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All new Kia Cee'd ready to go on sale

Hitting dealerships in June...

Kia really moved themselves into the mainstream with the Cee’d and now they aim to really push Ford and Vauxhall with the new 2012 Cee’d which hits dealerships in the UK on the 1st June.

With a stylish look, the new Cee’d is more than a match for the competition looks wise. The Kia corporate grille sits between new larger headlights that sweep back up the wings. The whole body has an upward curve to it, giving the car a nose-down stance. It’s a great looking car to us, one that is actually much more interesting to look at than the mainstream brands such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.

It’s interesting to watch Kia grow as a brand, with new cars like this pushing them into direct competition with the established brands. One area that they still seem to be catching up on in engine technology, but that will surely come with time.

The 2012 Cee’d comes with a choice of 4 engines at launch – two diesels and two petrols in 1.4 and 1.6 litre sizes. The 1.4 litre units deliver a strong balance of flexible performance and low fuel consumption. The petrol unit develops 98 bhp and is capable of more than 47mpg, with CO2 emissions from 139 g/km. The diesel, with 89 bhp, manages almost 69mpg with CO2 emissions down to 109g/km.

All 1.6 litre manual versions of the Cee’d are equipped with ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go), Kia’s engine stop/start system which is a major contributor to the efficiency improvements of the new range. This actually means the 1.6 litre engine variants are a better buy than the 1.4 litre ones.

The 1.6 litre diesel with ISG develops 126 bhp and has a combined cycle potential fuel economy of more than 76 mpg, with CO2 emissions from 97 g/km. It is available with a conventional six-speed automatic gearbox in place of the standard six-speed manual though this pushes the CO2 emissions up a great deal to 145g/km.

The 1.6 litre petrol engine features efficiency-enhancing direct fuel injection.  Familiar from the Kia Sportage, it is the most powerful of the four Cee’d engines, with 133 bhp, and is the only Cee’d available with the new dual-clutch gearbox developed in-house by Kia.

This advanced new gearbox allows fully automatic operation, or manual changes, via steering wheel-mounted paddles, but without the fuel consumption penalties that accompany conventional automatics. Basically it’s the same in concept to VW’s highly successful DSG gearbox, so we hope to see it rolled out across the rest of the Cee’d range soon. Station Wagon and 3-door variants of the Cee’d will be launched toward the end of 2012.

There are the standard Kia trim levels of 1, 2, 3 & 4 with a new 4 Tech at the top of the range which has 17-inch alloys, 10-way power-adjustable heated leather seats, a heated steering wheel, a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition colour display with satnav, a panoramic sunroof, a Parallel Parking Assist System –  including front parking sensors, Lane Departure Warning System and Xenon adaptive front lighting system with automatic levelling.

Prices start at £14,395 for the ‘1’ 1.4 6-speed manual, rising to £23,595 for the ‘4 Tech’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual . All Cee’d models come with Kia’s 7-year 100,000 mile warranty.   

Images courtesy of Kia UK

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more