The Focus-rivalling hatchback will come with a new shape, more equipment and engines efficient enough to qualify for free UK road tax.
The affordable Kia Cee’d hatchback will also come with the brand’s class-leading seven-year warranty valid for up to 100,000 miles.
On the outside, the new Kia Cee’d will look vastly different to the current generation model. Kia has described it as a narrower, sportier feel for its small family car.
This includes a cabin moved forward to allow for a more sloping roofline, a road-hugging lower height and, cleverly, more head and legroom for passengers in the front.
There is also a bigger boot (up 40 litres to 380 litres) despite the car retaining the same size as the current Kia Cee’d.
An updated front end incorporates wrap-around lamps, LED daytime running lights and sloping front pillars for better visibility and a more upmarket feel.
Inside the new Kia Cee’d, the Korean brand has retained the ‘1, 2, 3 and 4’ trim levels but added a host of new equipment as standard.
This includes heated door mirrors, air conditioning, a cooled glovebox, ambient lighting, a radio/CD player with iPod connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity. The gadgets are accessible through steering-wheel mounted controls to ensure the driver keeps focus on the road.
Kia Cee’d 2 trim levels adds alloy wheels, leather trim for the steering wheel and chrome highlights. Kia Cee’d 3 trim adds more extras such as rain-sensing wipers, climate control and sat-nav.
At the top of the range Kia Cee’d 4 models include a heated steering wheel, leather front seats, colour display, parking sensors and a panoramic sunroof on ‘4 Tech’ models.
The changes continue under the bonnet, where a new 1.6-litre diesel delivers CO2 emissions of just 97g/km and subsequently qualifies for zero road tax.
Other engine options include a 1.4-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre diesel and a choice of manual or automatic gearboxes, depending on the engine chosen.
New Kia Cee’d prices start from £14,395, rising to £23,595 for the top level model. The new Kia Cee’d is available now at Perrys Motors Kia dealerships.