Technically, an engine which runs on petrol and achieves its maximum torque at 4,200 rpm shouldn't be allowed to be driven in the city, especially since it's only a 1.6-liter four banger. Well, it turns out that the mill under our test car's hood had a thingamajig called Continuously Variable Valve Timing, which made it achieve a power output of no less than 122 hp. Don't know about you, but that's mighty respectable from a normally aspirated engine coming from a Korean manufacturer.
So it's all good from the numbers' point of view. Except it isn't. No matter how much hp or Nm (lb ft) an engine makes, it is mostly for nothing if they are useless until a certain rpm range, which was the case for our Cee'd. In the first third of the rev scale, the power reserves are only enough to make the car move decently, which in itself uses a lot of fuel. In other words, this is an engine made for the outdoors not stop-and-go traffic.
Sadly, the car's onboard computer went a bit HAL 9000 on us and showed quite a curious fuel consumption during the various stages of our test drive. This means that we can only give you an estimation based on our own calculations of the fuel consumption in the city, which is around 10 liters per 100 km (US 23.5 mpg), or even worse if we had kept the air conditioning on all the time. In other words, if you intend on using your Cee'd mostly in the city, we would suggest you go for one of the two diesels available.
Apart from the rather high fuel consumption, we didn't have many quarrels with our test car while driving it in a busy city. Parking may be a small issue since it didn't have any parking sensors and the rear visibility is a bit obstructed by the unusually-shaped D-pillar. Also, the "pull me" system for putting the Cee'd into reverse isn't very good, since on more than one occasion it didn't work from the first shot, making all kinds of coffee-grinding noises. The ground clearance on the other hand is high enough to park over almost any kerb.Continue reading
Hold on, Lou Cheeka would like to say something...
Back in the days when I was living in Eastern Europe, these types of Asian brands were only bought by people who knew nothing about cars. I mean, who in their right mind would choose something that came from Korea, China, India etc. over a German car? I only like car brands with history behind them, and Kia is obviously not one of them. I mean, they didn't even exist when BMW and Mercedes-Benz were making cars to die for.
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