9.8

118

52.3

124

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

98

171

12.3

114

57.6

113

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

134

280

9.5

117

74.3

99

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 2

134

300

10.2

124

67.3

109

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

118

171

10.7

118

57.6

115

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

134

280

9.5

117

74.3

99

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 3

134

300

10.2

124

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4

134

280

9.8

122

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 4

134

300

10.7

124

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4 Tech

134

280

9.8

122

72.4

102

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

118

171

10.3

118

57.6

115

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

134

280

9.8

122

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG GT-Line

134

300

10.2

124

67.3

109

                 

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2          WALK-AROUND                                                                                              

A quick guide to the new cee’d 

Exterior (depending on model)

  • New sporty GT-Line trim level
  • Newly designed front bumper for all models except GT-Line
  • New, oval-shaped grille mesh
  • Reshaped rear bumper
  • LED rear lamps
  • New colour palette with Silver Frost metallic and Yellow Flame metallic options
  • New 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels 

Interior (depending on model)

  • New air vent system with chrome highlights
  • Further chrome highlights around the window switches
  • Illuminated USB and AUX ports
  • Illuminated aluminium engine starter button
  • New seat cloth (Grade ‘2’)
  • Additional sound-absorbing materials and anti-vibration foam to improve NVH of diesel models
  • Unique sporty look for GT-Line models 

Technical

  • New 1.0-litre three-cylinder ecoTurbo petrol engines. First of a new family of downsized, highly-efficient petrol power units
  • New, more powerful 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine
  • 7-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox (7-DCT) introduced for 1.6-litre CRDi engine
  • New torque vectoring system to minimise understeer in hard cornering
  • Improvements to rear suspension for improved comfort and handling
  • Modified Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) for more linear and precise response
  • Revised front wheel geometry for greater on-centre feel 

Safety and equipment (depending on model)

  • Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Traffic Signal Recognition and Speed Limit Information
  • DAB radio
  • Perpendicular parking function added to Smart Park Assist System
  • Improved supervision cluster adds navigation turn-by-turn instructions
  • 7-inch navigation screen with TomTom® Connected services. Offers live traffic updates, local search and weather forecasting
  • Further driver aids and connectivity services to be added later

 

3          EUROPEAN BY DESIGN
New GT-Line trim package adds a sporty look 

A sporty new GT-Line trim package headlines the changes to the styling of the new cee’d. Elsewhere, there have been detail modifications to give the cee’d a more modern look and emphasise its quality – perceived and actual – but wholesale change was deemed neither desirable nor necessary. 

GT-Line was revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and brings most of the styling and trim features of the sporty flagship, the cee’d GT, but with lower fuel, insurance and taxation costs. GT-Line is available with the higher-powered 1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol engine and with the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. 

GT-Line models are distinguished by a deep front bumper flanked by ice cube-style LED daytime running lights. These are housed in black high-gloss panels along with the foglights and daytime running lights. There is a unique black lower grille and a black high-gloss mesh main grille with a graphite chrome surround. This is complemented by an equally sporty rear bumper with a deeply recessed number-plate housing and dual exhausts. The number plate and rear foglights are encased in high-gloss black panels. The rear lamps are full LED units. At the sides there are sill extensions and bespoke five-double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a ‘GT-Line’ identifier on the rear bodywork. 

In the cabin, GT-Line models feature black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts. The driver and front passenger seats have power lumbar adjustment.  There is a sporty leather steering wheel with a perforated grip and silver stitching, which is replicated on the gear shifter, back door centre trim and seats. There are also alloy pedals with rubber grip inserts and faux black leather door inserts. The navigation centre in the fascia console has a matt black finish and there is a high-gloss black console tray, air vent surrounds and door trims.     

The current cee’d was revealed in 2012 and was created under the watchful gaze of President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer by a team led by European design chief Gregory Guillaume. It is still so fresh and appealing that only minor modifications have been made to the car for 2016. 

Kia hallmarks like the ‘tiger-nose’ front grille, sleek profile and wrap-around headlights remain largely untouched except for a new oval-shaped grille mesh. This has a chrome surround on the two lower-series versions and a graphite chrome surround on all others. All models except GT-Line have a newly designed front bumper which is now common to all three cee’d body styles. It includes a horizontal lower section which links the front foglamp/daytime running lamp surround and a flatter grille, emphasising the wide stance of the car and presenting a sportier look. The foglight housing is in either matt or high-gloss black, depending on model, with matt black or chrome edging. 

There is also a revised rear bumper with more voluminous reflectors housed in high-gloss black panels (GT line only) and LED lamp clusters for the majority of models. There are also stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs for all except grade ‘1’. 

The spacious and handsome interior of the cee’d has received only small detail touches, mainly to add an extra veneer of quality or to accommodate the new driver assistance and connectivity systems, such as the revised 7-inch touchscreen and turn-by-turn instructions which now appear in the instrument panel. 

There is a revised air vent system with a chrome surround to accentuate the width of the cabin, and additional chrome on the window switches. An illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button now features on models with the Smart Entry System. 

The cee’d is fundamental to Kia’s policy of creating specific cars in and for the markets where they are sold, and was designed and engineered in Europe and is manufactured and sold exclusively there. From the outset it was imperative that the car was seen as European – not just in its styling and ride and handling, or through the availability of state-of-the-art diesel engines, but also in the hundreds of small details which separate European preferences from those in other parts of the world. 

Haptics – how things feel and move – and ergonomics, the placement of controls and inter-relation between them, were of paramount importance and played a large part in the design. Europeans like handwheel-type seat adjusters because they offer a fine degree of backrest angle variation, and they prefer the indicator stalk on the left of the steering column rather than the right. The cee’d designers took note of this. In Europe, quality is also as much about how things feel and look as it is about durability, so the cee’d also addresses these issues. 

In many ways the cee’d is more European than its European competitors. No stone has been left unturned. One seemingly insignificant detail is the fuel-filler flap. In the Far East and America, buyers like a separate release lever inside the car, while Europeans prefer the filler flap to be linked to the central locking system so that it can be opened with just a push – so that’s what you will find. 

The wheelbase is one of the longest in class at 2,650mm, while the wide front and rear tracks give the car a sporty stance which, along with the revised suspension geometry, contributes towards the car’s high-speed stability and cornering prowess. The athletic appearance of the cee’d is further emphasised by wheels of up to 17-inches in diameter, 18-inch on GT, tightly encased by the stylish bodywork. With its steeply angled A-pillars, low belt line and emphatic glasshouse, the new cee’d has something of a coupé-like profile. 

The cab-forward design and a rakish, coupé-like roofline are not at the expense of passenger space, while the large rear overhang means the cee’d offers equally good luggage space of 380 litres, or 362 litres with the standard temporary spare wheel in place. The boot is long and wide, with a wide opening. 

The co-efficient of drag is 0.30. Even a tiny improvement in Cd brings measurable benefits in fuel economy. Kia aerodynamicists spent more than 100 hours in the wind tunnel at the company’s research and development centre at Namyang, South Korea, honing details like the shape of the rear spoiler and engine cover, the vertical edge on the rear lamps and the centre cover beneath the floor to effect an improvement in the car’s Cd.   

Peter Schreyer says: “Our primary focus was to ensure the second-generation cee’d was as instantly noticeable and recognisable – and in some ways as surprising – as the original.” 

One particularly pleasing aspect for Schreyer is that the production car so closely resembles the first clay model.  This is rarely achieved, as the conflicts of design, engineering, safety and aerodynamics can influence a car’s shape, and even millimetric alterations can change the way the finished product appears. 

For Schreyer and Guillaume, the successful transfer from clay model to finished article is a result of their fundamental focus on proportions. “We spent more time working on the proportions than the details,” says Guillaume.  “We believe in getting the proportions, volumes and surfacing right.  If you achieve that, it speaks for itself in the manner of a simple black cocktail dress.  Then there’s no need to add too much detail.” 

Quality is actual as well as perceived. The tight shutlines would not look out of place on a premium car, while most versions have an elegant chromed window surround. First impressions are matched when stepping into the cabin. The classy key fob with metallised inserts is merely a foretaste of what is to come. Soft-touch surfaces, high-quality materials, damped sun visors, lidded storage areas, ambient lighting, tactile door grab handles and precise panel gaps combine to give the interior a solid, mature, made-from-a-mould feel. 

This is matched by the refinement of the car, which starts with its excellent torsional stiffness. Everything which could contribute to this was done – even the windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, which means that it also shuts out more exterior noise. The design of the weather strips around the door frames, the filling in the pillar areas, the shape of the door mirrors and the thick front door glass all play a part. Even the sealing strips on the door sills make it more difficult for noise to enter the cabin. 

In the new model there are new stoppers on the rear strut mount insulators and a new outer ball joint on the rear anti-roll bar to minimise suspension vibrations, and the rear anti-roll bar is hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise. 

The driver-centric dashboard layout features intuitive controls clearly grouped, with superb attention to detail. Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display on grade ‘4’, ‘ 4 Tech’ and GT-Line versions, while grade ‘3’ and above have a satellite navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen and built-in reversing camera. 

The seats offer excellent all-round support and have 10-way power-adjustment and memory on the driver’s side in the ‘4 Tech’.  Fin-style door grab handles, an asymmetric centre console surround framing a deep storage area, bright chrome highlights in the majority of models, soft-touch surfaces and padded door trims and storage boxes all attest to the attention to detail and quality.

 

4          RANGE FINDER                                                                                                          

           A restructured line-up with new powertrains and a new trim level 

Kia offers an 18-model cee’d range in the UK (excluding GT), but with significant revisions to take into account the new engines, transmission and GT-Line trim option. The line-up has been carefully selected to reflect changes in buying patterns, with an increasing number of customers now opting for higher trim grades. 

The entry points to the range are grades ‘1’ and ‘SR7’, both of which are available with the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines. Grade ‘1’ is also available with the uprated 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel unit as a low-cost offering for budget-conscious fleet operators.  

Grade ‘2’ gives buyers the option of the 1.6-litre GDi direct-injection petrol engine, the lesser-powered 1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol engine or the new 1.6-litre CRDi in either manual or 7-DCT form. Grade ‘3’ comes with the higher-powered ecoTurbo engine and manual or automatic 1.6-litre CRDi powertrains. This is replicated by the choice of new GT-Line models. Grade ‘4’ is CRDi only – manual or automatic – while grade ‘4 Tech’ is powered solely by the CRDi engine with manual transmission. 

All feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, front electric windows, remote central locking, a cooled glovebox, a flat-folding 60:40 split rear seat, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system, DAB radio, illuminated USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking. 

‘SR7’ adds new 16-inch alloy wheels in place of 15-inch steel rims, a leather-rimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, reversing sensors, all-round electric windows with auto up/down function, chrome interior garnish, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and automatic headlight control. Grade ‘2’ is distinguished by new black Premium cloth seats, chrome front foglight surrounds, a graphite chrome radiator grille, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights and a dual-tone horn. This is on top of LED rear combination lamps, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, chrome window surrounds, a rear centre armrest, cruise control with speed limiter, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage net hooks and an under-floor box and the Flex Steer function giving three different levels of steering weight and sensitivity. 

Grade ‘3’ has different 16-inch alloy wheels and the 7-inch touchscreen with TomTom® Connected services and a reversing camera, rain-sensing front wipers with de-icing elements, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with two-step airflow control, seat upholstery with contrasting mesh inserts, powered lumbar support adjustment for the driver and front passenger, faux leather door trims, a black high-gloss fascia and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Grade ‘4’ introduces 17-inch alloys, exterior illumination on the front door handles, black leather front seats with contrasting grey inserts, a heated steering wheel and front seats, an electronic parking brake, the Smart Entry System with illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button, a premium centre console with sliding cover and cupholders, a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display and stainless steel pedals and scuff plates, while the cee’d 4 Tech is distinguished by the new Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, xenon adaptive lighting system with automatic levelling, front headlamp washers and front and rear parking sensors. 

And now there is GT-Line, with the GT-Line exterior styling pack of graphite chrome grille surround with black high-gloss mesh, a black lower grille, side sill mouldings, a dual exhaust, black high-gloss LED light housing and number-plate surround, ice-cube LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss foglight housings and rear ‘GT-Line’ badge. The GT-Line interior pack supplements this with black headlining and black cross-stitch upholstery with silver stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gearshifter, door trim and seats. There is a leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and a black centre fascia and high-gloss black centre tray, air-vent surrounds and door trim.

