RE: Kia Ceed GT: Spotted

Tuesday 11th September

Kia Cee'd GT: Spotted

Can't wait for the new Ceed GT to fix your Korean hot hatch itch? Here's a sub-£10k example of its predecessor



Korean hot hatches have quickly become the talk of the town at PH HQ, what with the arrival of a Hyundai i30N on the PH Fleet and the debut of the next Kia Ceed GT being just over the horizon. As you’ll know, these are cars known for going head-to-head with more established European rivals – Golf GTI, we’re looking at you – offering a mix of performance and usability as well as plenty of kit for your money.

The first Korean car to seriously bring these traits to the ring was, of course, the previous Ceed GT, which came in both three- and five-door (formally called Pro_Ceed GT) forms. Remember when the first one landed in 2013? We were suddenly presented with an all-new hot hatch that looked the business and came with a respectable list of statistics. Little wonder it grabbed the attention of enthusiasts and was welcomed with predictions of stealing the Golf GTI’s thunder.


Using a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine, the front-driven Ceed GT was good for 204hp and a 7.3 second 0-60mph sprint time. It was also claimed to be capable of 38.2mpg and emitted 171g/km, which, if you haven’t nodded off yet, were important numbers because it meant this hottest Ceed could offer running costs comparable with the class’s best.

Except it couldn’t, because anyone running a Ceed GT for a lengthy period of time would have noticed that these are undoubtedly thirstier than rivals while also being rather less sprightly off the line. To offer its best, the GT's engine has to be wrung for every horsepower on offer, while the car has to be hustled through corners to maintain momentum and keep that blown engine on the boil.


The good news is that Kia’s first proper hot hatch has a fine chassis, one that PH decided was actually in the same sort of ballpark as the Peugeot 308 GTI, Leon Cupra and Focus ST back in 2016. Even now the Ceed GT stands out as a playful hatch, responding with a cocked inside rear wheel to a flick of the steering and offering good feedback levels, too.

Find a high-spec GT Tech trim like the 2014 car advertised here and you’ll surely be onto a winner. This car has 38,000 miles on the clock but it still has three years left of Kia’s seven-year manufacturer warranty. Plus, it was only purchased from a main dealer three months ago (its latest owner said a company car is forcing the sale), so, unless it's been involved in a summertime shunt, this car should be in as tip-top condition underneath as it looks in the pictures.


Included in this five-door model are Recaro sports seats, a heated steering wheel and parking sensors, as well as a seven-inch infotainment screen and automatic headlights and wipers. It’s finished in a racy red colour and sits on two-tone 18-inch wheels, making for a package that's as attractive as it is generouly equipped.

Thankfully for us, this doesn't reflect in the price, because the private seller is asking for less than £10k. Someone go and snap their hand off!

SPECIFICATION - KIA CEED GT

Engine: 1,591cc, four-cylinder turbo

Transmission: 6-speed manual, front-wheel drive

Power (hp): 204@6,000rpm

Torque (lb ft): 195@1,500-4,500rpm

MPG: 38.2

CO2: 171g/km

First registered: 2014

Recorded mileage: 38,000

Price new: £23,615

Yours for: £9,750

See the original advert here.

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Zygot

Original Poster:

21 posts

5 months

Tuesday 11th September
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The standard kit list looks like the opening titles on the first Star Wars movie - goes on forever!
For a daily runner, this would be a bargain - nearly as cheap as a lease over 3 years, with a warranty, and should manage a good few years reliable use thereafter. Tempting.

kambites

54,947 posts

154 months

Tuesday 11th September
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yes Looks like a nice car but it'll be even batter value next year when it's ~7k and still has two years warranty left.

Turbobanana

1,091 posts

134 months

Tuesday 11th September
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PH said:
Except it couldn’t, because anyone running a Ceed GT for a lengthy period of time would have noticed that these are undoubtedly thirstier than rivals
From experience of selling Kia's sister company's products, Hyundais, this seems to be a trait of Korean manufacturers (even more so than Europeans, I mean) . I applaud their enthusiasm and technical prowess, but the way they measure fuel consumption produces results that bear little resemblance to real-world conditions.

stupidbutkeen

788 posts

88 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Turbobanana said:
PH said:
Except it couldn’t, because anyone running a Ceed GT for a lengthy period of time would have noticed that these are undoubtedly thirstier than rivals
From experience of selling Kia's sister company's products, Hyundais, this seems to be a trait of Korean manufacturers (even more so than Europeans, I mean) . I applaud their enthusiasm and technical prowess, but the way they measure fuel consumption produces results that bear little resemblance to real-world conditions.
I average around 29mpg over a full tank of fuel in mine.

