Kia Ceed Sportswagon review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon has 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 is one of the more practical options in the compact estate sector. The latest Ceed Sportswagon is broader and longer than its predecessor, meaning occupants have more space than in the old model.
The 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, with lots of movement in the seat and steering wheel, suggesting that people of all shapes and sizes should be comfortable.
The estate version of the Kia Ceed is 1,465mm tall, 1,800mm wide, and 4,605mm long. The latter is a noticeable extension over the hatchback at around 4,300mm long, although the Volkswagen Golf Estate is longer still at 4633mm.
That rival isn’t as wide as the Ceed Sportswagon, though, which might be important to those looking to carry three people across the back seat.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The greater volume of the latest Ceed Sportswagon, which means all occupants benefit from more space at the front and rear. There’s plenty of headroom up front, and decent shoulder room for passengers in the rear. Anyone with tall teens, or who regularly carries adults in the back, may want to consider the Skoda Octavia Estate because that has more rear legroom than the Ceed Sportswagon.
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon’s boot is not only large but it’s also well thought out. It has a storage area under the floor for valuables or rarely-needed items, and hooks are fitted as standard to help keep things tied down.
The rear seat folds 60:40, and there are levers in the boot to drop the seat backs. There’s a low loading lip to help when loading longer items in the back, and with 600 litres of luggage volume, the Ceed Sportswagon is a viable competitor for the Golf and Skoda Octavia Estates.
The Sportwagon’s braked towing capacity is 1,000kg, which is somewhat shy of the 1,500kg you can expect of a diesel-powered Golf or Octavia Estate.
In this review
- 1Kia Ceed Sportswagon reviewDoes 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 Sportswagon 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 readingThe Kia Ceed Sportswagon has 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