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5          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                                 

World-class new engines and transmission 

The new cee’d introduces three new engines and a new seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission (7-DCT), all designed specifically to meet the requirements of European motorists, many of whom have to contend with CO2-based taxation structures. All three new engines deliver exceptional torque at low revs, improving the driveability of the cee’d in the conditions faced by Europeans. 

The cee’d is now available with 5 engines (excluding the high-performance GT), all of which meet EU6 emissions regulations. These state-of-the-art power units deliver fuel economy of up to 78.5mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 94g/km. 

There have also been revisions to the car’s acclaimed all-independent suspension and Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS), plus modifications to further reduce noise, vibration and harshness in diesel models. 

The engines

At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show Kia introduced its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged petrol engines (ecoTurbo), the first of an entire new family of world-class power units designed to meet the company’s stringent internal targets for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Kia intends to downsize 70 per cent of its internal combustion engines in the next few years while introducing new models which embrace every form of alternative powertrain – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric as in the Soul EV and even hydrogen fuel cell.

However, in many countries it will be some years before the infrastructure is mature enough to support widespread use of alternative power systems, so for now the emphasis will be on minimising the impact of combustion engines. This is where the new 1.0-litre ecoTurbo unit and the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel have a significant role to play. They are available alongside 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol units from Kia’s Gamma family and a 1.4-litre CRDi turbodiesel from the European-designed and European-made U2 range. The 1.6-litre Gamma engine features direct petrol injection (GDi).

There are two versions of the new ecoTurbo engine, delivering 98bhp at 4,500rpm or 118bhp at 6,000rpm. In both cases there is a maximum 171Nm of torque available from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm, ensuring outstanding driving flexibility. The ecoTurbo units are members of the Kappa family and were developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang research and development facility in Korea. They require 10 to 15 per cent less fuel than the 1.6-litre GDi, with similar reductions in emissions. 

The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. These goals have been more than met with the aid of innovative technical solutions. The ecoTurbo engines feature laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread more evenly throughout the cylinders than if it was being consistently sprayed into certain points. Thanks to a high-pressure pump, injection is at up to 200 bar. 

The ecoTurbo engines have a straight air intake port rather than the gently curved port in the 1.6 GDi unit. It ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the intake process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking. 

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads.

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold which reduces exhaust gas temperatures, bringing the benefits of higher speeds with greater fuel efficiency. Lower temperatures also result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88º C to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts of coolant flow above 105º C to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

Both versions of the ecoTurbo engine has a fuel economy figure of 57.6mpg, while CO2 emissions are 113g/km with the lesser-powered version and 115g/km with the 118bhp unit. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 12.3 and 10.7 seconds respectively, while the top speeds are 114 and 118mph. 

The third new engine is the latest 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel unit which, like its 1.4-litre counterpart, is a member of the U2 family. It features a new high-pressure injection system and a continuously controlled variable oil pump to reduce friction losses. Power rises from 126bhp to 134bhp, while the maximum torque is now 280Nm rather than 265Nm with the manual gearbox, and is available at 1,500rpm instead of 1,900rpm previously. In 7-DCT versions maximum torque is 300Nm, available from 1,750 to 2,500rpm. 

The improvements in power, torque and driveability mean that all manual versions of the cee’d 1.6 CRDi can accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 10 seconds, while the top speed is 117mph (grades 1 to 3) and 122mph (grades 4, 4 Tech and GT-Line). Fuel economy is as high as 78.5mpg, depending on wheel and tyre combination, while CO2 emissions are between 94 and 102g/km. 

With the new 7-DCT automatic gearbox there are spectacular improvements in economy and emissions compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg (all versions). Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 10.2 seconds, while the top speed is 124mph.       

The U2 CRDi turbodiesel engine is a 16-valve double overhead camshaft unit with a cast-iron block and bedplate and an aluminium oil pan. The 1.4-litre unit has a wastegate turbocharger while the 1.6 features a variable geometry turbocharger, which adjusts the flow of exhaust gases by altering the angle of the turbo vanes according to engine requirements to raise performance while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The 1.6 also has variable swirl control. This increases swirl at low-to-mid loads to reduce emissions and decreases it at high loads to maximise power. 

The 1.4-litre CRDi engine develops 89bhp at 4,000rpm and an improved 240Nm of torque – up from 220Nm – between 1,500 and 2,500rpm. This is sufficient to ensure sprightly performance with excellent driveability through a six-speed manual gearbox. The 0-60mph dash takes 13.0 seconds and the top speed is 107mph.  Fuel economy is 67.3mpg, while CO2 emissions are 109g/km. 

Both diesels feature additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin for greater refinement and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system; twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel; and sound-absorbing material is now fitted to the engine block, oil pan and diesel particulate filter.  

The cee’d continues to be available with the 1.6-litre direct-injection (GDi) and multi-point-injection 1.4-litre engines. Both are 16-valve units with twin overhead camshafts. Continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts ensures high torque at low engine revs for good driveability in European cities, and excellent power for the fast motorway speeds common in Europe. They feature an offset crankshaft to optimise fuel economy by reducing friction losses and improve the speed reduction of the pistons around the expansion stroke. Both have a strong aluminium ladder frame to improve rigidity and reduce NVH. 

With a compression ratio of 11.0:1, electronic throttle control and piston heads shaped to ensure the directly injected fuel converges around the spark plug, the 1.6 GDi delivers an outstanding combination of performance, fuel economy and emissions control. Fuel is delivered at a pressure of up to 150 bar through six-hole injectors in a fuel rail fixed directly to the cylinder head at four points. A high-pressure sensor controls the fuel-flow rate and feedback through pressure changes in the fuel rail.  

The GDi engine develops 133bhp at 6,300rpm and 164Nm of torque peaking at 4,850rpm. It can accelerate the cee’d to 60mph from a standing start in 9.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 118mph. CO2 emissions are 124g/km, while fuel economy is 52.3mpg. 

The 1.4-litre Gamma engine develops 98bhp at 6,000rpm and 134Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The 0-60mph acceleration time is 12.3 seconds and the top speed is 114mph, while CO2 emissions are 138g/km and fuel economy is 47.1mpg. 

EcoDynamics and ISG

All versions of the new cee’d feature Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving, CO2-reducing technologies, while Kia’s ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) engine stop/start system is standard with all 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines. By shutting down the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch, it ensures that no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted while stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch is pressed.    

Low rolling resistance tyres are 14 per cent more efficient than standard ones and a gearshift indicator on manual models advises the driver of the most efficient change-up points.  Kia has also developed a kick-down switch for the accelerator to prevent unintentional full-throttle use.  A small resistance felt through the accelerator pedal at full-throttle condition helps drivers to avoid excessive fuel consumption, without impairing responsiveness when maximum power is needed.  Other innovative technologies as part of the EcoDynamics package include a power-saving alternator management system and Motor Driven Power Steering. 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit.  This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU. 

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion.  The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when the driver wishes to continue driving and ensures the engine is started.  There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low. 

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and release the clutch pedal.  After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver engages the clutch again.  The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard.  Drivers can also manually turn off the ISG system through a switch on the dashboard. 

Transmissions

The new 1.6 T-GDi engines are not the only advanced efficiency-enhancing technical features to debut in the new cee’d. It also gets first use of Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic transmission in conjunction with the 1.6-litre CRDi engine in grades ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’ and GT-Line. 

Like the 1.6 T-GDi engines, this was developed in-house with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the comfort and smoothness of a torque converter transmission in automatic mode with the sportiness of a manual when the driver chooses to take control of gear changes. It has a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm – higher than the previous six-speed automatic – while delivering faster changes and lower running costs. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg. 

The manual gearboxes in the cee’d are six-speed units with a wide spread of ratios and long final drives to help bring down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. They are light and compact with a short, slick shift.  

Suspension, steering and brakes

European driving conditions impose different challenges to those found almost anywhere else on earth. Highway speeds are generally higher. Towns and cities often have narrow, bumpy streets. And in-between there are winding country roads, mountain passes and twisting lanes. To cope with this eclectic mix a car must be both agile and supple. 

From the outset Kia demanded that the cee’d should not only look and feel European but should also behave European.  That is why it has the comparative rarity in its class of an expensive fully independent rear suspension system in place of the more commonly used and cheaper twist beam, and a wheelbase that is one of the longest in class. Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) provides the right degree of assistance and weighting while reducing fuel consumption by around 3 per cent.  And powerful all-disc brakes – with anti-lock (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS) – bring the cee’d to a stable and sure halt in the shortest possible distance. 

All versions of the new cee’d have a modified fully independent suspension system to improve comfort and handling and now feature torque vectoring to minimise understeer in hard cornering by partially braking the inner front wheel. The car’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has been retuned to be more linear and predictable in response to steering inputs, while the front wheel geometry has been adapted to improve on-centre feel. New stoppers on the rear strut mount insulators and a new outer ball joint on the rear anti-roll bar improve comfort on poor surfaces by minimising suspension vibrations. The rear anti-roll bar is now hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise into the cabin. The outcome is that the cee’d has lost none of its agility, but now delivers a more compliant and quieter ride. 

Grades ‘2’ and above, excluding GT, also have Flex Steer. This allows drivers to personalise the level of assistance provided by the MDPS system at the touch of a button. It provides three stages of assistance – Comfort, which is ideal for parking manoeuvres in tight spaces or slow urban driving; Normal, which is the default mode; or Sport, which requires more steering effort and is therefore suited to fast highway driving where maximum stability is demanded. Whichever setting the owner chooses is maintained even after the engine has been switched off so that, for example, if the car is parked in town it will continue to be light and easy to drive upon restart. 

All-disc brakes, ventilated at the front, are standard and they are backed up by ABS, EBD and BAS. A lot of attention was paid to the software of the ABS system to improve braking feel. An electronic parking brake is standard on grades ‘4’ and ‘4 Tech’. It features an automatic off function when the car pulls away. 

The cee’d is equipped with third-generation ESC and features Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which communicates with the steering to stabilise the car when it is braking or accelerating on roads with differing levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control is standard to ensure the car pulls away smoothly without rolling backwards on steep inclines – this is achieved by momentarily applying the brakes, for two seconds on manual versions and 0.8 seconds on automatic versions.       

Improved NVH

Kia has raised refinement with a series of new measures to counter NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) as part of its review of every single facet of the cee’d. 

The aerodynamics (Cd 0.30) and carefully shaped door mirrors significantly reduce the incursion of wind noise into the cabin. There are joints on the ends of the belt-line weather strips, while the weather strips around the door frames are single-piece ‘one-turn’ items to reduce wind noise. The windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, which not only makes the car more rigid but also aids quietness. The pillar filling areas and even the sill trim strips have been devised to minimise the chance of noise seeping into the cabin. 

The stiff body shell and revised rear suspension reduce the possibilities for road noise to enter the cabin, and there is sound absorption material throughout the car. Combustion noise from the diesel engines is less as a result of additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin. Additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system; twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel; and sound-absorbing material is now fitted to the engine block, oil pan and diesel particulate filter. 

A three-point engine mounting system on all models also aids refinement, while acceleration vibration is minimised by the design of the roll-mounting system.

 

6          SAFETY FIRST                                                                                    

Advanced new driver aids – with more to come 

A raft of new driver assistance and connectivity features advances the already comprehensive active and passive safety systems of the cee’d. Depending on model, the new cee’d is now available with Speed Limit Information to reduce the risk of drivers falling foul of the law. 

To help reduce accidents, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert add to the already comprehensive passive and active safety systems of the cee’d. Blind Spot Detection gives the driver an extra pair of  ‘eyes’  when swapping lanes, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert alerts the driver if the car is about to be reversed into the path of another vehicle when leaving end-on parking bays. A perpendicular parking function has been added to the Smart Park Assist System which was available in the previous model. It can steer the cee’d into or out of parallel parking spots and into perpendicular (90)º spaces.

