Kia Cee’d Sportswagon Wins What Car? Award
Car of the Year 2015: Best Estate Car less than £18,000
The Kia Cee'd SW win What Car? Award for the best estate car for less than £18,000.
The Kia Cee’d SW is a very well rounded, honest car that’s impossible to ignore…superb value for money for what is a surprisingly big and practical estate. Even entry-level ‘1’ trim gets air-conditioning and Bluetooth.
- Jim Holder, Editor What Car?
Drive and Ride Quality
The Kia Cee’d Sportswagon features an industry-leading seven-year warranty, air-con, Bluetooth, a USB input, plus generous safety kits such as six airbags and hill-hold assist. It’s also nice to drive with a forgiving ride and light controls.
The ride is a strong point as it remains composed around town and at higher speeds, and it takes a particularly bumpy surface to unsettle it.
Thanks to a wide range of adjustment options for the steering wheel and the driver’s seat, every driver can be comfortable. The basic dashboard layout is clear and the satellite navigation system on higher-spec versions is simple to use, with big buttons and a touch-screen.
The Kia Cee’d SW’s cabin has plenty of leg and headroom for tall adults in the back seats and the 528-litre boot grows to 1,642 litres when you drop the rear seats.
Equipment and Style
Pricing is very impressive, especially when you consider how much standard kit you get for your money on the Cee’d Estate. The Kia seven-year/100,000-mile transferable warranty also provides reassurance and has a positive effect on resale values. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions are also quite competitive.
Trim levels range from basic 1 to generously equipped 4 Tech. All Cee’d SW get air-conditioning, front electric windows, central locking, an iPod-compatible CD stereo and Bluetooth. Reversing sensors are standard from 2 versions, while 3 and 4 have a reversing camera integrated into the navigation screen. 4 Tech adds a Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS), which automatically steers the car into kerbside spaces.