Review

Kia Cee'd Sportswagon estate

Price  £16,400 - £25,195

Kia Cee'd Sportswagon estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Spacious boot
  • Quality interior
  • Generous equipment
Cons
  • Not great to drive
  • Engines lack power
  • Economy not the best

At a glance

“The Kia Cee’d Sportwagon is a comfortable car with relaxed performance, a generally smooth ride, light steering and a good level of equipment.”

This car might be called the Kia Cee’d Sportwagon but this stretched, load-carrying version of the Cee’d hatchback is an estate, pure and simple. Admittedly, it looks quite sporty thanks to its rising waistline, soft curves and, on all models from trim level 2 upwards, alloy wheels and LED running lights, but it certainly doesn’t feel it.

Instead, it's a comfortable car with relaxed performance, a generally smooth ride, light steering and a good level of equipment. It also has a long, industry-leading seven-year warranty, which should make you feel even more content.

Importantly for an estate, it's also surprisingly roomy. The back seats are a little difficult to fold but once tucked away the boot boasts 1,642 litres of loadspace – almost as much as a Skoda Octavia estate, a model praised for its cavernous interior.

Talking of the Octavia, the Cee’d Sportwagon, or Kia Cee’d SW as it's also known, faces some other very tough competitors including the recently refreshed Ford Focus estate, the very capable Volkswagen Golf estate, the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (another estate that would rather be called something else) and fellow Korean, the Hyundai 130 Tourer (again, read ‘estate’).

In its wisdom, Kia has decided the Cee’d Sportwagon should be powered by diesel engines only. There are two – an 89bhp 1.4 and a 126bhp 1.6 – to choose from. Actually, there is a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol, but it's a special edition model only and could be phased out at any time depending on how well it does or doesn’t sell.

Our recommendation is the 1.6-litre diesel. It is only marginally more expensive to run than the 1.4-litre diesel, and is available in all trims, while the 1.4-litre diesel appears in the entry-level ‘1’ trim only.

Stylish on the outside, and stylish on the inside, too. With the exception of the basic level 1 model, the Sportwagon's cabin is smart, of reasonable though not Volkswagen quality, and thoughtfully designed. The dashboard is clear and straightforward with mid-spec models and above benefiting from an easy-to-use sat-nav. There's plenty of space in the front, and room enough for even tall passengers in the back.

Our favourite trim is the ‘3’, which comes with some ‘big car’ features, such as sat-nav, rear parking camera and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming.

The Cee’d Sportwagon's small diesel engines are reasonably economical with the smallest, the 1.4, returning 67.3mpg and costing just £20 to tax. That should please both private buyers and company car drivers (regarding the latter, the model's good specification means they will have no need to buy options, so incurring no additional benefit-in-kind tax).

Prices are higher than you might expect, being broadly on a par with rival models from Ford and Vauxhall. Fortunately, resale values are at last improving as used car buyers wake up to Kia's much-improved model line-up, impressive customer satisfaction record and that reassuringly long warranty.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.7 / 5

For the sake of a bit more power, a little less mpg and a tenner on your tax bill, we’d advise going for the Kia Cee’d Sportwagon 1.6 CRDI

Engines, drive & performance

3.6 / 5

The Kia Cee’d Sportwagon is effortless and comfortable to drive

Interior & comfort

4.3 / 5

The entry-level Kia Cee’d Sportwagon 1 has all the basics, but choose a ‘3’ for some big-car features

Practicality & boot space

4.4 / 5

With the rear seats folded, the Kia Cee’d Sportwagon can claim a very impressive 1,642 litres of loadspace

Reliability & safety

4.6 / 5

The Kia Cee’d Sportwagon is proving to be both reliable and durable

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
"There's a range of frugal diesel engines to choose from, while a seven-year warranty provides real peace of mind."
4 / 5
"The Kia Cee’d Sportwagon is good value for money with lots of space, a high-quality cabin and lots of kit for a very competitive price."

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What owners say

4.148
4.1 /5 based on 25 reviews
72%
 people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated
15 Dec 2014
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