The new model features the highest level of connectivity ever found in a cee’d through the latest Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®. Via the stylish, modern-looking 7-inch central touchscreen, drivers gain access to European mapping, a Traffic Messaging Channel, full UK postcode entry and the choice of fast, short or economical route-planning to their destination, while TomTom® Connected services provide additional and valuable driver information, including speed camera locations, live traffic updates and local search and weather information. The 7-inch touchscreen is linked to a colour reversing camera. 

All the essentials for avoiding accidents, or at the very least minimising the effects of them, are standard in the cee’d. There is Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to control skids even before the driver can react, and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to keep the car stable when accelerating or braking on roads with different levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep gradients by holding the brakes for up to two seconds. 

The ambitious target with the cee’d was not just a five-star Euro-NCAP rating, but a higher score than any class competitor. To achieve that, major advances in body engineering and pedestrian protection were necessary. 

The bodyshell is incredibly stiff as a result of a comprehensive package of reinforcements in critical areas. Even the windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a sealing strip, which aids both rigidity and refinement. In total, 57 per cent of the body is made from high-tensile steel, with ultra-high-tensile steel in the B-pillar structures. 

There is an i-type subframe with rigid side members, front apron and dashboard. Horizontal and centre tunnel supports feature in the dash area. The A-pillars, inner door rail and upper and lower body structures have been reinforced and there are transverse cross-members linking the front and rear suspension mounts, pressings attaching the boot floor to the tailgate opening and a strong floor cross-member. All of this serves to provide a safety ‘ring’ around the tailgate area. 

At the front, the side crash members have shallow slant angles which help to disperse collision energy more effectively, while side impact protection is boosted by reinforced front door belt inner rails, hot-stamped B-pillars and roof sides, ultra-high-tensile steel lower body sill structures and a roof gusset connecting the side inner panels and the roof rails. There are also extremely thick door beams. 

Every cee’d comes as standard with six airbags –­ twin front, side and side curtains – to provide all-round chest, face and head protection. Seat-belt recognition monitors detect if the belt on an occupied seat is not fastened or is released during a journey. 

To reduce the cost of repairs after low-speed (9mph or less) collisions, there is a crash box integrated into the front bumper rails to minimise deformation of the front side member, while at the rear the side members have been reinforced so that they are better able to resist deformation at similar speed. 

Pedestrian safety comes through collapsible headlamps, a stiff lower bumper lip and shock-absorbing structures in the bonnet and bonnet hinges. 

All versions of the cee’d have Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS), which causes the rear brake lamps to flash in an emergency stop to alert following drivers. Brake Assist (BAS), which ensures maximum stopping power in an emergency regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, is also standard.     

Daytime running lights – LED-type on cee’d 2 and above – are fitted.  Grade ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’ and GT-Line have static cornering lights which provide a broader beam when steering to ensure quicker recognition of roadside objects at night. They operate through separate lights built into the headlamp units, and activate when the steering angle is more than 35 degrees at speeds of 6mph and above, or 50 degrees when the car is stationary. They switch off if the steering angle falls below 20 degrees. Xenon adaptive front headlights with automatic levelling are standard on the 4 Tech and GT version. These continuously adjust the up/down and left/right angle of the beam according to steering wheel movements and the car’s speed to increase the driver’s range of vision on twisty or bumpy roads at night.   

Automatic headlight control is standard on grade ‘SR7’ and the grade ‘3’ and above, and all versions have an LED high-level rear stop light, while cee’d 2 and above have LED combination rear lamp clusters. 

Reversing sensors are standard from grade ‘2’, while grade ‘3’ and above have a colour reversing camera integrated into the navigation screen.  ‘4 Tech’ adds to this with the improved Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) now featuring perpendicular parking. At the press of a button this automatically steers the car into spaces while the driver operates the accelerator, brakes and gears.  Front, rear and side sensors first decide whether the parking space is large enough for the car and then the system directs it in. A display in the instrument panel allows the driver to monitor progress. 

The top-of-the-range ‘4 Tech’ model also comes as standard with a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) which monitors the position of the car within road lanes, from a camera positioned next to the interior rear view mirror, and warns the driver, via visual and audible alerts, if the vehicle deviates from its lane when the indicators have not been activated. It also has as standard Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Speed Limit information.

 

7          RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                       

Engineered to save owners money 

Reductions in fuel consumption and emissions do not just benefit society as a whole. They also have a significant bearing on the costs of both fleet and retail customers. The new cee’d address this with three new ultra-efficient engines and a seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic gearbox which replaces the previous six-speed torque converter automatic. All were developed in-house, either at the Namyang technical centre in Korea or, in the case of the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine, at Kia’s European technology facility in Germany. All six engines in the cee’d now meet EU6 emissions standards to help improve air quality. 

The cee’d range is the first to be available with Kia’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged petrol (ecoTurbo) units, delivering either 98 or 118bhp, with 171Nm of torque available across a wide rev band. They have been designed to require 10 to 15 per cent less fuel than the 1.6-litre GDi, with similar reductions in emissions. The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque. 

Kia will replace 70 per cent of its combustion engines with downsized units like the new ecoTurbo powertrains in the coming years. The ecoTurbo engines deliver all the performance of larger-capacity normally aspirated units with a much-reduced appetite for fuel and lower emissions, helping to reduce the burden on fleet operators, business users and private individuals through lower operating costs, BiK taxation and less frequent visits to the fuel station. The 1.0 ecoTurbo engines have fuel economy of 57.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 113g/km (98bhp) or 115g/km (118bhp). 

The third new engine is the latest 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel unit. It features a new high-pressure injection system and a continuously controlled variable oil pump to reduce friction losses. Power rises from 126bhp to 134bhp, while the increased maximum torque of 280Nm with manual transmission is now available at 1,500rpm instead of 1,900rpm previously. With the 7-DCT gearbox maximum torque is 300Nm from 1,750 to 2,500rpm. The improvements in power, torque and driveability mean that manual versions of the cee’d 1.6 CRDi are capable of fuel economy as high as 78.5mpg, depending on wheel and tyre combination, while CO2 emissions are between 94 and 102g/km. 

With the new 7-DCT automatic gearbox there are spectacular improvements in economy and emissions compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg (all versions).  

The cee’d continues to be available with the 1.6-litre direct-injection (GDi) and multi-point-injection 1.4-litre engines, plus a 1.4-litre turbodiesel. The GDi delivers an outstanding combination of performance, fuel economy and emissions control, with a CO2 figure of 124g/km, and combined consumption of 52.3mpg. The 1.4-litre petrol engine has fuel economy of 47.1mpg, while CO2 emissions are 138g/km. Fuel economy and CO2 figures for the 1.4-litre diesel are 67.3mpg and 109g/km. 

All versions of the new cee’d feature Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving, CO2-reducing technologies, while the ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) engine stop/start system is standard with all 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines. By shutting down the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch, it ensures that no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted while stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch is pressed.    

Low rolling resistance tyres are 14 per cent more efficient than standard ones and a gearshift indicator on manual models advises the driver of the most efficient change-up points.  Kia has also developed a kick-down switch for the accelerator to prevent unintentional full-throttle use.  A small resistance felt through the accelerator pedal at full-throttle condition helps drivers to avoid excessive fuel consumption, without impairing responsiveness when maximum power is needed.  Other innovative technologies as part of the EcoDynamics package include a power-saving alternator management system and Motor Driven Power Steering. 

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km) 

Engine

Urban

Ex Urban

Combined

CO2/km

1.4 GDi

36.2

57.6

47.1

138

1.6 GDi

41.5

62.8

52.3

124

1.0 T-GDi 98bhp

45.6

68.9

57.6

113

1.0 T-GDi 118bhp

45.6

67.3

57.6

115

1.4 CRDi

55.4

76.3

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 15” wheels

67.3

83.1

78.5

94

1.6 CRDi 16” wheels

67.3

80.7

74.3

99

1.6 CRDi 17” wheels

64.2

78.5

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

61.4

72.4

67.3

109

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Band 

Engine

Tax rate

VED Band

1.4 GDi

22%

E

1.6 GDi

19%

D

1.0 T-GDi 98bhp

17%

C

1.0 T-GDi 118bhp

18%

C

1.4 CRDi

19%

B

1.6 CRDi 15” wheels

16%

A

1.6 CRDi 16” wheels

17%

A

1.6 CRDi 17” wheels

18%

B

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

19%

B

 

Servicing and insurance 

The cee’d has also been designed and engineered to be easy to maintain and repair, reducing servicing costs and insurance. Routine servicing is needed only once a year or every 20,000 miles for both petrol and diesel versions, and one year or every 10,000 miles for both GT and 1.0 ecoTurbo versions.

Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s servicing packages for retail customers – are available for cee’d and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on then the next owner may upgrade to the five year service package.  The cost of the vehicle’s first MoT test fee can also be included.

Insurance groups 

Engine

(1-50)

1.4 GDi 6-speed manual 1

    7

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 1

    8

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 1

   11

1.4 GDi 6-speed manual SR7

     7    

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual SR7

     9

1.6 GDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

    12

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

    10

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

    13

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 2

    13

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

    11

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

    13

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 3

    13

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4

    14

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 4

    14

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4 Tech

    16

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

    11

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

    14

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG GT-Line

    14

 

Warranty and support 

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty

12-year anti-perforation warranty

Five-year paintwork warranty

One-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist

 

 

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                           

Back to where it all started – Kia’s European plant at Žilina 

The story of the cee’d will always be inextricably linked with that of Kia’s European manufacturing facility at Žilina in Slovakia. Without the one, there might never have been the other. Žilina passed a significant milestone in mid-2015 with the production of the one-millionth cee’d – a five-door GT destined for a Dutch customer. Žilina also manufactures the sporty Sportage crossover and the practical compact Venga.

The story of Žilina goes back to the mid-2000s, when Kia established a policy of building cars in and for the markets where they were to be sold, wherever possible. In Europe that meant a hatchback to compete in the most important market segment, the C-segment. 

The idea of the car that was to become the cee’d was born, and Žilina was identified as the place where it would be made. Slovakia, which had become a member of the EU in 2004, had a history in engineering, a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an established automotive supply chain and a national government committed to helping new businesses. Kia was given tax-breaks and land incentives by the Slovakian government and has in turn worked with the authorities for the benefit of the local community. 

The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia has provided the expertise to develop courses in such things as computer, hybrid and welding technologies. These courses are available for all people across the region. 

The factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina. Some 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers.  Employment at the factory was increased to 3,900 staff when the third shift came into effect in January 2012.  Žilina is now able to produce 300,000 cars a year as well as 450,000 engines. The 2014 figures were 323,000 and 493,000 respectively, which effectively means that the plant is operating at more than its notional capacity.  

Žilina was completed ahead of schedule and the quality of the pilot production cars it started making towards the end of 2005 was so good that Kia took the confident decision to launch the car with a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, subject to wear-and-tear limitations. That confidence has been more than justified by the quality of the cars made at Žilina.

Žilina-built models are exported to 76 markets.

Green from the word go

As an all-new, start-up facility, Kia was determined that Žilina would set the highest environmental standards. For Kia, environmental protection is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions figures. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacturing, distribution, sales, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.     

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility do not always go hand-in-hand, but Žilina sets the highest environmental standards and is a benchmark for the European automotive industry. Even the location is environmentally important, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported.  Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from western Europe, which also helps to cut down on unnecessary transport. 

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside.

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. The RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. 

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of the factory and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products. 

International recognition

The hard work was rewarded as early as February 2008 when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a state-of-the-art energy-efficient factory.

This was quickly followed by two more awards in May of the same year. Kia Motors received international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations. 

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. DFE also requires that the assembly plant for the car reaches ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions. 

The weatherproof factory

Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatra mountains – lovely in the summer, but in the winter temperatures dip to minus -28º C. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant. 

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so that cars and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. This enclosed facility means that large exterior doors are not needed. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed.

Quality control

Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate in less than one millisecond defects according to pre-determined quality tolerance levels. 

Some 20 per cent of Žilina’s quality control staff have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at automotive manufacturing facilities elsewhere. All cars are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working. This is followed by a drive around the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Some two per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification. 

Kia devised an innovative new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure cee’d is totally resistant to corrosion, and that its paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so confident in the process that cee’d comes with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard.

