Kia Ceed Sportswagon estate - MPG, running costs & CO2

Every version is affordable to own and run, with few surprises looming on the horizon

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The Kia Ceed Sportswagon should be affordable to run in any form, as any one of the two standard petrol and one diesel options all return excellent fuel economy. The plug-in hybrid is the most efficient model but is also more expensive to buy. Nearly all costs involved with Ceed Sportswagon ownership should be reasonable though, with road tax ranging between £140 to £150 a year and repairs covered by a long seven-year warranty.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon MPG & CO2

If you go for a petrol Sportswagon, the 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder model offers strong efficiency and is the cheapest to buy. Despite having a fairly large car in tow, this can return up to 49.6mpg according to Kia's figures – more than the hatchback, presumably because of its more aerodynamic shape. Meanwhile, CO2 emissions starting at 130g/km place it in a mid-tier Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) band for company-car drivers.

With more power, you can also step up to the 1.4-litre T-GDI, but fuel economy drops to 45.6mpg in the manual and 44.8mpg if Kia's seven-speed automatic gearbox is fitted. CO2 emissions are 141 and 143g/km respectively, giving both models a high BiK banding.

The only diesel is a 1.6-litre CRDi, which returns 60.1mpg and emits 123g/km, placing it towards the top of the BiK bandings. Unlike the petrol engines, this also requires occasional top-ups of the emissions-reducing AdBlue fluid.

The petrol plug-in hybrid is the most efficient on paper, combining a 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine, an electric motor and a battery. Officially, the Ceed Sportswagen PHEV can manage up to 29 miles of pure-electric running, a figure that we were able to achieve in real-world driving. The battery takes around two hours to fully charge when plugged into a 3.3kW home wallbox.

With the battery and petrol engine combined, the PHEV is officially capable of up to 188.3mpg, a figure which is likely to fall to around 40-50mpg in real world driving. Its CO2 emissions are 33g/km, which makes it an excellent choice for company-car drivers thanks to a low BiK that undercuts the standard models by a large margin.

Every standard petrol and diesel powered version of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon costs £150 to tax annually from the second year onwards, with the plug-in hybrid costing £140.

Insurance groups

The Ceed Sportswagon should prove inexpensive to insure, thanks to groups that span from 12-13 for the 1.0-litre and 15 if you choose the diesel. The 1.4-litre T-GDI engine elevates it slightly to group 18 out of 50, but that's still lower than some superminis.

Warranty

You'll probably already know that Kia offers a leading seven-year warranty, because it's a major selling point for the brand, and rightly so. As long as you don't use up its 100,000-mile cap it can even be transferred to the next owner, boosting resale values. Rivals Ford, Volkswagen and SEAT offer just three years of complimentary cover, while Hyundai and Toyota throw in five.

Servicing

Customers can purchase maintenance via the Kia Care scheme, buying set numbers of services to cover the car for up to seven years. Choose a three-year package and it's likely to set you back around £300, while MOT's for cars over three years old come in at £35.

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