New Kia C’eed Sportwagen Combining flair with practicality

The new Kia Cee’d range has now been joined by the Sportwagen, a very stylish and practical addition to the range.

The new Kia Cee’d range has now been joined by the Sportwagen, a very stylish and practical addition to the range.

Road Tested By Hugh Maguire

I spent a somewhat revealing 600 km or so behind the wheel of the newly launched Cee’d Sportwagen (read estate) powered by the 1.6 diesel in EX trim to find out just what it is like.

The new Cee’d Sportwagen line-up includes a 1.4 or 1.6 diesel in TX or EX trim levels.

First Impressions

The new Cee’d Sportwagen is a very smart and stylish estate. Its compact dimensions disguise just how roomy it is inside. It really does look very smart and many friends commented on its dashing good looks.

Behind The Wheel

The cabin is a real revelation. It is very nicely finished and the materials look and feel good. The dash is clearly laid out and the driving position is good. The EX comes with plenty of goodies including remote audio controls, trip computer, leather steering wheel and gearshift, height adjustable steering and front seats, a good quality stereo with in-dash CD which is MP3 compatible, Aux and USB ports, Bluetooth, front and rear electric windows, cornering lights, fog lights, dual climate control, remote locking, alloy wheels, and numerous other items.

The safety side is well catered for also with twin airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS with EBD, speed sensing auto door locking, active front head restraints, ISOFIX mountings, and seatbelt pre-tensioners with load limiters.

I found the seats to be very comfortable and supportive and there is plenty of leg and headroom both front and rear. Overall then a very nice car in which to travel.


This 1.6 diesel is a super engine. It is quick, quiet and refined and yet frugal. I really was very impressed with the performance. The slick 6-speed gearbox is light and precise. This car is a real flyer and on many occasions on the motorway I found it could easily slip past the legal limit unnoticed, so refined and quiet is the engine.

This car is very economical too burning just 6.3 litres of diesel per 100km.

Emissions are just 114g/km so it costs just €160.00 to tax.

Road Behaviour

The new Cee’d Sportwagen feels assured and stable on both country roads and motorways. Wind, engine and tyre noise are all well suppressed and the car feels nimble and agile.

The steering is light and responsive while the suspension copes well with our less well-surfaced rural roads.

The rear tailgate opens to bumper level to reveal a large load area which boasts clever hidden underfloor storage and I am glad to report a Spacesaver tyre and not a useless tin of tyre sealant. With the rear seats folded the load area is a large 1,642 litres.


The new Kia Cee’d Sportwagen really did exceed my expectations. The Sportwagen is well finished with the classiest Kia cabin yet.

The car can accommodate four adults in comfort and if necessary five at a squeeze. The performance is great and yet it is pretty miserly on the diesel.

This is one very well rounded car that does everything well and nothing badly. I loved it and if you drive it my guess is so will you. On top of that it really does have dashing good looks!

Entry to the new Cee’d Sportwagen range starts at €21,795 for the 1.4 diesel TX, while the top of the lie 1.6 diesel EX as tested costs €24,095.