Kia Ceed Sportswagon review - Reliability and Safety

There’s a decent roster of safety kit, and Ceed owners report great reliability

With the brand recording an eight-place finish in the 2018 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, Kia owners can be more confident that their choice of brand won’t leave them stranded, although the previous generation car dropped down the rankings to 61st out of the top 75-finishing cars with a relatively high incidence of electrical faults.

The hatchback has been tested by Euro NCAP and presents the expected five-star rating. There’s plenty of safety kit, and even the entry model Stationwagon gets Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision Warning and optional City Braking. All cars also get stability control. ABS, Hill-Start Assist and Tyre Pressure Monitoring. Top spec First Edition models add Blind Spot Warning and standard-fit City Braking, as well as Speed Limit Recognition and Lane Following Assistance on dual-clutch auto versions.

The roster of passive safety kit includes twin front airbags, and twin side and curtain airbags. There are latest top-tether ISOFIX child seat mounts in the rear, and a front passenger airbag cut-off switch so you can use a child seat in front.

Warranty

You really can’t fault the Kia Warranty offer, which is leagues ahead of most rivals with a full seven years of cover up to 100,00 miles. The first three years include unlimited mileage. You also get one year’s free roadside assistance.

Servicing

Kia offers two servicing packages, called Care 3 and Care 3 Plus. These packages are for three and five years respectively and cost around £300 or £600 for all-inclusive maintenance – wear and tear items excepted.

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