Refreshed 2015 Kia Ceed revealed

Kia Ceed

The Kia Ceed range has been updated for 2015, with a new engine, updated technology and refreshed styling.

Due to reach UK showrooms in October, the changes have been applied across the range, including the Proceed three-door and Ceed SW compact estate.

Visual differences are subtle, with mildly re-profiled front and rear bumpers and a new grille with a splash of chrome trim. The rear lights have also been upgraded to LED units.

The interior has been treated to a similar makeover, and features the same layout, but with additional use of chrome and gloss black trim materials (colour packs are an optional extra) for a more upmarket ambience. The dashboard is now home to a seven-inch touchscreen, which is used to operate entertainment (including DAB digital radio) and sat nav functions.

2015 Kia Ceed

2015 Kia Ceed

The engine range has grown to include a new turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine dubbed 'ecoTurbo'. It'll be available in both 98bhp and 118bhp guises and promises vastly improved fuel economy and CO2 emissions, though no official figures have yet been published. The current 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol engines will continue to be offered unchanged.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine has been improved, with CO2 emissions now starting from a car-tax dodging 94g/km in models equipped with stop/start. The most powerful version of this engine now develops 134bhp, and fitted with Kia's seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox, emits CO2 at a rate of 109g/km. All models are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

Those wanting a bit more visual aggression from their family hatchback should check out GT line models, which get the big wheels and racy body styling from the range-topping Ceed GT, but without that model's powerful (and somewhat thirsty) 201bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol motor.