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CO2 emissions of the 1.6 CRDi automatic are 145 g/km.


Te 1.4-litre units deliver a strong balance of flexible performance and low fuel consumption, even without the aid of ISG. Te petrol version develops 98 bhp and is capable of more than 47 mpg, with CO2 emissions from 139 g/km. Te diesel, with 89 bhp manages almost 69 mpg, with CO2 emissions down to 109 g/km.


None of Kia’s all-new cee’d’s are going to blow your socks off in terms of performance, but the latest cee’d is not about that. It’s a car you will buy with your head – not your heart.


But why would you buy a new cee’d over, say, a Vauxhall Astra or VW Golf? Well, it comes down to Kia retaining the value for money proposition - even the entry level cee’d, priced at £14,395, comes with air conditioning, Bluetooth and other items you may not get on a competing car. Te new cee’d also offers a range of efficient engines which are cheap to run in terms of fuel economy and Co2 emissions. In fact, the cee’d’s engines start from as low as 97 g/km on the 1.6-litre diesel model, so that puts it in band A – which means free road tax.


Four engines are available at launch: 1.4 and 1.6-litre diesels and petrol engines of similar capacity. Te 1.6-litre petrol engine features efficiency-enhancing direct fuel injection. Familiar from the Kia Sportage, it’s the most powerful of the four cee’d engines, with 133 bhp, and is the only cee’d available with the new dual-clutch gearbox


developed in-house by Kia. Tis advanced new gearbox allows fully automatic operation, or manual changes, via steering wheel-mounted paddles, but without the fuel consumption penalties that accompany conventional automatics. Because one clutch works with gears one, three and five and the other takes care of gears two, four and six, the transmission is always primed for the next up or down-shift, ensuring changes are particularly rapid and smooth.


All 1.6-litre manual versions of the cee’d are equipped with ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go), Kia’s engine stop/start system which is a major contributor to the efficiency improvements of the new range. Te 1.6-litre diesel with ISG has a combined cycle potential fuel economy of more than 76 mpg. Te oil-burner develops 126 bhp and is available with a conventional six-speed automatic gearbox in place of the standard six-speed manual. Te


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FAST FACTS Max speed ranges from: 106 – 122 mph 0-60 mph ranges from: 9.8 – 13.0 secs Combined mpg ranges from: 46.3 - 76.3 Engines: 1.4 & 1.6-litre 4 cylinder diesel/ petrol Max. power (bhp) ranges from: 89 - 133 Max. torque (lb/ft) ranges from: 101 - 190 CO2 ranges from: 97- 145 g/km Prices range from : £14,395 - £23,795 on the road


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