9          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

            Things we think you'll want to know 

  1. How important is cee’d to Kia in the UK?
  2. Very – after all, we are one of the leading European markets for Kia, and cee’d competes in the most important sector of the market. As of the beginning of August 2015 we have sold 104,295 versions of the cee’d family in the UK, made up of 62,519 first-generation models and 41,776 of the current car which has been on sale since 2012. Around two-thirds of sales are of the five-door model.  

 

  1. What is the fleet-to-retail sales balance?
  2. Typically, two out of three cee’d sales are in the fleet sector.

 

  1. Why do you not offer all versions with ISG?
  2. Because it adds to cost, and Kia’s policy is to ensure that buyers are not forced to pay for technology when it will not directly benefit them. The 1.4-litre petrol and diesel versions of the cee’d are largely bought by retail customers who gain little from the addition of ISG. Other versions are more likely to be bought by fleet users who can make significant savings because of the lower CO2 emissions that ISG helps to bring.     

 

  1. Why is the 7-DCT transmission offered with only the 1.6-litre CRDi engine?
  2. The new 7-DCT transmission has been engineered to take large torque outputs of up to 300Nm, such as those produced by high-power diesel engines, while achieving significantly greater fuel efficiency with 25 per cent lower emissions than with a conventional torque converter automatic. It is therefore entirely logical that it should make its debut mated to the uprated 1.6-litre CRDi engine, which now delivers 300Nm of torque. But Kia has said that the 7-DCT is destined for wider application in future, although as yet no details have been announced.

 

  1. What are your sales ambitions with the new cee’d?
  2. Depending on supply from the factory we hope to achieve 13,500 sales in the first year on sale, of which we expect 1,250 to be powered by ecoTurbo engines. The best-selling model to fleet customers will be the 1.6 CRDi grade 2, while for retail buyers it will be the SR7.  

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cee’d

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

All the facts and figures

1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol (‘2’ Grade) 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3/12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 4,500rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 171 @ 1,500-4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; direct fuel injection;   turbocharger

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615

  1.955

  1.286

  0.971

  0.774

  0.639

  3.700

  4.059

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,465

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,279 / 1,402

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,000 / 500

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

            

        12.3

 Maximum speed

 mph

         114

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

             

 

   45.6 / 68.9 / 57.6

 CO2

 g/km     

             

 

          113

 

1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol (‘3’ Grade & GT Line)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3/12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 118 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 171 @ 1,500-4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; direct fuel injection; turbocharger

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615

  1.955

  1.286

  0.971

  0.774

  0.639

  3.700

  4.267

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy or 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16 or 225/45R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,470

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,279 / 1,402

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,200 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

         10.7

 Maximum speed

 mph

         118

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      

 

 

    45.6 / 67.3 / 57.6

 CO2

 g/km     

 

 

          115

 

1.4-litre petrol (‘1’ & SR7 Grade)                                                                                                         

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,368

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 72 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 134 @ 4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; multi-point fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear   

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.769

  2.045

  1.370

  1.036

  0.893

  0.774

  3.700

  4.400

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 5.5J steel or 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 195/65R15 or 205/55R16

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,470

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,254 / 1,388

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,200 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.3

 Maximum speed

 mph

 114

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      

         

 36.2 / 57.6 / 47.1

 

 CO2

 g/km  

           

 138

 

 

1.6-litre GDi petrol (‘2’ Grade)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp

 133 @ 6,300rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 164 @ 4,850rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 11.0

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; direct fuel injection GDi

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.839

 0.688

 3.700

 4.059

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,465

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,271 / 1,405

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,400 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

             

 9.8

 

 Maximum speed

 mph

 118

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      

             

 41.5 / 62.8 / 52.3

 

 CO2

 g/km     

             

 124

 

 

 

1.4-litre CRDi (‘1’ & SR7 Grades)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,396

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 75 x 79

 Power output

 bhp

 89 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 240 @ 1,500 – 2,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, waste gate

 turbocharger (WGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.040

 1.189

 0.844

 0.702

 0.596

 3.583

 4.188

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 5.5J steel or 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 195/65R15 / 205/55R126

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,465

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,357 / 1,486

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 650

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 13.0

 Maximum speed

 mph

 107

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 55.4 / 76.3 / 67.3

 CO2

 g/km

 109

 

 

1.6-litre CRDi (‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’, ‘4 Tech’, GT-Line Grades)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp

 134 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 280 @ 1,500 – 3,000 rpm (300 @ 1,750 – 2,500  rpm with 7-DCT)

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

‘1’ ,‘2’,’3’ Six-speed manual

‘4’ ,‘4 Tech’, ’GT-Line’  Six-speed manual

Seven-speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.769

  2.040

  1.189

  0.844

  0.702

  0.596

  3.583

  3.250

  3.636

  1.962

  1.189

  0.844

  0.702

  0.596

  3.583

  3.471

  3.786

  2.261

  1.957

  1.023

  0.778

  0.837

  0.681

  (1-2/4-5) 4.176 (3/6-7) 3.08

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs  and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 5.5J steel, 16 x 6J alloy or 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 195/65R15, 205/55R16 or 225/45R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,465

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,364 / 1,493 (auto 1,391 / 1,514)

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 650

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

Seven-speed DCT

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 9.5 (1, 2, 3), 9.8 (4, 4 Tech, GT-Line)

 10.2     

 Maximum speed

 mph

 117 (1, 2, 3) 122 (4, 4 Tech, GT-Line)

 124

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg     15”

            16”

            17”

 67.3 / 83.1 / 78.5

 67.3 / 80.7 / 74.3

 64.2 / 78.5 / 72.4

 

 61.4 / 72.4 / 67.3

 

  

 g/km    15”

            16”

            17”

  94

 99

 102

 

 109

 

GENERAL

cee’d

1          THE NEW KIA cee’d                                                               

Short story 

  • World-class new powertrains improve efficiency
  • Economy of up to 78.5mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 94g/km
  • New GT-Line trim package for the sports-hatch enthusiast
  • New advanced electronic aids to help the driver
  • Improved navigation and connectivity services
  • All-European car, with more than a million sold so far

With world-class new powertrains, a sporty new GT-Line trim level and major additions to electronic driver aids and connected car systems, the new version of Kia’s European mid-sized hatchback, cee’d, is ready to build on the strengths which have already attracted more than a million buyers.   

From the outset the cee’d was fundamental to Kia’s policy of creating specific cars in and for the markets where they are sold. It was the car which gave Kia a manufacturing footprint in Europe, and is designed, engineered and sold exclusively there. It is still produced only at the Žilina plant in Slovakia. The cee’d was also the first car to be offered with Kia’s industry-leading seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty – a feature now standard on every model from the Korean manufacturer. 

The latest cee’d is even more adapted to the requirements of its European homeland. It introduces new state-of-the-art 1.0-litre three-cylinder ecoTurbo turbocharged petrol engines and a new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel which bring CO2 emissions down to as low as 94g/km. The diesel is the first car to be available with Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic transmission, which offers buyers all the advantages of both a manual and an auto but with far superior fuel economy and emissions. 

For buyers who enjoy the sharp exterior and interior styling of sports hatchbacks, but want to avoid the higher fuel, taxation and insurance costs of an out-and-out high-performance model, Kia introduces GT-Line, a new styling and trim option. It offers much of what makes the flagship 201bhp cee’d GT stand out, but with lower running costs and more comfort-oriented chassis settings.

The advanced driver assistance features available now include Speed Limit Information, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert – just some of the items on an extensive list of systems to reduce the workload of the driver in congested cities, on dark rural roads or in bad weather. The car’s infotainment and navigation systems have also been upgraded.  Finally, although they hardly needed it, the handsome exterior lines and the high-quality cabin have been given a subtle freshen-up. 

New ecoTurbo and CRDi engines plus a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox

Kia unveiled its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo (ecoTurbo) engines at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. They are destined to be used in a number of models, but make their debut in the cee’d with power outputs of 98 or 118bhp. Both are 998cc units developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang research and development facility in Korea, and have been engineered to require 10 to 15 per cent less fuel than the 1.4-litre or 1.6-litre GDi units in other versions of the cee’d, with similar reductions in emissions. Kia will replace 70 per cent of its internal combustion engines with new, downsized, more fuel-efficient alternatives within the next few years.           

Both ecoTurbo engines are capable of 57.6mpg in the official European combined fuel test, with CO2 emissions of 113g/km for the lesser-powered version and 115g/km for the more potent unit.  

The new cee’d also introduces a new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine. This has increased power – up from 126 to 134bhp – with greater torque of 280Nm in manual versions and 300Nm with the new 7-DCT gearbox. CO2 emissions are down by as much as 10g/km in manual versions. However, the greatest gains are seen when the CRDi engine is paired with the 7-DCT gearbox. Compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109. 

The 7-DCT gearbox was also developed in-house at Namyang and, with a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm, will be used in a wide range of models within the next few years. Fuel economy for manual versions of the new cee’d 1.6 CRDi is up to 78.5mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 94g/km depending on wheel and tyre size, while all 7-DCT versions have corresponding figures of 67.3 combined mpg and 109g/km. 

All diesels feature additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin for greater refinement and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). 

The cee’d continues to be available with a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine and with the 133bhp 1.6-litre direct-injection GDi unit. There is also an 89bhp 1.4-litre CRDi diesel. Kia’s ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) engine stop/start system is standard with all 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines. By shutting down the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gear-lever into neutral and releases the clutch, it ensures that no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted while stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch is pressed.    

GT-Line – hot hatch looks with more affordable running costs

The new cee’d introduces a new trim level – GT-Line – which offers buyers most of the styling and trim features of the sporty flagship cee’d GT, but with lower fuel, insurance and taxation costs. GT-Line is available with the higher-powered 1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol engine and with the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. 

GT-Line models are distinguished by a deep front bumper flanked by ice cube-style LED daytime running lights. These are housed in black high-gloss panels along with the foglights and daytime running lights. There is a unique black lower grille and a black high-gloss mesh main grille with a graphite chrome surround. This is complemented by an equally sporty rear bumper with a deeply recessed number-plate housing and dual exhausts. The number plate and rear foglights are encased in high-gloss black panels. The rear lamps are full LED units. At the sides there are sill extensions and bespoke five-double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a ‘GT-Line’ identifier on the rear bodywork.

In the cabin, GT-Line models feature black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts. The driver and front passenger seats have power lumbar adjustment.  There is a sporty leather steering wheel with a perforated grip, and silver stitching which is replicated on the gear shifter, back door centre trim and seats. There are also alloy pedals with rubber grip inserts and faux black leather door inserts. The navigation centre in the fascia console has a matt black finish and there is a high-gloss black console tray, air vent surrounds and door trims.     

There are no unique suspension, steering or braking revisions to GT-Line models, but all versions of the cee’d have a modified fully independent suspension system to improve comfort and handling. All-independent suspension has inherent advantages for ride and handling compared with the simple beam rear axle used by many cars in this class. 

The cee’d now features torque vectoring to minimise understeer in hard cornering by partially braking the inner front wheel. The Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has been retuned to be more linear and predictable in response to steering inputs, while the front wheel geometry has been adapted to improve on-centre feel. Revisions to the suspension improve comfort on poor surfaces by minimising vibrations and the rear anti-roll bar is now hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise into the cabin. 

Advanced driver aids and connected-car systems

The new cee’d introduces a range of additional driver assistance and connectivity features to the range. Depending on model, the cee’d is now available with a Speed Limit Information Function to reduce the risk of drivers falling foul of the law. 

To help reduce accidents, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert add to the already comprehensive passive and active safety systems of the cee’d. Blind Spot Detection gives the driver an extra pair of  ‘eyes’  when swapping lanes, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert prevents the car from being reversed into the path of another vehicle when leaving end-on parking bays. A perpendicular parking function has been added to the Smart Park Assist System which was available in the previous model. It can steer the cee’d into or out of parallel parking spots and into perpendicular (90)º spaces.

The new model features the highest level of connectivity ever found in a cee’d through the latest Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®. Via the stylish, modern-looking 7-inch central touchscreen, drivers gain access to European mapping, a Traffic Messaging Channel, full UK postcode entry and the choice of fast, short or economical route-planning, while TomTom Connected services provide additional and valuable driver information, including speed camera locations, live traffic updates and local search and weather details. The 7-inch touchscreen is linked to a colour reversing camera. A DAB radio with MP3 compatibility becomes standard on every cee’d. 

