Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 9.4 - 10.6 mpp
Diesel engines 11.4 - 12.1 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 46.4 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 44.1 - 49.6 mpg
Diesel engines 56.5 - 60.1 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 217.3 mpg
  • No engine is particularly thirsty
  • Plug-in is the eco hero
  • Strange gear ratios harm economy

The Ceed Sportswagon isn’t exactly a fuel economy champion (excluding the PHEV model) but nor does it disappoint itself. Not at all surprisingly, the best economy in the main line up can be found in the diesel model, which is capable of a combined figure of 60.1mpg when fitted with 16-inch wheels and a manual gearbox.

Extremely long gear ratios actually make achieving this figure more difficult than it should be, though. You need to rev the Ceed quite high in one gear if you’re to move on to the next without allowing the engine to bog down. They’re also quite poorly judged, with 30mph in particular being awkwardly too high a speed for third gear and too low for fourth.

Rather uninspiring high-speed economy also means that, surprisingly, you won’t find the best fuel economy in the Kia Ceed Sportswagon on a long motorway run, unlike its rivals.

The other two engines – both petrol – return fairly good numbers. A 1.0-litre petrol gives a combined figure of 49.6mpg, for example, while the most efficient 1.4-litre will return 45.6mpg. These figures are a few mpg lower than the equivalent VW Golf diesel, but the gap isn’t large enough to be concerning.

CO2 emissions range from 123g/km for the most efficient diesel up to 143g/km for a 1.4-litre petrol with automatic gearbox.

Other Kia Ceed Sportswagon running costs should be impressively low, however. Pricing is on the low side for this kind of vehicle, and maintenance and insurance costs are both reasonable. The Ceed Sportswagon should prove pretty painless to own on this front.

Plug-in hybrid economy

As is the way with things these days the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is the model to choose for low petrol consumption - providing you keep the car's battery charged.

2020 Kia Ceed PHEV plug

This takes two hours and 15 minutes from a 3.3kW charger and means 35.4 miles of pure EV driving in town, during which there will be nothing emitted from the tailpipes and no petrol used.

Tested on more mixed roads where the performance of the conventional engine is required, the Ceed PHEV promises 188.3mpg and 33g/km of CO2.

Reliability

  • Seven-year warranty one of the best in the business
  • Little to go wrong; proven tech
  • Kia’s reputation is very good on this front

Kia’s seven-year warranty isn’t unmatched in the industry anymore, with both SsangYong and MG providing cover for the same period, and in the former's case a more generous 150,000 mile allowance. But it’s been doing it for the longest, and has built up an excellent reputation for reliability and longevity in the process.

The new Ceed family hasn’t had any major reported problems, nor have there been any recalls. Use of proven technology and a general feeling of robustness means you’re unlikely to have any issues with your Ceed – even if you keep it for the full seven-year period to make the most of that warranty.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £140 - £150
Insurance group 8 - 16
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