The new Kia Cee’d will cost from £14,395 when it goes on sale in the UK in June.

Two petrol and two diesel engines are offered – a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol, 1.6-litre petrol with 133bhp, an 89bhp 1.4-litre diesel and a 126bhp 1.6-litre oil-burner – and buyers can choose between five specification levels: 1, 2, 3, 4 or 4 Tech. 

Either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual clutch automatic gearbox will be fitted across the model range. 

Standard equipment on the new Kia Cee’d includes air conditioning, front electric windows and door mirrors, daytime running lights, a cooled glovebox and Bluetooth, iPod and USB connectivity. Hill start assist also makes the line-up.

Mid-spec ‘2’ cars cost from £16,395 and feature 16-inch alloy wheels, a rear centre armrest, all-round electric windows, cruise control with speed limiter and reversing sensors, while £18,995 ‘3’ models add tinted windows, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a seven-inch touchscreen sat-nav system and a reverse parking camera.

Cars carrying the ‘4’ badge cost from £20,595 and include 17-inch alloys, black leather front seats,  heated steering wheel, electronic parking brake, stop-start, while full-fat ‘4 Tech’ models add a panoramic sunroof, ‘Parallel Parking Assist System’ and Xenon adaptive front lights; prices start from £22,495.

Entry-level 1.4-litre petrol engine models achieve up to 47.1mpg with 139g/km CO2 emissions, while 1.6-litre cars achieve 52.3mpg and 124g/km CO2.

Cars fitted with Kia’s 1.4-litre diesel engine realise a claimed 68.9mpg and 109g/km CO2, with 1.6-litre CRDi cars achieving 76.3mpg and 97g/km CO2.