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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-18-2008, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Just got a Cee'd, glad there's forums like this about....

Hi,

I've been a unregistered lurker for a couple of months now on this forum and I thought i'd share my first day experience with my new cee'd to other lurkers who are thinking of buying a kia.

Well, I got it from a kia garage in yorkshire, its a tempest grey 1.6 crdi LS. I managed to knock a bit off the initial price (13500) by printing out some prices from the internet that i found. The best i found after a few weeks of looking was 11995 from Milton keynes Kia. I was seriously thinking of driving down there and getting it (I live near york) but seeing as there was a kia garage just 30 minutes away from me, i thought, what the hell, might as well try and see if he can match it. Well, after we got there and he did the whole 'i've got to speak to our manager', he came back and said he could match it. Really pleased with that. It was much better to speak to someone face to face rather than dealing with all those internet broker sites.

Anyway, it was bought two weeks ago today, a quick 200 deposit got the car ordered. When you order, you can have a look at what colours they have in stock on a computer. They had every colour except red. So i had a quick look around the forecourt at what they had, saw the silver which looked quite good, saw the black one, which I had in my mind to order, but upon seeing it, it seemed to be dusty. Looking closer and giving the car a quick wipe it seemed it was part of the paint and meant to look like that . It put me off straight away so I had a look at all the colours in the showroom on a board. After a lot of faffing around I eventually went for the metallic tempest grey even though I couldn't see what it looked like on a cee'd, gulp.

After an interesting two weeks (my baby boy was born two days after I bought the car!) I picked the car up this morning. Y'see the thing is, i didn't even test drive the car before i bought it. Stupid/crazy i know, but I've read so much good press about the car, I thought i'd just go for it. I had a quick sit in one the day I bought it and I thought it was ok, nothing amazing, just well laid out.

After settling the bill (ouch, its never fun handing over 10k). I was also told by the sales rep that i could have 10% off both servicing costs and all accersories in the future, which is nice. We got in, put the baby seat in the back, put the pram in the boot and went of for a ride up to whitby over the north yorkshire moors.

First impressions are very good. The engine is very smooth. I've read a little about the differences between diesel and petrol engines but from what i've can tell, its a quiet engine. First gear is initially a bit wierd. I've come from a 1.1 hyundai getz and i'm using to some 'hyper' revving for the first couple of gears. The cee'd appears to have a smooth acceleration in first, seems more powerful than fast, like it could get something heavy moving rather than flying off down the road. However, once you get to 2nd, things get lively and in 3rd, its got a really nice punch which makes the car rocket along the road. It was great climbing up the hills around the moors and really handing overtaking. Its so satisfying to know the car can overtake, even uphill. I can see how the car could be fun to drive on twisty roads with the audio turned up, between 30 and 70mph its very responsive and the acceleration gives you that giddy boy racer feel!

Had a quick look at the mpg whilst i was driving, it was hitting low 50's, high 40's throughout the journey and I was flooring it at several moments uphill and on straights (only when safe mind - baby on board!). The car was also loaded with another adult, baby, pram and stuff, so, had a fair bit of weight in the car. So performance wise, I was very pleased. I did wonder if i should of waiting for the 2.0L diesel but I can honestly say I really wouldn't need the extra power, the 1.6 can fly around.

I read quite a bit about the usb sticks and audio system. I loaded about 700mb of mp3's on a 1gb stick that i had lying around and stuck that in the car. I'd say within 3 seconds, it was playing the first tune (i'd sorted the mp3's into folders).

The interior of the car is quite nice, nothing amazing but the leather touches on the seats and steering wheel give it a swish feel. The computer display is good, displays real time mpg, range, av. speed, all quite useful.

Probably most important for some is other peoples opinions of the car, I had a load of family members take a look at the car today and they all came away with the impression that its nicer to look at than a focus and 'things have changed'. I think that its the alloys against the metallic grey that give it a smart look. Seemed to impress everyone whose seen it so far. I've read loads of reviews of the cee'd and pretty much every review mentions that its a bit dull to look at. Well, maybe next to a ferrari, yes, but against a focus or golf, i'd say i prefer the cee'd, I don't know what all these reviewers are on about really, they do sound like robots sometimes, just because something doesn't have a spoiler, it's 'basic transport'. I did however buy it more for the great reviews of the engine and 7 year warranty. The fact it looks good is a bonus.

The wing mirrors are really good, you can control each side by flicking a switch and then pressing buttons depending on which direction you want. Has a good blind spot mirror at the end as well. I've seen a few comments say that the mirrors are quite big. Didn't really notice that, they seemed right to me.

I've read that a few people are having problems with the climate control. From the brief playing around of it i had, it seemed to do the job, hot and cold to order, demisted the front screen really quickly when called upon. However, coming from a car without any air conditioning, its kinda hard to change my ways and use anything but the air vents!

So thats it really, just thought i'd add my two pence. If i could offer a practical tip it would be to not buy the additional floor mats (the 50 ones with cee'd written on them) until you've seen what the dealer has fitted. I was on the verge of asking him to fit them before i picked the car up, but upon getting into the car, the floor mats he put in are great, fixed down at one end so they don't slip. Glad i didn't spend the extra 50 really. Also, don't be afraid to print out any prices you see on the net and take them to your kia dealer to help get the price down!

