Kia’s sows sporty Ceed

21 January 2019

KIA has introduced a range of new GT-Line Ceed models, with the accent upon restrained sportiness, costing up to more than £27,000.

They are basically toned-down versions of the higher-performance GT model, although they still look the part.

Inside, the grey roof lining of the standard Ceed is replaced with black cloth, and the door sills get metallic scuff plates. They receive a D-shaped leather-trimmed steering wheel and metallic steering wheel transmission paddles.

There are front sports seats with larger side bolsters, trimmed in black cloth and light grey synthetic leather, while GT-Line S versions get black leather and faux suede upholstery with grey stitching.

The turbocharged engines come from the standard Ceed range, including a three-cylinder 118bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine producing 118bhp and 172Nm of torque. The 1.4-litre petrol is also available, with power and torque outputs of 138bhp and 242Nm respectively. The Ceed GT-Line is also offered with Kia's new 1.6-litre diesel engine with 134bhp. Each engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, while 1.4-litre turbo engines are also offered with seven-speed automatic transmission.

Models with the 1.0-litre engine accelerate to 60mph in 10.7 seconds, with a top speed of 118mph. CO2 emissions are 125g/km with average economy of 48mpg. The 1.4-litre model with a six-speed manual gearbox can accelerate to 60mph in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 130mph, with CO2 emissions of 132g/km and economy of 49mpg. Both the GT-Line and GT-Line S versions are offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission that has a top speed of 127mph and acceleration to 60mph in 8.9 seconds. The 1.6-litre diesel engine generates 134bhp, has a maximum speed of 124mph and can accelerate to 60mph in 9.8 seconds. It has the lowest CO2 emissions of 107g/km and economy of 58mpg.

There is also a new GT version of the Ceed, which is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine generating 200bhp of power and 265Nm of torque.

This car can reach 60mph in seven seconds, has a top speed of 145mph, CO2 emissions of 155g/km and average economy of 38mpg. It costs £25,535.

Kia says it is keen to down-play pure performance figures for its GT model, arguing that it is a reasonable blend of performance and handling rather than outright performance.

This is evidenced by a comparison with the rival Renault Megane RS, which costs £2,000 more but offers awesome performance from its 280bhp engine.

There is acceleration to 60mph in 5.8 seconds, a top speed of 160mph, a CO2 rating of 161g/km and economy of 40mpg.

However, the Renault’s warranty is just four years or 100,000 miles in comparison to the same mileage but an additional three years for the Kia.