What is it?
This is the latest addition to Kia’s UK line-up, the second-generation Cee’d estate, now badged Sportswagon rather than SW. Its appearance is somewhat inevitable given the recent launch of its mechanical twin, the Hyundai i30 Tourer, but Kia UK sees it as an important model for both its fleet and private markets. The Sportswagon gets a choice of 89bhp 1.4 or 126bhp 1.6-litre diesel engines and four and a half trim levels: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 4 Tech.
There are no options other than metallic paint; instead, all the extras are packaged across the trim grades, which simplifies both choosing your Cee’d estate and paying for it.
The entry-level 1.4 diesel comes in 1 trim only, which nevertheless gets air-con, Bluetooth and six airbags; we drove the likely UK volume seller, a 1.6CRDi 3, which brings the added luxuries of privacy glass, front-seat lumbar support, dual-zone air-con and touchscreen sat-nav.
All models get a six-speed manual gearbox, or there’s a six-speed automatic model available in 2 trim only.