Kia Ceed Sportswagon review - Engines, performance and drive

The Ceed Sportswagon is comfortable and composed, but not the most thrilling drive

The driving attributes of the Ceed SW are very similar to those of the hatchback, which is what you’d expect as the cars are to all intents and purposes identical under the skin. There’s no reduction in stability or grip, and nothing in the handling characteristics to suggest you’re paying a penalty for the extra luggage space tacked on the back.

It’s worth noting that the 16-inch alloys give the Ceed SW a more comfortable and pliant ride than the sporty looking 17 inchers, and the latter do introduce an element of harshness to the ride quality that can be annoying. In fact, it’s fair to say the Ceed in all guises is a little less comfort-focused than before, but it feels stable and composed on twisty roads.

There’s no doubt there are other estate cars in the same segment that are more fun to drive, but for owners who prioritise practicality and comfort over sporty chassis responses, the Ceed’s handling will be more than satisfactory.

Engines, 0-60 acceleration and top speed

The Kia Ceed has an engine line-up that’s competitive with key rivals, and high mileage drivers can opt for the 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine that will whisk the Sportswagon to 62mph in 10.7 seconds. Top speed is 119mph, which is similar to the performance offered by VW Group equivalents such as the Golf Estate or SEAT Leon ST.

There’s more choice in the petrol line-up, and we’d favour the 1.0-litre T-GDI with its 118bhp output. It’s enough for a 10.9 second 0-62mph time, which is hardly electrifying but power is delivered smoothly. The 1.4-litre T-GDi petrol may be a better bet if you’re going to use the Stationwagon’s load-lugging ability regularly, as it gets a noticeable 20bhp power boost. It delivers 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds – and you can also have it with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. All other models have only a six-speed manual option.

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