Kia Cee'd Sportswagon estate (2012-2018) - Practicality & boot space

With the rear seats folded, the Kia Cee’d SW offers a very impressive 1,642 litres of luggage space

Carbuyer Rating

4.3 out of 5

Practicality & boot space Rating

4.5 out of 5

What the Kia Cee’d Sportswagon lacks in the ‘sports’ department, it makes up for with its ‘wagon’ interior space. For example, with the rear seats down, it has easily more luggage room than the Ford Focus Estate. Meanwhile, with the seats upright there’s decent boot space and room enough for four adults to sit in comfort. There are plenty of storage cubbies, too.

Kia Cee’d Sportswagon interior space & storage

Front-seat passengers will have no trouble getting comfortable in the Sportswagon. Behind them, there’s plenty of head and legroom for tall adults in the rear seats, but a tall driver who needs to slide their seat back will make things tight.

Useful cubbyholes abound. Kids will like the secret compartments, include a couple under the boot floor. There are useful load-securing net hooks, too, plus a 12-volt power socket. The 4 trim and above come with a useful sliding luggage rail and strap system, as well as a barrier to stop things falling into the cabin.

Boot space

With the rear seats folded, the Cee'd SW can claim a very impressive 1,642 litres of luggage space, the same as its sister model, the Hyundai i30 Tourer. Both trump the Ford Focus Estate (1,502 litres), Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (1,630 litres) and Volkswagen Golf Estate (1,620 litres). However, the Honda Civic Tourer holds more (1,668 litres) while the benchmark in the class, the Skoda Octavia Estate, takes gold medal with 1,740 litres.

The Sportswagon’s rear seats are a little awkward to fold (you have to pull up the seat bases first) but once stowed, the floor is clear and opens flush with the tailgate. All versions have a retractable load cover. Seats up, the boot measures a still-impressive 528 litres.

Towing

Depending on the model and engine, the Kia Cee’d Sportswagon can tow up to 1,500kg. However, even the 134bhp 1.6-litre diesel can run out of puff without a trailer, so it would really struggle when fully loaded and pulling a small caravan. A Skoda Octavia 2.0-litre TDI Estate with 146bhp and a towing limit of 1,800kg would be a more capable alternative.

Recommended

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

Top 10 best cars for dog owners 2021
Nissan X-Trail
Best cars
1 Jul 2021

Top 10 best cars for dog owners 2021

Top 10 best estate cars 2021
Skoda Superb Estate driving
Best cars
29 Jun 2021

Top 10 best estate cars 2021

2021 Kia Ceed gets new 1.5-litre petrol engine
Kia Ceed
6 Jan 2021

2021 Kia Ceed gets new 1.5-litre petrol engine

Most Popular

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year
2022 Citroen Ami
Citroen Ami
21 Sep 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed
Toyota RAV4 Adventure
Toyota RAV4
14 Sep 2021

New 2022 Toyota RAV4 Adventure revealed

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks