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.