Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher and her new Kia Ceed

2018 Rose Of Tralee Collects Her New Kia Ceed

Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher and her new Kia Ceed
2018 Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher and her new Kia Ceed!

The newly crowned Rose of Tralee, Kirsten Mate Maher, has collected her new Kia Ceed from Sheridan Motors, Waterford. Kirsten will have use of the car during her year as the Rose of Tralee.

Kirsten is the third Waterford Rose to be crowned the Rose of Tralee, with Orla Burke winning in 1977 and Brenda Hyland who won in 1983. The 21 year old winning Rose works in a boutique in Waterford, sings with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir and also plays hockey with Waterford Ladies’ first team.

The new Kia Ceed arrived in Ireland in August. It's available with petrol and diesel engines, priced from €22,695.

Pictured below at the handover in Sheridan Motors are Gerry Sheridan from Sheridan Motors, Woojai Kim, President, Kia Motors Ireland and Kirsten Mate Maher, Rose of Tralee 2018.

Kirsten Mate Maher, Rose of Tralee 2018, Woojai Kim, President, Kia Motors Ireland and Gerry Sheridan from Sheridan Motors.
Kirsten receiving the keys to her new Kia Ceed from Gerry Sheridan, Sheridan Motors, and Woojai Kim, President, Kia Motors Ireland.

The new Kia Ceed, arriving in Ireland in August

2018 Kia Ceed Irish Pricing And Specs

The new Kia Ceed, arriving in Ireland in August
The new Kia Ceed, arriving in Ireland in August

The new Kia Ceed will go on sale in Ireland this August priced from €22,695.

At launch, Kia Ireland will offer four trims for the new Ceed: K2, K3, K4 and K5.

Engines are trim specific and include Kia's 1.0-litre turbo petrol (120hp), a new 1.6-litre diesel (115hp) and a new 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine (140hp).

Diesels are available from €24,995.

The new 1.4-litre petrol is only available in the top level trim and is priced from €28,595.

Safety equipment in the new Kia Ceed like Forward Collision Assist, Lane Keep Assist, High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Warning are standard across the range.

The interior of the new Kia Ceed
The interior of the new Kia Ceed

Standard equipment on entry level K2 models includes 16” alloys, leather wrapped steering wheel, 7” display, Bluetooth with voice recognition and a reversing camera.

K3 equipment includes LED headlamps and rear lamps, wireless phone charger, electric parking brake, half leather seats and parking sensors.

K4 equipment includes 17” alloys, 8” display, rain sensing wipers and automatic temperature control.

K5 equipment includes leather seats, heated seats front and rear, front ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, Smart key and push button start, blindspot collision warning, and parking distance warning.

There is a seven-year, 150,000km warranty on every model.

The new Kia Ceed arrives after a busy start to the year for Kia with the launch of the Kia Stonic, Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid and the Kia Stinger.

The new 2018 Kia Ceed

New Kia Ceed, Optima And Rio GT Line On The Way

Kia Motors has unveiled its latest models at the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show. The new Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon make their world debuts, alongside the upgraded Optima range, and new Rio GT Line.

According to Kia Ireland, the new Kia Ceed will go on sale in Ireland in late summer, while the Kia Ceed Sportswagon and upgraded Kia Optima will be available in the autumn.

The New Kia Ceed And Ceed Sportswagon

The third-generation Kia Ceed and Ceed Sportswagon have been designed, developed, engineered and built in Europe. The new Ceed is lower and wider than its predecessor, and has a new, contemporary design including ‘ice cube’ effect LED daytime running lights will be standard.  Kia says the new Ceed is among the most practical of the C segment hatchbacks with 395 litres of boot space, while the Ceed Sportswagon will have 600 litres.

Petrol engines will include Kia’s 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine with 120hp, a new 1.4-litre T-GDi with 140hp and a 100hp 1.4-litre MPi.

The new Ceed range will also be available with Kia’s new ‘U3’ diesel engine, designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard. The 1.6-litre CRDi will be available with a choice of power outputs (115 and 136hp).

The Ceed will be available with Kia’s latest Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) including a new Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system which combats distracted or drowsy driving by monitoring a number of inputs from the vehicle and driver. Other ADAS features include High Beam Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Upgraded Kia Optima

The upgraded Kia Optima saloon and Sportswagon get an updated design and a pair of new engines.