Think i might post some photos of the car as well as i had a lot of trouble finding any photos on the net of the tempest grey.

Just a very happy Cee'd owner, thanks for everyones candid thoughts on this forum, it helped push me towards this car, and to anyone diliberating over purchasing the car - it is actually as good as the reviews say! Do yourself a favour and get down to a kia dealer!

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Excelent report Bluetone, and welsome to forum (at least now out of the shadows)

How does the son and the other half find the car? Mine hates it (badge snob that she is) and has not yet had a trip in it... which has some benefit I supose

My daughter (14) absolutely loves it, she is normaly car sick but ok in the Cee'd and obviously the USB stick fits right in with her "style"

You seem to be getting great mpg from the Cee'd, especialy as new. I do 25m to work and 25m back and am getting around 47mpg in total, I have managed just over 50mpg on an especialy low trafic day and as low as 45mpg on a terrable (car park) trafic day.

I's agree with you on the Climate Control, in fact mine is very responsive and moves from hot to cold within a degree change on the dial. The heating warms up quickly and I have had little problems with the recent ice, the rear screen heater gets that done in seconds, while the front takes several minutes.

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well my son sleeps almost instantly when were moving in the car but i guess thats to be expected of a 2 week old! seems like it might be a good way to calm him down if we ever need to. I read a bit about it having a fairly firm ride but i've driven over a few bumps and pot holes and theres nothing about the ride that makes me think its overly firm, just seems normal.

My other half really likes the car. I kinda made all the choices when buying but like i said before we were a bit aprehensive about the colour and spent the last two weeks trying to spot dark grey metallic cars to see what it might look like. I can comfortably say its better than we hoped. Another nice touch which she likes is the folding key which is a bit smarter than the average key, oh and the fact the mirror on the sun visor slides back and a light comes on and a sun glasses holder in the roof. Its little touches like that which has helped her like the car much more than our old one.

We're going to drive to york today to do a spot of shopping and the other half wants to have a drive. So I'm going to play with every single button on the dashboard to stop getting bored!
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Welcome to the forum! That's great report!
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Hiya Bluetone. Welcome to the forum and congrats on your intelligent purchase of a kia Cee'd. Excellent summary of your first impressions. I've had mine 2 weeks now and really enjoying the experience. The hardest thing has been getting used to going from a 'short' vehicle (Mercedes A class) to the Cee'd sports wagon (SW). I've already taken the rear nearside wing off after 7 days ownership! Had my missus agog when she came and saw it unexpectdely as I was explaining to the neighbour what I'd done. Some black duck tape sorted it out. Caused a bit of damage to the inner wheel arch but beat out the dent and resprayed it. Looks ok now. Phew!

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Hiya Bluetone. Welcome to the forum and congrats on your intelligent purchase of a kia Cee'd. Excellent summary of your first impressions. I've had mine 2 weeks now and really enjoying the experience. The hardest thing has been getting used to going from a 'short' vehicle (Mercedes A class) to the Cee'd sports wagon (SW). I've already taken the rear nearside wing off after 7 days ownership! Had my missus agog when she came and saw it unexpectdely as I was explaining to the neighbour what I'd done. Some black duck tape sorted it out. Caused a bit of damage to the inner wheel arch but beat out the dent and resprayed it. Looks ok now. Phew!
I didn't know that you could get duck tape in black

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Just had another trip out this morning and I noticed that i've got the cruise control buttons on the right hand of the steering wheel. I had a quick tinker around and found to my suprise that it actually works!

I thought it was only the SW that had cruise control and not the hatchback?? At least that what it said in the specifcation brochure i got at the kia dealer when i bought the car. The dealer didn't mention it when showing me the car!

Is this right? If so, i'm absolutely chuffed it comes as standard on the LS hatchback for the price i paid. Works well too, once engaged you just have to press + and - to adjust the speed slightly and it can be turned off quickly by either pressing the on/off button or touching the brake. Its a bit weird though, feels like someone else is driving but it'll come in handy on those long motorway journeys when you've got to hold your foot in the same agonising position on the throttle.

was watching the mpg indicator again and i'd say that its high 40's for most of the journey ('A' roads), dual carriageway at about 70mph, it sits happliy at around 60mpg. It is so much better than my previous 1.1 petrol where i used to be able to watch the fuel indicator go down whilst i was driving shortish distances. I only used to get 250 miles per tank. The ceed is still indicating 240+ with a half full tank.

Its gotta be the best value car around at the moment surely.

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I agree with you: I was led to believe the cruise control only came on the SW diesel.
The only thing I think would be nice is electric folding mirrors. Never mind, we've all had value for money.
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I didn't know that you could get duck tape in black

Thank's for the heads up on that one.
Bought it in Wilkinsons, nice roll about 3" wide. Think it was about £1.50!
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Bought it in Wilkinsons, nice roll about 3" wide. Think it was about 1.50!
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