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KIA Cee'd 3 Hatchback 2010 review

Overall towcar rating


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Key information

  • Transmission: Manual
  • Year of manufacture: 2010
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Engine size: 1.6litres
  • Solo fuel economy: 38 miles per gallon
  • Towing fuel economy: 30 miles per gallon
  • Body type: Other

Towcar summary

What's good?

Clean and tidy, modern interior. Integrated bluetooth to run a mobile phone through the ICE system.

What's bad?

Hard seating. Bland interior. Very unreliable engine management electronics. Poor fuel economy even if driven carefully.

Would you recommend it?


Towing performance **

How well does it tow?

Stable, but very under powered even for a small trailer.

Solo performance ***

What's it like without the caravan?

Adequate, but struggled on hills with a full load. Poor rear quarter view from driver's seat.

Reliability *

Anything to look out for?

Poor electronics, window lifts unreliable, and windows would frequently open on their own then not close again.
The wheels on each side were of a different style!!!
The alarm would auto-trigger for no obvious reason.
Ours also often went into 'limp home mode' without warning. Despite many trips to the dealer for repairs, this was ultimately the reason for taking the financial hit and disposing of the car after less than 6 months ownership.
Having owned numerous cars of all types, including three other perfectly good Kias, the 2010 Kia Cee'd is by far the most disappointing of all.

Practicality ***

Is it easy to live with?

Without the numerous electrical faults on our model - probably yes.
Seat fabric was hard to keep clean.

Buying experience ****

Did you buy it new or used?


Where did you buy it?

Franchised dealer

What was the seller like?

The franchised dealer was very helpful when selling the car to us, but increasingly less so as the car was repeatedly returned with faults. Overall I was not at all impressed with their after sales service.


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