SPACE WAGON (some text hidden)
By Jonathan Crouch
The Sportwagon estate version of Kia's popular Ceed family hatch is a very competitive prospect, thinks Jonathan Crouch
Ten Second Reviewword count: 57
There's a lot to like about the third generation Kia Ceed, but those looking for more of the good stuff will be attracted to the now-larger Sportswagon estate model. Offering 625-litres of luggage room with the rear seats upright, it's got space aplenty. Plus there's a new diesel engine, sharper looks, improved safety and updated media connectivity.
Backgroundword count: 132
The discipline of turning a family hatchback into a modest estate car doesn't seem, on the face of it, to be too taxing an assignment but look back at some of the designs we've been offered down the years and there have been some proper horror scenes, vehicles that look like normal hatches being mounted by an amorous propagator. Examples include the weirdly broken-backed Citroen BX estate and the unhappy looking Fiat Croma estate. There's none of that here. Indeed, the Ceed Sportswagon has turned out to be quite an elegant thing. This time round, it loses the silly apostrophe in its name as well as the relatively cramped cargo area conditions that characterised the old model. And the better diesel and petrol engines on offer are much more up to date.
Driving Experienceword count: 232
The Ceed Sportswagon is a vehicle that builds on the hatchback's reputation for exceeding customer expectations. It's a Kia, so you might reasonably expect a few corners to be cut under the surface to make it that little bit more affordable, but check out the sophisticated multi link rear suspension and then look at the more rudimentary torsion beam rear ends of a Renault Megane Sport Tourer or a Vauxhall Astra Tourer Sports Tourer and consider who might have been making savings. The ride has been developed on Europe's wide variety of road surfaces, remaining comfortable while giving drivers the confidence of tighter body control under cornering and stability at higher speeds. Some of this tuning happened in the UK to ensure the Ceed performs well on our unique roads. Under the bonnet, petrol options include an updated version of Kia's popular 1.0-litre T-GDi engine, producing 118bhp, as well as a new 1.4-litre T-GDi power unit. Replacing the earlier 1.6-litre GDI unit, the new 'Kappa' 1.4-litre T-GDi powerplant produces 138bhp. In addition, this Ceed gets Kia's latest 'U3' diesel with 114bhp and 280Nm of torque. Every engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, while the 1.4-litre T-GDi and 1.6-litre CRDi engines are also available with Kia's seven-speed double-clutch transmission. There's also a plug-in model, which mates a 139hp 1.6-litre perol engine with an 8.9kWh battery pack and a 44.5kW electric motor.
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