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16:50  05 june  2019
16:50  05 june  2019 Source:   readcars.co

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Kia Ceed GT review: practical hatchback gets sporty Kia Ceed GT

When Kia launched the third generation Ceed family hatchback in 2018, it was a big step up from the previous model.

In line with the South Korean’s car maker’s swift move up the rankings, the new Ceed improved in every way. So much so that it’s now a genuine rival to the class-leading Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

Backed up by a tempting seven-year warranty and Kia’s hard earned reputation for reliability and all-round customer satisfaction, the only thing missing from the Ceed range was a hot version. Until now.

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The five-door Ceed GT may be more warm than hot, but it will do very nicely thanks.

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The new Kia Ceed with dynamic performance, advanced technology and sporty silhouette. View the specifications, video gallery, or request a test drive. If the preceding car speeds up, your All-New Kia Ceed accelerates up to the pre-set speed. If it slows down, your car drops the speed or even stops, to

Kia is introducing the new-gen Ceed GT , complete with a punchy 1.6-liter turbo engine and an optional seven-speed dual-clutch joining the six-speed manual. Designed, developed, and built in Europe for Europe, the new Kia Ceed GT has arrived for those in need of more performance compared to the

To be fair, it’s clearly not pitted against the more powerful 2.0-litre offerings from Volkswagen (Golf GTI), Honda (Civic Type R) and Hyundai (i30N), instead competing with more everyday sporty hatches such as the Vauxhall Astra SRI and Peugeot 308 GT.

Powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine developing 201bhp, it has a 0-60mph time of 7.2 seconds and tops out at 143mph.

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The regular Ceed is a good looking car and the GT is naturally a little sportier with larger air intakes at the front and darker chrome detailing around the car – as well as 18-inch alloy wheels and a lower ride height.

That continues inside the cabin where dark, soft-touch materials are used widely, while the sports seats are trimmed in black leather and suede with red stitching. There are also aluminium pedals and the flat-bottomed steering wheel is trimmed in leather.

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Just like the Kia Picanto, the Ceed gets the ‘tiger nose’ grille making the front of the car much more This new version of the Kia Ceed still comes with that revolutionary warranty but can it up the ante in the A new GT Line trim level was revealed, offering sporty looks but without the higher running costs.

The look and feel up front will be familiar to Kia owners with an attractive, sensibly designed dashboard complete with an 8.0-inch floating infotainment touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality, plus air conditioning controls below dominating the centre console.

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There’s plenty of room up front and the seats are both comfortable and supportive. Rear passengers won’t be disappointed either, enjoying decent legroom, though opting for the sunroof does eat into the headroom so try before you buy. The 395-litre boot is easily accessible with a low loading lip, and it expands to 1,291 litres with the 60:40 rear seats folded.

Press the Start button and it sounds surprisingly good – even fruitier in Sport mode. And unlike some rivals, the exhaust note is not too obtrusive, making it far more acceptable on longer journeys.

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The Kia Ceed GT is distinguished from its more ordinary models by Recaro sports seats, twin exhaust outlets and 18-inch alloy wheels with bright red brake calipers. There's also a new front bumper design that includes a larger, more aggressive-looking lower grille with a red pinstripe at its base.

There’s enough power to have fun, but equally it’s just as happy cruising along. For the record, CO2 emissions are 163g/km and fuel economy is a claimed 38.2mpg, but that would require considerable restraint.

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Kia has developed the Ceed GT specifically for European roads and says it has fine-tuned suspension to provide a more engaging drive, while torque vectoring by braking is also fitted to improve cornering, and it’s fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres to help with traction.

The end result is an agile car that handles well, with a ride that’s on the firm side, but is still comfortable.

The Ceed GT stays flat in corners and offers plenty of front grip, steering is precise and it’s fast in a manageable kind of way. Kia has also upgraded its brakes, so there’s plenty of stopping power.

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The standard six-speed manual gearbox isn’t the slickest and it could do with a shorter throw, but it’s light and precise, though given the choice, I’d opt for the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

It’s safe too and is packed with the latest safety kit and driver assistance tech including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Collision Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.

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Kia is dipping its toes into the shooting brake segment with the stylish ProCeed and its 201-horsepower GT counterpart. We'll see both next month in Paris. Nearly as practical as the regular Ceed Sportswagon while being as sporty as the Ceed GT .

Kia has announced the third-gen Ceed hatchback will get a sporty GT version.

There’s also Lane Following Assist which detects road markings to keep the car in its lane on the motorway. The system also uses radar sensors to control acceleration, braking and steering, to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

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Perhaps the GT’s biggest challenge could be its price point of £25,850. Though it’s safely below the £30,000+ of the hot hatches, it only just undercuts its Korean cousin, the impressive 247bhp 2.0-litre Hyundai i30N (£25,995).

Verdict: The new Kia Ceed GT offers a refreshing blend of performance and practicality from a dependable brand that’s growing up fast. It’s generously equipped, entertaining to drive and boasts serious kerb appeal, but is up against some serious competition.

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Britain loves a hot hatch, there’s no denying that. Combining practicality with performance, these little runarounds have been a favourite on these shores ever since the Mk1 Volkswagen Golf GTI arrived in the ‘70s. Your browser does not support this video require(["binding"], function (binding) { binding("wcVideoPlayer", "#video_player_9e3086c6-02eb-488e-baf4-18c65288e648").all(); }); The problem with modern hot hatches though is they’re getting faster, more complex and also more expensive — leaving a gap in the market for more affordable yet fun cars.

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