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From the athletic new design of the Kia Ceed and the all-new Kia Optima to Kia's best-selling model in the UK - the Kia Sportage, join us as they land in our showroom August 2018 for our exclusive Test Drive Event. Whether you're due to upgrade your current car or considering investing in a brand new Kia, now is the perfect time to take that next step with the launch of the latest Kia models.
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Now in its third generation, the all-new Kia Ceed – designed, developed, engineered and built in Europe – strengthens Kia’s presence in the European C-segment with a mature and athletic new design, innovative new technologies, and a more engaging drive.
Mature athleticism – a new design for a new generation of Ceed
The Kia Ceed range has been designed at the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, European Head of Design, and Peter Schreyer, President of Design and Chief Design Officer. Carrying over the sporty, emotional design character of the Stinger, the Ceed conveys a more self-confident new look – one that is both emotive and precise in its execution.
Lower, wider, and with a longer rear overhang than the car it replaces, the Ceed’s cab-rearward silhouette exhibits a more mature sense of athleticism. Straight lines replace the rounded-off edges of its predecessor, evolving the front of the car with a wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille and lower air intake, and precise, linear shapes framing its ‘face’. The new model features ‘ice cube’ LED daytime running lights as standard, echoing the appearance of earlier Kia GT and GT Line models. In profile, the sharp, straight lines visually lengthen the bonnet and give the car a more upright stance. A greater sense of maturity and strength is created in its shoulder line, which now runs along a more horizontal plane. The new model adopts the wide C-pillar that has become a hallmark of Kia design in recent years, enhancing its cab-rearward stance. This also gives the upper window-line a sleek new ‘half-moon’ shape. At the rear, new LED daytime running lights give the Ceed greater visibility – and recognition – on the road.
Constructed on Kia’s new ‘K2’ platform, the Ceed five-door hatchback is 20mm wider (1,800mm) and 23mm lower (1,447mm) than the outgoing model. Its wheelbase remains the same at 2,650mm, with the front overhang shortened by 20mm (to 880mm), and rear overhang extended by 20mm (now 780mm). Its wider dimensions and longer rear overhang create a more assertive and sporty stance, for a more confident presence on the road.
From launch, the Ceed range will be available in a choice of 11 paint finishes. A selection of wheels and designs are available, with buyers able to choose from 15-inch steel wheels, 16-inch steel or aluminium wheels, and 17-inch two-tone diamond-cut alloy wheels.
Contemporary interior design with more efficient packaging
Inside the cabin, the Ceed is more ergonomic than ever, and with higher-quality materials used throughout. The cabin architecture from the most recent Kia vehicles has been adapted for the new Ceed, with the dashboard laid out horizontally for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. This design also creates greater space and a sense of openness for the front passenger, creating more room in the footwell and a clearer view ahead.
For all models, the dash is split into an upper area – for the ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system – and lower area, housing controls for audio and heating and ventilation. Driver-centric in its layout, the centre console is angled slightly towards the driver’s seat for ease of use on the move. The interior is finished in a higher proportion of sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout, subtly intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin. Surfaces are finished with metallic or satin chrome trim, with buyers able to choose from a range of cloth, synthetic leather or genuine leather upholstery. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearstick are also available as an option.
The new platform supports the Ceed’s more efficient packaging, with a more spacious cabin than before, in both hatchback and Sportswagon models. The wider body creates greater shoulder room for rear passengers (increased by 34mm to 1,406mm), while a 16mm-lower seating position in the rear creates sufficient knee and leg room for passengers in the second row. Despite the lower roofline, the platform and lowered front seating position create greater front-row headroom than before (now 987mm). The lower rear bench also ensures similar levels of headroom for rear passengers.
While the Ceed five-door hatchback occupies a similar on-road footprint to its predecessor, it boasts a larger 395-litre boot – increased in size by 15-litres. The boot lip is also substantially lower than before – the lift-over height is reduced by 87mm compared to the outgoing cee’d, making it easier to load heavier items into the boot. A split-level boot floor allows owners to lower or raise the height of the boot floor, to accommodate larger cargo or create a hidden compartment beneath.
Kia's best-selling model in the UK, the stylish Sportage crossover, continues to go from strength to strength, establishing new sales records month after month. The fourth-generation model went on sale at the start of 2016, bringing major advances in fuel efficiency, comfort, connectivity, convenience and safety. The range has subsequently been strengthened with the introduction of the luxuriously specified ‘GT-Line S’ versions.
The Sportage sells as much on its looks as on its practicality, and with the addition of ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ variants, the line-up now offers sportier versions, while every model benefits from a more premium interior.
