A trip to Kia’s plant in Zilina, Slovakia this week gave me a chance to poke around the facelifted Cee’d that’s going to be launched at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

The full facelift will be applied to the Cee’d and Cee’d SW, while the Pro_cee’d will only get the interior modifications.

Unfortunately, they took my camera off me as soon as we got near any of the completed models, but the official picture above and in this story shows the most significant exterior changes – the corporate grille and revised bonnet and bumper design.

I also got to see the modified interior, which confirmed that the dash is now tidier and smarter than the current model’s.

The verdict? The styling changes are another small but significant step forward, but on looks alone the Cee’d remains a car that deserves a place on a car-buying shortlist rather than a must-have purchase.