European design and quality

The cee’d name was first heard at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, coinciding with the arrival of Peter Schreyer as Chief Design Officer. The second-generation model, created entirely under his watchful gaze by a team led by European design chief Gregory Guillaume, appeared a little under six years later at the Geneva Show, and is still so fresh and appealing that only minor modifications have been made to add a touch more sportiness and perceived quality to the mix.

Kia hallmarks like the ‘tiger-nose’ front grille, sleek profile and wrap-around headlights remain largely untouched except for a new oval-shaped grille mesh. This has a chrome surround on the two lower-series models and a graphite chrome surround on all others. All versions except GT have a newly designed front bumper which is now common to all three cee’d body styles. It includes a horizontal lower section which links the front foglamp/daytime running lamp surround and a flatter grille, emphasising the wide stance of the car and presenting a sportier look. The foglight housing is in either matt or high-gloss black, depending on model, with matt black or chrome edging.

There is also a revised rear bumper with more voluminous reflectors housed in high-gloss black panels (except the base model) and LED lamp clusters for the majority of models. There are also stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels for all except grade 1, and new 18-inch for the GT.

The spacious and handsome interior of the cee’d has received only small detail touches, mainly to add an extra veneer of quality or to accommodate the new driver assistance and connectivity systems, such as the revised 7-inch touchscreen and turn-by-turn instructions which now appear in the instrument panel. 

There is a revised air vent system with a chrome surround to accentuate the width of the cabin, and additional chrome on the window switches. An illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button now features on models with the Smart Entry System.   

The cee’d in the UK

Kia offers an 18-model cee’d range in the UK (excluding GT), but with significant revisions to take into account the new engines, transmission and GT-Line trim option. The line-up has been carefully selected to reflect changes in buying patterns, with an increasing number of customers now opting for higher trim grades.

The entry points to the range are grades ‘1’ and ‘SR7’, both of which are available with the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines. Grade 1 is also available with the uprated 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel as a low-cost offering for budget-conscious fleet operators.  

Grade ‘2’ gives buyers the option of the 1.6-litre GDi direct-injection petrol engine, the lesser-powered 1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol engine or the new 1.6-litre CRDi in either manual or 7-DCT form. Grade ‘3’ comes with the higher-powered ecoTurbo engine and manual or automatic 1.6-litre CRDi powertrains. This is replicated by the choice of new GT-Line models. Grade ‘4’ is CRDi only – manual or automatic – while grade ‘4 Tech’ is powered solely by the CRDi engine with manual transmission. 

All feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, front electric windows, remote central locking, a cooled glovebox, a flat-folding 60:40 split rear seat, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system, a DAB radio, illuminated USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking. 

‘SR7’ adds new 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, reversing sensors, all-round electric windows with auto up/down function, chrome interior garnish, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and automatic headlight control. Grade ‘2’ is distinguished by new black Premium cloth seats, chrome front foglight surrounds, a graphite chrome radiator grille, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights and a dual-tone horn. This is on top of LED rear combination lamps, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, chrome window surrounds, a rear centre armrest, cruise control with speed limiter, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage net hooks and an under-floor box and the Flex Steer function giving three different levels of steering weight and sensitivity.  

Grade ‘3’ has different 16-inch alloy wheels and the 7-inch touchscreen with TomTom® Connected services and a reversing camera, rain-sensing front wipers with de-icing elements, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with two-step airflow control, black seat upholstery with contrasting mesh inserts, powered lumbar support adjustment for the driver and front passenger, faux leather door trims, a black high-gloss fascia and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. 

Grade ‘4’ introduces 17-inch alloys, exterior illumination on the front door handles, black leather front and rear seats with contrasting grey inserts, a heated steering wheel and front seats, an electronic parking brake, the Smart Entry System with illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button, a premium centre console with sliding cover and cupholders, a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display and stainless steel pedals and scuff plates, while the grade ‘4 Tech’ is distinguished by the new Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, xenon adaptive lighting system with automatic levelling, front headlamp washers and front and rear parking sensors. 

And now there is GT-Line, with the GT-Line exterior styling pack of graphite chrome grille surround with black high-gloss mesh, a black lower grille, side sill mouldings, a dual exhaust, black high-gloss LED light housing and number-plate surround, ice-cube LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss foglight housings and rear ‘GT-Line’ badge. The GT-Line interior pack supplements this with black headlining and black cross-stitch upholstery with silver stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gearshifter, door trim and seats. There is a leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and a black centre fascia and high-gloss black centre tray, air-vent surrounds and door trim. 

The cee’d was designed and engineered at Kia’s Frankfurt design studios and technical centre and is made at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia. It comes with a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty and is available for retail customers with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages, which cover all routine maintenance for three or five years. The warranty and servicing packages are transferable if the car is sold before they expire. 

UK cee’d line-up

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average mpg

CO2 g/km

1.4 6-speed manual 1

98

134

12.3

114

47.1

138

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 1

89

240

13.0

107

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 1

134

280

9.5

117

78.5

94

1.4 6-speed manual SR7

98

134

12.3

114

47.1

138

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual SR7

89

240

13.0

107

67.3

109

1.6 GDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

133

164

9.8

118

52.3

124

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

98

171

12.3

114

57.6

113

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

134

280

9.5

117

74.3

99

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 2

134

300

10.2

124

67.3

109

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

118

171

10.7

118

57.6

115

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

134

280

9.5

117

74.3

99

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 3

134

300

10.2

124

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4

134

280

9.8

122

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 4

134

300

10.7

124

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4 Tech

134

280

9.8

122

72.4

102

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

118

171

10.3

118

57.6

115

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

134

280

9.8

122

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG GT-Line

134

300

10.2

124

67.3

109

                 

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2          WALK-AROUND                                                                                              

A quick guide to the new cee’d 

Exterior (depending on model)

  • New sporty GT-Line trim level
  • Newly designed front bumper for all models except GT-Line
  • New, oval-shaped grille mesh
  • Reshaped rear bumper
  • LED rear lamps
  • New colour palette with Silver Frost metallic and Yellow Flame metallic options
  • New 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels 

Interior (depending on model)

  • New air vent system with chrome highlights
  • Further chrome highlights around the window switches
  • Illuminated USB and AUX ports
  • Illuminated aluminium engine starter button
  • New seat cloth (Grade ‘2’)
  • Additional sound-absorbing materials and anti-vibration foam to improve NVH of diesel models
  • Unique sporty look for GT-Line models 

Technical

  • New 1.0-litre three-cylinder ecoTurbo petrol engines. First of a new family of downsized, highly-efficient petrol power units
  • New, more powerful 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine
  • 7-speed double-clutch automatic gearbox (7-DCT) introduced for 1.6-litre CRDi engine
  • New torque vectoring system to minimise understeer in hard cornering
  • Improvements to rear suspension for improved comfort and handling
  • Modified Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) for more linear and precise response
  • Revised front wheel geometry for greater on-centre feel 

Safety and equipment (depending on model)

  • Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Traffic Signal Recognition and Speed Limit Information
  • DAB radio
  • Perpendicular parking function added to Smart Park Assist System
  • Improved supervision cluster adds navigation turn-by-turn instructions
  • 7-inch navigation screen with TomTom® Connected services. Offers live traffic updates, local search and weather forecasting
  • Further driver aids and connectivity services to be added later

 

3          EUROPEAN BY DESIGN
New GT-Line trim package adds a sporty look 

A sporty new GT-Line trim package headlines the changes to the styling of the new cee’d. Elsewhere, there have been detail modifications to give the cee’d a more modern look and emphasise its quality – perceived and actual – but wholesale change was deemed neither desirable nor necessary. 

GT-Line was revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and brings most of the styling and trim features of the sporty flagship, the cee’d GT, but with lower fuel, insurance and taxation costs. GT-Line is available with the higher-powered 1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol engine and with the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. 

GT-Line models are distinguished by a deep front bumper flanked by ice cube-style LED daytime running lights. These are housed in black high-gloss panels along with the foglights and daytime running lights. There is a unique black lower grille and a black high-gloss mesh main grille with a graphite chrome surround. This is complemented by an equally sporty rear bumper with a deeply recessed number-plate housing and dual exhausts. The number plate and rear foglights are encased in high-gloss black panels. The rear lamps are full LED units. At the sides there are sill extensions and bespoke five-double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a ‘GT-Line’ identifier on the rear bodywork. 

In the cabin, GT-Line models feature black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts. The driver and front passenger seats have power lumbar adjustment.  There is a sporty leather steering wheel with a perforated grip and silver stitching, which is replicated on the gear shifter, back door centre trim and seats. There are also alloy pedals with rubber grip inserts and faux black leather door inserts. The navigation centre in the fascia console has a matt black finish and there is a high-gloss black console tray, air vent surrounds and door trims.     

The current cee’d was revealed in 2012 and was created under the watchful gaze of President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer by a team led by European design chief Gregory Guillaume. It is still so fresh and appealing that only minor modifications have been made to the car for 2016. 

Kia hallmarks like the ‘tiger-nose’ front grille, sleek profile and wrap-around headlights remain largely untouched except for a new oval-shaped grille mesh. This has a chrome surround on the two lower-series versions and a graphite chrome surround on all others. All models except GT-Line have a newly designed front bumper which is now common to all three cee’d body styles. It includes a horizontal lower section which links the front foglamp/daytime running lamp surround and a flatter grille, emphasising the wide stance of the car and presenting a sportier look. The foglight housing is in either matt or high-gloss black, depending on model, with matt black or chrome edging. 

There is also a revised rear bumper with more voluminous reflectors housed in high-gloss black panels (GT line only) and LED lamp clusters for the majority of models. There are also stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs for all except grade ‘1’. 

The spacious and handsome interior of the cee’d has received only small detail touches, mainly to add an extra veneer of quality or to accommodate the new driver assistance and connectivity systems, such as the revised 7-inch touchscreen and turn-by-turn instructions which now appear in the instrument panel. 

There is a revised air vent system with a chrome surround to accentuate the width of the cabin, and additional chrome on the window switches. An illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button now features on models with the Smart Entry System. 

The cee’d is fundamental to Kia’s policy of creating specific cars in and for the markets where they are sold, and was designed and engineered in Europe and is manufactured and sold exclusively there. From the outset it was imperative that the car was seen as European – not just in its styling and ride and handling, or through the availability of state-of-the-art diesel engines, but also in the hundreds of small details which separate European preferences from those in other parts of the world. 

Haptics – how things feel and move – and ergonomics, the placement of controls and inter-relation between them, were of paramount importance and played a large part in the design. Europeans like handwheel-type seat adjusters because they offer a fine degree of backrest angle variation, and they prefer the indicator stalk on the left of the steering column rather than the right. The cee’d designers took note of this. In Europe, quality is also as much about how things feel and look as it is about durability, so the cee’d also addresses these issues. 

In many ways the cee’d is more European than its European competitors. No stone has been left unturned. One seemingly insignificant detail is the fuel-filler flap. In the Far East and America, buyers like a separate release lever inside the car, while Europeans prefer the filler flap to be linked to the central locking system so that it can be opened with just a push – so that’s what you will find. 

The wheelbase is one of the longest in class at 2,650mm, while the wide front and rear tracks give the car a sporty stance which, along with the revised suspension geometry, contributes towards the car’s high-speed stability and cornering prowess. The athletic appearance of the cee’d is further emphasised by wheels of up to 17-inches in diameter, 18-inch on GT, tightly encased by the stylish bodywork. With its steeply angled A-pillars, low belt line and emphatic glasshouse, the new cee’d has something of a coupé-like profile. 

The cab-forward design and a rakish, coupé-like roofline are not at the expense of passenger space, while the large rear overhang means the cee’d offers equally good luggage space of 380 litres, or 362 litres with the standard temporary spare wheel in place. The boot is long and wide, with a wide opening. 

The co-efficient of drag is 0.30. Even a tiny improvement in Cd brings measurable benefits in fuel economy. Kia aerodynamicists spent more than 100 hours in the wind tunnel at the company’s research and development centre at Namyang, South Korea, honing details like the shape of the rear spoiler and engine cover, the vertical edge on the rear lamps and the centre cover beneath the floor to effect an improvement in the car’s Cd.   

Peter Schreyer says: “Our primary focus was to ensure the second-generation cee’d was as instantly noticeable and recognisable – and in some ways as surprising – as the original.” 

