The Kia Ceed Sportswagon is a practical small estate with a stylish interior and a good amount of standard equipment, but it can’t match the desirability of some alternatives
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon is a compact, yet practical estate car with a spacious cabin and a decent amount of standard equipment. If you’re looking for something a little smaller, there’s also a Kia Ceed hatchback that’s worth checking out.
Inside the Kia Ceed Sportswagon’s stylish cabin you’ll find a decent amount of kit. Even entry-level cars come with a 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone mirroring, and you get an assortment of posh-looking metal-effect trims dotted about the place, too.
You get almost as many soft-squidgy materials as in the likes of the VW Golf Estate, but the Kia Ceed Sportswagon doesn’t feel quite as well built. It’ll still be sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of family life, however.
It’s an especially nice cabin to spend time if you go for a high-spec model with 10-way electric adjustment for the front seats and electric lumbar adjustment to help stave off back ache on long motorway drives. You won’t have any trouble getting comfortable if you’re very tall, either, thanks to the Kia Ceed Sportswagon’s generous headroom.
If you regularly carry passengers, you’ll be pleased to hear that space in the back seats is just as generous. There’s enough leg room for a six-foot-tall adult to sit behind an equally tall driver and there’s even more headroom than you get in the already fairly spacious Ceed hatchback. There’s a decent amount of room for three adults to sit side-by-side, but the VW Golf Estate serves up a smidge more space for their shoulders.
The Kia Ceed Sportwagon’s boot is larger than the Ceed hatchback’s so you’ll have no trouble packing it with four suitcases or a large baby buggy and plenty of soft bags. There’s more than enough space for a huge weekly shop, and its wide, square opening and flat boot lip makes it a doddle to load heavy items.
Need to carry some seriously bulky luggage? The back seats flip down in a three-way split so long items can poke through from the boot between two back-seat passengers. With all three back seats folded down out of the way, you get a completely flat load bay that’ll have no trouble swallowing a bike with both its wheels attached.
The old Kia Ceed Sportswagon was a rather dumpy, bulbous affair, but this new model looks just as smart as anything made by VW or Skoda
You can get the Kia Ceed Sportswagon with a range of petrol and diesel engines. Pick the 1.0-litre petrol if you do little more than potter around town, but go for the perkier 1.4-litre model if you take in a broader mix of town and country roads.
If you regularly do lots of long journeys, the 1.6-litre diesel will be much more suitable. It’ll have enough poke to pull you, your friends and plenty of luggage up reasonably steep hills without feeling too strained and should return impressive fuel economy, too.
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but you’ll want to upgrade to the optional automatic if you find yourself regularly stuck in long traffic jams. This seven-speed dual-clutch unit will give your left leg a rest and help take the edge off very long drives.
Regardless of which engine and gearbox combination you go for, the Kia Ceed Sportswagon comes with plenty of high-tech safety kit including automatic emergency braking, cruise control and lane-keeping assist. It hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP yet but should prove to be one of the safest small estate cars on sale and a worthy alternative to the likes of the VW Golf Estate.