Kia cee'd Euro NCAP
My colleague must buy a Kia cee'd Hatchback.
My colleague must buy a Kia cee'd Hatchback. Why? Because it is an extremely safe car and he crashes every six weeks or ninety miles – whichever is sooner. He crashes more, in fact, than a naff laptop running an eighties operating system. That brings us back to the Kia cee'd Hatchback which excelled at safety tests performed by independent vehicle assessors Euro NCAP. As such, this Ford Focus rival earned the maximum five- star rating. This breaks down to scores of 89% for adult occupant protection (including my colleague), 88% for child occupants, and 61% for pedestrians. This safety-focussed workhorse also managed 86% for the safety assist category thanks, in part, to its electronic stability programme. This minimises over-steer - a phenomenon whereby the rear tyres lose grip and cause a spin. My colleague 'found out' about that today. And last month. And last year.Despite only keeping cars a short time my colleague insists they must be versatile. Here the Kia cee'd Hatchback excels too. As such the handling is sharp, the ride comfortable, it has a class competitive 380-litre boot, and pleasing styling. This complements the range of fuel efficient engines and its high equipment specification. Even the entry-level trim has air con, Bluetooth, and MP3 connectivity, after all, and the top-spec has parking sensors and leather too. All for £14,395 to £23,795 including the reassuring seven year warranty. Not that my colleague will keep it seven years... seven minutes is far more likely. Poor little Kia.