VW is all but ready to unveil an all-new generation of the Golf, the eighth since it first launched its best seller in 1974. However, with Ford and Kia offering the new Focus and Ceed, respectively, and the Golf MK7 being around since 2012, does the VW still have what it takes to be on compact hatch buyers’ list? Despite its age, the Golf is still one of the most complete packages in the compact hatchback segment; it offers great build quality and practicality, as well as a surefooted feel down the road that’s combined with high levels of comfort. The newer Kia Ceed combines smart looks with pretty generous levels of standard kit and good value for money. If you want a comfortable hatchback, the Kia delivers, especially within city walls. Ford’s latest Focus is bigger and roomier than ever, thanks to the new platform that underpins it. It offers the most room for rear passengers compared to the other two, making them feel like they’re sitting in a car from a … [Read more...] about Can Outgoing VW Golf Hold Its Own Against New Ford Focus And Kia Ceed?
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About half way through the launch press conference for the new Kia Ceed, senior engineer Gert-Jan Teunis explained the chassis changes they’d made to the third generation of this workaday hatchback. Still the same front MacPherson struts and multi-link independent rear suspension, but with a litany of spring, damper, geometry, steering ratio and roll-bar changes as long as your arm, and so much softening at the back you’d wonder how the old car got around corners at all. These are the sorts of things that race teams do, finessing and tittivating to make a car that grips, handles predictably and inspires confidence. Under Albert Biermann, formerly of BMW, that’s what Kia is doing; more than that, in fact, since it is also creating a legend and a driving characteristic for all Kia cars in much the same way that Richard Parry-Jones’s team at Ford did for the 1993 Mondeo and the 1998 Focus. It’s part of this South Korean car maker’s master plan; to … [Read more...] about Kia Ceed review: finally a match for the VW Golf?
Register for our free newsletterWhat is it? The family hatchback sector is under siege from SUVs, but that doesn’t mean it’s dead – far from it. There’s enough life in this market sector yet that Kia has gone in all guns blazing with this – the all-new Ceed. Though it may come from a Korean brand, the Ceed is designed, engineered, built and sold entirely in Europe, so in theory it should be perfect for European tastes. But there’s no denying the strong competition – the best-selling Ford Focus and VW Golf are both seriously good cars, with considerably more heritage than the 2006-born Ceed. What’s new? Let’s get the trifles out of the way first – the new car loses the apostrophe of the old Cee’d and simply becomes Ceed: Community Europe, European Design. Easy. Of more note is the new bodywork, which is wider and lower than the outgoing car, though identical in length and wheelbase. The styling’s sharper, … [Read more...] about First Drive: The new Kia Ceed gives the Focus and Golf something to think about
Elle devrait être la Ceed la plus puissante de la gamme Dévoilée au Salon de Genève cette année, la Kia Ceed de troisième génération fait encore parler d'elle. Après l'annonce d'une version Shooting Brake qui serait dévoilée au Mondial de l'Auto de Paris en octobre, David Labrosse, responsable du planning produit de Kia en Europe, a déclaré au site AutoRAI qu'une version sportive GT devrait être commercialisée en 2019. Nos photographes espion ont pu surprendre un prototype du modèle en cours de développement, que vous pourrez découvrir dans la galerie ci-après. Si c'est plutôt une bonne nouvelle, ne vous attendez pas à un moteur plus puissant puisque la nouvelle version développera environ 200 chevaux, pour rester dans l'esprit de la précédente mouture. Alors que cette dernière était disponible en version trois portes, le nouveau … [Read more...] about La future Kia Ceed GT surprise en cours d’essais
Kia has today announced details of a comprehensive upgrade to its increasingly popular 2016 Kia ceed, a model that has provided the foundation for Kia’s continuing success in Europe over recent years. Kia’s European designers have evolved the interior and exterior styling of the current cee’d into an exciting new look, with the powertrain team developing a wider range of engines and transmissions. The improvements include Kia’s all-new three-cylinder 1.0-litre ecoTurbo engine, as well as a range of new safety, comfort and convenience upgrades. The changes apply to every model in the cee’d range, which now incorporates the five-door cee’d hatchback, Sportswagon and three-door pro_cee’d. The modifications applied to the cee’d range also include a range of visual and dynamic improvements to the high-powered cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT models. Already among the best-looking cars in the C-segment ‘hot hatch’ segment, … [Read more...] about 2016 Kia ceed Facelift (All Details, Photos, Videos)