Kia Ceed 1.4 T-GDI First Edition 2019 long-term review
Is our top-spec automotive actually £8k higher than the entry-level one? – 14 November 2018
Really? £27,000? You can get an [insert supposedly more premium rival here] for that!” It’s a word I’ve heard greater than as soon as when folks ask in regards to the top-spec Kia Ceed I’m working. It’s an even level while you suppose that £27ok will very just about get you right into a base Audi A4.
My inventory recommendation is that extra modest trim ranges higher stability essential apparatus and listing worth. But it’s no longer a view shared through patrons. Manufacturers are more and more discovering that the upper trim ranges are the most well liked selection, specifically when packaged right into a PCP deal.
As success would have it, we had an entry-level Ceed in for a separate check, so I leapt on the likelihood to get them in combination and notice if my First Edition spec may justify its £8000 top rate. First off, let’s take a look at look, inside and outside. The Ceed isn’t probably the most crowd pleasing hatch, but it surely majors on stylish understatement.
The entry-level automotive clearly keeps the similar elementary form, however a couple of key design components are lacking.
For instance, it has the similar LED working lighting fixtures because the top-spec automotive however ditches the overall LED headlights in favour of much less premium-looking halogen bulbs. The door mirrors, in addition to dropping their auto-folding mechanism, ditch the LED signs and puddle lighting fixtures of the range-topper. The wheels are an inch smaller, too, and there’s no privateness glass.
Nothing dramatic, then, however the adjustments are sufficient to offer the Ceed much less kerb enchantment, to my eyes. But it’s the interiors that almost all set the 2 trims aside – no longer simply the way in which they give the impression of being but additionally the way in which they really feel. Soft leather-based upholstery, padded door inserts and shiny plastics are changed through a significantly much less tactile and extra austere atmosphere. Little main points make all of the distinction right here, too, such because the cool white LED inner lighting fixtures of my automotive swapped for uninteresting yellow bulbs.
Of direction, my Ceed has way more usual equipment, however the base Ceed isn’t utterly spartan. There’s nonetheless a touchscreen (albeit with an inch lopped off the show and no satnav), cruise keep an eye on, DAB and a rear-view digital camera, however the seats have guide adjustment and the air con isn’t automated. For dependable, easy shipping, it’s totally have compatibility for function. The variations at the street are possibly extra sudden.
It’s the inexpensive Ceed that’s extra at ease general, with the additional inch of tyre sidewall taking into account higher bump absorption at decrease speeds and not more street noise.