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.
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.
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.
In this review
- 1VerdictDoes the Kia Ceed SW Estate – or Sportswagon – live up to the promise of the five-door hatch?
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Ceed Sportswagon is comfortable and composed, but not the most thrilling drive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Kia Ceed promises fair service costs and should be economical to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyKia continues its march upmarket, but high spec and lots of tech doesn’t hide occasionally low rent trim
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThere’s boot space to compete with class rivals, and it’s well thought-out too
- 6Reliability and SafetyThere’s a decent roster of safety kit, and Ceed owners report great reliability