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cee’d Sportswagon

The New Kia cee’d Sportswagon 

1  Short story

  • World-class new powertrains improve efficiency
  • Economy of up to 72.4mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 102g/km
  • New GT-Line trim package adds a sporty look
  • New advanced electronic aids to help the driver
  • Improved navigation and connectivity services
  • Powertrains, trim packages and pricing target business users
  • Outstanding space and practicality within a compact and stylish package           

With world-class new powertrains, a sporty new GT-Line trim level and major additions to electronic driver aids and connected car systems, the newew version of Kia’s European mid-sized estate car, the cee’d Sportswagon, now offers greater choice than ever.  

The latest cee’d Sportswagon is even more adapted to the requirements of the fleet market, and especially user-choosers, who provide the core of its customer base. It introduces a new state-of-the-art 1.0-litre three-cylinder T-GDi (ecoTurbo) turbocharged petrol engine, increasing the number of petrol models from one to three, and a new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel which bring CO2 emissions down to as low as 102g/km. The 1.6-litre CRDi is the first cee’d Sportswagon to be available with Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) transmission, which offers buyers all the advantages of both a manual and an automatic, with improved fuel economy and emissions. 

For buyers who enjoy the sharp exterior and interior styling of sports estate cars, but prefer to avoid the higher fuel, taxation and insurance costs of an out-and-out performance model, Kia introduces GT-Line, a new styling and trim option. 

Among the advanced driver assistance features which become available are Speed Limit Information, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to reduce the workload of the driver, especially in congested cities, on dark rural roads or in bad weather. The infotainment and navigation systems have also been upgraded…and there is much more to come. Finally, although they hardly needed it, the handsome exterior lines and the high-quality cabin have been given a subtle freshen-up. 

The cee’d Sportswagon was revealed alongside the cee’d hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and matches it throughout for style, quality, technology, equipment and safety. Like its predecessor, it was designed and engineered at Kia’s Frankfurt design studios and technical centre, and is made at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia. The cee’d Sportswagon is sold exclusively in Europe. 

On a practical level the cee’d Sportswagon remains a stylish and capacious estate car within compact overall dimensions. At just over 4.5 metres long it is shorter than its major European rivals, yet it offers greater luggage capacity than the majority of the competition – 528 litres up to the load cover with all seats upright (510 litres with the temporary spare wheel in place) and 1,660/1,642 litres up to the roof with the 60:40 split rear seats folded. 

Ease of loading has also been taken into consideration. The boot floor is flush with the tailgate opening and 60:40 split rear seat bases and backrests fold to ensure a completely flat load deck. Every version of the cee’d Sportswagon has an under-floor storage compartment and side load areas, a retractable luggage cover, load-securing net hooks, a boot light and a 12-volt boot-mounted power socket. 

Higher-specification models also have sliding aluminium luggage area rails and straps plus a high-level luggage barrier net to secure objects and prevent them from falling into the passenger compartment. Roof rails are standard on every model so that extra cargo can be carried outside the car. The cee’d Sportswagon has a payload of up to 500kg and can tow a braked trailer of up to 1,500kg. 

New T-GDi and CRDi engines plus a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox

Kia unveiled its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engines at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. They are eventually destined to be used in a number of models, but make their debut in the latest cee’d family. The cee’d Sportswagon is offered with the higher-powered 118bhp version. It is a 998cc unit which was developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang research and development facility in Korea, and has been engineered to require 10 to 15 per cent less fuel than the company’s 1.6-litre GDi engine, with similar reductions in emissions. Kia will replace 70 per cent of its internal combustion engines with new, downsized, more fuel-efficient alternatives within the next few years.          

With the new T-GDi (ecoTurbo) engine the cee’d Sportswagon has combined fuel economy of 54.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 120g/km. 

