Kia has revealed the new Ceed Sportswagon, which has boot space of 600 litres with the rear seats in place – greater than the Ford Mondeo and BMW 5 Series Touring, and only 50 litres down on the Volkswagen Passat estate.
The new Kia shares all but the rear of the Ceed hatchback, which is extended by 115mm in its rear overhang over the last Ceed Sportswagon, giving another 72 litres over the outgoing car, and an extra 205 litres over the Ceed hatch. Compared with its predecessor, it’s 95mm longer at 4600mm, 20mm wider at 1800mm and 20mm lower at 1465mm.
It’ll be the more spacious of the two estates offered in the new Kia Ceed family – a shooting brake will arrive later with reduced boot space in exchange for sleeker styling, and an SUV will come in 2019.
A Lane Following Assist Level 2 autonomous system is also available – a first for a Kia in Europe. The system, like the Volkswagen Group’s Traffic Jam Assist, controls the steering, brakes and acceleration of the car up to certain speeds, although the driver must keep their hands on the wheel at all times. Other driver assistance systems on the car include lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection as standard.
A price increase of around 5% is expected over the current model, meaning the new Ceed Sportswagon should start from about £19,500. Production begins in August, and the first right-hand drive examples (the car is exclusively sold in Europe) will arrive in the UK before year’s end. About 512,000 Ceed Sportwagons have so far been produced out of a total of 1.28 million Ceeds since the model was introduced 11 years ago.
UK prices and specs are unconfirmed, but options will include a premium sound system, wireless smartphone charging and an Eco Pack, running parallel to the hatchback.