2018 Kia Ceed vs Hyundai i30 hatch: Sibling differences compared

For its third generation, the 2018 Kia Ceed now shares most of its body panels with the US Forte sedan, but how does it compare to its platform mate, the Hyundai i30 (sold as the Elantra GT in the US)?

2018 Kia Ceed - front, blueCeed
2017 Hyundai i30 - fronti30
With its pulled back headlamps, tiger nose grille, and more aggressive front bumper design, the Kia looks sportier than the conservative Hyundai i30 hatch. It looks like every panel, except maybe the roof, is unique to each car.
2018 Kia Ceed - side, blueCeed
2017 Hyundai i30 - fornt profilei30
Cover the details, and both cars look identical. Even the doors and side windows look the same, although there are subtle differences. The Ceed features sharper window graphics, a larger and more raked third window, and a slight sweep upwards with the side surfacing.
2018 Kia Ceed - rear, blueCeed
2017 Hyundai i30 - reari30
The design specifics are, again, very similar, but the Ceed has more modern treatment for the tail-lights with LEDs, and a sportier rear bumper.
2018 Kia Ceed - interior, dashboardCeed
2017 Hyundai i30 - interior, dashboardi30
Like the exterior, the interiors have different designs that aren't too dissimilar to each other. There's a large free-standing touchscreen infotainment in the centre of each dashboard. The Ceed's is flanked by air vents to the side, with its physical controls underneath, while the i30 has vents below, and some buttons to the sides. The door panels of the Ceed have flatter arm rest and bigger grips.
2018 Kia CeedCeed
2017 Hyundai i30 - front seats, black and white leatheri30
Colour treatments aside, the front seats in the Kia and Hyundai hatches look identical.
2018 Kia Ceed - grilleCeed
2017 Hyundai i30 - grille, headlampsi30
The Kia Ceed continues with the company's tiger nose grille, while the i30 debuted Hyundai's cascading grille.
2018 Kia Ceed - dashboardCeed
2017 Hyundai i30 - touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlayi30
Different steering wheels, HVAC controls, button layouts, and transmission shifters show Kia and Hyundai want to remain independent design-wise.

2018 Kia Ceed hatch gallery

2016 Hyundai i30 hatch gallery

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Editor-at-large — Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]

2018 Kia Ceed vs Hyundai i30 hatch: Sibling differences compared