The new cee’d Sportswagon also introduces a new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine. This has increased power – up from 126 to 134bhp – with greater torque of 280Nm with manual transmission and 300Nm with the 7-DCT gearbox over a wider rev range. CO2 emissions are down by as much as 10g/km in manual versions. However, the greatest gains are seen when the CRDi engine is paired with the 7-DCT gearbox. Compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 149g/km to 109. 

The 7-DCT gearbox was also developed in-house at Namyang and, with a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm, will be used in a wide range of models within the next few years. Fuel economy for manual versions of the cee’d Sportswagon is up to 72.4mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 102g/km, depending on wheel and tyre size, while all 7-DCT versions have corresponding figures of 67.3mpg and 109g/km.  

All diesels feature additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin for greater refinement and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). 

The cee’d Sportswagon continues to be available with a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine and an 89bhp 1.4-litre CRDi diesel. Kia’s ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) engine stop/start system is standard with all 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines. By shutting down the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch, it ensures that no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted while stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch is pressed.    

Putting the ‘sports’ into Sportswagon

The new cee’d Sportswagon introduces a new trim level – GT-Line – which makes it even more able to justify the ‘sports’ part of its name. GT-Line is available with the 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine and with the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. 

GT-Line models are distinguished by a deep front bumper flanked by ice cube-style LED daytime running lights. These are housed in black high-gloss panels along with the foglights. There is a unique black lower grille and a black high-gloss mesh main grille with a graphite chrome surround. This is complemented by an equally sporty rear featuring twin exhausts and full LED light units. At the sides there are bespoke five-double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a ‘GT-Line’ badge on the rear bodywork. 

In the cabin, GT-Line models feature black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts. The driver and front passenger seats have power lumbar adjustment.  There is a sporty leather steering wheel with a perforated grip and silver stitching, which is replicated on the gear shifter, back door centre trim and seats. There are also alloy pedals with rubber grip inserts and faux black leather door inserts. The navigation centre in the fascia console has a matt black finish and there is a high-gloss black console tray, air vent surrounds and door trims.    

There are no unique suspension, steering or braking revisions to GT-Line models, but all versions of the cee’d Sportswagon have a modified fully independent suspension system to improve comfort and handling. All-independent suspension has inherent advantages for ride and handling compared with the simple beam rear axle used by many cars in this class. 

For the rest of the range, there are minor modifications to add a touch more sportiness and perceived quality, but the overall design was considered to be still so fresh and appealing that wholesale change was neither necessary nor desirable.

Kia hallmarks like the ‘tiger-nose’ front grille and sleek profile wrap-around headlights remain largely untouched except for a new oval-shaped grille mesh. This has a chrome surround on the two lower-series versions and a graphite chrome surround on all others. All versions except GT-Line have a newly designed front bumper which is now common to all three cee’d body styles. It includes a horizontal lower section which links the front foglamp/daytime running lamp surround and a flatter grille, emphasising the wide stance of the car and presenting a sportier look. The foglight housing is in either matt or high-gloss black, depending on model, with matt black or chrome edging. 

There are LED rear lamp clusters for the majority of models to emphasise the quality evident throughout, plus stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs for all but the entry-level model. 

The spacious and handsome interior has received only small detail touches, mainly to add an extra veneer of quality or to accommodate the new driver assistance and connectivity systems, such as the revised 7-inch touchscreen and turn-by-turn instructions which now appear in the instrument panel. 

There is a revised air vent system with a chrome surround to accentuate the width of the cabin, and additional chrome on the window switches. An illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button now features on models with the Smart Entry System.   

The cee’d Sportswagon now features torque vectoring to minimise understeer in hard cornering by partially braking the inner front wheel. The Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has been retuned to be more linear and predictable in response to steering inputs, while the front wheel geometry has been adapted to improve on-centre feel. Revised suspension settings improve comfort on poor surfaces by minimising vibrations. The rear anti-roll bar is now hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise into the cabin. 

Advanced driver aids and connected-car systems

The new cee’d Sportswagon introduces a range of additional driver assistance and connectivity features. Depending on model, it is now available with a Speed Limit Information Function to reduce the risk of drivers falling foul of the law. 