There are six engines and three transmissions, showcasing the best of Kia's advanced engineering technology through the 1.6-litre T-GDi (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection) petrol unit and a 7DCT (seven-speed Dual-Clutch automatic) gearbox, which is available for both two- and four-wheel-drive models. Extensively re-engineered 1.6-litre GDi petrol and 1.7- and 2.0-litre CRDi turbodiesel power units, with improved fuel economy and CO2 reductions of up to 29g/km, complete the powertrain line-up. Lower CO2 means significantly reduced company car tax for the Sportage's loyal legions of business drivers.
There are two versions of each diesel engine. The 1.7-litre is available as a 114bhp unit with manual transmission, or with 139bhp when paired with the 7DCT transmission. The 2.0-litre engine delivers either 134bhp or 182bhp, with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox on the 134bhp edition and a standard six-speed automatic transmission for the 182bhp powerplant.
Connectivity and advanced driver aids are a pre-requisite in any car these days, and the Sportage will not disappoint on either count. All versions except the entry-level grade ‘1’ have a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system linked to Kia Connected Services with TomTom®, providing full European mapping and detailed traffic, speed camera, weather and local services information. A special feature of the Sportage is the system can be linked to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, which connect the user's smartphone to the car and, via pre-downloaded apps, give access to navigation, music, hands-free calls and texts using voice control to enhance driver concentration and safety.
Further up the range, speed limit information, Lane Keep Assist System, High Beam Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Smart Parking Assist, a Smart Power Tailgate and wireless charging for mobile devices are available.
There are 16 versions of the Sportage, based on five trim lines – badged 1, 2, 3, ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’. There are two- and four-wheel-drive transmissions. All-wheel-drive versions are available with ‘GT-Line’ and ‘GT-Line S’ equipment levels.
It is difficult to know where to start with the second-generation Kia Optima; such is the extent of the changes introduced by the designers and engineers.
There is a more luxurious and more driver-focused cabin with a horizontal layout, high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technologies, including advanced connectivity systems and wireless mobile telephone charging. This complements the more modern and bolder evolutionary exterior styling for a car which, from the outset, has attracted international praise for its design.
But business users might prefer the focus to be on the car’s new powertrains, which slash CO2 emissions by as much as 25 per cent. This in turn brings considerable reductions in the amount of benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax they pay.
The list of improvements and additions goes on and on…more space all round for every occupant; greater safety and sharper driving dynamics thanks to a 50 per cent stiffer body shell; a smoother ride and greater refinement; a huge range of new driver assistance technologies; and the availability for the first time of sporty GT-Line and GT models later in 2016.
And it will not stop there. Kia has already announced that it plans to offer an Optima featuring the brand’s first plug-in electric hybrid powertrain (PHEV) in 2016, while the SPORTSPACE concept, revealed at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, hints at an estate version to come – another first for the company.
Sharper appearance front and rear
Under the watchful eye of President and Chief Design Officer Peter Schreyer, Kia has taken an evolutionary approach to the Optima's exterior design, maintaining the identity of a car which still looks as smart today as it did when launched while introducing greater modernity and boldness.
The Optima has an even greater road presence than the outgoing model thanks to its longer profile – which has been enlarged by 10mm to correspond with the increase in wheelbase – sharp body lines and creases and greater surface detailing.
At the front the hallmark Kia ‘tiger-nose’ grille meets up with longer and wider wrap-around light units which have been pulled taut over the blistered front wheel arches. With an increase in overall width of 25mm and wide black or high-gloss black lower grilles, the Optima has a more powerful and more stable appearance.
The increase in overall length to 4,855mm, although only 10mm greater than before, creates space for an even more swept-back and dynamic side profile. A shoulder line extends all the way from the front light units, creating a clean, straight crease that links front and rear and does so much to give the Optima its cohesive appearance. The door panels are deeply sculpted and curve fluently into slightly extended side sills which increase the visual weight around the lower body and again emphasise stability.
The car’s athletic appearance is reinforced at the rear, where a rising, spoiler-shaped boot lid and an expansive rear bumper flow into a diffuser section which houses the chrome-tipped oval exhaust tailpipe. The tail light units – LED on most models – wrap around the rear corners, like those in front, and give the Optima a more modern night-time signature. The new body is more aerodynamically efficient as well as more stylish, reducing the drag co-efficient (Cd) from 0.3 to 0.29. Each tiny improvement in Cd has a significant impact on fuel economy, particularly at higher speeds.