The new Kia Optima
The new Kia Optima Sportswagon

Kia’s new ‘U3’ 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engine will feature in the Optima range, producing 136hp and 320 Nm of torque, and replacing the 1.7-litre CRDi engine. A new 1.6-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine, producing 180hp, will also be available, sitting between the naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre (163hp) engine and the Optima GT’s 2.0-litre T-GDi power unit (245hp). The new engine is paired with Kia’s seven-speed double-clutch transmission.

Exterior design modifications include revised bumper designs, new LED tail-lamps and a revised head- and fog lamp design. The ‘tiger-nose’ grille is now finished in bright chrome.  The design of the Optima GT Line and high-performance Optima GT are also updated for greater on-road presence. Upgrades include new LED fog lamps, 18-inch aluminium alloy wheel designs, and gloss black mirror caps, side sills and air intake grille. GT Line models are distinguished by new dual twin exhausts, while the Optima GT is fitted with chrome twin exhaust tips.

The Optima will be available with Kia’s latest 7.0- or 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, with navigation and Kia Connected Services powered by TomTom®. The system offers Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.

Kia’s latest ADAS will also feature. The new Kia Optima comes with the same Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system available in the new Ceed, as well as other safety features including: Forward Collision-avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA); High Beam Assist (HBA), and full LED headlamps with Dynamic Bending Light.

New Kia Rio GT Line

Kia has also announced a new Kia Rio GT Line, the latest Kia to get the GT Line treatment. Like other GT Line models in the Kia line-up, the Rio GT Line features a sportier exterior design. Upgrades include a gloss-black and chrome ‘tiger-nose’ grille, a new 17-inch alloy wheel design, and ‘ice cube’ LED fog lamps. The exterior is finished with twin exhaust tips, LED daytime running lights, chrome window trim, a gloss black roof spoiler and sill highlights.

The new Kia Rio GT Line will be powered by Kia’s 1.0-litre T-GDi turbo petrol engine, with either 100 or 120hp, and a manual transmission. In Q3 2018, the 120hp 1.0-litre T-GDi engine will be available with a seven-speed double-clutch transmission, while 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol engines will also be available in GT Line specification.

An optional 7.0-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen HMI (human-machine interface) includes navigation, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. A rear-view parking camera, heated steering wheel, and heated seats are also available.

Kia Rio GT Line
The new Kia Rio GT Line

The Skoda Octavia blends affordability with practical features

Best Petrol Family Hatchbacks To Buy

I'm often asked by readers which petrol family hatchback should I buy? In 2018 I'm finding that many readers are facing a similar dilemma: they are all looking for an efficient petrol hatchback car. I haven't included every petrol hatchback on the Irish market but these are the ones that I would definitely be checking out if I was in the market for a new car.

1. Skoda Octavia 1.0TSI 

From €21,310

The Skoda Octavia is one of Ireland's favourite cars and it's no surprise: the car is priced so well considering how spacious it is. This car is really great value and it's available now with the Volkswagen Group's new 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 115hp.

The Skoda Octavia petrol hatchback
The Skoda Octavia

2. Honda Civic 1.0 VTEC Turbo

From €23,750

The new Honda Civic features an excellent 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 127hp. The Civic is spacious inside with a large boot and it's great fun to drive too.

Honda Civic petrol hatchback
The Honda Civic

3. Peugeot 308 1.2 PureTech

From €20,995

The Peugeot 308 range has just been facelifted and features Peugeot's award winning 1.2-litre PureTech turbo petrol engine with 110hp or 130hp. The 308 is also available as an 'SW' (estate) offering more boot space and rear legroom than the hatchback.

The Peugeot 308 petrol hatchback
The Peugeot 308

4. Volkswagen Golf 1.0TSI 110hp

From €23,095

The Volkswagen Golf is Ireland's bestselling hatchback for good reason. The new 1.0-litre Golf with 110hp is an absolute joy to drive.

The Volkswagen Golf petrol hatchback
The Volkswagen Golf

5. Toyota Auris 1.2 Petrol

From €24,250

Toyota is well-known for its hybrid range, but it still makes some very good petrol cars. The Toyota Auris is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine with 116hp.

The Toyota Auris petrol hatchback
The Toyota Auris

6. Ford Focus 1.0 EcoBoost

From €25,175

The Ford Focus is due for replacement this year but it's still selling very well in Ireland. The Focus 1.0-litre turbo petrol EcoBoost with 125hp is fun to drive while also being a reasonable all rounder in other areas too.