To help reduce accidents, on grade ‘4 Tech’ Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert add to the already comprehensive passive and active safety systems. Blind Spot Detection gives the driver an extra pair of  ‘eyes’  when swapping lanes, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert alerts the driver if the car is about to be reversed into the path of another vehicle when leaving end-on parking bays. A perpendicular parking function has been added to the Smart Park Assist System which was available in the previous model. It can steer the car into or out of parallel parking spots and into perpendicular (90º) spaces. 

The new model features the highest level of connectivity ever offered in the cee’d range through the latest Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®. Via the stylish, modern-looking 7-inch central touchscreen, drivers gain access to European mapping, a Traffic Messaging Channel, full UK postcode entry and the choice of fast, short or economical route-planning, while TomTom® Connected services provide additional and valuable driver information, including speed camera locations, live traffic updates and local search and weather details. The 7-inch touchscreen is linked to a colour reversing camera. A DAB radio with MP3 compatibility becomes standard. 

European design and quality

Unusually for an estate car in the C-segment, the cee’d Sportswagon has different rear doors to the cee’d hatchback so that the stylish upward sweep of the lower window graphic can continue all the way to the rear of the car without making the cabin dark or claustrophobic for passengers travelling in the back. The wheelbase is one of the longest in class at 2,650mm, while the cab-forward design and a rakish, coupé-like roofline give it a sportier stance and greater presence. 

No stone has been left unturned in the quest to ensure the cee’d Sportswagon is more than a match for its European rivals. One seemingly insignificant detail is the fuel-filler flap. In the Far East and America buyers like a separate release lever inside the car, while Europeans prefer it to be linked to the central locking system so that it can be opened with just a push – so that’s what you will find. 

The quality in the cee’d Sportswagon is actual as well as perceived. The tight shutlines would not look out of place on a premium-price luxury car, while most versions have an elegant chrome window surround. Lower-grade models have a chromed grille surround, while all other versions have a graphite chrome surround with a black high-gloss mesh grille. 

First impressions are matched when stepping into the cabin.  Soft-touch surfaces, high-quality materials and lidded storage areas, subtle red ambient lighting, tactile door

grab handles and precise panel gaps combine to give the interior of the cee’d Sportswagon a solid, mature, made-from-a-mould feel. 

This is emphasised by the refinement of the car. The windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, thus shutting out more exterior noise and adding to body rigidity. There is filling in the pillar areas, weather strips around the door frames, aerodynamically styled door mirrors and thick front door glass. All play a part in adding to refinement. Even the sealing strips on the door sills make it more difficult for noise to enter the cabin. 

The cee’d Sportswagon in the UK

Kia offers a 12-model cee’d Sportswagon range in the UK, with significant revisions to the line-up to take into account the new engines, transmission and GT-Line trim option. This has been carefully selected to reflect changes in buying patterns, with an increasing number of customers now opting for higher trim grades.

The entry points are grades ‘1’ and special edition ‘SR7’. Grade ‘1’ is available with the 1.4-litre diesel engine with manual transmission, while the ‘SR7’ is exclusively offered with only the 1.4-litre petrol engine.  

Grade ‘2’ gives buyers the option of the 1.6-litre CRDi in either manual or 7-DCT form. Grade ‘3’ comes with the ecoTurbo engine and manual or 7-DCT 1.6-litre CRDi powertrains. This is replicated by the choice of new GT-Line models. Grade ‘4’ and grade ‘4 Tech’ are powered solely by the 1.6-litre CRDi engine with manual transmission. 

All feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including a luggage area light, power socket, retractable and removable load cover, net hooks and under-floor box and side tray. 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, remote central locking, a cooled glovebox, a flat-folding 60:40 split rear seat, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system, DAB radio, illuminated USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking. 

