Parkers overall rating: 3.6 out of 5 3.6

Should you buy a Kia Ceed SW?

As a relatively cheap load-lugger that’s a step-up from the likes of the Dacia Logan MCV, the Kia Ceed Sportswagon makes a lot of sense. It’s huge inside, very practical and excels at carrying both people and their luggage, while also moonlighting as a van when needed.

It should also prove utterly effortless to live with. Its straightforward dashboard feels built to last and is an absolute doddle to use, with all of its controls placed exactly where you’d expect to find them. It really is possible to step into here and feel immediately familiar with the whole atmosphere.

Add to that a good reputation for reliability, acceptable fuel economy and the allure of that impressive seven-year warranty and there’s plenty of good reasons to opt for the Ceed Sportswagon.

However, it does feel as though Kia’s made the Sportswagon intentionally staid and unappealing to drive customers towards the more stylish, more expensive ProCeed. The low-powered engine range and uninspiring trim levels mean it won’t appeal to buyers who like performance or luxury – they’ll be much better served by a Ford Focus Estate or Volkswagen Golf Estate. Even the more sophisticated PHEV model has less power than rivals, but it has enough, and manages to retain the car's trademark ease of use.

So the Ceed Sportswagon is an accomplished and useful car, but it’s not a very desirable one. If you’re pragmatic enough to buy totally on those grounds, this could be the motor for you – but we’ll be looking elsewhere.

Further reading:

>> Fancy a more powerful engine and more stylish body? Check out our Kia ProCeed review here

>> Don't need all that space? Read our review of the standard Kia Ceed hatchback here

>> Our favourite small estate car? That'll be the Ford Focus Estate