The Kia Cee'd recently had its first facelift. For a car launched just under two years ago, this may seem like Kia has rushed things a bit, especially since even in the fast-paced happenings of today's automotive world, a mid-cycle facelift usually comes after three or four years of continuous production.
Well, not many people know that things happen differently in Korea, where the distinction between a mid-cycle facelift and a totally new generation of a car model is so thin you could pass one for another and vice versa. In other words, albeit this may seem just a small nip and tuck on the front and a new design for the taillights it's actually a bit more.
A few months ago we got the chance to drive and give our opinion about a non-facelifted Cee'd
equipped with the 1.6 gasoline engine. After arriving at a semi-optimistic conclusion about it we all agreed that this might, for the first time, be the little Korean car that could. That could what, you ask? That could actually be the thorn in Volkswagen Golf's spine, some people say.
Well, although the car left us with a very good impression, it became apparent that a few glitches shouldn't have been present in order for it to actually fight with the Golf "mano a mano". Believe it or not, as if Kia engineers had listened to our complaints in the first test, this early-facelift pretty much covered what was wrong with the Cee'd in the first place.
While the upgraded exterior design is obviously the first thing you notice upon seeing the new model, it's actually the inside bits which left the biggest impression. And no, we're not talking about the car's interior, but about the technical, untouchable, bits. Read on to find out what we actually thought about the revised version of the Kia Cee'd. Continue reading