Kia Ceed camper

The Kia Ceed is a typical hatchback that still offers enough sleeping area when the seats are folded away properly. You can sleep in it, but there won’t be much storage or headroom, therefore a roofbox might come in handy.

This car's boot is 185 cm long ⤢, 69 cm tall ↕, and 104 cm wide ↔.

NimbleCamper rating: 2.6/5

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Make

Body type

Boot length (cm)

185

Boot height (cm)

69

Boot width [wheel arches] (cm)

104

Comfort rating

1.5

Consumption l/100km

6.5

Consumption MPG (UK)

43

Available in

,

Engine type

NimbleCamper rating (out of max 5)

Average used price, GBP (2015)

8489

Boot door type

These dimensions are from a Kia Ceed 2012.

  • Maximum boot length, with the front seats pushed all the way forward: 190cm
  • there are multiple smaller storage compartments in the double boot floor
  • the middle seat cushions can be lifted and folded forward so that the backrests fold down flat. This is better for sleeping, but the seat cushions take away space you could have used for storage

Standard reviews (not focused on camping):

Whatcar.com rating 3/5 • Autoexpress.co.uk rating: 4/5 • Carbuyer.co.uk rating: 4.2/5
Average rating: 3.7/5

How to sleep in a Kia Ceed, DIY camping conversions

Kia Ceed boot & exterior dimensions

Can you sleep in Kia Ceed?
Yes, you can, here’s an example:

I am 180cm and when the front seat backrests are leaned forward (I didn’t slide the seats forward), it’s just about enough for me to stretch. If you slide the front seats forward, you’ll get additional 5-10cm.

Or here are two people sleeping in their Kia Ceed:

Frequently asked questions:

Yes, you can – the seats fold down flat, with the seat cushions folding away into the space between the front and middle seats, creating a 185-195cm long and 104cm wide sleeping area. It is a hatchback, so don’t expect a lot of headroom (69cm from the boot floor, less with a mattress) or much storage. But it is doable and even better with a roof box for storage.

The fuel efficiency of the Kia Ceed varies depending on the engine and transmission chosen. The most fuel-efficient engine option is the 1.6-liter CRDi diesel engine, which can achieve around 6l per 100km on the combined cycle. The petrol engines have a lower fuel efficiency, with the most efficient petrol engine achieving around 6.5 on the combined cycle. (7.2l/100km in my experience).

The Kia Ceed is equipped with a range of safety features aimed at enhancing the well-being of both drivers and passengers. These include advanced driver assistance systems such as Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot Collision Warning, which help prevent accidents by detecting potential collisions and providing alerts or automated braking. Passive safety features like multiple airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control, and a rearview camera contribute to the protection and stability of the vehicle. With these safety technologies, the Kia Ceed prioritizes occupant safety and provides peace of mind on the road.

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  • Average used price, GBP (2015) – I use Carsite.co.uk‘s price aggregates from 2015 (or the nearest possible year if not available), or, if not found, from autoscout24.com. For new cars, I specify the closest possible match (i.e. if released this year, it’s the new price, if released two years ago, it’s the 2-years old price etc). It’s here to give you a benchmark comparison (- a like for like, an apple with an apple) of the value of each car and for filtering purposes. It’s not meant to be used as an accurate estimate of used car value – it is updated once a year, so make sure you know what the car should cost at the time of purchase if you decide to buy one.
  • Boot dimensions – taken from various sources across the web, starting with official, supplemented with other reliable websites (like ridc.org.uk), supplemented by user-generated content – images of measurements from forums or social networks. It’s also used for filtering, comparison and to give you a good idea of the car’s suitability for camping.
  • Comfort rating – a benchmark used to simplify the car’s comfort & driving score based on equipment, furnishings, handling, safety, and costs ratings from external sources like whatcar.com, carwow.co.uk, autocar.co.uk etc. It gives you an indication of whether the car will drive and feel like a van (low rating) or offer better interior & handling (higher rating). A simple van-like car, for example, a Renault Kangoo is 0.5, a well equipped and comfortable car like a Ford S-Max is a 2. No hard math behind it, just an indicator, f.e. 0.5= basic car that does the job, 1.5 = hey, that’s nice to have!, 2 = oooh, comfyyyy.
  • Consumption – I take the average 2017 consumption or closest match from Fuelly.com, or if none is available, from other sources like honestjohn.co.uk. If there are not enough cars for a single year, an average for several years is calculated.
  • NimbleCamper rating – a weighted score of boot length (45% weight), boot height (40%), consumption (10%) and comfort (5%). The logic of weighing length & height higher than consumption and comfort is – headroom is important when you sleep in the back of the car, so is the length. A comfy ride is a factor, but you can sleep in a big car that’s not that comfy, however, it’s much harder to camp/sleep in a comfy car that’s too small. Read more about the NimbleCamper rating and criteria here.
    • a note for EVs (electric vehicles) – for consumption, I am using the Fuel Equivalent Consumption estimate by ev-database.org. It is usually much lower than combustion engines, giving EVs an advantage – which I think is fair. They do have a small disadvantage in terms of having to plan your trips around charging stations + longer waiting time, but that will get better over time. More charging stations, faster chargers and better batteries. Therefore I am not adjusting the calculation for EVs in any way.
    • In short: a litre of petrol contains about 8.9 kWh of energy. If we divide the energy consumption of an EV by this (f.e. 16 kWh/100 km divided by 8.9 kWh/litre), we get equivalent fuel consumption of 1.8 l/100 km.
  • EV stats – taken from ev-database.org

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