One particularly pleasing aspect for Schreyer is that the production car so closely resembles the first clay model.  This is rarely achieved, as the conflicts of design, engineering, safety and aerodynamics can influence a car’s shape, and even millimetric alterations can change the way the finished product appears. 

For Schreyer and Guillaume, the successful transfer from clay model to finished article is a result of their fundamental focus on proportions. “We spent more time working on the proportions than the details,” says Guillaume.  “We believe in getting the proportions, volumes and surfacing right.  If you achieve that, it speaks for itself in the manner of a simple black cocktail dress.  Then there’s no need to add too much detail.” 

Quality is actual as well as perceived. The tight shutlines would not look out of place on a premium car, while most versions have an elegant chromed window surround. First impressions are matched when stepping into the cabin. The classy key fob with metallised inserts is merely a foretaste of what is to come. Soft-touch surfaces, high-quality materials, damped sun visors, lidded storage areas, ambient lighting, tactile door grab handles and precise panel gaps combine to give the interior a solid, mature, made-from-a-mould feel. 

This is matched by the refinement of the car, which starts with its excellent torsional stiffness. Everything which could contribute to this was done – even the windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, which means that it also shuts out more exterior noise. The design of the weather strips around the door frames, the filling in the pillar areas, the shape of the door mirrors and the thick front door glass all play a part. Even the sealing strips on the door sills make it more difficult for noise to enter the cabin. 

In the new model there are new stoppers on the rear strut mount insulators and a new outer ball joint on the rear anti-roll bar to minimise suspension vibrations, and the rear anti-roll bar is hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise. 

The driver-centric dashboard layout features intuitive controls clearly grouped, with superb attention to detail. Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display on grade ‘4’, ‘ 4 Tech’ and GT-Line versions, while grade ‘3’ and above have a satellite navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen and built-in reversing camera. 

The seats offer excellent all-round support and have 10-way power-adjustment and memory on the driver’s side in the ‘4 Tech’.  Fin-style door grab handles, an asymmetric centre console surround framing a deep storage area, bright chrome highlights in the majority of models, soft-touch surfaces and padded door trims and storage boxes all attest to the attention to detail and quality.

 

4          RANGE FINDER                                                                                                          

           A restructured line-up with new powertrains and a new trim level 

Kia offers an 18-model cee’d range in the UK (excluding GT), but with significant revisions to take into account the new engines, transmission and GT-Line trim option. The line-up has been carefully selected to reflect changes in buying patterns, with an increasing number of customers now opting for higher trim grades. 

The entry points to the range are grades ‘1’ and ‘SR7’, both of which are available with the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines. Grade ‘1’ is also available with the uprated 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel unit as a low-cost offering for budget-conscious fleet operators.  

Grade ‘2’ gives buyers the option of the 1.6-litre GDi direct-injection petrol engine, the lesser-powered 1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol engine or the new 1.6-litre CRDi in either manual or 7-DCT form. Grade ‘3’ comes with the higher-powered ecoTurbo engine and manual or automatic 1.6-litre CRDi powertrains. This is replicated by the choice of new GT-Line models. Grade ‘4’ is CRDi only – manual or automatic – while grade ‘4 Tech’ is powered solely by the CRDi engine with manual transmission. 

All feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, front electric windows, remote central locking, a cooled glovebox, a flat-folding 60:40 split rear seat, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system, DAB radio, illuminated USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking. 

‘SR7’ adds new 16-inch alloy wheels in place of 15-inch steel rims, a leather-rimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, reversing sensors, all-round electric windows with auto up/down function, chrome interior garnish, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and automatic headlight control. Grade ‘2’ is distinguished by new black Premium cloth seats, chrome front foglight surrounds, a graphite chrome radiator grille, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights and a dual-tone horn. This is on top of LED rear combination lamps, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, chrome window surrounds, a rear centre armrest, cruise control with speed limiter, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage net hooks and an under-floor box and the Flex Steer function giving three different levels of steering weight and sensitivity. 

Grade ‘3’ has different 16-inch alloy wheels and the 7-inch touchscreen with TomTom® Connected services and a reversing camera, rain-sensing front wipers with de-icing elements, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with two-step airflow control, seat upholstery with contrasting mesh inserts, powered lumbar support adjustment for the driver and front passenger, faux leather door trims, a black high-gloss fascia and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Grade ‘4’ introduces 17-inch alloys, exterior illumination on the front door handles, black leather front seats with contrasting grey inserts, a heated steering wheel and front seats, an electronic parking brake, the Smart Entry System with illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button, a premium centre console with sliding cover and cupholders, a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display and stainless steel pedals and scuff plates, while the cee’d 4 Tech is distinguished by the new Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, xenon adaptive lighting system with automatic levelling, front headlamp washers and front and rear parking sensors. 

And now there is GT-Line, with the GT-Line exterior styling pack of graphite chrome grille surround with black high-gloss mesh, a black lower grille, side sill mouldings, a dual exhaust, black high-gloss LED light housing and number-plate surround, ice-cube LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss foglight housings and rear ‘GT-Line’ badge. The GT-Line interior pack supplements this with black headlining and black cross-stitch upholstery with silver stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gearshifter, door trim and seats. There is a leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and a black centre fascia and high-gloss black centre tray, air-vent surrounds and door trim.

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5          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                                 

World-class new engines and transmission 

The new cee’d introduces three new engines and a new seven-speed double-clutch automatic transmission (7-DCT), all designed specifically to meet the requirements of European motorists, many of whom have to contend with CO2-based taxation structures. All three new engines deliver exceptional torque at low revs, improving the driveability of the cee’d in the conditions faced by Europeans. 

The cee’d is now available with 5 engines (excluding the high-performance GT), all of which meet EU6 emissions regulations. These state-of-the-art power units deliver fuel economy of up to 78.5mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 94g/km. 

There have also been revisions to the car’s acclaimed all-independent suspension and Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS), plus modifications to further reduce noise, vibration and harshness in diesel models. 

The engines

At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show Kia introduced its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged petrol engines (ecoTurbo), the first of an entire new family of world-class power units designed to meet the company’s stringent internal targets for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Kia intends to downsize 70 per cent of its internal combustion engines in the next few years while introducing new models which embrace every form of alternative powertrain – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric as in the Soul EV and even hydrogen fuel cell.

However, in many countries it will be some years before the infrastructure is mature enough to support widespread use of alternative power systems, so for now the emphasis will be on minimising the impact of combustion engines. This is where the new 1.0-litre ecoTurbo unit and the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel have a significant role to play. They are available alongside 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol units from Kia’s Gamma family and a 1.4-litre CRDi turbodiesel from the European-designed and European-made U2 range. The 1.6-litre Gamma engine features direct petrol injection (GDi).

There are two versions of the new ecoTurbo engine, delivering 98bhp at 4,500rpm or 118bhp at 6,000rpm. In both cases there is a maximum 171Nm of torque available from 1,500rpm to 4,000rpm, ensuring outstanding driving flexibility. The ecoTurbo units are members of the Kappa family and were developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang research and development facility in Korea. They require 10 to 15 per cent less fuel than the 1.6-litre GDi, with similar reductions in emissions. 

The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. These goals have been more than met with the aid of innovative technical solutions. The ecoTurbo engines feature laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread more evenly throughout the cylinders than if it was being consistently sprayed into certain points. Thanks to a high-pressure pump, injection is at up to 200 bar. 

The ecoTurbo engines have a straight air intake port rather than the gently curved port in the 1.6 GDi unit. It ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the intake process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking. 

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads.

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold which reduces exhaust gas temperatures, bringing the benefits of higher speeds with greater fuel efficiency. Lower temperatures also result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88º C to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts of coolant flow above 105º C to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

Both versions of the ecoTurbo engine has a fuel economy figure of 57.6mpg, while CO2 emissions are 113g/km with the lesser-powered version and 115g/km with the 118bhp unit. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 12.3 and 10.7 seconds respectively, while the top speeds are 114 and 118mph. 

The third new engine is the latest 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel unit which, like its 1.4-litre counterpart, is a member of the U2 family. It features a new high-pressure injection system and a continuously controlled variable oil pump to reduce friction losses. Power rises from 126bhp to 134bhp, while the maximum torque is now 280Nm rather than 265Nm with the manual gearbox, and is available at 1,500rpm instead of 1,900rpm previously. In 7-DCT versions maximum torque is 300Nm, available from 1,750 to 2,500rpm. 

The improvements in power, torque and driveability mean that all manual versions of the cee’d 1.6 CRDi can accelerate from 0-60mph in less than 10 seconds, while the top speed is 117mph (grades 1 to 3) and 122mph (grades 4, 4 Tech and GT-Line). Fuel economy is as high as 78.5mpg, depending on wheel and tyre combination, while CO2 emissions are between 94 and 102g/km. 

With the new 7-DCT automatic gearbox there are spectacular improvements in economy and emissions compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg (all versions). Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 10.2 seconds, while the top speed is 124mph.       

The U2 CRDi turbodiesel engine is a 16-valve double overhead camshaft unit with a cast-iron block and bedplate and an aluminium oil pan. The 1.4-litre unit has a wastegate turbocharger while the 1.6 features a variable geometry turbocharger, which adjusts the flow of exhaust gases by altering the angle of the turbo vanes according to engine requirements to raise performance while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The 1.6 also has variable swirl control. This increases swirl at low-to-mid loads to reduce emissions and decreases it at high loads to maximise power. 

The 1.4-litre CRDi engine develops 89bhp at 4,000rpm and an improved 240Nm of torque – up from 220Nm – between 1,500 and 2,500rpm. This is sufficient to ensure sprightly performance with excellent driveability through a six-speed manual gearbox. The 0-60mph dash takes 13.0 seconds and the top speed is 107mph.  Fuel economy is 67.3mpg, while CO2 emissions are 109g/km. 

Both diesels feature additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin for greater refinement and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). Additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system; twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel; and sound-absorbing material is now fitted to the engine block, oil pan and diesel particulate filter.  

The cee’d continues to be available with the 1.6-litre direct-injection (GDi) and multi-point-injection 1.4-litre engines. Both are 16-valve units with twin overhead camshafts. Continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts ensures high torque at low engine revs for good driveability in European cities, and excellent power for the fast motorway speeds common in Europe. They feature an offset crankshaft to optimise fuel economy by reducing friction losses and improve the speed reduction of the pistons around the expansion stroke. Both have a strong aluminium ladder frame to improve rigidity and reduce NVH. 

With a compression ratio of 11.0:1, electronic throttle control and piston heads shaped to ensure the directly injected fuel converges around the spark plug, the 1.6 GDi delivers an outstanding combination of performance, fuel economy and emissions control. Fuel is delivered at a pressure of up to 150 bar through six-hole injectors in a fuel rail fixed directly to the cylinder head at four points. A high-pressure sensor controls the fuel-flow rate and feedback through pressure changes in the fuel rail.  

The GDi engine develops 133bhp at 6,300rpm and 164Nm of torque peaking at 4,850rpm. It can accelerate the cee’d to 60mph from a standing start in 9.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 118mph. CO2 emissions are 124g/km, while fuel economy is 52.3mpg. 

The 1.4-litre Gamma engine develops 98bhp at 6,000rpm and 134Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The 0-60mph acceleration time is 12.3 seconds and the top speed is 114mph, while CO2 emissions are 138g/km and fuel economy is 47.1mpg. 

EcoDynamics and ISG

All versions of the new cee’d feature Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving, CO2-reducing technologies, while Kia’s ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) engine stop/start system is standard with all 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines. By shutting down the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch, it ensures that no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted while stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch is pressed.    

Low rolling resistance tyres are 14 per cent more efficient than standard ones and a gearshift indicator on manual models advises the driver of the most efficient change-up points.  Kia has also developed a kick-down switch for the accelerator to prevent unintentional full-throttle use.  A small resistance felt through the accelerator pedal at full-throttle condition helps drivers to avoid excessive fuel consumption, without impairing responsiveness when maximum power is needed.  Other innovative technologies as part of the EcoDynamics package include a power-saving alternator management system and Motor Driven Power Steering. 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit.  This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU. 

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion.  The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when the driver wishes to continue driving and ensures the engine is started.  There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low. 

A heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and release the clutch pedal.  After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver engages the clutch again.  The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard.  Drivers can also manually turn off the ISG system through a switch on the dashboard. 

Transmissions

The new 1.6 T-GDi engines are not the only advanced efficiency-enhancing technical features to debut in the new cee’d. It also gets first use of Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic transmission in conjunction with the 1.6-litre CRDi engine in grades ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’ and GT-Line. 

Like the 1.6 T-GDi engines, this was developed in-house with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the comfort and smoothness of a torque converter transmission in automatic mode with the sportiness of a manual when the driver chooses to take control of gear changes. It has a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm – higher than the previous six-speed automatic – while delivering faster changes and lower running costs. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg. 

The manual gearboxes in the cee’d are six-speed units with a wide spread of ratios and long final drives to help bring down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. They are light and compact with a short, slick shift.  

Suspension, steering and brakes

European driving conditions impose different challenges to those found almost anywhere else on earth. Highway speeds are generally higher. Towns and cities often have narrow, bumpy streets. And in-between there are winding country roads, mountain passes and twisting lanes. To cope with this eclectic mix a car must be both agile and supple. 

From the outset Kia demanded that the cee’d should not only look and feel European but should also behave European.  That is why it has the comparative rarity in its class of an expensive fully independent rear suspension system in place of the more commonly used and cheaper twist beam, and a wheelbase that is one of the longest in class. Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) provides the right degree of assistance and weighting while reducing fuel consumption by around 3 per cent.  And powerful all-disc brakes – with anti-lock (ABS), electronic brake force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS) – bring the cee’d to a stable and sure halt in the shortest possible distance. 

All versions of the new cee’d have a modified fully independent suspension system to improve comfort and handling and now feature torque vectoring to minimise understeer in hard cornering by partially braking the inner front wheel. The car’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has been retuned to be more linear and predictable in response to steering inputs, while the front wheel geometry has been adapted to improve on-centre feel. New stoppers on the rear strut mount insulators and a new outer ball joint on the rear anti-roll bar improve comfort on poor surfaces by minimising suspension vibrations. The rear anti-roll bar is now hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise into the cabin. The outcome is that the cee’d has lost none of its agility, but now delivers a more compliant and quieter ride. 

Grades ‘2’ and above, excluding GT, also have Flex Steer. This allows drivers to personalise the level of assistance provided by the MDPS system at the touch of a button. It provides three stages of assistance – Comfort, which is ideal for parking manoeuvres in tight spaces or slow urban driving; Normal, which is the default mode; or Sport, which requires more steering effort and is therefore suited to fast highway driving where maximum stability is demanded. Whichever setting the owner chooses is maintained even after the engine has been switched off so that, for example, if the car is parked in town it will continue to be light and easy to drive upon restart. 

All-disc brakes, ventilated at the front, are standard and they are backed up by ABS, EBD and BAS. A lot of attention was paid to the software of the ABS system to improve braking feel. An electronic parking brake is standard on grades ‘4’ and ‘4 Tech’. It features an automatic off function when the car pulls away. 

The cee’d is equipped with third-generation ESC and features Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), which communicates with the steering to stabilise the car when it is braking or accelerating on roads with differing levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control is standard to ensure the car pulls away smoothly without rolling backwards on steep inclines – this is achieved by momentarily applying the brakes, for two seconds on manual versions and 0.8 seconds on automatic versions.       

Improved NVH

Kia has raised refinement with a series of new measures to counter NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) as part of its review of every single facet of the cee’d. 

The aerodynamics (Cd 0.30) and carefully shaped door mirrors significantly reduce the incursion of wind noise into the cabin. There are joints on the ends of the belt-line weather strips, while the weather strips around the door frames are single-piece ‘one-turn’ items to reduce wind noise. The windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, which not only makes the car more rigid but also aids quietness. The pillar filling areas and even the sill trim strips have been devised to minimise the chance of noise seeping into the cabin. 

The stiff body shell and revised rear suspension reduce the possibilities for road noise to enter the cabin, and there is sound absorption material throughout the car. Combustion noise from the diesel engines is less as a result of additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin. Additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system; twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel; and sound-absorbing material is now fitted to the engine block, oil pan and diesel particulate filter. 

A three-point engine mounting system on all models also aids refinement, while acceleration vibration is minimised by the design of the roll-mounting system.

 

6          SAFETY FIRST                                                                                    

Advanced new driver aids – with more to come 

A raft of new driver assistance and connectivity features advances the already comprehensive active and passive safety systems of the cee’d. Depending on model, the new cee’d is now available with Speed Limit Information to reduce the risk of drivers falling foul of the law. 

To help reduce accidents, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert add to the already comprehensive passive and active safety systems of the cee’d. Blind Spot Detection gives the driver an extra pair of  ‘eyes’  when swapping lanes, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert alerts the driver if the car is about to be reversed into the path of another vehicle when leaving end-on parking bays. A perpendicular parking function has been added to the Smart Park Assist System which was available in the previous model. It can steer the cee’d into or out of parallel parking spots and into perpendicular (90)º spaces.

The new model features the highest level of connectivity ever found in a cee’d through the latest Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®. Via the stylish, modern-looking 7-inch central touchscreen, drivers gain access to European mapping, a Traffic Messaging Channel, full UK postcode entry and the choice of fast, short or economical route-planning to their destination, while TomTom® Connected services provide additional and valuable driver information, including speed camera locations, live traffic updates and local search and weather information. The 7-inch touchscreen is linked to a colour reversing camera. 

All the essentials for avoiding accidents, or at the very least minimising the effects of them, are standard in the cee’d. There is Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to control skids even before the driver can react, and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to keep the car stable when accelerating or braking on roads with different levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep gradients by holding the brakes for up to two seconds. 

The ambitious target with the cee’d was not just a five-star Euro-NCAP rating, but a higher score than any class competitor. To achieve that, major advances in body engineering and pedestrian protection were necessary. 

The bodyshell is incredibly stiff as a result of a comprehensive package of reinforcements in critical areas. Even the windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a sealing strip, which aids both rigidity and refinement. In total, 57 per cent of the body is made from high-tensile steel, with ultra-high-tensile steel in the B-pillar structures. 

There is an i-type subframe with rigid side members, front apron and dashboard. Horizontal and centre tunnel supports feature in the dash area. The A-pillars, inner door rail and upper and lower body structures have been reinforced and there are transverse cross-members linking the front and rear suspension mounts, pressings attaching the boot floor to the tailgate opening and a strong floor cross-member. All of this serves to provide a safety ‘ring’ around the tailgate area. 

At the front, the side crash members have shallow slant angles which help to disperse collision energy more effectively, while side impact protection is boosted by reinforced front door belt inner rails, hot-stamped B-pillars and roof sides, ultra-high-tensile steel lower body sill structures and a roof gusset connecting the side inner panels and the roof rails. There are also extremely thick door beams. 

Every cee’d comes as standard with six airbags –­ twin front, side and side curtains – to provide all-round chest, face and head protection. Seat-belt recognition monitors detect if the belt on an occupied seat is not fastened or is released during a journey. 

To reduce the cost of repairs after low-speed (9mph or less) collisions, there is a crash box integrated into the front bumper rails to minimise deformation of the front side member, while at the rear the side members have been reinforced so that they are better able to resist deformation at similar speed. 

Pedestrian safety comes through collapsible headlamps, a stiff lower bumper lip and shock-absorbing structures in the bonnet and bonnet hinges. 

All versions of the cee’d have Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS), which causes the rear brake lamps to flash in an emergency stop to alert following drivers. Brake Assist (BAS), which ensures maximum stopping power in an emergency regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, is also standard.     

Daytime running lights – LED-type on cee’d 2 and above – are fitted.  Grade ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’ and GT-Line have static cornering lights which provide a broader beam when steering to ensure quicker recognition of roadside objects at night. They operate through separate lights built into the headlamp units, and activate when the steering angle is more than 35 degrees at speeds of 6mph and above, or 50 degrees when the car is stationary. They switch off if the steering angle falls below 20 degrees. Xenon adaptive front headlights with automatic levelling are standard on the 4 Tech and GT version. These continuously adjust the up/down and left/right angle of the beam according to steering wheel movements and the car’s speed to increase the driver’s range of vision on twisty or bumpy roads at night.   

Automatic headlight control is standard on grade ‘SR7’ and the grade ‘3’ and above, and all versions have an LED high-level rear stop light, while cee’d 2 and above have LED combination rear lamp clusters. 

Reversing sensors are standard from grade ‘2’, while grade ‘3’ and above have a colour reversing camera integrated into the navigation screen.  ‘4 Tech’ adds to this with the improved Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) now featuring perpendicular parking. At the press of a button this automatically steers the car into spaces while the driver operates the accelerator, brakes and gears.  Front, rear and side sensors first decide whether the parking space is large enough for the car and then the system directs it in. A display in the instrument panel allows the driver to monitor progress. 

The top-of-the-range ‘4 Tech’ model also comes as standard with a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) which monitors the position of the car within road lanes, from a camera positioned next to the interior rear view mirror, and warns the driver, via visual and audible alerts, if the vehicle deviates from its lane when the indicators have not been activated. It also has as standard Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Speed Limit information.

 

7          RUNNING COSTS                                                                                                       

Engineered to save owners money 

Reductions in fuel consumption and emissions do not just benefit society as a whole. They also have a significant bearing on the costs of both fleet and retail customers. The new cee’d address this with three new ultra-efficient engines and a seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic gearbox which replaces the previous six-speed torque converter automatic. All were developed in-house, either at the Namyang technical centre in Korea or, in the case of the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine, at Kia’s European technology facility in Germany. All six engines in the cee’d now meet EU6 emissions standards to help improve air quality. 

The cee’d range is the first to be available with Kia’s new 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged petrol (ecoTurbo) units, delivering either 98 or 118bhp, with 171Nm of torque available across a wide rev band. They have been designed to require 10 to 15 per cent less fuel than the 1.6-litre GDi, with similar reductions in emissions. The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque. 

Kia will replace 70 per cent of its combustion engines with downsized units like the new ecoTurbo powertrains in the coming years. The ecoTurbo engines deliver all the performance of larger-capacity normally aspirated units with a much-reduced appetite for fuel and lower emissions, helping to reduce the burden on fleet operators, business users and private individuals through lower operating costs, BiK taxation and less frequent visits to the fuel station. The 1.0 ecoTurbo engines have fuel economy of 57.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 113g/km (98bhp) or 115g/km (118bhp). 

The third new engine is the latest 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel unit. It features a new high-pressure injection system and a continuously controlled variable oil pump to reduce friction losses. Power rises from 126bhp to 134bhp, while the increased maximum torque of 280Nm with manual transmission is now available at 1,500rpm instead of 1,900rpm previously. With the 7-DCT gearbox maximum torque is 300Nm from 1,750 to 2,500rpm. The improvements in power, torque and driveability mean that manual versions of the cee’d 1.6 CRDi are capable of fuel economy as high as 78.5mpg, depending on wheel and tyre combination, while CO2 emissions are between 94 and 102g/km. 

With the new 7-DCT automatic gearbox there are spectacular improvements in economy and emissions compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg (all versions).  

The cee’d continues to be available with the 1.6-litre direct-injection (GDi) and multi-point-injection 1.4-litre engines, plus a 1.4-litre turbodiesel. The GDi delivers an outstanding combination of performance, fuel economy and emissions control, with a CO2 figure of 124g/km, and combined consumption of 52.3mpg. The 1.4-litre petrol engine has fuel economy of 47.1mpg, while CO2 emissions are 138g/km. Fuel economy and CO2 figures for the 1.4-litre diesel are 67.3mpg and 109g/km. 

All versions of the new cee’d feature Kia’s EcoDynamics fuel-saving, CO2-reducing technologies, while the ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) engine stop/start system is standard with all 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines. By shutting down the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch, it ensures that no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted while stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch is pressed.    

Low rolling resistance tyres are 14 per cent more efficient than standard ones and a gearshift indicator on manual models advises the driver of the most efficient change-up points.  Kia has also developed a kick-down switch for the accelerator to prevent unintentional full-throttle use.  A small resistance felt through the accelerator pedal at full-throttle condition helps drivers to avoid excessive fuel consumption, without impairing responsiveness when maximum power is needed.  Other innovative technologies as part of the EcoDynamics package include a power-saving alternator management system and Motor Driven Power Steering. 

