Kia Ceed Sportswagon estate - Interior & comfort
Interior quality has improved markedly, sidelining some well-known competitors
Despite only being in its third outing, the Kia Ceed Sportswagon has an interior not far off the quality of rivals like the Volkswagen Golf Estate, which have a far longer lineage. Interior trim and materials are well chosen and finished, with inspiration from the sporty Kia Stinger.
Kia Ceed Sportswagon dashboard
Kia has opted for a minimalist horizontal dashboard split into an upper and lower area. The top span is dedicated to air vents and the 'floating' infotainment display, while the lower section has a handful of well placed controls for the audio and heater systems. These are also titled towards the driver, making them easier to use on the move.
It's a cohesive design that some will prefer over the likes of the Vauxhall Astra, but there are a few of the very latest features missing, like the fully digital dashboard available in the Volkswagen Golf Estate.
Kia has built its reputation on offering impressive kit for the money, and while its models no longer undercut rivals quite as sharply, even the entry-level ‘2’ grade is well stocked. It includes cruise control, air-conditioning, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, LED rear lights and front wipers that can de-ice the windscreen. It also benefits from a seven-inch touchscreen, a DAB radio and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Mid-range ‘2 NAV’ spec adds a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen with sat nav and a USB fast-charging socket in the centre console.
Upgrade to ‘3’ trim and larger, 17-inch alloy wheels are standard. Other additions include dual-zone climate control, privacy glass, automatic wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and rear parking sensors.
The Ceed Sportswagon plug-in hybrid can only be specced in the range-topping ‘3’ trim, and gets additional standard kit including LED headlights and a closed radiator grille finished in gloss black and satin chrome.
The options list is fairly brief, because choosing the trim level you want nets you most equipment. There are a few extras like a heated windscreen and heated rear seats, though. Wireless charging for compatible smartphones can also be very handy if you often find yourself jumping in and out of the car a lot.