What is it?
This is the first model to be launched under Kia’s new environmentally friendly EcoDynamics sub-brand.
The Cee’d 1.6 CRDi EcoDynamics is also the first Kia car to be fitted with the firm’s new ISG stop-start system, which helps to give it CO2 emissions of 110g/km and a combined fuel economy of 67.3mpg.
It also benefits from the facelift applied to other models in the range, as well as the redesigned interior and reworked suspension set-up. You can read more about how the standard facelifted model drives here.
Kia expects a 50/50 split of sales between diesel and petrol models within the facelifted Cee’d range and 60 per cent of those diesel sales are expected to be the ISG model.
Kia says the ISG tech can be applied to any engine in its range, but it’s only currently available with the 89bhp 1.6-litre CRDi unit in mid-range 2 trim. If the model is a success and well received, expect to see ISG rolled out on other models in the firm’s range.
What’s it like?
Kia’s ISG system is certainly one of the better stop-start systems on the market. It kicks in when the car’s speed drops below 3mph, the clutch is released and the car is in neutral. It restarts again when the clutch pedal is pressed down.