Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SPACE WAGON; the Sportswagon Estate Version of Kia's Popular Cee'd Family Hatch Is a Very Competitive Prospect, Especially in This Improved Guise, Thinks JONATHAN CROUCH

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SPACE WAGON; the Sportswagon Estate Version of Kia's Popular Cee'd Family Hatch Is a Very Competitive Prospect, Especially in This Improved Guise, Thinks JONATHAN CROUCH

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THERE'S a lot to like about the second-generation Kia cee'd, but those looking for more of the good stuff will be attracted to the Sportswagon estate model. Offering 528 litres of luggage room with the rear seats upright and 1,642 litres with the rear seats folded, it's got space aplenty.

of, say, a Vauxhall Astra and consider who might have been making savings.

The body is stiff and the steering system

The cee'd Sportswagon is a vehicle that builds on the hatchback's reputation for exceeding customer expectations. It's a Kia, so you might reasonably expect a few corners to be cut under the surface to make it that little bit more affordable, but check out the sophisticated multi-link rear suspension and then look at the more rudimentary torsion beam rear end offers a Flex Steer system for improved driving dynamics. This system delivers three operating modes - Comfort, Normal and Sport - allowing the driver to vary the level of steering assistance and the weight of feedback, in order to best suit the current driving conditions and the driver's personal preferences. We'd expect this sort of thing on an Audi options list, not fitted to a Kia.

Under the bonnet, the key news here is the introduction of Kia's latest 1.0-litre T-GDI turbo petrol direct injection engine, offered in 98bhp and 118bhp outputs.

We can't really see much point in opting for the pokier version as its pulling power - 171Nm of torque - is no better than that of the base unit.

Either way, if you want a petrol engine in your cee'd Sportswagon, this powerplant offers a far more satisfying choice than the old 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit that's still offered on lower-order variants of this second generation model.

Most cee'd Sportswagon buyers, though, want a diesel. There's an old-tech 89bhp 1.4-litre CRDi variant still available, but most buyers will want the more efficient, higher-tech 1.6-litre CRDi unit, offered with 134bhp. This powerplant gives buyers the option of a 7-speed dual-clutch DCT automatic transmission. …

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