Kia Cee'd Sportswagon built for business
The all-new Kia Cee’d Sportswagon went on sale in the UK yesterday with an all-diesel-engine lineup.
It’s the second time Kia have launched a model in the UK without a petrol derivative, the Kia Optima being the first, and it’s indicative of where Kia see this model being most successful.
The new Cee’d Sportswagon shares all the same attributes as the recently launched hatchback, matching it for style, quality, technology, equipment and safety. It’s more practical of course with an impressive 528 litres of loadspace with the seats up and a cavernous 1,642 litres with the 60:40 seats folded flat. The boot floor is also flush with the tailgate opening and the rear seat base folds forward allowing the backseats to fold away nicely giving you a completely flat loading area.
The outgoing Cee’d SW proved popular amongst business users. In fact it outsold the hatchback by a fair margin and proved to be one of Kia’s best selling models in the fleet market. With the new Sportswagon, Kia hope to build on this success, hence the strategy to go for an-turbodiesel-engine line-up.
Two engines, an 89 bhp 1.4 CRDi unit developing 220Nm of torque and a more powerful 126 bhp 1.6 CRDi version, which raises torque output to 260Nm from only 1900 rpm, will form the lineup. The entry-level 1.4 CRDi ‘1″ will be capable of 67.3 mpg and has CO2 emissions as low as 109 g/km, which means a Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) taxation rate of 15 per cent in 2012-2013.
Manual 1.6-litre versions, with CO2 emissions of 116g/km, fall into the 17 per cent BIK band, and are almost as sparing in their use of fuel, with official combined economy of 64.2mpg. With prices starting at £16,895 and rising to £24,795, and low maintenance and insurance costs, the new Kia cee’d Sportswagon will be an inexpensive car to run for business motorists and fleet operators, as well as private consumers.
Quality and safety
Like the hatchback, quality and safety are a top priority. Torsional body strength has been increased by 51 per cent over the previous model. The windscreen is now bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, thus shutting out more exterior noise and adding to body rigidity. There is more filling in the pillar areas, new-style weather strips around the door frames, restyled door mirrors and thicker front door glass. All play a part in adding to refinement. Even the sealing strips on the door sills have been modified to make it more difficult for noise to enter the cabin.
The stiffer bodyshell is the result of a comprehensive package of reinforcements in critical areas with the aim of making the new cee’d Sportswagon not just among the most efficient in its class, but also the safest. In total, 57 per cent of the new body is made from high-tensile steel, with ultra-high-tensile steel in the B-pillar structures.
There is an i-type subframe with a more rigid front apron, dashboard and side members. Horizontal and centre tunnel supports have been added in the dash area. The A-pillars, inner door rail and upper and lower body structures have been reinforced. New transverse cross-members link the front and rear suspension mounts, while the angle of the front side crash members has been decreased for better deformation. And there is a ring-type support around the rear roof rail and tailgate opening. The Cee’d Sportswagon also provides better pedestrian protection in the event of a collision, and is easier and cheaper to repair after a low-speed (9mph or lower) accident.
The extensive standard active and passive safety equipment of the previous generation cee’d SW – including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and six airbags – has been supplemented with new features in the Sportswagon. All versions have Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS), which causes the rear brake lamps to flash in an emergency stop to alert following drivers. Depending on model, static and active cornering lights, a colour reversing camera, a Parallel Park Assist System (PPAS) which automatically steers the car into kerbside spaces and a Lane Departure Warning System are also available.
The Cee’d Sportswagon is available in four trim grades – named ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘4’ in the now-customary Kia UK fashion – with the option of a ‘4 Tech’ version of the Cee’d Sportswagon ‘4’.
All models from the ‘1’ feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including luggage area under-floor tray and side tray, a retractable and removable load cover, a boot light and a rear 12-volt power socket and roof rails. Also standard are electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, front electric windows with auto up and down function, daytime running lights, remote central locking, cooled glovebox, flat-folding 60:40 split rear seats, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system with radio and CD player, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity, ESC and VSM, HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), six airbags, speed-sensitive auto door locking and alloy wheels on all 1.6-litre versions.
Full specification and technical data for each model can be viewed on our Kia Cee’d Sportswagon website.
Model lineup and prices
- ‘1’ 1.4 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – £16,895
- ‘1’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – £17,695
- ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – £19,295
- ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed auto – £20,395
- ‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – £21,095
- ‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – £22,895
- ‘4 Tech’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – £24,795
- ‘1’ 1.4 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – 6
- ‘1’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – 12
- ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – 13
- ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed auto – 13
- ‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – 13
- ‘4’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – 14
- ‘4 Tech’ 1.6 CRDi 6 speed manual ISG – 15