Ian Lamming enjoys riding the highways and byways in the new Kia Ceed Sportswagon.
WHO says estate cars have to be cumbersome? Not Kia, for one.
Sometimes the humble hatch doesn’t quite do it. You have people, children, (yes they are people too in their own tiny ways) and stuff; why do we all have so much stuff?
Space is at a premium but going the full mile into SUV-land would be overkill. In situations like these, what you could do with is an estate car, but not a massive one – I’ve no black Labrador to carry after all.
Kia has the perfect answer. On the back of its accomplished Ceed hatchback they have grafted a large load bay to produce the SW – Sportswagon.
Actually to say they have stuck an estate on the back is doing the SW an injustice. It has been designed as the SW, there’s no hint of it being an afterthought in the way it is proportioned and styled, which is all very nice and neat. In fact it is a pretty car from all angles with great lines and a very attractive backend.
The load bay is large and well-shaped to take your gubbins large and small and if you drop the split rear seats, bigger still. You could fit a bike in there or perhaps a coffin, though to be honest and didn’t try either.
So, practical yes and functional too. There was a trip to do and it comprised hundreds of miles in a day. Strangely, the last time I drove a Ceed it followed on from a Range Rover and I commented how there was no loss of quality jumping from one to the other. Same again, though this time instead of a Velar, it was in and out of the new Evoque and guess what? No loss of quality again.
Ceed SW fair wanged its way down the motorway to Cheshire and back again, easy to pilot, every luxury at your fingertips and comfy and forgiving on the old bones; it’s a really good workhorse.
The 1.6 litre motor is a diesel but is quiet and refined, the fuel economy hitting the high 50s without even trying, which suits me just fine. Ceed’s six speed gearbox slots home sweetly and the clutch is light enough too.
Ride is exemplary and so is the ride. Handling and grip are surprisingly sporty given that SW is an estate car.
Quality is typically high with nice materials, great build, clever design and generous equipment levels.
Having a station wagon addition to the Ceed range may not be an obvious choice but actually works supremely well in expanding the appeal of what is a well-sorted mid-sized car.
Kia Ceed SW 1.6 CRDi 2
Engine: 1.6 turbo diesel
0-60mph: 10.7 secs
Top speed: 119mph
Combined MPG: 68.9
Transmission: six-speed manual
CO2 g/km: 106