What is it?
This is facelifted Kia Cee’d in mid-range 2 trim, equipped with the 124bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine. In the two years since Kia first brought the Cee’d out, petrol models have made up around 60 per cent of all sales, but the Korean firm expects to see this reduce to around 50 per cent for the facelifted model.
It gets the firm’s new family front-end, known as the Schreyer grille (named after German designer Peter Schreyer), and a redesigned interior, as well as a reworked suspension system tuned on European and UK roads with the help of Lotus and Porsche.
What’s it like?
Compared to the petrol model it replaces, there is certainly improvement. Kia has worked hard on improving the ride quality, which let down the original model.
Time has been spent on UK roads tuning the ride for British tastes and it certainly tells, and although the ride remains firm through town, it is smoother and suppler away from the city, especially on the motorway. Bumps are absorbed with minimal fuss, which gives the car a more dynamic feel overall, encouraging the driver to push on with confidence.
Handling too has improved, as the Cee’d responds well to being pushed on country roads. The steering, although well weighted, does feel a bit too artificial to properly engage the driver, but again, it’s a marked improvement over the existing Cee’d.