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Kia Ceed SW 1.6 113bhp GS road test report

1.6 113bhp GS

Kia has added an SW to the Cee’d line-up and it looks quite good from first glance. With prices starting at under £13,000 for the SW range it certainly sounds like an interesting prospect. We put the car to the test to see if the Korean firm could follow on from the success of the Cee’d, our SW 1.6 113bhp GS was priced from £14,995.

Road Test Reports Says4 star rating
A front-facing image of the Kia Ceed SW
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Performance Performance - 4 stars

Under the bonnet out test car had the 1.6 CRDi diesel engine, which has an output of 113PS. For a load-lugger the figures look quite good – the car will get from zero to 62mph in 11.7 seconds with the 1.6-litre diesel unit with 113PS. The car has a top speed of 116mph. With 255Nm of torque, the oil-burner is no slouch when it comes to overtaking slower traffic. Right through the gears the car has a good amount of shove, and feels sprightly for an estate.

Ride & Handling Ride & Handling - 4 stars

The Cee’d SW is a pleasant motorway cruiser thanks to its well weighted steering and decent handling. Take it onto B-roads and you’ll be just as happy as the SW performs really well. The engine is responsive when you need it but it is also refined. However, the rear is noticeably stiffer than the hatch due to car’s load-lugging duties which means you tend to feel more bumps than you would have in the hatch, As with all estate cars the rear amplifies the tyre noise but this is one of the shortfalls of buying an estate car.

Build Quality & Reliability Build Quality & Reliability - 4 stars

The build quality and reliability is just as impressive from the Korean maker. The SW is an extended version of the hatch, which means the car is just as well made. The cabin is first rate and the maker has again used quality materials on the dash and the seats. All the shut lines fit neatly together and the doors shut with a quality-sounding thud. With a seven year bumper-to-bumper warranty on this car reliability is not going to worry any potential buyer.

Safety & Security Safety & Security - 4 stars

The Kia Cee’d SW is a safe place to be as the maker has installed ABS with EBD to help you get stopped in a safe and controlled manner. The car is also fitted with multiple airbags, there are the usual pair of airbags up front for the driver and the passenger but there is also two side airbags at the front of the car while there is also front and rear curtain airbags. If you have a small infant there are ISOFIX points on the rear seat or you can switch off the passenger airbag if you want to position the baby chair in the front passenger seat. To keep your goods away from prying eyes the maker provides a tonneau cover. The car is also fitted with remote central locking and an alarm plus an engine immobiliser.

Space & Practicality Space & Practicality - 4 stars

The SW is definitely top of the class when it comes to load lugging. If you have awkward items to load then you’ll be pleased with the space. The seats have a 60:40-split and if you need more the rear seats fold completely flat to free up a massive 1,664 litres of space. That’s more load space than two of the UK favourites - Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus estates. If you need to have the rear seats in place there is still 534-litres of space. There’s plenty of stowage bins to keep keys and nik-naks safe while there are other cubby-holes located around the car to keep all the passengers happy.

Ownership & Value Ownership & Value - 4 stars

This car is a capable load lugger, it’s well-built and is well equipped. The Kia Cee’d SW has a staring price of £700 pounds more than the hatch but if you need the space then this is surely worth paying for. Our 1.6 diesel with 113bhp returned 39.1mpg – that’s pretty good as the maker claims the car will return 43.5mpg on the combined cycle. The car emits 154g/km of CO2 emission which again is quite healthy for a car of this size and with the seven-year warranty, the Kia Cee’d really is a mouth watering prospect.

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