Seen from the distance, there's not much to be said about this early facelift. As we mentioned on our previous Kia test drive with the pre-facelift version of the Cee'd, the car continues to follow a very clean and understated design. There are some changes though, but things only become truly apparent after you get closer.
For one thing, the headlights no longer make you think about the Mercedes S-Klasse, since their overall shape is almost entirely different now. They're much pointier, and the general layout brings them more in tone with the new Kia design language. Also, they're now framing a different front grill, one which has apparently brought only bad attention upon itself.
We don't know exactly how, but the addition of chrome can actually cheapen a car's look, not improve it. Such is the case with the Kia Cee'd facelift, at least according to most of the opinions we received on the street about the new grill.
The updated front bumper is pretty much in tune with the new headlights, so it's much more sculptured, integrating two trapezoidal fog lights. The side view on the other hand is identical to the old model, making it pretty difficult to distinguish it as an entirely different model for the casual onlooker. The only difference resides in the reshaped rear-view mirrors.
Along with the frontal area, the rear is the most different in terms of styling. The vertigo-like design of the taillights is now gone, having been replaced with more square-like lines, in tone with the rest of the car's revamped design.
All in all, apart maybe from the new chrome inlay on the front grill, the Kia Cee'd facelift doesn't bring a lot of things to the design table, but it sure makes the car look a lot more modern, or at least contemporary.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
You know, I sometimes get the feeling you guys have a very... ahem... odd sense of humor. From time to time, immediately after you put me in a 100+ grand Porsche sedan you make me drive a sub-15 grand... ahem... Korean substitute of a car. It's like eating the brain of a live monkey one day and... ahem... fish'n'chips from a garbage can the next.
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