3.6 out of 5 3.6
Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

Practical estate is a sensible if not scintillating choice

Kia Ceed Sportswagon (18 on) - rated 3.6 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £19,855 - £29,995
Lease from new From £208 p/m View lease deals
Used price £10,140 - £22,420
Used monthly cost From £253 per month
Fuel Economy 44.1 - 217.3 mpg
Road tax cost £140 - £150
Insurance group 8 - 16 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Well-equipped
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Plug-in hybrid model
  • Enormous boot

CONS

  • Higher specifications reserved for ProCeed
  • Not exciting to drive
  • Limited engine range
  • Dour interior

Kia Ceed Sportswagon rivals

Written by Tom Wiltshire on

The Kia Ceed range is far larger today than it was a few years ago. There’s the regular Ceed hatch, the slinky ProCeed shooting brake, the jacked-up faux-SUV XCeed and this, the practical, sensible Ceed Sportswagon.

In Kia-speak, that means estate, and as the regular Ceed rivals the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Toyota Corolla, the Ceed Sportswagon does the Ford Focus Estate, Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and Toyota Corolla Touring Sports.

Large and well thought-out load area

Key to the Ceed SW’s appeal is its boot, which is the rival of anything in the class. With 625 litres of space it’s not only very large, but it’s a cleverly-configured space, with square sides devoid of protrusions.

It’s backed up with plenty of rear passenger space, too, and with good Euro NCAP crash test safety scores this makes the Ceed Sportswagon an ideal car for a small family that doesn’t want to opt for an SUV or MPV.

Limited range of engines and trims

As the Ceed range has expanded, the options on offer for Ceed Sportswagon buyers have become more limited. Kia’s keen that those looking for a high-specification, luxurious or sporting model should opt for its ProCeed or standard Ceed hatch, and as such the SW’s only available with low-powered engines and in fairly basic trim levels.

This won’t be an issue for most people, as we think the Ceed’s at its best when it’s not trying to be too upmarket – but for the few buyers who’d like a large, practical estate car with a more potent engine, it could potentially push them towards more wide-ranging rivals.

What you do get in the estate car and not in the hatchback is a plug-in hybrid powertrain - with 139hp and the promise of 35.4 miles of electric range and nearly 200mpg this is a great addition to the range. It does eat into bootspace a little, though.

That paucity of luxury fixtures and fittings also means the Ceed Sportswagon is a very plain Jane kind of car. Even in its most expensive trim level, the interior’s devoid of colour or style, and the exterior remains steadfastly unsporting.

Comfortable and easy to drive

The Ceed Sportswagon is an unchallenging, light and easy car to get to grips with – as you’d perhaps expect from a brand that’s become known for ease of ownership. The flip side to this is that, while it handles tidily and grips well, you’re unlikely to have any fun driving it.

None of the engines are very powerful, with the punchy 201hp 1.6-litre engine reserved for the Ceed hatch and ProCeed shooting brake. A plug-in hybrid powertrain is set to arrive in 2020, but it's not yet available to buy.

Does the Kia Ceed Sportswagon sound like it could be your ideal family transport? Read our full review to find out.

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