We were fans of the previous Kia Ceed GT's focus on delivering a more mature, well rounded experience - a sort of hot-hatch for grown-ups. It had performance, yes, but also a welcome degree of compliance, and that it made a far more usable prospect than some of its harder-edges rivals. Thankfully for the new 2019 Ceed GT, that recipe hasn’t been altered.
It's tempting to kick things off by describing how this new apostrophe-free Kia Ceed differs from the outgoing model - it's lower, wider, and generally more sporty for a start - but that feels like missing the point. Because to all intents and purposes this is an entirely new car, one set to be Kia's third best-selling model.
The new third generation Kia Ceed has been unveiled ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month - this time, Kia has dropped the apostrophe'd Cee'd badge in favour of the simpler Ceed name.
The UK, as we all know, is the hot-hatch capital of the world. Flushed with success thanks to their recent design-led emergence into the big-time, Kia took the brave step to wedge a Korean toe firmly in a market that’s dominated by the likes of the Golf GTi. It started last year with the three-door Procee’d GT, but for the more practically-minded Kia have added a five-door version in the guise of the Cee'd GT. Is it any good?