Our 2-grade test car represents the entry-level diesel offering in the Ceed range for the time being, although a more affordable 1 model is expected at a later date.

Coupled with the 113bhp 1.6-litre diesel, the Ceed is priced from £19,545. That gets you 16in alloy wheels, automatic headlights, cloth upholstery, a reversing camera and a suite of active safety systems. There’s the 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, too. Where value for money is concerned the Ceed makes a strong case for itself. A comparable Golf is in excess of £2000 more expensive and slightly less practical and the new Focus is some £1200 pricier.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
The Ceed indicated 76.4mpg on our touring test, which replicates a 70mph motorway cruise. If you drove it with economy in mind, you could probably see an indicated 80mpg

The Kia is expected to withstand depreciation very solidly, and competitive personal contract deals on the car, supported by a manufacturer-backed deposit incentive, are already on offer.

There’s also plenty of credit to award here in recognition of the Ceed’s real-world fuel economy. We recorded in excess of 70mpg on our touring test – and that was accounting for calibration of the car’s trip computer after brim-to-brim testing, which proved to overestimate that economy by 8%. On that front, this is definitely a car that would repay a high-mileage driver for keeping faith with diesel.

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