Ford Focus petrol hatchback
The Ford Focus

7. Kia Cee'd 1.0 T-GDi

From €22,999

Kia's family hatchback goes a little under the radar but the Cee'd offers a 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine with 120hp in the sporty GT Line trim, which is well equipped with sporty features.

Kia Cee'd petrol hatchback
The Kia Cee'd

8. Opel Astra 1.0 Turbo

From €21,750

The former European Car of the Year winner has a quality and connected interior with sweet handling, and the Astra 1.0-litre turbo petrol is smooth and peppy with 105hp.

Opel Astra petrol hatchback
The Opel Astra

Caroline Kidd

7 Sporty Hatchbacks Under €30,000

kia ceed gt line
The Kia Cee'd GT Line

There are a number of sporty variants of popular five door hatchbacks available now on the Irish market. These more exclusive models will ensure that you stand out from the crowd with updated styling for a sportier look, but still with average running costs and the same sort of practicality and versatility as their more conventional counterparts. I've picked seven of the best sporty hatchbacks for under €30,000.

1. Kia Cee’d GT Line

Available from just €22,500, the Cee’d GT Line is one of the cheapest sporty hatchbacks you can buy. The GT Line sports distinct ‘ice-cube’ LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights, 17” five spoke alloys, more muscular bumpers, side skirts, dual exhaust, special GT Line interior, a sport mode and long list of standard equipment. Kia’s new 1.0-litre three cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 120PS provides the power.

Kia Cee’d 1.0 GDi Petrol GT Line: €22,500

2. Opel Astra SRi


The SRi is the sporty one in the new Astra range. It sits on 17” five spoke alloy wheels and inside there is loads of new tech, sports seats and a Sport button to enhance the driving experience. The SRi trim is available with a host of engines including 1.0-litre (105PS) and 1.4-litre (150PS) turbo petrols, and the 1.6-litre diesel (110PS or 136PS).

Opel Astra SRi 1.0i Turbo 105PS: €24,495

3. SEAT Leon FR

The SEAT Leon FR

The Leon FR gets some styling inspiration from the Cupra hot hatch including 18” 5 spoke alloys, double exhaust, full LED headlights and some other body modifications. Inside there is ambient lighting, sports seats and some other trim updates. A sports suspension and ‘Sport’ mode complete the experience. Power comes from a 1.4-litre TSI petrol (125hp) or a 2.0-litre TDI diesel with 150 or 184hp.

SEAT Leon FR 1.4-litre TSI: €25,675

4. Renault Mégane GT Line

Renault Megane GT Line
Renault Megane GT Line

The new Renault Mégane GT Line has 17” alloys and special bumpers with grey rear diffuser for a sporty look. Inside there is blue detailing, cosy sports seats, ambient lighting and a driving mode selector where you can select ‘Sport’ mode. The GT Line is available with Renault’s 1.5-litre diesel with wither 110bhp or 130bhp.

Renault Mégane dCi 110 GT Line: €25,990

5. Ford Focus ST-Line

Ford Focus ST-Line
The Ford Focus ST-Line

Inspired by the high performance Focus ST, the Focus ST-Line comes with 17” alloys, gloss black honeycomb grille, restyled bumpers and side skirts. Inside there are sports style front seats and the dash has a more premium finish. A sports suspension enhances the handling and just one engine is available – the 2.0-litre TDCi diesel with 150PS.

Ford Focus 2.0-litre TDCi ST-Line: €27,170

6. Honda Civic Si

Honda Civic Si
Honda Civic Si

A glimpse of the Honda Civic Si and you might think you’ve spotted the Type R for its 17” gloss black alloys, mesh grille and rear spoiler. Power comes from Honda’s super frugal 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel.

Honda Civic 1.6 i-DTEC Si: €27,395

7. Alfa Romeo Giulietta Super Sport

Alfa Romeo Giulietta Super Sport
The Alfa Romeo Giulietta Super Sport

This is one of the most gorgeous sporty hatchbacks and it's quite posh too. The Giulietta sits at the more premium end of the market and its naturally beautiful shape is enhanced in Super Sport trim by 17” alloys, rear spoiler, red bumper insert, bigger exhaust pipe and side skirts. The Giulietta is available with a range of engines including a 1.4-litre turbo petrol with 150hp and a 1.6-litre diesel with 120hp.

Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4 TB MutliAir 150 bhp: €28,100

Caroline Kidd