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Kia Cee’d SW 1.6 CRDLS

Kia

Review

Once you get past the rogue apostrophe, this Kia estate car has a lot of appeal for buyers.

It’s spacious for five pass-engers and their luggage; it has the much-publicised seven-year warranty for peace of mind and good resale values; it offers an accomplished drive; and it’s an attractive-looking car, particularly in side profile.

The 1.6-litre diesel engine is reasonably frugal – we’re getting mpg in the mid to high 40s – but with enough zip for safe overtaking and comfortable motorway cruising.

On the downside, the chassis is a touch too firm and can be crashy on pitted roads.

We also have a niggly power problem which occurs when driving along and lifting off the accelerator briefly before pressing down again.

There’s a lag before the power latches on, which makes the car gently pitch.

It feels a bit like a fuel supply issue and, while it doesn’t happen all the time, it does need looking at.

Compared to its estate car rivals – and there’s only a handful of those in this segment – the Cee’d SW is a competitive offer.

It undercuts the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra estates by almost a couple of grand and the Peugeot 307 SW by £1,500, although it is beaten on price by stablemate Hyundai’s i30 estate.

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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