What is it?
Few manufacturers have been as fascinating to watch in their development as Kia. The first generations of its products in the UK - including the Cee’d in 2006 - may have been praised for their low prices, but there was little else of real merit to ensure them of class honours.
With each passing generation, though, most of these models have become better to drive, cheaper to run and nicer to sit in. The Cee’d is the very definition of this progress, and with 1,000,000 of them now sold, it’s clear that the Korean firm is on to something.
2015 marks the current Cee’d’s midlife facelift, but there’s more to it than simple styling revisions. Sure, there’s the usual new look front and back and some classier cabin materials, but Kia has also been busy experimenting with ball joints and stabiliser bars to ensure not only keener handling but also better comfort and refinement.
Kia has also introduced a turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine for the first time, while a sleek new GT Line trim promises range-topping looks and dynamics without the extra performance the standalone GT badge brings. But here we're driving yet another of the Cee'd's revisions: a new seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, now available with the now more powerful range-topping diesel engine.