Kia Ceed Tuning

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Welcome to the fascinating world of the Kia Ceed – a car that's not just a set of wheels but a statement of style and practicality.

Step outside, and you'll be greeted by the Kia Ceed's exterior – a harmonious blend of sleek lines and contemporary design. From the distinctive front grille to the well-defined profile, it's a car that demands attention.

Inside you'll find the interior is a sanctuary of comfort and cutting-edge technology. The spacious cabin is designed with both the driver and passengers in mind, providing a comfortable and connected driving experience. The intuitive infotainment system and modern amenities make every journey enjoyable.

Beneath the hood, the Kia Ceed is no slouch. It boasts a range of engines that deliver a perfect balance of power and efficiency. Whether you're navigating city streets or cruising on the highway, the Ceed handles it with poise and precision.

What sets the Kia Ceed apart is its versatility. It's not just a stylish hatchback; it's available in multiple body styles, including a sporty estate and a sleek shooting brake. This versatility ensures there's a Ceed for every lifestyle and preference.

It's the companion you need for urban adventures and highway escapades. If you're looking for a car that's as smart as it is stylish, the Kia Ceed might just be the perfect fit.

So, buckle up and enjoy the ride as we explore Kia Ceed Mods & upgrades!

Unlocking the full potential of Kia Ceeds through strategic engine & performance modifications can significantly improve your driving experience as the response, auditory symphony and improved road holding harmoniously work together.

Renowned for their fantastic workability, these cars provide enthusiasts with a canvas for transformation.

In the European markets, the Ceed stands as Kia's response to the Ford Focus, boasting exceptional build quality and impressive capabilities.

The solid foundation of the Ceed makes it an ideal candidate for a rewarding car tuning project.

Embarking on a Ceed tuning journey? Ensure success by planning ahead and delving into comprehensive research specific to Ceed tuning and this article should start you on that adventure. This foresight is your key to avoiding common and potentially costly errors frequently encountered in the world of car modifications.

Tuning tips and articles

Engine tuning Transmission tuning Care care Intake & exhaust mods Improve handling Forums

Many Ceed owners uprate the handling of their cars with motorsport suspension parts as a priority, this will certainly increase your enjoyment of the car.

We suggest that you fit a front strut brace, a decent set of coilover suspension and lower the car by 30-35mm.

Larger drops require arch work - especially on models already equipped with motorsport suspension.

Turning our attention to the Ceeds engine we need to get a bit more power out of the top end.

Spending a little money on the best engine and handling parts could transform your car into a very credible performer.

Smaller engines do not provide much of a return in terms of power so start with a bigger engine. Engine swaps are a good option if you have a small engine size.

First generation (ED; 2006)



  • 1.6 L U CRDi I4
  • 2.0 L D CRDi I4

Second generation (JD; 2012)



  • 1.4 L U II CRDi I4
  • 1.6 L U II CRDi I4

Third generation (CD; 2018)


  • 1.6 L Smartstream D1.6 CRDi I4

Tuning modifications.

These are the sports kits are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to go before you get started.

Getting the correct grade or "stage" of upgrades for your planned usage of the car is essential. Stage 3 (competition) mods just don't work well on the road and will make the car undriveable.

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Best Engine Mods for your Kia Ceed

Engine Tunes

Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a reflashed ECU or a better aftermarket/piggyback ECU. Expect to see around 10% more power from a tune/remap or chip tune.

First up, we have engine tunes – a bit like giving your car a personalized workout routine. Engine tuning or remapping should be viewed as teaching your car a new language, and it's the most advantageous when it comes to cost savings.

If you're feeling a bit adventurous, aftermarket ECUs and piggyback ECUs are cool alternatives. It's like giving your car a high-tech brain transplant!

Suspension Mods:

Next, we're getting into suspension mods. Picture this – your Ceed's handling should be viewed as night and day after a good suspension setup.

It's like putting on a pair of magical shoes that make you glide effortlessly through corners. Handling becomes a breeze, and every twist and turn feels like a joyride. Your Ceed will thank you for the improved ride comfort and performance!

Intake and Exhaust:

Moving on to intake and exhaust – these are like the lungs and vocal cords of your car. Now, here's the deal: on their own, these mods might not add power in most cases, but they're superheroes at enhancing power after other mods.

They're like the supporting actors that make the main star shine even brighter by removing restrictions. A breath of fresh air for your Ceed's engine!

