Kia Ceed Sportswagon (2018) Review

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Kia Ceed Sportswagon (2018) At A Glance

4/5

+Very comfortable and easy to drive. Feels well built and long lasting. Impressive bootspace of 625 litres. Available with excellent 1.4 T-GDi engine. Handles tidily.

-Ride can be firm on larger wheels.

New prices start from £27,500, brokers can source from £15,717
Insurance Group 20
On average it achieves 95% of the official MPG figure

Kia may have dropped the apostrophe for the 2018 Ceed but this model continues many of the strengths that have made the previous generations so popular. It's well built, good value and has affordable running costs.

But Kia is not a company to rest on its laurels - it continues to improve its cars with every new model. Compare this car to the first generation Cee'd and the improvements in quality, style and finish are huge. The Ceed Sportswagon shows just how far the brand has come in a relatively short time.

The interior quality is really good with lots of soft touch materials and precise controls giving it an upmarket feel, yet there's still that underlying sense of robustness about it. It feels like a car that's built to last. This is not a case of all fur coat and no knickers.

Being a small(ish) estate, the boot is all important here and the Ceed has a wide and easy to load cargo area that's low to the ground. With 625 litres of carrying space it can swallow more than a Volkswagen Golf Estate.

There's plenty of room in the rest of the car too with decent legroom in the back, thanks to lower seats, and a generally spacious and comfortable feeling throughout, helped by a wider body than the old model.

As you'd expect from a Kia, there's plenty of standard kit and with no entry-level 1 model, the range starts with the 2 which has air con, 16-inch alloys, a seven-inch touchscreen with DAB plus Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a reversing camera. 

What you may not expect is how good the Ceed Sportswagon is to drive. Okay, so it's not going to set the world alight, but thanks to precise steering and little body roll, it feels very stable and accomplished in corners. 

There is a downside - and that's a slightly firm ride. It's generally more than acceptable but something like a Ford Focus feels more compliant and settled at higher speeds. Road noise is noticeable to, especially from the back of the car.

However, the Ceed Sportswagon still has plenty to recommend it, not least Kia's seven-year warranty and a strong reputation for reliability and good customer service. Compared to the competition, it's not as cheap as you may expect, but Kia often has very good finance deals available if you're looking at leasing or a PCP.

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Real MPG average for a Kia Ceed Sportswagon (2018)

RealMPG

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

95%

Real MPG

47–64 mpg

MPGs submitted

4

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I do 60 miles per day. Should I go for petrol or diesel?
"I currently do 60 miles a day to work and back, mainly dual carriageway and B roads. I was looking at buying a used Skoda Octavia Estate with the automatic gearbox. Would petrol or diesel be best? "
A Skoda Octavia sounds like a good choice and a diesel could be a good option for your mileage. Take a look at a Honda Civic Tourer, too – it's very spacious and will be a reliable choice. Alternatively, how about a Kia Ceed Sportswagon? It'll be very cheap to run and will come with a transferable seven-year warranty.
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I want an estate car for a growing family and mostly short trips. Should I go hybrid or petrol?
"I have a Skoda Fabia 1.0-litre 110PS - which is great for my school run and occasional longer trips, but due to growing kids and a dog, I need a bigger car. I'm not a fan of SUVs so fancy an estate car. I have a budget of £20,000 and quite fancy a Toyota Corolla Estate but is the 1.8 hybrid worth the extra money over the 1.2 petrol? I cover about 6000 miles a year - which is mainly short trips of 10 miles with the occasional trip to London (from Manchester). Are there any other estates you would recommend. I don't want a VW Group car with a 1.5-litre petrol engine due to all the issues it seems to have."
The Toyota Corolla Touring Sports is an excellent estate car. We'd recommend the 1.8 hybrid - the 1.2 lacks guts and it sounds like a hybrid would suit your requirements well. The hybrid will hold its value better, too. Also, consider the Kia ProCeed (or Ceed Sportswagon) or a Ford Focus estate.
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Which estates have flat floors with the rear seats folded down?
"I own a Mk6 Volkswagen Golf Estate. I want my next car to have a flat floor too. However, after viewing a few new estates, I see that many don't offer a completely flat boot with the seat folded down. Would you please recommend any estate cars that have the flat floor after folding seats? Thank you very much."
Take a look at the latest Ford Focus Estate. It has a pretty flat floor with the rear seats dropped and there isn't much of a lip for lifting items over, either. We'd also recommend the Kia Ceed Sportswagon.
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Should I run my 2014 Focus into the ground or sell it while it's still got some value?
"My 2014 Ford Focus already has about 61,000 miles and I'm considering whether I should sell and buy a used or new car, or run the Focus into the ground instead. Fuel efficiency hasn't been great as it's an automatic petrol (40mpg). I go about 120 miles on the motorway on normal working days and, for a family with two little ones, it's starting to feel a little tight with space with the kid's car seats. I'm not a keen on a manual or diesel car, but would consider either automatic petrol or petrol/hybrid. Any suggestions? "
It sounds like your family's outgrowing the Focus. I'd be tempted to upgrade while it's still got some value. Don't dismiss diesels - they make a lot of sense for 120 motorway miles a day. I'd be looking for a diesel crossover SUV like a Skoda Karoq - it'll be very practical, efficient and comfortable for motorway driving. Also consider a Peugeot 3008 or, if you'd prefer an estate, perhaps a Ford Focus Estate or Kia Ceed Sportswagon.
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What does a Kia Ceed Sportswagon (2018) cost?

Buy new from £15,717 (list price from £19,700)