Fuel consumption (mpg) and CO2 (g/km) 

Engine

Urban

Ex Urban

Combined

CO2/km

1.4 GDi

36.2

57.6

47.1

138

1.6 GDi

41.5

62.8

52.3

124

1.0 T-GDi 98bhp

45.6

68.9

57.6

113

1.0 T-GDi 118bhp

45.6

67.3

57.6

115

1.4 CRDi

55.4

76.3

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 15” wheels

67.3

83.1

78.5

94

1.6 CRDi 16” wheels

67.3

80.7

74.3

99

1.6 CRDi 17” wheels

64.2

78.5

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

61.4

72.4

67.3

109

 

Benefit-in-kind taxation rates and VED Band 

Engine

Tax rate

VED Band

1.4 GDi

22%

E

1.6 GDi

19%

D

1.0 T-GDi 98bhp

17%

C

1.0 T-GDi 118bhp

18%

C

1.4 CRDi

19%

B

1.6 CRDi 15” wheels

16%

A

1.6 CRDi 16” wheels

17%

A

1.6 CRDi 17” wheels

18%

B

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

19%

B

 

Servicing and insurance 

The cee’d has also been designed and engineered to be easy to maintain and repair, reducing servicing costs and insurance. Routine servicing is needed only once a year or every 20,000 miles for both petrol and diesel versions, and one year or every 10,000 miles for both GT and 1.0 ecoTurbo versions.

Care-3 and Care-3 Plus – Kia’s servicing packages for retail customers – are available for cee’d and offer fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work is carried out by trained technicians using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. 

Both packages cover the car, not the owner, so are transferable should the vehicle be sold.  If a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on then the next owner may upgrade to the five year service package.  The cost of the vehicle’s first MoT test fee can also be included.

Insurance groups 

Engine

(1-50)

1.4 GDi 6-speed manual 1

    7

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 1

    8

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 1

   11

1.4 GDi 6-speed manual SR7

     7    

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual SR7

     9

1.6 GDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

    12

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

    10

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

    13

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 2

    13

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

    11

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

    13

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 3

    13

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4

    14

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG 4

    14

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4 Tech

    16

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

    11

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

    14

1.6 CRDi 7-speed DCT ISG GT-Line

    14

 

Warranty and support 

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty

12-year anti-perforation warranty

Five-year paintwork warranty

One-year Europe-wide roadside assistance through KIAssist

 

 

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                           

Back to where it all started – Kia’s European plant at Žilina 

The story of the cee’d will always be inextricably linked with that of Kia’s European manufacturing facility at Žilina in Slovakia. Without the one, there might never have been the other. Žilina passed a significant milestone in mid-2015 with the production of the one-millionth cee’d – a five-door GT destined for a Dutch customer. Žilina also manufactures the sporty Sportage crossover and the practical compact Venga.

The story of Žilina goes back to the mid-2000s, when Kia established a policy of building cars in and for the markets where they were to be sold, wherever possible. In Europe that meant a hatchback to compete in the most important market segment, the C-segment. 

The idea of the car that was to become the cee’d was born, and Žilina was identified as the place where it would be made. Slovakia, which had become a member of the EU in 2004, had a history in engineering, a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an established automotive supply chain and a national government committed to helping new businesses. Kia was given tax-breaks and land incentives by the Slovakian government and has in turn worked with the authorities for the benefit of the local community. 

The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia has provided the expertise to develop courses in such things as computer, hybrid and welding technologies. These courses are available for all people across the region. 

The factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina. Some 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers.  Employment at the factory was increased to 3,900 staff when the third shift came into effect in January 2012.  Žilina is now able to produce 300,000 cars a year as well as 450,000 engines. The 2014 figures were 323,000 and 493,000 respectively, which effectively means that the plant is operating at more than its notional capacity.  

Žilina was completed ahead of schedule and the quality of the pilot production cars it started making towards the end of 2005 was so good that Kia took the confident decision to launch the car with a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, subject to wear-and-tear limitations. That confidence has been more than justified by the quality of the cars made at Žilina.

Žilina-built models are exported to 76 markets.

Green from the word go

As an all-new, start-up facility, Kia was determined that Žilina would set the highest environmental standards. For Kia, environmental protection is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions figures. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacturing, distribution, sales, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.     

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility do not always go hand-in-hand, but Žilina sets the highest environmental standards and is a benchmark for the European automotive industry. Even the location is environmentally important, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported.  Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from western Europe, which also helps to cut down on unnecessary transport. 

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside.

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. The RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. 

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of the factory and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products. 

International recognition

The hard work was rewarded as early as February 2008 when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a state-of-the-art energy-efficient factory.

This was quickly followed by two more awards in May of the same year. Kia Motors received international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations. 

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. DFE also requires that the assembly plant for the car reaches ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions. 

The weatherproof factory

Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatra mountains – lovely in the summer, but in the winter temperatures dip to minus -28º C. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant. 

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so that cars and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. This enclosed facility means that large exterior doors are not needed. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed.

Quality control

Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate in less than one millisecond defects according to pre-determined quality tolerance levels. 

Some 20 per cent of Žilina’s quality control staff have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at automotive manufacturing facilities elsewhere. All cars are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working. This is followed by a drive around the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Some two per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification. 

Kia devised an innovative new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure cee’d is totally resistant to corrosion, and that its paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so confident in the process that cee’d comes with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard.

9          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

            Things we think you'll want to know 

  1. How important is cee’d to Kia in the UK?
  2. Very – after all, we are one of the leading European markets for Kia, and cee’d competes in the most important sector of the market. As of the beginning of August 2015 we have sold 104,295 versions of the cee’d family in the UK, made up of 62,519 first-generation models and 41,776 of the current car which has been on sale since 2012. Around two-thirds of sales are of the five-door model.  

 

  1. What is the fleet-to-retail sales balance?
  2. Typically, two out of three cee’d sales are in the fleet sector.

 

  1. Why do you not offer all versions with ISG?
  2. Because it adds to cost, and Kia’s policy is to ensure that buyers are not forced to pay for technology when it will not directly benefit them. The 1.4-litre petrol and diesel versions of the cee’d are largely bought by retail customers who gain little from the addition of ISG. Other versions are more likely to be bought by fleet users who can make significant savings because of the lower CO2 emissions that ISG helps to bring.     

 

  1. Why is the 7-DCT transmission offered with only the 1.6-litre CRDi engine?
  2. The new 7-DCT transmission has been engineered to take large torque outputs of up to 300Nm, such as those produced by high-power diesel engines, while achieving significantly greater fuel efficiency with 25 per cent lower emissions than with a conventional torque converter automatic. It is therefore entirely logical that it should make its debut mated to the uprated 1.6-litre CRDi engine, which now delivers 300Nm of torque. But Kia has said that the 7-DCT is destined for wider application in future, although as yet no details have been announced.

 

  1. What are your sales ambitions with the new cee’d?
  2. Depending on supply from the factory we hope to achieve 13,500 sales in the first year on sale, of which we expect 1,250 to be powered by ecoTurbo engines. The best-selling model to fleet customers will be the 1.6 CRDi grade 2, while for retail buyers it will be the SR7.  

    1. To locate a local dealer or for more information please visit www.kia.co.uk

      Stephen Kitson
      Director of Corporate Communications

      E: skitson@kia.co.uk   
      T: 01932 832075 M: 07795 011 936
      Daniel Sayles
      Press Relations Manager

      E: dsayles@kia.co.uk  
      T: 01932 832073 M: 07747 149 149
      Sara Robinson     
      Senior Press Officer

      E: srobinson@kia.co.uk
      T: 01932 832072 M: 07919 482 332
      Carly Escritt       
      Senior Press Officer

      E: cescritt@kia.co.uk  
      T: 01932 832071 M: 07557 268 252
      Moyosola Fujamade
      Press Officer (press fleet)

      E: mfujamade@kia.co.uk  
      T: 01932 832069 M: 07471 216 343
      Emily Jacklin
      Press Office Assistant
      E: ejacklin@kia.co.uk  
      T: 01932 832079 M: 07795 011 475

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SPECIFICATION

cee’d

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

All the facts and figures

1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol (‘2’ Grade) 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3/12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 4,500rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 171 @ 1,500-4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; direct fuel injection;   turbocharger

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615

  1.955

  1.286

  0.971

  0.774

  0.639

  3.700

  4.059

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs (and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,465

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,279 / 1,402

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,000 / 500

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

            

        12.3

 Maximum speed

 mph

         114

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

             

 

   45.6 / 68.9 / 57.6

 CO2

 g/km     

             

 

          113

 

1.0-litre ecoTurbo petrol (‘3’ Grade & GT Line)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3/12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 118 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 171 @ 1,500-4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; direct fuel injection; turbocharger

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615

  1.955

  1.286

  0.971

  0.774

  0.639

  3.700

  4.267

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy or 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16 or 225/45R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,470

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,279 / 1,402

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,200 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

         10.7

 Maximum speed

 mph

         118

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      

 

 

    45.6 / 67.3 / 57.6

 CO2

 g/km     

 

 

          115

 

1.4-litre petrol (‘1’ & SR7 Grade)                                                                                                         

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,368

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 72 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 134 @ 4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; multi-point fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear   

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.769

  2.045

  1.370

  1.036

  0.893

  0.774

  3.700

  4.400

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 5.5J steel or 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 195/65R15 or 205/55R16

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,470

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,254 / 1,388

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,200 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.3

 Maximum speed

 mph

 114

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      

         

 36.2 / 57.6 / 47.1

 

 CO2

 g/km  

           

 138

 

 

1.6-litre GDi petrol (‘2’ Grade)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,591

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77 x 85.4

 Power output

 bhp

 133 @ 6,300rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 164 @ 4,850rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 11.0

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; direct fuel injection GDi

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.839

 0.688

 3.700

 4.059

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,465

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,271 / 1,405

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,400 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

             

 9.8

 

 Maximum speed

 mph

 118

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      

             

 41.5 / 62.8 / 52.3

 

 CO2

 g/km     

             

 124

 

 

 

1.4-litre CRDi (‘1’ & SR7 Grades)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,396

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 75 x 79

 Power output

 bhp

 89 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 240 @ 1,500 – 2,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, waste gate

 turbocharger (WGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.040

 1.189

 0.844

 0.702

 0.596

 3.583

 4.188

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 5.5J steel or 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 195/65R15 / 205/55R126

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,465

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,357 / 1,486

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 650

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 13.0

 Maximum speed

 mph

 107

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 55.4 / 76.3 / 67.3

 CO2

 g/km

 109

 

 

1.6-litre CRDi (‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’, ‘4 Tech’, GT-Line Grades)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp

 134 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 280 @ 1,500 – 3,000 rpm (300 @ 1,750 – 2,500  rpm with 7-DCT)

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

‘1’ ,‘2’,’3’ Six-speed manual

‘4’ ,‘4 Tech’, ’GT-Line’  Six-speed manual

Seven-speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.769

  2.040

  1.189

  0.844

  0.702

  0.596

  3.583

  3.250

  3.636

  1.962

  1.189

  0.844

  0.702

  0.596

  3.583

  3.471

  3.786

  2.261

  1.957

  1.023

  0.778

  0.837

  0.681

  (1-2/4-5) 4.176 (3/6-7) 3.08

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs  and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 5.5J steel, 16 x 6J alloy or 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 195/65R15, 205/55R16 or 225/45R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,310 / 1,780 / 1,465

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,364 / 1,493 (auto 1,391 / 1,514)

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 650

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 380 (362 with spare wheel in place) / 1,318 (1,300)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

Seven-speed DCT

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 9.5 (1, 2, 3), 9.8 (4, 4 Tech, GT-Line)

 10.2     

 Maximum speed

 mph

 117 (1, 2, 3) 122 (4, 4 Tech, GT-Line)

 124

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg     15”

            16”

            17”

 67.3 / 83.1 / 78.5

 67.3 / 80.7 / 74.3

 64.2 / 78.5 / 72.4

 

 61.4 / 72.4 / 67.3

 

  

 g/km    15”

            16”

            17”

  94

 99

 102

 

 109

 



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