Kia c’eed is Reasonably Priced Car

Kia will supply three Kia c’eed 2 1.6 manual five door models to the show to be used in the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, where celebrities are timed around the Top Gear track.

It is the first time a Kia car has been used as the Reasonably Priced Car. Previous versions include the Chevrolet Lacetti and Suzuki Liana.

Kia says the decision to name the car as the Reasonably Priced Car is testament to the value for money and seven year warranty.

Despite presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond sometimes being known to criticise the Reasonably Priced Car in the past, Kia believes it highlights the growth of the brand in the UK over the past six years.

Stephen Kitson, Communications Director of Kia Motors UK, said: "The last time Top Gear paid us any attention I think they tried to build one of our cars out of washing machines."

The celebrities will be able to make use of the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine producing 124bhp and 113 lb ft of torque. When not driven around the Top Gear track, the c’eed is capable of returning 46.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 146g/km.

The Top Gear models are identical to production versions except for the addition of a roll cage and sports seats.

So far, Dragon’s Den star Peter Jones holds the record in the Kia c’eed, with a lap time of 1.45.9, only 0.09 of a second less than the best ever Chevrolet Lacetti time.

The five-door Kia c’eed is priced from £13,930 for the new facelifted version and can be seen on the hit show during the latest series.