Kia Ceed Sportswagon review - Interior, design and technology

Kia continues its march upmarket, but high spec and lots of tech doesn’t hide occasionally low rent trim

Kia continues its march upmarket, but high spec and lots of tech doesn’t hide occasionally low rent trim 

Although there’s a bit more sparkle in the cabin due to a small trim changes and chrome effect detailing, the interior of the new Ceed is identical to that of the previous version. That means you get a swooping dashboard that looks contemporary and attractive, with the controls laid out sensibly. The central touchscreen is carried over too, and it’s just as easy and intuitive to use. The most significant change to the new model is the extra connectivity so you get traffic updates for the sat-nav, speed camera warnings and search functionality.

Overall the feel is one of quality, but there are one or two applications of cheap hard plastic that you wouldn’t find in a leading European rival.

The exterior of the new Ceed Sportswagon is very close in design to the regular hatch, apart from the extended roofline and rear overhang mentioned previously. All models look respectable with body-colour bumpers and alloy wheels, body-colour door handles and mirrors plus chrome window surrounds and roof rails – there’s no ‘poverty spec’. Projector-style headlamps give a contemporary feel up front, and the lavishly equipped First Edition adds LED headlamps and cornering lights.

Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment

The seven-inch standard or eight-inch navigation touchscreens in more luxurious models are brightly illuminated with good clarity, and straightforward to use with intuitive menus. The ‘connected’ services are included for the same seven-year period as the Kia warranty, which is good news too.

All models get a decent six-speaker audio set up with DAB radio, USB and aux connectors, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice control. Top spec First Edition models get an upgraded JBL eight-speaker stereo and also benefit from the addition of wireless phone charging.

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