Head Work

Lastly, let's talk about head work. No, not the kind you do in school – we're talking about the engine head.

The goal here is to make sure air flows smoothly into the engine, removing any roadblocks or turbulence. It's like giving your Ceed a clear path to breathe, making the engine performance more efficient and powerful.

Improved Airflow

One of the primary goals of head work is to optimize airflow into and out of the engine. This involves reshaping and polishing the intake and exhaust ports in the cylinder head. By smoothing out these passages, air can flow more freely, reducing restrictions and allowing for better combustion.

Porting and Polishing

Porting involves reshaping the intake and exhaust ports to improve airflow. Polishing, on the other hand, smoothens the surfaces to minimize turbulence. Together, these processes enhance the efficiency of air entering and exiting the combustion chamber, promoting better combustion.

Valve Job

A valve job is often part of head work and involves refining the seating and sealing surfaces of the valves. This ensures a proper seal, preventing any loss of compression and optimizing the combustion process.

Variable Valve Timing (VVT)

Modern Kia engines come equipped with Variable Valve Timing mechanisms. Head work may involve optimizing or upgrading VVT systems to adjust the timing of valve openings and closings for different driving conditions, further enhancing performance.

Compression Ratio Adjustments

Head work can also involve modifications to the combustion chamber shape or volume, impacting the engine's compression ratio but revisions to crank and pistons are natural companions for higher compression ratios. Adjusting the compression ratio can influence power and efficiency.

Combustion Chamber Polishing

Polishing the combustion chamber surfaces can reduce hot spots and enhance fuel atomization, contributing to more efficient combustion.

Remember, class, these upgrades are like giving your Kia Ceed a personalized makeover.

Each mod plays a unique role, turning your car into a customized work of art. So, buckle up, enjoy the ride, and let the upgrades begin!

Tuning Stages On The Kia Ceed

Typical stage 1 mods often include:
Panel air filter,Lighter flywheel,Suspension upgrade (drop 30-40mm),Sports exhaust,Remap,Alloy wheels.

Typical stage 2 mods often include:
Power clutch,Ported and polished head,Fuel injector & fuel pump upgrades,Fast road cam,.

Typical stage 3 mods often include:
Competition cam,Engine balancing,Sports gearbox,Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger),Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves).

You need to keep as much low end torque as you can and aim to get a wide power band rather than a narrow top end power hike.

The whole point of our pointers is to give a little insight into the world of customizing mods and point you in the right direction, our forum is where you can ask for more detailed advice and tips on your car tuning project, the best sport mods and all aspects of modding cars.

Most power losses, and erratic idling after uprated kits are done can usually be traced to fuel delivery or timing issues.Uprated injectors will enable you to supply sufficient fuel to the engine. Uprate the fuel pump to cope with the extra fuel requirements of your tuned Ceeds uprated injectors.

Ceed Brake upgrades

Brake Upgrades

Alright, buckle up, because when it comes to brakes, we're talking about upgrading your Kia Ceed's stopping power to superhero levels!

Picture this: your Ceed is already a stellar car, but let's be honest, we all want that extra bit of confidence when it comes to bringing our ride to a stop.

Brake upgrades are like giving your car a superhero cape for its stopping abilities. Imagine upgrading to a set of brakes so robust and powerful that your car can gracefully dance to a stop whenever the need arises.

It's not just about the looks or the performance; it's a crucial upgrade for safety and control. Think of it as giving your Ceed a reliable set of anchors that respond to your command with precision.

Whether you're navigating through city traffic or cruising on the open highway, having a super-strong set of brakes is your secret weapon for that extra peace of mind on the road.

These brake upgrades aren't just about stopping your car; they're about elevating your driving experience.

It's like having a trusty sidekick that ensures you're always in control, ready to face any road adventure with confidence.

So, when we talk about brakes, we're not just upgrading parts; we're enhancing the superhero within your Kia Ceed, making every stop a performance in itself.

Safety, control, and a dash of superhero flair – that's the magic of brake upgrades for your stellar Ceed!

Ceed Pad materials

Bigger brake discs are the first thing that comes to mind when discussing brake modifications, but don't forget about the pads - they are arguably more vital than the discs, and faulty pads may damage your car's handling.

Swap out your stock brake pads for high-performance or ceramic brake pads. These pads offer improved stopping power, reduced brake fade, and better durability, especially under high-stress conditions.

High friction brake pads, however, are required, even if they generate noise and dust.

Racing pads are constructed with a high friction compound that performs best at higher temperatures.

