The 2015 Kia Cee’d Hatchback is a competitor for major mainstream models like the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus. And although it doesn’t come cheap, it does offer a long warranty and great value for the money.

Our Verdict: 3.8

The Cee’d doesn’t have the same overall polish that some of its competitors have. However, it is still a good all-around vehicle. When you consider the 1.0-litre engine’s low running costs, its stylish looks and good value, this is a car that anyone looking for a small hatchback for their family should definitely consider.


  • Distinctive front-end styling
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Generous standard equipment included


  • Restricted rear headroom
  • Petrol engine that is lackluster
  • Driving it is not as exciting as its major rivals

Our Exterior Rating 4/5

The 2015 Kia Cee’d Hatchback has a very smart-looking appearance. Late in 2015 a minor face lift was introduced, which it definitely benefits from. It only extended to a revised grille, extra chrome trim and new bumpers. However, the basic shape is still the same: a bonnet with a sharp profile and flared headlights wrapping around the Kia ‘tiger-nose’ grill provides the car with an air that is slightly aggressive, which complements its wedge-like profile. Each body comes with body-colored mirrors, door handles and bumpers, although all except the most basic models also come with lots of chrome detailing, LED daytime running lights and alloy wheels. At the top of the line the GT-line and GT models provide the car with a sporty makeover, with twin exhausts in the rear, full-LED lights, a mesh grille, daytime ‘ice cube’ running lights and a deeper front bumper.

Our Interior Rating 3/5

The 2015 Kia Cee’d Hatchback might sell- in part least- on the good value it provides. However, its interior quality shows no signs of penny-pinching, which is right in line with what most European car buyers have come to expect. The materials that are used in the lower cabin parts are of good quality and the dashboard has been moulded out of decent plastics. There is little evidence of any scratchy or shiny finishes. Tasteful chrome detailing and glass black inserts give further improvements to its perceived quality. The driving position is also solid.

Our Performance Rating 4/5

The mainstream 2015 Kia Cee’d Hatchback range offers two diesel and three petrol engines. The three-cylinder turbocharged 1.0-litre engine available in two power outputs is that star of the show. We have driven only the more powerful model so far, and it is very impressive. For a three-cylinder it is particularly refined and smooth and has good pull across the entire rev range. There is a choice between a 1.6- or 1.4-litre diesel and petrol engine. However, unless you are looking for an entry level model, you will want to opt for the large unit, which most of the range is comprised of. The 1.6 diesel is what we recommend, due to its greater pulling power which makes it much easier to get around without a lot of effort. The GT turbocharge represents the top of the range and provides good performance. However, what impresses is its flexibility instead of the outright pace it provides.

Our Reliability Rating 4/5

Across the entire Kia line, few major faults have been reported. This has earned the brand a well deserve a reputation for being reliable. Most owners of the pre-facelift person of the car report flawless reliability. The Cee’s also is backed by a 100,000 mile/seven year warranty, which means after four years it will have the identical manufacturer cover as a Ford Focus that is brand new.

Our Safety Rating 4/5

The Cee’d include passive safety measures such as anti-whiplash front head restraints and six airbags. Euro NCAP crash tests awarded it full five stars. It comes with a whole multitude of various electronic safety systems, including Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Speed Limit Information and Blind Spot Detection. The 4 Tech top-of-the-range model also features a Lane Departure Warning System. The Hill-start Assist control comes equipped as standard on each model to ensure that the car doesn’t go backwards when moving from off uphill.

Why Buy The 2015 Kia Cee’d Hatchback? Our Rating 4/5

With the Kia Cee’d, it isn’t necessary to sacrifice refinement and style to receive worry-free motoring and reliability. When it comes to driving dynamics, its European competitors might have an edge. However, in all other aspects, 2015 Kia Cee’d Hatchback is a genuine contender.

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