‘SR7’ adds new 16-inch alloy wheels in place of 15-inch steel rims, a leather-rimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, reversing sensors, all-round electric windows with auto up/down function, chrome interior garnish, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and automatic headlight control. Grade ‘2’ has new black Premium cloth seats, chrome front foglight surrounds, a graphite chrome radiator grille, LED daytime running lights and cornering lights. This is on top of LED rear combination lamps, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, chrome window surrounds, a rear centre armrest, cruise control with speed limiter, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage net hooks and the Flex Steer function giving three different levels of steering weight and sensitivity.  

Grade ‘3’ has different 16-inch alloy wheels and the 7-inch touchscreen with TomTom® Connected services and a reversing camera, rain-sensing front wipers with de-icing elements, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with two-step airflow control, seat upholstery with contrasting mesh inserts, powered lumbar support adjustment for the driver and front passenger, faux leather door trims, a black high-gloss fascia and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. 

Grade ‘4’ introduces the luggage area rail and partition system and barrier net, 17-inch alloys, exterior illumination on the front door handles, black leather front seats with contrasting grey inserts, a heated steering wheel and front seats, an electronic parking brake, the Smart Entry System with illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button a premium centre console with sliding cover and cupholders, a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display and stainless steel pedals and scuff plates, while 4 Tech is distinguished by the new parallel and perpendicular Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, xenon adaptive front lighting system with automatic levelling, front headlamp washers and front and rear parking sensors. 

And now there is GT-Line, with the GT-Line exterior styling pack of graphite chrome grille surround with black high-gloss mesh, a black lower grille, a twin exhaust, black high-gloss LED light housing and number-plate surround, ice-cube LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss foglight housings and rear ‘GT-Line’ badge. The GT-Line interior pack supplements this with black headlining and black cross-stitch upholstery with silver stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gearshifter, door trim and seats. There is a leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and a black centre fascia and high-gloss black centre tray, air-vent surrounds and door trim. 

The cee’d Sportswagon comes with a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty and is available for retail customers with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages, which cover all routine maintenance for three or five years. The warranty and servicing packages are transferable if the car is sold before they expire. 

UK cee’d Sportswagon line-up

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average     mpg

CO2 g/km

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 1

89

240

13.4

107

67.3

109

1.4 6-speed manual SR7

98

134

12.6

112

47.1

138

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG 2

134

300

10.5

122

67.3

109

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

118

171

11.0

116

54.3

120

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG 3

134

300

10.5

122

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4 Tech

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

118

171

11.0

116

54.3

120

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG GT-Line

134

300

10.5

122

67.3

109

    

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2          WALK-AROUND                                                                                          

A quick guide to the new cee’d Sportswagon

Exterior (depending on model)

  • Introduction of sporty GT-Line trim level
  • Newly designed wider front bumper
  • New, oval-shaped grille mesh
  • LED rear lamps
  • New colour palette with Silver Frost metallic option
  • New 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels 

Interior (depending on model)

  • New air vent system with chrome highlights
  • Further chrome highlights around the window switches
  • Illuminated USB and AUX ports
  • Illuminated aluminium engine starter button
  • New seat cloth (grade ‘2’)
  • Additional sound-absorbing materials and anti-vibration foam to improve NVH of diesel models
  • Unique sporty look for GT-Line models 

Technical

  • New 1.0-litre three-cylinder T-GDi turbocharged (ecoTurbo) petrol engine. First of a new family of downsized, highly-efficient petrol power units
  • Upgraded 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine
  • 7-speed duel-clutch automatic gearbox (7-DCT) introduced for 1.6-litre CRDi engine
  • New torque vectoring system minimises understeer in hard cornering
  • Improvements to rear suspension for improved comfort and handling
  • Modified Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) for more linear and precise response
  • Revised front wheel geometry for greater on-centre feel 

Safety and equipment (depending on model)

  • Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Traffic Signal Recognition and Speed Limit Information
  • DAB radio
  • Perpendicular parking function added to Smart Park Assist System
  • Improved supervision cluster adds navigation turn-by-turn instructions
  • 7-inch navigation screen with TomTom® Connected services. Offers live traffic updates, local search and weather forecasting

