Kia Ceed Sportswagon review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

There’s boot space to compete with class rivals, and it’s well thought-out too

The roomy boot is a key selling point for the Kia Ceed Sportswagon, which, in spite of its name is definitely one of the more practical options in the compact estate sector. The latest Ceed is wider and longer than its predecessor meaning there’s more space for occupants too.

Designers have allowed plenty of storage for oddments with decent door bins and a roomy glovebox, while you also get two cupholders in the practical cabin.

The driving position offers plenty of adjustment too, with lots of movement in the seat and steering wheel suggesting all shapes and sizes should be comfortable.

Size

The estate version of the Kia Ceed is 4,600mm long, which is a noticeable extension over the hatchback at around 4,300mm long.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

The bigger volume of the latest Ceed bodyshell means occupants at the front and rear both benefit from more space. There’s more headroom up front, and a little more shoulder room for passengers in the rear. 

Boot

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon’s boot is not only large, but it’s a well thought-out installation too. It has a storage area under the floor for valuables or rarely needed items, and there’s an optional luggage rail system that’s fitted as standard to the luxurious First Edition.

The rear seat folds 60:40 in the standard model, while higher trim levels get a 40:20:40 split for added convenience, and there are levers in the boot to operate the seat backs. There’s a low loading lip, and with 600-litres of luggage volume it’s a viable competitor for the Golf and Skoda Octavia Estates.

Towing capacity is reasonable too, with both the 1.6 diesel and 1.0 petrol rated for 1,200kg braked trailers. The 1.4 engine is only rated for 1,000kg.

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