Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi: Exceeding Expectations??? An Unbiased Review
|Topics: Kia Cee'd
John Paul Yacapin
November 21, 2012
As a brand known for affordable cars, Kia Motors may not have cast a firm footing on the luxury car market, however, the second-largest Korean manufacturer is blazing the trail in sustainable eco-driving. First introduced in 2006 to carry the company's new design emphasis, the Kia Ceed is a small family car that embodies functionality, comfort, and convenience more than anything else.
The new Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi 128 1 is a tangible proof of the company's steadfast commitment to producing quality yet reasonably priced vehicles. The latest in the series is designed and manufactured in Kia Motors Europe to combine the best of western and eastern automobile technologies. Two years ago, the Kia Ceed bested the BMW 1 and the Skoda Octavia for the Lower Medium Car 2010 award. In another satisfaction survey, the Ceed easily grabbed the fourth spot on its debut which is the highest spot garnered for a new entry.
At Kia, designers and engineers believe that eco-friendly driving is the result of the dynamic interplay of intelligently designed components that contribute to the overall efficiency of the automobile. Starting with the exterior layout of the Kia Ceed, environment-friendly connections show through as the streamlined outfit of the car results to great aerodynamic efficiency. This characteristic in turn translates to better fuel economy. Complementary to the streamlined outfit of Kia Ceed is the set of low resistance tires available in 15 and 16 inches.
Also unique to the 1.6L CRDi variant is the ISG (Intelligent Stop and Go) Technology. This technology enables the automated switching off of the engine when the car is stationary. When the driver is ready to move forward, the clutch is de-pressed and the Kia Ceed instantly switches back on. Up to 12% of fuel is saved by the combined function of these eco-dynamic components.
Touch and Go Driving
The Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi 128 1 is equipped with state-of-the-art driving technologies to offer the best ergonomic features for everyone inside the family car. Intelligent climate control, for instance, is a dual air conditioning system for automated adjustments to the indoor temperature adaptive to the present season.
For the drivers, the four-spoke steering wheel gives easy and convenient access to centralized control for the audio entertainment system, the trip computer, and the Bluetooth device module. On higher-tier models, the cruise control switchgear, which sets the vehicle to maintain constant speed, can also be controlled conveniently from the steering wheel.
On top of all the convenient features brought out from the use of smart technologies, the Kia Ceed proudly sports the latest engine design to meet every driving style and environment standard. The 1.6L diesel engine is available in 89, 114, and 126 bhp power outputs. Electronic fuel injection with the CRDi specification and continuous variable valve timing (CVVT) driving technology boost the overall performance of the Ceed.
Brake assist system (BAS), electronic stability control (ESC), and hill-start assistant control (HAC) are all standard safety technologies incorporated into every Ceed. In addition to these safety driving features, the Ceed is also fitted with a generous and thoughtful six-airbag system. Additionally, the front seats are equipped with active head rests to prevent whiplash injuries on the head and neck. Because of these safety features, the Kia Ceed received a Euro NCAP five-star rating with entitlement to favourable car insurance policies.
Beyond the sales pitch flaunted by the external beauty and the interior comfort of the Kia Ceed 1.6 CRDi 128 1 family car, it is covered by a comprehensive seven-year vehicle warranty. Safety driving features, generous warranty, sleek and streamlined design, and driving comfort all contribute to the rising popularity enjoyed by the Kia Ceed.
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