Kia Ceed Sportswagon review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 infotainment
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 front cornering
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 rear tracking
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 rear seats
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD front seats
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 infotainment
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 front right tracking
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 left panning
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 rear cornering
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD steering wheel detail
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD front seats
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD boot open
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 front cornering
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 rear tracking
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 rear seats
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD front seats
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 infotainment
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 front right tracking
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 left panning
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 rear cornering
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD steering wheel detail
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD front seats
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 RHD boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Kia is no longer the budget brand it once was, so Ceed Sportswagon pricing is competitive rather than ultra-cheap compared with rivals such as the Ford Focus Estate and Skoda Octavia Estate. The good news is that significant discounts tend to be available – check out our free What Car? New Car Deals pages for the latest offers. 

One area where Kia has become more competitive recently is in its finance deals, with very reasonable monthly payments if you lease or take out a PCP agreement. Resale values aren’t likely to be as good as those of the Focus Estate, Seat Leon or VW Golf though, so the Ceed Sportswagon could end up costing you more in the long run.

We can understand  you being tempted to upgrade to 3 trim, which not only gives you more choice of engines, but also brings greater seating flexibility and a better infotainment system, as well as dual-zone climate control, 17in alloys, faux-leather trim inserts, power-folding door mirrors, privacy glass, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and automatic wipers. 

With the exception of metallic paint, Kia doesn’t really do options, which keeps things simple but can mean an expensive upgrade if there’s a specific item that you want.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon 2020 infotainment

Reliability

Overview

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon is competitive in lots of areas but, unlike the best rival estates, it fails to be outstanding anywhere and give us a compelling reason to recommend it over the better-handling Ford Focus, the more practical Skoda Octavia, the fuel-efficient Toyota Corolla or the more refined and comfortable Volkswagen Golf.

  • Decent boot with lots of underfloor storage
  • Attractive PCP deals
  • Industry-leading warranty
  • Fidgety ride at speed
  • Accelerator not as responsive at low revs as it could be
  • Disappointing crash rating
  • 1.5 T-GDi only available in top-spec trim