In our test drive with the previous version of the Cee'd we were praising how good the whole package was and the fact that it had managed to actually become a success story. Probably the first success story of a Korean car in the good ol' European continent, if we may say so. The problem then was the fact that it didn't quite rise up to completely beat Volkswagen Golf's supremacy in the segment. Now we can reveal the fact that the Cee'd facelift is closer to the Golf than ever before, especially considering it's keeping the same dumping price, the industry-leading 7-year warranty and the spacious (and now updated) interior.
Last time we didn't like the noisy and pretty lifeless 1.6-liter engine. This time around, with no less than 32 horsepower LESS, we actually enjoyed the 1.4-liter four banger under the hood, as long as we kept it in the city. No, this time we actually didn't quite dig some parts of the design, mainly the front grill. Not to say that it's a general opinion here, but most of us think the chrome strip around the grill actually cheapens the car instead of making it look more upscale.
The ugly bit about the Cee'd 1.4 facelift is probably the fact that you can mainly enjoy it in the city, since the 90 horsepower mill isn't enough to fully unleash the car on the highway or during a more... dynamic drive. Too bad, since the updated suspension actually gives you more confidence in pushing the car closer to its limits.Continue reading