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KIA Ceed Sportswagon (2018–)

Last updated 13 February 2019

Kerb weight 1790–1940 kg
Warranty 7 years / 100000 miles
Servicing 10,000–20,000 miles

Full specifications


On the surface you'd expect the Ceed Sportswagon to be comfortable at the expense of handling prowess, but strangely, the opposite is true.

It deals with corners better than you'd expect of an estate of this ilk and while it may not have the outright grip of something like a Ford Focus, for the vast majority of drivers, the Ceed will be more than capable in everyday driving.

The steering is quick and responsive too, although perhaps lacks some of the weight of competitors. But perhaps what's most surprising is the ride. It's not overly firm but it does tend to feel a little busy at times. Go for a model on 16-inch alloys and you'll get the most comfort. There's also a fair bit of road noise from the rear, especially on rough motorways, but wind noise is minimal.

If you're not covering huge mileages, then the petrol engines in the Ceed Sportswagon are ideal. There's a 1.4 T-GDi (yes it's a petrol even though there's confusingly a D in the name) which is new to the Ceed. With 140PS it's the quickest engine in the range and the only option on the high spec trims such as the First Edition. You should see around 40mpg in real world driving.

The smaller petrol is a 1.0 T-GDi with 120PS - and engine carried over from the previous model. With 172Nm of torque it's not the last words in low down pulling power, but for around town use it's more than adequate and will happily keep up with fast flowing traffic if required, it just requires working a little harder.

The sole diesel is a 1.6 CRDi - again from the previous generation Cee'd (when it had an apostrophe...) - which promises to be the most economical version with claimed economy of more than 70mpg. It's not the quietest diesel around but is smooth enough and there's little vibration through the pedals or steering wheel.

While the standard six-speed manual has a positive shift, there's also a seven-speed dual clutch DCT automatic that's available on the CRDi and the 1.4 T-GDi.


Engine MPG 0-62 Top speed CO2
1.0 T-GDi 50–54 mpg - 118 mph 122 g/km
1.4 T-GDi 49 mpg - 130 mph 132 g/km
1.4 T-GDi DCT 50 mpg - 128 mph 127 g/km
1.6 CRDi 67 mpg - 119 mph 99 g/km
1.6 CRDi DCT 69 mpg - 119 mph 99 g/km
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