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PROS

  • Easy to drive
  • Comfortable
  • Practical
  • Extensive equipment list
  • Long warranty
  • Low running costs

CONS

  • Dull steering
  • Engines lack pulling power
  • Less attractive interior finish on base models

Verdict

The Kia cee'd Sportswagon is a medium-sized estate that's designed to be practical, stylish and good value for money. An all-new car at launch, it replaces the previous cee’d SW. Kia says that the Sportswagon’s new unabbreviated name captures the car’s sporting and modern character, further differentiating it from the older generation. One thing’s for sure: with well-established medium estate rivals like the Ford Focus and the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer, the Kia has a fight on its hands.

Economical engine range

With the Sportswagon designed to appeal to cost-conscious private buyers and company car drivers, it was offered initially with just a choice of two diesel engines. Customers can pick from either an 89bhp 1.4-litre engine or a more powerful 126bhp (134bhp from 2015) 1.6-litre engine. The most economical option is the 1.4-litre unit which is claimed to average 67.3mpg. Both come with a six-speed manual gearbox but an automatic version of the 1.6-litre diesel is available.

By the time the range was facelifted in autumn 2015, introducing a raft of subtle enhancements - including the introduction of the sporty GT Line trim - as well as a turbocharged 1-litre petrol engine to join the existing 1.4-litre non-turbo motor.

Extensive standard equipment

If you’re looking for a car that’s not going to disappoint on the equipment front then the Kia cee’d Sportswagon will fit the bill nicely. The entry-level ‘1’ specification cars are well equipped and feature air-con, front electric windows, a cooled glovebox, remote central locking, daytime running lights, an iPod compatible stereo, USB and Bluetooth connectivity and numerous practical features. Each car also comes with an wide range of safety kit.

A practical and sensible choice

Those needing a car that can cope with a multitude of tasks should be pleased by the Kia’s large, easily accessible boot and seating for five adults. Further bolstering the Sportswagon’s load carrying capabilities are roof rails, myriad storage points and a braked towing weight of 1,500kg.

Is it a step in the right direction?

The original Kia cee'd SW, launched in 2007, proved to be a spacious and smartly-styled small estate which didn't cost much to run. The only downsides were a dull drive and some questionable interior trim. So, has the new Sportswagon retained the positive aspects of the previous generation while improving elsewhere? Read the full Parkers review of the new 2012 Kia cee’d Sportswagon to find out.

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