Kia reckons that most Ceed Sportswagon buyers will want diesel power, so diesel is all that’s offered. The 89bhp 1.4-litre model will be flexible enough for most, if not especially fast, while the 126bhp 1.6-litre unit has a more muscular power delivery.
Kia Ceed Sportswagon ride & handling
The Sportswagon’s ride is a strong point. It remains composed around town and at higher speeds, and it takes a particularly bumpy surface to unsettle it. The steering is less impressive; there’s a slight delay between moving the wheel and the car turning, and it feels vague around the straight-ahead position.
Kia Ceed Sportswagon refinement
Lots of engine and tyre noise enters the cabin, especially on the motorway. The 1.6-litre diesel engine is also gruff, and the manual gearbox has a loose and notchy shift action. At least wind noise isn't too bad, but overall the Ceed SW isn't refined enough.