Baldchap

372 posts

25 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Is it me, it is ten grand for a four year old Kia a little bit steep? I'm sure I test drove a brand new ProCeed that was about 12k, not that long ago.
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jason61c

2,862 posts

107 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Baldchap said:
Is it me, it is ten grand for a four year old Kia a little bit steep? I'm sure I test drove a brand new ProCeed that was about 12k, not that long ago.
Have you looked at how well the Kia range hold their money? Very strong residuals on lots of the range, good build quality, good looking.

Turbobanana

1,091 posts

134 months

Tuesday 11th September
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stupidbutkeen said:
Turbobanana said:
PH said:
Except it couldn’t, because anyone running a Ceed GT for a lengthy period of time would have noticed that these are undoubtedly thirstier than rivals
From experience of selling Kia's sister company's products, Hyundais, this seems to be a trait of Korean manufacturers (even more so than Europeans, I mean) . I applaud their enthusiasm and technical prowess, but the way they measure fuel consumption produces results that bear little resemblance to real-world conditions.
I average around 29mpg over a full tank of fuel in mine.
Quite.

When the Getz was launched in 2002, we had loads of complaints about the fuel consumption not matching the quoted figures, or even getting anywhere close to. Hyundai replied that the in-car display was calibrated in US Gallons: odd, because the Getz was never sold in the US (or Canada). In truth they were just creating a smokescreen, but advertised figures across the range were always very ambitious: buyers of small, economical cars were more sensitive to this that SUV or Coupe buyers, I guess.

On the subject of residuals - don't forget that warranty which, however comprehensive or otherwise it proves, has a certain market appeal for many.

CedricN

344 posts

78 months

Tuesday 11th September
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Nearly bought one (until I realised warranty was voided due to not following servicing schedule). Performance is really good in real life on real roads and it was pretty fun at reasonable speeds, nice interior aswell for the money. Biggest drawback is the tyre noise/roar. Swedish roads are known for the very tough ashpalt and some cars handle it better than others, dont know how it is in the UK.

mcfetti

3 posts

4 months

Tuesday 11th September
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I had one of these and I miss it. Mpg is just dire on it though I don't think I got above 36mpg driving it like a grandad (no offense to grandads)
It handles great, looks great and is very comfortable. I got a Seat Leon FR 184 now as my commute got considerably longer and couldn't justify the cost in mileage nor wear on the car and it's just not as much fun.

TaylotS2K

1,255 posts

140 months

Wednesday 12th September
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jason61c said:
Have you looked at how well the Kia range hold their money? Very strong residuals on lots of the range, good build quality, good looking.
Have to say I've been very impressed with the Kia's I've looked at. OK, many won't set the world alight driving wise, (The Kia Ceed GT is good though) the build quality and general use of material is very good.

chillbill

59 posts

73 months

Thursday 13th September
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Got our father a regular Cee'd of this generation. Comfy, spacious, well-kitted. Ideal for commuting over long distances. The only thing I can really fault was the numb-ish gas pedal. So in mind of this, decided to try out a Cee'd GT. Looks the business (mature bodykit, front LED-s), great Recaro seats, even better kit, etc. But in terms of driving dynamics and engine sound, it's just a peppy Cee'd, not a hot hatch. The major mistake was trying it coming from an MK5 GTI. Compared to that the Cee'd was a bit… boring and soulless : ( Then again, Kia never marketed it as a true GTI, but, rather, surprise-surprise, as a GT. Still love the looks of it, though. Seeing what cars are coming from the east nowadays (i30N!), perhaps the next generation will be a better drivers car.

afennell

28 posts

113 months

Thursday 13th September
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Thank you for the extra advertising, these really are great cars and really fun to drive.

I’m achieving an average of 32mpg with mixed driving.

jazzyb88

1 posts

8 months

Saturday
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Indeed quite a bargain this one. I have had mine for a year (same colour) and over the course of the last 9k (mostly motorway) miles, it has actually averaged 37-40mpg. I am quite happy with that to be honest. Use it around town and it is difficult to do less than 30mpg so I don't think they're that bad?!

Just had it's service done and no issues noted other than front discs could do with changing in about 5k miles, but that's not bad after 40k miles. Keep them on Pilot Sports and the grip is fantastic!

Actually this particular car is the one Kia used in their advertising a few years back! Here's a link: https://vimeo.com/116242659

MG CHRIS

6,412 posts

100 months

Saturday
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Much prefer the pro ceed gt too the 5 door version much so im picking up a 16plate version in white next week. The level of kit on it is outstanding for the price and still has 5 years warranty on it. Also helps working at a Kia main dealer too and have too say they have moved up remarkably in a few years.
The new sportage and stinger models are spot on

Kia are also pretty good with warranty claims too can get away with quiet a lot with them far more so than most other manufactures that Ive dealt with.