 

3          cee’d SPORTSWAGON: BUSINESS CLASS                                                      

Ready to build on its predecessor’s strong presence in the fleet market 

The cee’d Sportswagon is one of Kia’s leading lights in the fleet market, frequently outselling the hatchback four-to-one among business users. With the introduction of new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines and the 7-DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox in place of a conventional six-speed auto transmission – all bringing tangible gains in fuel economy and emissions – plus a restructured line-up with more petrol variants and the addition of GT-Line versions, the cee’d Sportswagon will have even more widespread appeal among user-choosers.

The success of Kia’s compact estate car in the business market has been built not just on price but also on its value-for-money specification, and this is even more evident with the new models. 

Even the entry-level version leaves nothing to be desired. Highlights of the standard specification include a luggage area light, power socket, retractable and removable load cover, net hooks and under-floor box and side tray plus electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth and an iPod-compatible audio system. 

Further up the range, cornering lights, cruise control with speed limiter, reversing sensors, Flex Steer, automatic headlights and front wipers, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system linked to TomTom® Connected services, leather seats, a speed and multi-function LCD full colour display, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, a Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof and xenon adaptive front lighting are available. 

And as with every Kia, the new cee’d Sportswagon comes with a seven-year, 100,000-mile fully transferable warranty. 

With the fleet market so dominant, the majority of sales will go to models powered by Kia’s advanced and highly efficient turbodiesel engines. With their high torque outputs and low operating and running costs they are ideally suited to the heavy loads and high mileages often inflicted on estate cars by business operators. However, the introduction of the high-tech new three-cylinder, direct-injection 1.0 T-GDi ecoTurbo power unit with its broad spread of torque and low running costs will herald something of a revival for petrol engines among retail and fleet customers.    

Six-speed gearboxes are standard in manual models, while the 7-DCT dual-clutch transmission with 25 per cent lower CO2 emissions and vastly improved economy will encourage greater take-up of automatics than the previous six-speed torque converter gearbox.  All 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre versions of the cee’d Sportswagon are fitted with Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) fuel-saving stop/start technology, which brings improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions and Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) taxation. 

Fuel economy and emissions 

Engine

Urban mpg

Extra urban mpg

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

1.4 CRDi

55.4

76.3

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi

64.2

78.5

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

61.4

72.4

67.3

109

1.4

36.2

57.6

47.1

138

1.0 T-GDi

44.1

64.2

54.3

120

 

Company car benefit-in-kind tax bands (2015-16) 

Engine

Tax Rate %

1.4 CRDi 

19

1.6 CRDi 

18

1.6 CRDi auto

19

1.4

22

1.0 T-GDi

19

                  

Insurance groups 

Model

Group 1-50

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 1

8

1.4 6-speed manual SR7

7

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

13

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG 2

13

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

11

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

13

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG 3

13

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4

14

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4 Tech

16

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

11

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

14

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG GT-Line

14

 

Servicing 

Routine servicing is needed only once a year or every 20,000 miles for both petrol and diesel versions. 

Care-3 – Kia’s servicing package for retail customers – is available for the cee’d Sportswagon and offers a fixed cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work will be carried out by trained product technicians, using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. 

Both packages are transferable should the vehicle be sold, and if a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on the new next owner may upgrade to the five-year service package.  The cost of the vehicle’s first MoT test fee can be included. 

Warranty and support

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty

12-year anti-perforation warranty

Five-year paintwork warranty

One-year Europe-wide roadside rescue through KIAssist

 

4          EUROPEAN BY DESIGN  
New GT-Line trim package adds a sportier look

The cee’d family is fundamental to Kia’s policy of creating specific cars in and for the markets where they are sold, and the cee’d Sportswagon perfectly illustrates that.  While there is little or no appetite for estate cars in the Korean domestic market, Kia recognises their importance in Europe. Similarly, the increasing desire for cars with a sporty look – but not the higher running costs associated with pure performance models – is reflected in the addition for 2016 of the GT-Line versions.

