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2019 Kia Cee’d Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2019 Kia Cee’d

The tame hatchbacks are famous as the family rider or the grocery cars. While the wild hatchbacks are famous as the hot-hatches. You cannot really call them sexy or horny. But they could be called the sporty hatchbacks.

Well, we have nothing to do with the definition of hot-hatch. But the point here is that the South Koreans are even aware of the hot-hatch. And they are even aware of how to build an attractive sporty hatchback car.

The Kia motors introduced Cee’d (Ceed) during the 2006 Frankfurt Motor Show. This vehicle was introduced as the successor of the Spectra and Cerato. Though its ancestors were available either as a hatchback or a sedan. But Cee’d had no sedan body style. It is only available either as a hatchback or a station wagon.

Well, Kia eyed the European market for Cee’d. But for the North American market, they relied on Forte. The first generation went on, and it generated some decent market response in Europe. That was good enough for Kia to continue this vehicle.

In 2012, Kia revealed the second generation Cee’d during the Geneva Motor Show. It resembled the first generation, but its improvements really earned it a nice profile in the market. In 2015 it received some major improvements as the competition was bruising high.

Finally, in 2018 the third generation Cee’d have been introduced. And it is commercially launched in 2019. Although, the production began in the summer of 2018. But the marketing plan is set for 2019.


1.0 – 1.6 L6 – speed manual

7 – speed automatic

114 – 118 hp127 – 207 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
8.7s102 mphHatchback

Station Wagon

32 city/ 38 highway


Hood of 2019 Kia Cee’d

The new Cee’d is not much new in terms of its mechanism. Though the drivetrains are different, they are merely refreshed only. The present option is available with a couple of turbocharged gasoline powertrains and a single naturally aspirated diesel version. While the performance has improved a bit.

Well, the 1.0 L 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine serves as the base level ingredient. It comes with 118 hp of power with 127 lb-ft of torque. That is indeed fine for a base level four-cylinder engine. Further, the powertrain comes mated with the 6-speed manual stick only. Well, you can count on some performance from this car that you might certainly not get from the other options available in the market.

The 1.4 L turbocharged four-pack engine comes next with 138 hp of power and 178 lb-ft of torque. This is the true performer in the Cee’d series. It makes 0-62 mph launch within 8.7 good seconds. While its track best is 102 mph. Indeed this is a spectacular option for the performance enthusiast. And it comes mated with the 6-speed manual as standard. While the 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission stays optional. Well, the manual version boosts faster than the DCT version.

The only diesel variant is available with the 1.6 L 4-inline naturally aspirated engine. This machine is capable of traveling at 114 hp of power at 207 lb-ft of torque. Certainly, that is a fine option for all those counting on the diesel variants. It has fine performance and a decent combined mileage of 36 mpg.

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2019 Kia Cee’d Exterior

The whole new Kia Cee’d is not too much new. The designing appears to be the same as what it was before. But just a few features have been refreshed. Well, the cosmetics include projector headlight for the base models, while the top trim is available with the LED headlamps, LED fog lights and the DRL are standard. The taillight design has slightly been changed. While it still comes with the LED, and brake light in the spoiler. Further, the 16-inch allow wheels are standard for the entry-level model. While the rest of the models get the 17-inch wheels.

The Cee’d is available as a 5-door hatchback and station wagon. While the 3-door edition has been eliminated for the present generation.

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Interior of 2019 Kia Cee’d

The interior is even refreshed instead of getting some new appointments. Cloth seats are still there, and the leather seats are only available in the top model. Further, the cloth trim and the leather accents are even the same. And even the seats are not much different. Instead, just a few knocks in the car have been improved. While the rest of the all has been carried down from the second generation.

Well, the hatchbacks offer fine space for seating and can even carry a decent amount of cargo. While the station wagons are quite spacious and can carry a good notch of a quarter year grocery.

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Features of 2019 Kia Cee’d

The 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system is available in the base edition Cee’d. Well, it is just a multimedia player with music and radio option. For the navigation and some other benefits, you would have to go for the next inline models. Well, it is because they get the 8-inch screen with the active navigation. Further, the Apple CarPlay and the Android Auto is available on all the models.

The entertainment column is filled with the 6-speaker audio system. While the premium JBL audio system with 8-speakers is available only in First Edition.

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2019 Kia Cee’d Safety

The safety column is filled with plenty of features. Well, the passive features include airbags, adjustable headrest and seatbelts, ISOFIX and the seatbelt reminder. While the active safety features include the antilock braking system with the electronic brake force distribution system. Ahead of that the driving dynamic aids get the impact sensing door to unlock system, blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning and a few more.

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Volkswagen Golf

The Golf is an active competitor of every sporty hatchback available in North America and Europe. It has plenty of drivetrain options, tech-savvy interior appointment, and a decent design. And nevertheless, it has a fine competition going on against the Cee’d.

Well, the Kia Cee’d is a decent option for the family riders. And its available features are pretty fine for an awesome ride.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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