Greeted with the new Cee’d, your first reaction is that it’s very much like its predecessor. Even Kia admits that the facelift is ‘subtle’, and you really need to be something of an aficionado to spot the revisions to the front and rear of the car.
Inside, too, the changes are all fairly tough to spot, but there’s no denying they’re small improvements; and, given that the outgoing Cee’d was already renowned for its style, that’s praise indeed. The changes to the dash may amount to nothing more than an extra bit of chrome detailing here and a slab of piano black trim there, but they do raise the quality of the cabin to the point where it compares very favourably to the likes of the Focus
. Along with the standard seven-year warranty, it all makes you feel that you’re getting a high-quality product.
What hasn’t changed is the amount of space that you get; and, while it’s true that the Cee’d isn’t one of the class giants – if space is your top of your wishlist, then you should head to a Skoda dealer and ask about the Octavia
– it will still take four adults in comfort, and five at a push, as long as the rear-seat passengers aren’t too tall. Likewise, the boot is a respectable size, its 380-litre capacity is larger than you’ll find in a Focus or Astra.