The Sportswagon is another stylish one from Kia

The new Kia cee’d Sportswagon has gone on sale in Kia dealers all over Ireland, and like the second-generation five-door hatchback, is more sophisticated, more efficient, more refined and delivers a more engaging driving experience than its predecessor.

The new Kia cee’d Sportswagon has gone on sale in Kia dealers all over Ireland, and like the second-generation five-door hatchback, is more sophisticated, more efficient, more refined and delivers a more engaging driving experience than its predecessor.

While offering the same range of engines, transmissions and running gear as the cee’d five-door hatchback, the cee’d Sportswagon offers increased passenger and cargo space, with enhanced practicality.

With a new roof, side panels, rear doors and tailgate, the Sportswagon is 195 mm longer (4,505 mm) and 15 mm taller (1,485 mm), while the 2,650 mm wheelbase, one of the longest in the C-segment, is common to all cee’d variants. When open, the new tailgate rises to 1,888 mm to allow easy, unimpeded access to the cargo bay.

Cargo capacity is 39% greater than the cee’d five-door hatchback (528 litres compared to 380 litres) with the rear seats upright and 25% greater with the rear seats folded and the cargo bay loaded to the roof (1,642 litres compared to 1,318 litres).

Two trim and engine choices

The higher roofline ensures that headroom is increased, by 21 mm (front) and by 2 mm (rear).

The model line for new cee’d in Ireland will comprise of two trim and engine choices .Trim levels comprise entry level TX and EX. Both trims will be will be available in 1.4 D and 1.6 diesel. .

Both model variants come with a high level of standard trim. The TX features Bluetooth, audio remote controls, air-con, trip computer, electric mirrors and six speed transmission.

The EX (the most popular choice for customers ) also includes 16” alloys, cruise control, flex steering system, all round electric windows, front fogs, LED lights front and rear, leather covered steering wheel an rear parking sensors.

As with 5-door cee’d which recently gained its 5 star NCAP rating, safety as usual is a priority. Standard on all models are ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), ABS (anti-lock braking system), BAS (emergency Brake Assist System), HAC (Hill Assist Control) to prevent roll-back, VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and ESS (Emergency Stop Signal).

Each new cee’d is fitted with six airbags as standard – front, front side and full length curtain. Pedestrian safety is improved with the adoption of collapsible headlamps, a stiffer lower bumper lip, and shock-absorbing structures in the hood and its hinges.

The engines

The engines on offer on the Irish market are the 1.4D and 1.6 D. The 89hp 1.4 diesel unit falls into the A band (109 CO2 ) as does the 126hp 1.6 diesel unit that returns a miserly 100 CO2 return .

The new cee’d launched late in 2006 was game-changing model for Kia. Designed, developed and built in Europe, cee’d was the first model to establish Kia as a serious contender to the established brands.

The estate model followed in 2007 and for the following four years was Ireland’s best selling estate

The cee’d range has sold some 5000 units since its launch and the estate derivative has comprised 45% of these sales.

Kia Motors Ireland MD James Brooks is confident that new cee’d Sportwagon will emulate the success of its predecessor .

“The cee’d SW was an extremely important model for us and quickly became a hit with Irish consumers,” Mr Brooks said. “We are confident that the new Sportswagon will also be a success.

“With a walk of just €800 from the hatchback we think that many consumers will be tempted to avail of the added space available that comes at no sacrifice to style and driving dynamicss. All backed of course by the peace of mind of our unbeatable 7 year warranty .”

Prices - 1.4 TX diesel €21,795; 1.6 TX diesel €22,595; 1.4 EX diesel €23,295; 1.6 EX diesel €24,095.