The kia diesel has most of what buyers for Ceed Sportswagon are looking for. Where 89bhp 1.4 is flexible enough the 126bhp 1.6 liter has a more muscular power delivery.
The ride of the Kia Sportswagon is smooth with cool driving on town roads on high speeds and takes bumpy roads to unsettle it. The unresponsive steering is the problem as it takes some time to establish harmony between movement of wheels and the car turning.
On the motorway, noises of tyre and engine can be felt. The 1.6 liter diesel has a rough engine and also the gearshift is not crisp enough, it is notchy.
The prices of the Ceed are high when seen with reference to the standard kit it is offering. The respite comes with the seven- year/100,000- mile transferable warranty providing the resale value a boost and has the competitive fuel economy and CO2 emissions.
The Sportswagon has the five star rating by Euro NCAP, though the crash testing not been done. Kia is weak on the safety equipment like it has no driver’s knee airbag or city- braking assist. But it has deadlocks, an automatic door- locking function and locking wheelnuts against the theft.
The wide range of adjustments make easy to find the comfortable driving positions and also ease with the steering wheels. The layout of the dashboard is simple so is the sat-nav system on the higher specs versions. It has the big buttons and a touch- screen. If seen on overall quality, the Ceed is good enough. The cabin is good and smart, with well trimmed cabin having soft-touch plastics and rich decorative panels.
The Ceed provides plenty of rear space for leg and headroom for tall adults. The boot with 528 liters boot is bigger than the Ford Focus Estate but not like Skoda Octavia Estate. The rear seat is foldable and giving the 1642 liters capacity comparable to the Octavia.
The Ceed comes in five trim levels with basic to 4 Tech. Some features common to all the models are air- con, front electric windows, central locking, Bluetooth and CD stereo compatible to iPod. Ceed 2 comes with reversing sensors and Ceed 3 as well as Ceed 4 comes with color reversing camera integrated into the navigation screen. The Ceed 4 Tech has the PPAS, Parallel Park Assist System.
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