2020 Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid: prices, specs and release date

New Kia Ceed plug-in hybrid estate offers petrol-electric power and up to 37 miles of all-electric range

James Mills
Sep 13, 2019

Compact estate cars with clever plug-in hybrid tech at affordable prices are a rare thing. So drivers are likely to welcome Kia’s plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the Ceed Sportswagon, which will go on sale in early 2020, with prices still to be announced.

Similar in size to estate versions of the Ford Focus, Seat Leon and VW Golf but with slightly sleeker styling, the new Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid can be charged from the mains and is capable of being driven for as far as 37 miles on battery power alone, while a 1.6-litre, direct-injection petrol engine means that it can be driven like any regular petrol car when heading out on long trips.

Quick facts

  • Prices and trims to be confirmed
  • On sale from early 2020
  • Up to 37 miles of electric-only driving
  • Fuel economy and emissions to be confirmed
  • Total power output of 139hp
  • Up to 1,506 litres of luggage space

Kia is still awaiting official confirmation of the economy and emission figures for the new Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid. However, it gives the company another strong rival to plug-in hybrid models such as the Mini Countryman or Volkswagen Golf GTE (albeit in hatchback form).

As with all Kias, it will be covered by the company’s seven year, 100,000-mile warranty.

 

Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid 2020 economy and performance

We don’t yet know the official fuel economy and emissions data for the 2020 Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid as they are still to be announced, though the Sportswagon is likely to consume little more fuel and emit a little more than the smaller XCeed.

The new petrol-electric format combines an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5kW electric motor, and a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine tuned for maximum fuel economy.

The total power and torque output is 141hp and 265 Nm, so this is not a rapid car, with the 0-62mph acceleration time is 10.8 seconds - practically the same as the 1.0-litre petrol model.

By charging the battery from the mains, it can operate much like an electric car and is able to take care of most local trips, without burning too much petrol. Alternatively, the driver is able to set how they want the car to behave – such as selecting hybrid mode, where the car decides on the optimum blend of petrol and battery power to provide the most efficient journey.

It comes with a six-speed, automatic gearbox. The appeal of this system is that can be driven like a regular automatic or in a similar way to a manual gearbox, as drivers can take control and change gears using paddles behind the steering wheel.

The car uses regenerative braking to capture otherwise wasted energy and top up the battery while slowing down, helping boost the car’s efficiency. Should you wish, the engine can be used to charge the battery, such as when on a long motorway run and ahead of entering a town where the charge could be used to drive through a low-emission zone on electric power alone.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid 2020 range and charge times

The new Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid is claimed to be able to travel for up to 37 miles on battery power alone before the engine will have to take over. However, in reality we suspect that an everyday figure will be closer to 25 to 30 miles – likely more than enough for many drivers’ needs.

The charging time has not yet been announced, but it is likely to be in the region of four hours if using a conventional household socket. That should improve to around two and a half hours if using a 7kWh wallbox. Bear in mind that a grant toward the cost of a wallbox is available, worth up to £500, via the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV)

Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid 2020 interior

By going hybrid there’s no great difference in the Ceed Sportswagon’s interior. You lose a little boot space (see below) yet the car remains comfortable for a family of four. The design and layout of the interior is typical of Kia, with lots of black plastics broken up by patches of aluminium-effect trim.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid 2020 safety

A Virtual Engine Sound System, an audible warning system which activates in electric-only mode at low speeds or when reversing, is fitted as standard to the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV. The system generates a distinctive noise to alert pedestrians, who otherwise might not heard the car, of its presence. Details of other standard and optional safety equipment are still to be announced.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid 2020 technology

The driver’s digital dials provide information about the plug-in hybrid petrol-electric powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels, anticipated electric-only range and the flow of energy between battery pack, engine and electric motor.

Buyers may opt for a larger, 12.3-inch ‘Supervision’ instrument cluster which provides a higher resolution display and replaces the conventional speedometer and rev counter dials with a single display.

The ‘Driver Only’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning option – activated via a button on the dashboard –switches off airflow to all cabin vents except those nearest the driver. This is designed to reduce the draw on battery energy from the ventilation system, and unlike conventional ventilation systems, it doesn’t simply cut airflow to certain vents, rerouting it elsewhere; instead, it switches off individual fans to save energy.

As standard, Ceed Sportswagon PHEV models come with an eight-inch touchscreen media screen, or an optional 10.3-inch touchscreen navigation system. The latter helps owners locate battery charging points. The screens can show relevant information relating to the petrol-electric motors, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics.

Owners can use the touchscreen to schedule when they want the vehicle to charge, a handy feature when parked at home as it allows drivers to take advantage of the cheapest off-peak energy tariffs.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while the optional 10.3-inch touchscreen navigation system offers a Bluetooth multi-connection, so two mobile devices can be connected to the car at the same time.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid 2020 dimensions

Kia says it has placed the battery pack beneath the rear seat, yet the Ceed Sportswagon loses luggage space compared with its conventional counterpart, dropping from 625 litres to 437. This makes the boot more similar in size to a conventional hatchback thna an estate car.

However, fold the seats and there is still up to 1,506 litres of cargo space, while the back seats split and fold in three parts, 40:20:40. A neat touch is the provision of stowage space beneath the boot floor to store the charging cable.

An optional towing pack for pulling trailers or caravans will be made available - which is something of a rarity among hybrid cars. The towing capacity is still to be confirmed.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid 2020 warranty

As with all Kias, this latest model will be covered by a seven year, 100,000-mile warranty. For the first three years, there is no limit to the number of miles drivers can rack up, while the paint is covered for the first five years and there is 12 years' cover against rust.

 

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