Kia Cee'd Sportswagon (2012 – 2018) Review

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Kia Cee'd Sportswagon (2012 – 2018) At A Glance


+Great looking estate car that's also superb value. Huge boot. Useful economy.

-Lots of road and engine noise. Not as rewarding to drive as some of its rivals. Engines are on the slow side.

Insurance Groups are between 7–16
On average it achieves 75% of the official MPG figure

It might sound like something overtly sporty, but the Cee’d Sportswagon - to give it its full name - is actually Kia’s stylish family estate. Like the hatchback, the Cee’d SW is excellent value, with an affordable price and generous equipment levels. It also has a huge boot. 

The Cee'd SW has 1642 litres of load space – more than both estate versions of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus – and has lots of kit as standard, with entry-level models getting air conditioning, Bluetooth, DAB and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Inside, the Cee'd SW is spacious, with lots of head and knee room in the front, while the rear bench will prove a comfortable fit for large adults, thanks to the high roof line and intelligent spacing between the front and rear seats. The interior isn’t as smart or as refined as the Golf, but it’s a big improvement over the cheap and dated interior of the old Cee’d.

All the buttons and controls have a much better feel and the simple dashboard takes just moments to master. Interior storage is plentiful, with lots of cubby holes and cup holders. The only drawback is the lack of peace and quiet, with high levels of road and engine noise.  

There's a good choice of engines in the Cee'd SW starting with a 1.4-litre petrol along with a newer 1,0-litre turbo petrol that has more power. But the best is probably the 1.6 CRDi which is relaxed on the motorway and economical too.

The Cee'd SW might not match its rivals for handling or straight-line performance, but it ticks enough of the estate boxes to make it one of the best for value and practicality. Indeed, the Cee'd SW is easy to use and extremely comfortable, while its generous equipment levels and seven-year/100,000 mile warranty make it ideal for those wanting a premium car feel, without actually paying the premium.

KIA cee'd 2012 Road Test

KIA cee'd SW 2012 Road Test

KIA pro_cee'd 1.0T-GDI 2015 Road Test


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Real MPG average for a Kia Cee'd Sportswagon (2012 – 2018)


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Average performance


Real MPG

36–61 mpg

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What's the most reliable used estate for £10k?
"What are the best estate cars for around £10k that you can get? We want something that is reliable, comfy and with a few toys. We have a 2014 Golf GT TDI at the moment that we would replace."
A Honda Civic Tourer would be a good choice. It has a huge boot and is available with reliable diesel engines. Also consider a Skoda Octavia (or Superb, if you'd prefer something bigger), or a Kia Cee'd Sportswagon - the latter will have the remainder of its original seven-year warranty, provided it's been serviced correctly.
Answered by Andrew Brady
What cars are still reliable over the 100,000 mile mark?
"I'm looking for a cheap to run car which will be reliable, but over the magic 100,000 mark, as I do plenty of miles and don't want to crucify value. Ideally for about £2500. I do enough miles (12,000 plus) to warrant diesels, but naturally there may be big bills. I also need some thing with a decent boot, as I race model stockcars with friends, and punchy enough to overtake. Thoughts turn to a Volvo S40 2.0d, or a lower mileage Ford Mondeo. Any recommendations? "
£2500 might buy you a peach but is far more likely to buy you a disaster. Worth looking at pre-DPF chain cam Kia Cee'd and Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi SW, but no guarantees they're in this price bracket. Anything with a timing belt probably needs a new one and a new timing belt, tensioner, waterpump and alternator belt starts at £360, but could easily set you back £600.
Answered by Honest John
Family estate cars for £5000
"I'm after an estate car for my family - 2 adults and a child. I'm specifically looking for a reliable car, big boot space, roof bars, ISOfix seat anchors and I have a maximum of £5k to spend. We'll only average around 6000 miles per year tops. I know of an 07 please Passat TDI 2.0 L for sale - however I read loads on this site about them (mostly negative), so i'm starting to think I should steer clear of it! I really know nothing about cars and have to admit I HATE car shopping so I'm in severe danger of buying something just to get the task over and done with, hence I'm in danger of buying the wrong car."
For more on the Passat see: I'd look at the KIA cee'd and Hyundai i30 SWs.
Answered by Honest John
Is the KIA cee'd Sportswagon suitable for low mileage driving?
"I was looking to buy a KIA Sportswagon, but am disappointed to find it is only offered in the UK with a diesel engine. I wanted a petrol fuelled car as I only travel 6000 miles per year. The KIA rep tells me that their diesels do not have DPFs. Is this the case, and if so would it be suitable for the reduced mileage?"
You mean KIA cee'd Sportswagon? Yes only diesel and only with DPF, but I have yet to hear of any trouble with KIA DPFs.
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What does a Kia Cee'd Sportswagon (2012 – 2018) cost?