Kia Ceed Sportswagon (2018-present)

The latest Kia Ceed Sportswagon is a sensible, well equipped and spacious family estate that trades glamour for practicality and value

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Loads of passenger and luggage space
Seven-year warranty
Plenty of equipment

Weaknesses 

Not that many engine options
Looks a little conservative
Bigger wheels make for a firm ride
Kia Ceed Sportswagon prices from £14,695  Finance from £204 per month

Of all the models in the Kia Ceed range, the Sportswagon is the one that wears the most sensible pair of shoes. It doesn’t offer the swoopy glamour and high-end trims of the ProCeed or the fast GT version (that’s available in the five-door hatchback). What the Ceed Sportswagon offers instead is solid, sensible carrying capacity. And lots of it.

With the rear seats in place, the Ceed Sportswagon offers a cavernous 625 litres of space (and almost 1,700 litres with the rear seats folded flat). That’s comfortably larger than you’ll find in equivalent cars from other manufacturers – the Ford Focus estate can only manage 575 litres, while the Skoda Octavia gets up to 610 litres. If you regularly drop the rear seats and need maximum space, though, the Octavia offers greater overall volume.

Of course, if you’re considering a family estate car, it’s likely that you’ll also be looking at mid-sized SUVs. But if you really value bootspace, a simple estate car is often a better bet. In fact, the bootspace in the Sportswagon is only bettered by the biggest of family SUVs like the seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq which normally carry a large premium.

The Kia offers more space than the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and VW Tiguan. It’s accessible space, too, with a low loading lip, and a flat floor with the seats folded. The cubbies under the boot floor are also useful. And in terms of build quality, it feels like at least a match for most of the other cars in the class with a solid feel.

On the outside, the Kia adds some visual flair by using design cues from the big, sporty Kia Stinger – especially the shape of the headlights and the ‘Tiger nose’ grille. Overall, though, the Ceed is a subdued design. But that suits it: this is not a car you’ll buy if you want to stand out from the crowd. With low pricing, you’re saving money by not trying to stand out, though.

Inside, all the easily visible and accessible surfaces are finished with good quality, soft-touch plastics. It’s all almost on a par class-leading estates such as the Golf and Focus in its interior finish, though if you really try you can find cheaper-feeling scratchy plastics in out-of-sight areas. But that’s a fair compromise considering an equivalent VW Golf estate will cost you a couple of thousand pounds more.

Where the Ceed’s predecessors have traditionally lost out is in driving enjoyment. But this Ceed is definitely much closer than it’s ever been to the class leaders. It’s fun and well balanced, with plenty of grip and good body control in corners, but the ride is something of a mixed bag. On models with 16-inch wheels, it copes well with bumps and rutted surfaces, but even the relatively minor increase to 17-inch wheels has an effect, adding a lumpiness to the ride quality. So it's close, but no cigar.

The engine range is straightforward and easy to navigate: two petrol engines and a diesel – and the diesel is refined and impressively quiet. The Sportswagon doesn’t get the 204hp high-performance GT model, though.

You get a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox and a seven-gear ‘DCT’ dual-clutch automatic, which in theory offers faster shifts than a traditional auto. However, the automatic isn’t as slick as those of other brands including Volkswagen, so we’d suggest sticking to the six-speed manual when possible.

All Ceeds have plenty of standard equipment, with the base 2 trim level featuring one of the most comprehensive specifications in the class. Choose a more expensive trim and there’s an eight-inch touchscreen media system with sat-nav and plenty of extra safety features.

Last Updated 

Monday, June 17, 2019 - 12:15

Key facts 

Boot size: 
625-litres
Width: 
1800 mm
Length: 
4600 mm
Height: 
1465mm
Tax: 
£170 in the first year, £145 thereafter

Best KIA Ceed for... 

Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual
Kia claims you’ll get almost 60mpg out of the diesel version of the Ceed Sportswagon; if fuel economy is paramount for you then it’s really the only sensible choice.
Kia Ceed Sportswagon 3 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual
The little 1.0-litre turbo engine is the smallest the Ceed Sportswagon comes with, but it’s willing and smooth. Choosing ‘3’ specification brings all the kit you need to keep the family entertained.
Kia Ceed Sportswagon 3 GT 1.4 T-GDi six-speed manual
Powerful enough to feel genuinely zippy, the 140hp in the 1.4 means it isn’t really a performance car, but it is still the fastest choice there is if you want the space the Sportswagon provides.

KIA Ceed History 

August 2018 New Kia Ceed goes on sale
2019 Ceed models get ‘ISG’ mild hybrid technology, improving economy and performance

Understanding KIA Ceed car names 

  • Ceed
  • Engine
    1.4 T-GDI
  • Trim
    3
  • Gearbox
    6-speed manual
  • Engine
    The 1.4 T-GDi is one of three engine choices available to UK buyers for the Ceed Sportswagon– there are two petrol options and one diesel
  • Trim
    UK buyers can choose from several variants. ‘3’ versions are mid-range but very well equipped nevertheless. In the Sportswagon only the First Edition models get more kit.
  • Gearbox
    Two different gearbox options are available – a six-speed manual and a seven-gear dual-clutch automatic.

KIA Ceed Engines 

1.0 T-GDi, 1.4 T-GDi, 1.6 CRDi

The Kia Ceed comes with two different petrol engines and one diesel option. Kicking off the range for UK buyers is the teensy 1.0-litre 1.0 T-GDi three-cylinder petrol engine. It might be small, but a turbocharger means it puts out a respectable 120hp, and is perfectly at home in town or on the motorway.

The bigger 1.4 T-GDi petrol engine gets an extra cylinder and 140hp, making the Ceed Sportswagon a reasonably zippy car.

For those needing to cover a lot of miles every year, however, there is the option of the 1.6 CRDi turbodiesel. This is an all-new design and combines impressive quietness with economy of almost 60mpg.

1.0 T-GDi

Petrol

47.1mpg

120hp

0 - 62mph: 10.9 secs

118mph

1.4 T-GDi

Petrol

44.1-45.6mpg

140hp

0 - 62mph: 8.8-9.1 secs

128-130mph

1.6 CRDi

Diesel

56.5-57.6mpg

116hp

0 - 62mph: 10.7 secs

119mph

KIA Ceed Trims 

2, 3

The Ceed Sportswagon range starts with the ‘2’ trim level in the UK, which includes plenty of standard kit – air-conditioning, digital radio, a seven-inch touchscreen media system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay mirroring, cruise control and a reversing camera.

Up your budget to a ‘3’ model, and the 16-inch alloy wheels of the ‘2’ (which look a little lost in the car’s wheelarches) become 17-inch models. Inside, there’s an eight-inch media system with sat-nav.

KIA Ceed Reliability and warranty 

Kia has a reputation for doing well, but not outstandingly well, when it comes to reliability. The previous Ceed (the Cee’d, as it was), came 47th out of 150 cars in the 2018 Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey.

But the real draw of Kia is its market-leading seven-year/100,000-mile warranty – which can be carried on to the next owner when you come to sell.

Used KIA Ceed 

Kias tend to hold on to their value fairly well – thanks in part to that enviable warranty and in part to reasonable pricing in the first place. And the latest Ceed should be no exception.

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