The base variant starts at £18,295
Kia’s UK arm released a bunch of new details regarding the 2018 Ceed along with the pricing list for its compact hatchback.
The new Ceed sits on Kia’s K2 architecture and is 1,800 mm wide with a wheelbase of 2,650 mm. The new platform generates 395 liters of boot space ‘as well as greater shoulder room for rear passengers, more headroom in the front row, and a lower driving position,’ says Kia.
The carmaker also stresses that the Ceed’s interior is inspired by the sportier Stinger. Here, Kia’s designers went for a split dashboard topography: the upper side holds the infotainment touchscreen while the lower area houses audio and HVAC controls.
At launch, the hatchback will offer seven body paint choices along with 16- and 17-inch aluminum alloy wheels. Four trim levels split the 2018 Kia Ceed range, namely 2, Blue Edition, 3, and First Edition. The new Kia Ceed is available with front-wheel-drive only.
Kia’s new Ceed will rely on an updated version of Kia’s turbocharged 1-liter T-GDi petrol engine (118 hp) and the all-new turbocharged 1.4-liter T-GDi ‘Kappa’ powerplant (138 hp) that comes to replace the old 1.6-liter GDi mill. The former can be had solely with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the latter can be coupled to Kia’s seven-speed DCT.
The diesel dish comprises the new U3 1.6-liter CRDi engine fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction to keep emissions in check. The powerplant produces 114 hp and 280 Nm when married to the six-speed manual. In tandem with the dual-clutch automatic transmission, the same engine makes 300 Nm.
Safety-wise, the UK-bound Ceed packs seven airbags and standard safety features such as high beam assist, driver attention warning, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning.
The base Ceed wears a starting price tag of £18,295, while the most expensive 2018 Ceed will leave you without at least £26,850.
UK sales kick off on August 1.