The Reasonably Priced Kia

Top Gear Kia up for grabs

A KIA once driven by Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz and Matt LeBlanc is up for grabs for just £4,500.

It’s actually the “reasonably priced car” from Top Gear that is up for sale. It was used on the hit BBC show between 2010 and 2013 when it was presented by top trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

The popular “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” segment takes celebrities and pits them against each other around a timed lap after some instruction from resident race driver The Stig.

Clarkson affectionately dubbed the car the “Cee-apostrophe-dee” during its time on Top Gear.

The Cee’d here boasts a celebrity driving history that includes Hollywood A-Listers Cruise and Diaz.

Top Gear Kia up for grabs
Top Gear Kia up for grabs

Friends star and new Top Gear presenter Matt LeBlanc also drove the model and set the fastest lap of any celebrity, beating Rowan Atkinson and Michael Fassbender.

The Cee’d is one of several cars used down the years for the popular celebrity lap time battles including a Chevrolet Lacetti, Suzuki Liana and Vauxhall Astra.

But this Cee’d isn’t much use as a family car. The one now for sale on Auto Trader racked up just 3,000 miles on the show but is kitted out with a roll cage, full race harnesses and bucket seats for its trips around the famous Top Gear circuit.

Despite being chucked around the Hammerhead and Follow-Through turns – and a few off-road excursions at Gambon, the Cee’d is in perfect condition with a full service history.

After its time on Top Gear, the 1.6-litre hatchback was returned to Kia and used as a promo car before ending up back at a Kia dealer.

Andy Pringle, Auto Trader cars Editor, said: “Everyone tells you to look for a car with one careful owner, but you could be forgiven for worrying when that one owner is Top Gear, and we have clear TV evidence of the extreme driving behaviour this particular car has endured.

“That said, this is probably the best maintained Cee’d on the planet having been entrusted with the lives of some of the world’s biggest stars.

“Its full Kia service history and low mileage could offer something different for a buyer who’s on the lookout for arguably the most famous Cee’d in the world.”

Perhaps it should be re-named the Kia Celebrity’d.

What do you think?

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