All observers of the motor trade and the rampant sales figures at the moment will agree that petrol is making a comeback. This is driven by the most car companies producing smaller, greener and more fuel efficient engines.
Kia is just one of the many car makers that is now producing a 1.0-lite three-cylinder unit that has the power of a small diesel and that bit of extra punch that has often been missing in smaller engines. There latest cee’d is a case in point and what will surprise many is the ease in which their new engine manages to match the car.
I have been driving the cee’d 1.0-litre GT-Line version and it does a lot of things really well and would be an ideal day-to-day car for most families. Sure, there are those that will want a diesel for high mileage but, if you just want a car for the average daily commute and a bit of running around at the weekend, then this might just be the car for you.
Visually the GT Line is sportier looking than the regular car, with rather smart looking ice-cube LED daytime running lights and deeper bumpers surrounding Kia’s hallmark ‘tiger-nose’ grille. At the rear of the car, you get a wider GT bumper and twin exhausts and eye-catching side sill mouldings and rear LED light units, and gorgeous new 17-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, it is particularly sweet with a sportier ambience with decent quality materials. It is peppered with a series of GT Line logos throughout the cabin, piano black and leather steering wheel and aluminium alloy pedals.The dashboard is also equipped with a new aluminium start-stop button, a well-spaced centre fascia design, illumination for the USB and aux-in ports and shiny chrome trim around the air vents and power window switches.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.