For the non-believers out there – there still must be some of you left – the Cee'd does offer its fair share of contraptions. Sure, it isn't exactly an Inspector Gadget on wheels, but considering it costs as much as the smart fortwo we tested not so long ago it's more than OK. Our version didn't have HID headlights with a cornering function, no automatic feature for the windshield wipers or for the headlights and the seats were manually adjustable. A navigation system or some rear parking sensors? Forget about it, especially on a car as cheap as this.
Still, the air conditioning system is automatic – albeit with a single zone one, sadly- and it doesn't put too much strain on the high-revving engine, although it does influence its fuel consumption a little bit. The inboard-built CD-player is at least decent as a sound system, having MP3 capabilities and an RDS radio. The nice surprises related to the audio were its AUX and USB inputs, neatly located at the base of the center console, so that you can plug in pretty much any type of MP3 player and listen to your favorite illegally-downloaded songs.
Another type of convenience which may fall in the "gadgets" category are the four automatic windows. Small feat when you first think about it, but in this price level this could pass almost as "a touch of class". Apart from this, there really aren't that many things to boast about in this category, but on the whole we weren't exactly disappointed, since the Cee'd delivers in other areas.Continue reading