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Kia Cee‘d Facelift (2016) driving report

Kia Cee'd Facelift (2016) with new three-cylinder
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K a question that once honest Kia Cee'd still looks fresh and modern three years after its transformation into a sporty, attractive compact model by designer Peter Schreyer. The facelift of the second generation comes at exactly the right time, but is hardly noticeable visually. The largest modifications are hidden under the body, after all, the Cee'd produced in Zilina, Slovakia, should not lose touch with the competition in terms of technology.

One of the most important changes takes place under the hood: According to Ford , Peugeot and VW, the Koreans are now also following the downsizing trend and will be offering the Cee'd with a three-cylinder engine in the future. Thanks to a balancer shaft, the charged one-liter gasoline engine offers a lot of smoothness, climbs up the rev range with a sporty growl and provides its maximum torque of 171 Nm from 1,750 tours. Kia specifies the performance with 120 hp. With the new unit, however, the Cee Aggregd does not have what it takes to become a sports fan. That already reveals the 0-100 factory specification of 11.1 seconds.

Kia Cee'd with new GT-Line

With the crisp six-speed manual transmission, the power steering adjustable in three stages (normal, comfort, sport) and the electronically controlled torque distribution on the front axle to reduce understeer, it still offers a good portion of driving fun. It is optically supported by the new GT-Line, which includes wider bumpers, 17-inch alloy wheels and the eye-catching four-spot LED daytime running lights. In addition, there is a tighter tuning of the revised chassis, which still offers a lot of residual comfort and reliably swallows bumps. The interior is enhanced by a black headliner, aluminum pedals and a leather steering wheel.

There is also something new with the assistance systems: Depending on the equipment line, a lane change warning, cross traffic warning and traffic sign recognition are available. The park pilot can now also park in parking spaces that are parallel to the lane. An inductive charging station for smartphones is also available as an option. A distance control cruise control or an adaptive chassis are missing from the option list. For this, there will be a double clutch transmission for the first time. The seven-speed DCT convinced during an initial oneDriving with the right gear selection and smooth gear changes is only available in conjunction with the 1.6-liter diesel.

After its premiere at the IAA, the new Kia Cee'd will be available from 26. September in stores. The prices for the three-cylinder version, which is initially only available in conjunction with the GT-Line, start at 22,390 euros.


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