GT-Line makes the Sportswagon even more able to justify the ‘sports’ part of its name. It is available with the 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine and with the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. 

GT-Line models are distinguished by a deep front bumper flanked by ice cube-style LED daytime running lights. These are housed in black high-gloss panels along with the foglights. There is a unique black lower grille and a black high-gloss mesh main grille with a graphite chrome surround. This is complemented by an equally sporty rear featuring twin exhausts and full LED light units. At the sides there are bespoke five-double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a ‘GT-Line’ badge on the rear bodywork. 

In the cabin, GT-Line models feature black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts. The driver and front passenger seats have power lumbar adjustment.  There is a sporty leather steering wheel with a perforated grip and silver stitching, which is replicated on the gear shifter, back door centre  trim and seats. There are also alloy pedals with rubber grip inserts and faux black leather door inserts. The navigation centre in the fascia console has a matt black finish and there is a high-gloss black console tray, air vent surrounds and door trims. 

For the rest of the range, there are only minor modifications to add a touch more sportiness and perceived quality, but the overall design was considered to be still so fresh and appealing that wholesale change was neither necessary nor desirable. 

Kia hallmarks like the ‘tiger-nose’ front grille, sleek profile and wrap-around headlights remain largely untouched except for a new oval-shaped grille mesh. This has a chrome surround on the two lower-series versions and a graphite chrome surround on all others. All versions except GT-Line have a newly designed front bumper which is now common to all three cee’d body styles. It includes a horizontal lower section which links the front foglamp/daytime running lamp surround and a flatter grille, emphasising the wide stance of the car and presenting a sportier look. The foglight housing is in either matt or high-gloss black, depending on model, with matt black or chrome edging. 

There are LED rear lamp clusters for the majority of models to emphasise the quality evident throughout, plus stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs for all but grade ‘1’. 

The spacious and handsome interior has received only small detail touches, mainly to add an extra veneer of quality or to accommodate the new driver assistance and connectivity systems, such as the revised 7-inch touchscreen and turn-by-turn instructions which now appear in the instrument panel. 

There is a revised air vent system with a chrome surround to accentuate the width of the cabin, and additional chrome on the window switches. An illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button now features on models with the Smart Entry System.   

The cee’d Sportswagon was designed and engineered at Kia’s Frankfurt design studios and technical centre, and is made at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia. It is sold exclusively in European markets. From the outset, it was therefore imperative that it was seen as European – not just in styling and ride and handling, or through the availability of state-of-the-art diesel engines, but also in the hundreds of small details which separate European preferences from those in other parts of the world. 

Haptics – how things feel and move – and ergonomics, the placement of controls and inter-relation between them, were of paramount importance and played a large part in the design. Europeans like handwheel-type seat adjusters because they offer a fine degree of backrest angle variation, for instance, and they prefer the indicator stalk on the left of the steering column rather than the right. The designers took note of this. In Europe, quality is also as much about how things feel and look as it is about durability, so the designers also addressed these issues. 

There is an even finer amount of small detail to ensure the car is in many ways more European than its European competitors. No stone was left unturned. One seemingly insignificant detail is the fuel-filler flap. In the Far East and America buyers like a separate release lever inside the car, while Europeans prefer it to be linked to the central locking system so that it can be opened with just a push – so that’s what you will find. 

The cee’d Sportswagon is just over 4.5 metres long, which makes it more compact than its major European rivals, yet it offers greater luggage capacity – 528 litres up to the load cover with all seats upright (510 litres with the spare wheel in place) and 1,660/1,642 litres up to the roof with the 60:40 split rear seats folded flat. 

Ease of loading has also been taken into consideration. The boot floor is flush with the tailgate opening and the 60:40 split rear seat bases and backrests fold to ensure a completely flat load deck. Every version of the cee’d Sportswagon has an under-floor storage compartment and side load areas, a retractable luggage cover, load-securing net hooks, a boot light and a 12-volt boot-mounted power socket.

