New Kia Ceed makes its UK debut at London Motor Show

The new Kia Ceed is making its UK debut at the London Motor Show this week.

The five-door hatchback, which had its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, is being displayed on the World Car of the Year stand at the ExCel London event.

Lower and wider than the current model and built on a different platform, it features a bigger 395-litre boot and a “floating” infotainment system built into the split dashboard. There’s also an optional Eco Pack that lets the car change its aerodynamics using an active air flap, improving fuel economy.

The vehicle was designed at Kia’s European Design Centre in Frankfurt and is the first of a new family of Ceed models to be launched over the next two years.

It is being produced at the South Korean manufacturer’s factory in Slovakia and will be available with petrol and diesel engines, as well as manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

The car has been tested on European roads, Kia’s test tracks in South Korea and the Nürburgring circuit in Germany to ensure it is capable of family motoring, long-distance cruising and business travel.

Mike Rutherford, World Car of the Year juror, director and vice-chairman, said: “The Kia Stinger came close to winning the World Car of the Year title in 2018 and the all-new Ceed looks like it will be a contender for the gong in 2019.

“We’re delighted that Ceed is making its UK debut on the World Car Awards stand at the London Motor Show.”

Pricing for the new Ceed, which goes on sale on August 1, is yet to be revealed, although the current model starts at £15,370.

The London Motor Show continues until Sunday, May 20.

Tristan Shale-Hester


May 18, 2018

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