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!