The new trim level ‘4’ version is an extension of Kia’s simple trim naming structure and sits above the existing ‘1’, ‘2’ and ‘3’ versions.
The Kia Cee’d hatchback, a Ford Focus rival, is one of the older models in Kia’s UK range and the new trim level is designed to move it more upmarket to challenge its newer rivals.
The’4′ version uses the same 1.6 CRDi available with the previous range-topper, the ‘3’ trim, but includes power output that has been increased from to 126bhp.
However, CO2 emissions remain below 120g/km, meaning free first year road tax in the UK. Meanwhile, fuel economy is 62.8mpg for the new Kia Cee’d ‘4’.
Top speed on both manual variants is 122mph with the 0-60mph dash taking 10.6 seconds in the hatchback and just an additional 0.2 seconds in the estate.
Specification includes full leather interior, integrated satellite-navigation, cruise control, colour reversing camera, heated seats, wheel mounted controls and electrically-operated heated and folding door mirrors.
Kia has also added 17″ alloy wheels and rear window privacy glass to give the new ‘4’ version a sportier feel.
Other ‘high tech’ features include a seven-inch colour touch screen system, CD player, iPod connectivity and Bluetooth hands-free systems.
As with all new Kia cars a seven year, 100,000 mile, fully-transferable warranty comes as standard.
New Kia Cee’d 4 and Kia Cee’d SW 4 prices start from £19,195 in the UK and the first models went on sale in Kia UK dealerships this week.