Kia's sporty Cee'd should have Audi worried
12 September 2007

From Steve Cropley in Frankfurt

When this nice-looking Kia Cee’d three-door hits the market at the end of the year, owners of Audi A3s will be doing double-takes. The car has the same presence, balance and European appeal of the Ingolstadt car, courtesy of its slightly lower and sharper shape, a sportier grille and a more purposeful nose-down stance han the Cee’d five-door, now several months old in the market. Engine range will be familiar: 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre petrol; 1.6 litre and 2.0 litre turbo diesel.A miro-hybrid version of the same car was shown at Frankfurt, and though the company was officially saying nothing about a debut date for this technology in all Cee’d (and probably Hyundai) shapes, strong rumours exist that it’ll be introduced with mid-life changes for the car by 2010.

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Kia Cee'd

The Kia Cee’d is more than good enough to harry the opposition, which is an achievement in itself for the fiercely competitive family hatchback class

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Our Verdict

Kia Cee'd

The Kia Cee’d is more than good enough to harry the opposition, which is an achievement in itself for the fiercely competitive family hatchback class

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Driven this week