Unlike the exterior, the Cee'd's interior doesn't benefit from the same amount of novelty. That's not to say that it's identical to the previous one, of course. For one thing, the steering wheel has been replaced with a completely different-shaped one. The result is rather nice, we should say, since the new one not only looks better but it also feels better thanks to the better grip.
The steering controls for the audio system and the on-board computer are in a totally new arrangement now, with the "trip" button oddly residing on the lower part of the steering wheel. The center console on the other hand is quasi-identical to the old version, the only modifications being rather minor and only of cosmetic nature.
For example, the audio system buttons have been reshaped, while the slightly revamped climate controls seem more modern, especially since it now offers dual-zone air conditioning. Also, the interior lighting for the buttons and knobs is now red instead of orange. Other than the aforementioned and new upholstery for the seats everything is pretty much the same.
Just like its predecessor, the Cee'd facelift offers one of the most spacious cabins in its class, with enough room for four or even five people. The luggage compartment of course remains the same, with 340 liters (12 cubic feet) of space available for short and medium trips.
The overall fit and finish it provides does not surprise either, with materials far better than your average Korean econobox and the expected feeling of cheapness missing from most of the interior. The only low point was the under-par feel of the cloth upholstery and the hard plastic bits from the doors. Other than that, the Kia Cee'd facelift remains one of the best bag for bucks in its class, interior-wise as well.Continue reading