Because racing grade brake pads only operate when extremely hot, they are unsuited for road usage when braking is done on cold pads or in short bursts.

Some performance brake pads emit practically no brake dust and last longer than the standard pads I was using — albeit driving style may affect pad and disc wear.

To minimise accidents, Torquecars recommends that if you are not knowledgeable, you leave brake replacement to the pros.

The stopping power of an automobile may be enhanced. Normally, you'd replace the discs and pads. A bigger disc will have greater friction and will distribute more heat, so you will notice an immediate advantage.

If you have a simple family vehicle with tiny discs, you may quickly and inexpensively acquire brake discs and servos from a performance model in the KIA family.

Increase the pad friction, disc and calliper size, and piston count to enhance the impact of disc upgrades.

Then we move on to other parts of the Ceed braking system.

  1. Performance Brake RotorsThe pad spreads braking heat across the discs or rotors, therefore the colder the disc, the better.The vented disc, with its centre channel, increases the surface to air ratio of the disc, resulting in better and quicker cooling.

    Upgrade to slotted or drilled brake rotors. These designs help dissipate heat more efficiently, preventing brake fade and maintaining consistent braking performance.

  2. Stainless Steel Brake Lines Replace your factory brake lines with stainless steel counterparts. Stainless steel lines offer improved brake fluid flow and more consistent brake pressure, enhancing overall brake responsiveness.
  3. Performance Brake Calipers Consider upgrading to performance brake calipers. High-performance calipers provide better clamping force, resulting in improved braking efficiency and response.
  4. Brake Fluid Upgrade Upgrade to a high-performance brake fluid with a higher boiling point.This helps prevent brake fluid from boiling under extreme conditions, reducing the risk of brake fade.
  5. Big Brake Kits For a significant brake upgrade, look into big brake kits. These kits typically include larger rotors, calipers, and sometimes even brake lines.They provide substantial improvements in braking performance but often come with a higher price tag.
  6. Performance Brake Master Cylinder Upgrading to a performance brake master cylinder can enhance brake pedal feel and control.This modification is more advanced and might be suitable for those seeking precise brake modulation.
  7. Brake Ducts Consider adding brake ducts to direct air to cool your brakes more effectively. Cooler brakes are more efficient and less prone to fade during intense driving conditions.

Before diving into brake upgrades, it's crucial to assess your driving needs and preferences. Some upgrades may be more suitable for daily driving, while others are geared towards high-performance or track use.

Additionally, proper installation and, if necessary, professional assistance are crucial to ensure the effectiveness and safety of the upgraded brake components.

Intake & Exhaust Upgrades For The Ceed

Now we move on to the intake and exhaust and ensure proper flow through the engine.

Contrary to popular belief there is usually very little if any power gain to be had by fitting an induction kit, they only help and are recommended after you increase the engines power to the point where the standard air intake box cannot cope!

Induction kits can work well on turbo engines and larger engines (if supplied with a suitable cold air feed or air box), generally though we'd just recommend for Ceed engines you should just fit a performance panel air filter preferably made from cotton.

Sports exhausts increase the flow of gases through the engine. But if your exhaust is too large, ie: it's over 2.5 inches bore, you will lose a lot of the flow rate and end up losing power and torque.

Getting the head flowed (ported and polished) will help get more air into each cylinder.

This is definitely a job for a pro with a flow bench. Your clutch can fail as the power goes up if it starts to suffer and the standard clutches are only ever good for power gains of up to 50%.

Fit clutch to avoid power leak through the transmission. Turbo engines are just asking to be remapped. You will see massive power gains on most modern turbo charged cars including diesels making a tune/remap one of the most cost effective and massive modifications for your money.

We've also seen some tuners experimenting with twin charging conversions and making some impressively high power figures.

Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NA (naturally aspirated) engine will give large power gains. Superchargers are generally easier to add than a turbo. It is harder to map a turbo as the boost comes on exponentially with rpm.

The nice proportional boost and rpm characteristics of the supercharger make them easier to map. Decreasing the engines compression ratio will allow you to add forced induction, water injection may also help prevent detonation.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

Because alloys are less heavy they improve performance and they can help to cool the brake disks. The drawback to large alloys on your Ceed is that you're changing your final drive ratio and this will have a detrimental effect on acceleration and performance.

Due to this fact try to keep the overall rolling diameter of the wheel the OEM setup. In all cases avoid going above 16 inches.

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