Kia Cee'd

#Kia, #Golf

FRONT 3/4 VIEW

1. Contemporary cars often have door handles placed on a surface accent line. Here they are below, and the profile gets a length benefit from wheelhouse to taillight.

2. Derived initially from a sharp crease in the front bumper, this line softens but continues the entire length of the body.

3. This tiny quarter window lets in a bit of light, but it's really there to allow the encircling chrome band to describe a dynamic profile, pointed at both ends.

4. This bulging shape over the front wheel disrupts the long side highlight and allows the body portion to be higher through the doors, the viewer's eye providing continuity.

5. Highly swept back and compound-curved, the windshield is in fact almost flat in plan view, allowing a longer hood panel than is usual in small front-wheel-drive cars. Clever.

6. Dropping the hood line inboard of the fender again gives the impression of greater length than is actually present.

7. Notice that the nose panel is integral with the bumper, making this whole piece relatively cheap and easy to change for a midlife face-lift.

8. Surely the best expression of the characteristic Kia grille, this iteration uses a plan-view curve to thrust the center part forward dynamically.

9. Most cooling air actually comes through this unobtrusive lower intake, the texture of which continues outside the open area.

10. Some effort was made to avoid the generic round foglamp lens, but this whole area is rather messy and not up to the overall standard of the exterior.

11. A convex surface in the lower portion of the doors is expressed in a sharp crease rising toward the rear. In profile it helps lighten the visual mass of the rear body.

12. A nice little outward flare of the sill provides coverage of the rear tire, diverting airflow around the wheel opening.

REAR 3/4 VIEW

13. This rising windowsill line is dramatic, perhaps too much so, as rear-three-quarter visibility is seriously compromised.

14. Deceptive large-glass/small-daylight-opening backlight hinders rearward visibility. This is becoming a real problem on many new cars and may have to be addressed with legal standards.

15. Breaking the taillights into two parts allows a fairly simple hatch opening that's wide all the way down, but the loading height is far above the ground.

16. This external panel on the rear hatch extends the roofline for aerodynamics, puts the CHMSL in a good place, and provides shade for rear passengers.

17. Seemingly present on 90 percent of modern cars, the light-catching panel below the hatch opening is mercifully small on the Cee'd.

18. Rear reflectors are integrated into shapes that are much more successful than the foglight surrounds in front.

INTERIOR VIEW

19. Nice use of contrasting color and texture makes the seats visually attractive. Their form makes them extremely comfortable.

20. Highly visible stitching in a contrasting color makes this interior seem far more luxurious than would the usual all-one-color solution.

21. Details like the accordion rolltop cover for the tunnel cubby suggest luxury, even if they're all cheap, injection-molded plastic parts.

22. A glare shield above the instruments sweeps over the central console, clearly separating the "driver's office" from the passenger space.

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