Higher-specification models also have sliding aluminium luggage area rails and straps plus a luggage barrier net to secure objects and prevent them from moving around in the rear. Roof rails are standard on every model so that extra cargo can be carried outside the car. The cee’d Sportswagon has a payload of up to 500kg and can tow a braked trailer of 1,500kg (manual versions). 

The cab-forward design and rakish roofline lend the car a sporty stance and great presence, without impingeing on passenger or cargo space. Unusually for an estate car in its class, the cee’d Sportswagon has different rear doors to the cee’d hatchback so that the stylish upward sweep of the lower window graphic can continue all the way to the rear of the car without making the cabin dark or claustrophobic for passengers travelling in the back. 

The athletic appearance is emphasised by wide front and rear tracks and heightened by the availability of wheels of up to 17-inches in diameter, tightly encased by the stylish bodywork. With its steeply angled A-pillars, low belt line and emphatic glasshouse, the cee’d Sportswagon has something of a coupé-like profile. 

Improvements in quality are actual as well as perceived. The tight shutlines would not look out of place on premium car, while most versions have an elegant chromed window surround. The entry-level model and ‘SR7’ have a chromed grille surround, while all other versions have a graphite chrome surround with a black high-gloss mesh grille. 

First impressions are matched when stepping into the cabin. The classy new key fob with metallised inserts is merely a foretaste of what is to come. Soft-touch surfaces, high-quality materials, damped sun visors and lidded storage areas, red ambient lighting, tactile door grab handles and precise panel gaps combine to give the interior a solid, mature, made-from-a-mould feel. Even the operation of the tailgate with an element of self-closing force adds to the impression of quality. 

This is reinforced by the refinement. The windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, thus shutting out more exterior noise. There are weather strips around the door frames, filling in the pillar areas, aerodynamically styled door mirrors and thick front door glass. Even the sealing strips on the door sills make it more difficult for noise to enter the cabin. 

The driver-centric dashboard layout features intuitive controls clearly grouped, with superb attention to detail. Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a speed and multi-function LCD full colour display on the ‘4’ and  ‘4 Tech’ versions, while grade ‘3’ and above have the Audio and Navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen, TomTom® Connected services and built-in reversing camera. 

The seats offer outstanding side support, with 10-way power-adjustment and memory on the driver’s side in the ‘4 Tech’.  Fin-style door grab handles, an asymmetric centre console surround framing a deep storage area, bright chrome highlights, soft-touch surfaces and padded door trims and storage boxes all attest to the attention to detail and enhanced quality of the cee’d Sportswagon. 

In the UK the car is available with a choice of six exterior colours, including the new Silver Frost metallic. The interiors of grade ‘1’ and ‘SR7’ are trimmed in black ‘Abstract’ cloth, grade ‘2’ is now in ‘Premium’ cloth and grade ‘3’ has black cloth with a contrasting mesh design and faux leather inserts. Grades ‘4’ and ‘4 Tech’ have black leather upholstery with grey inserts, while GT-Line models have their own unique black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts.    

5          RANGE FINDER                                                                                                      

           A wider choice with more equipment 

Kia offers a 12-model cee’d Sportswagon range in the UK, with significant revisions to the line-up to take into account the new engines, transmission and GT-Line trim option. This has been carefully selected to reflect changes in buying patterns, with an increasing number of customers now opting for higher trim grades. 

The entry points are grades ‘1’ and special edition ‘SR7’. Grade ‘1’ is available with the 1.4-litre diesel engine with manual transmission, while the ‘SR7’ is exclusively offered with only the 1.4-litre petrol engine.  

