Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making the Grade

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making the Grade

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Byline: By Peter Keegan

Kia has always made some of the best value cars on the market ( now with the cee'd it adds quality and style to its list of attributes.

I'm desperately trying to avoid the pun 'cee'ds of success' ( but there is no doubt the latest offering from the Koreans is a match for the best the European big boys have to offer in the small family hatchback sector.

This should be no surprise as the company has moved mountains to ensure this key motor appeals to its major export market ( Europe.

However, before highlighting the attributes of the cee'd we should get one annoyance out of the way.

Kia launched the cee'd with the title 'A Car for Europe' but continues its irritating policy of putting the indicator and wiper stalks on opposite sides to where a European driver would expect them.

I lost count of the times when the wipers flashed across the windscreen when I was attempting to indicate - it's something you have to get used to.

Okay, rant out of the way, I found the cee'd to be an excellent, well-priced family car.

The replacement for the Cerato, being built in Slovakia, is equipped with a competent 1.6-litre diesel engine that offers outstanding fuel economy.

It's no slouch away from the lights either and the car feels quicker than the official 0-62mph time of 11.5 seconds.

The oil burner is only available in the top of the range LS trim though, so you'll have to pay more than pounds 14,000 to get it.

That said, the cee'd is very competitive when it comes to price and there's a sweetener that is guaranteed to have buyers smiling. Kia's faith in the car's quality means it comes with an outstanding seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty that's transferable to subsequent owners.

Add to this the host of excellent kit included plus an average fuel economy figure in excess of 60mpg and all of a sudden the price-tag assumes the mantle of value for money.

Rear electric windows, climate control and part-leather seats are added to the LS trim which picks up a host of impressive features from cheaper models in the range. …

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