Grade ‘2’ gives buyers the option of the 1.6-litre CRDi in either manual or 7-DCT form. Grade ‘3’ comes with the ecoTurbo engine  and manual or automatic 1.6-litre CRDi powertrains. This is replicated by the choice of new GT-Line models. Grades ‘4’ and ‘4’ Tech are powered solely by the 1.6-litre CRDi engine with manual transmission. 

All feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including a luggage area light, power socket, retractable and removable load cover, net hooks and under-floor box and side tray. 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, remote central locking, a cooled glovebox, a flat-folding 60:40 split rear seat, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system, DAB radio, illuminated USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking. 

SR7 adds new 16-inch alloy wheels in place of 15-ich steel rims, a leather-rimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, reversing sensors, all-round electric windows with auto up/down function, more chrome interior garnish, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and automatic headlight control. Grade 2 is distinguished by a luggage net, new black Premium cloth seats, chrome front foglight surrounds, a graphite chrome radiator grille, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights and a dual-tone horn. This is on top of LED rear combination lamps, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, chrome window surrounds, a rear centre armrest, cruise control with speed limiter, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage net hooks and the Flex Steer function giving three different levels of steering weight and sensitivity.  

Grade ‘3’ has different 16-inch alloy wheels and the 7-inch touchscreen with TomTom® Connected services and a reversing camera, rain-sensing front wipers with de-icing elements, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with two-step airflow control, seat upholstery with contrasting mesh inserts, powered lumbar support adjustment for the driver and front passenger, faux leather door trims, a black high-gloss fascia and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. 

Grade ‘4’ introduces the luggage area rail and partition system and barrier net, 17-inch alloys, exterior illumination on the front door handles, black leather front seats with contrasting grey inserts, a heated steering wheel and front seats, an electronic parking brake, the Smart Entry System with illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button a premium centre console with sliding cover and cupholders, a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display and stainless steel pedals and scuff plates, while ‘4 Tech’ is distinguished by the new Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, xenon adaptive front lighting with automatic levelling, front headlamp washers and front and rear parking sensors. 

And now there is GT-Line, with the GT-Line exterior styling pack of graphite chrome grille surround with black high-gloss mesh, a black lower grille, a twin exhaust, black high-gloss LED light housing and number-plate surround, ice-cube LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss foglight housings and rear ‘GT-Line’ badge. The GT-Line interior pack supplements this with black headlining and black cross-stitch upholstery with silver stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gearshifter, door trim and seats. There is a leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and a black centre fascia and high-gloss black centre tray, air-vent surrounds and door trim. 

6          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                           

World-class new powertrains, a revised chassis and reduced NVH 

From the outset the cee’d Sportswagon has been roundly praised for its smooth and torquey engines, European driving dynamics – aided by the comparative rarity in the C-segment of independent multi-link rear suspension where most rivals have a simple twist beam – and refined driving manners. 

But Kia is not a company to rest on its laurels. For 2016 it introduces a new three-cylinder direct-injection 1.0-TGDi turbcocharged (ecoTurbo) petrol engine, a new and more powerful 1.6-litre CRDi diesel and a seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic gearbox alongside the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines carried over from the previous version. All engines now meet EU6 emissions control standards.  

Revised suspension geometry and steering tuning have preserved the outstanding handling while adding greater finesse to the ride. Variable-assistance Flex Steer is fitted on the majority of models, allowing greater personalisation and a set-up to suit any owner, whether the car is being driven in crowded town streets or on fast highways. There has been a major step forward in NVH with all diesel models, too. The outcome of all this is that the cee’d Sportswagon is more enjoyable to drive and quieter to ride in and has a more mature, more premium feel. 

The engines

Because the cee’d Sportswagon is such a strong contender in the fleet market the two diesel engines – 1.4- and 1.6-litre units from the European-designed and European-made U2 range – will be by far the biggest sellers. Both are 16-valve double overhead camshaft units with a cast-iron block and bedplate and an aluminium oil pan. The 1.4-litre unit has a wastegate turbocharger while the 1.6 features a variable geometry turbocharger which adjusts the flow of exhaust gases by altering the angle of the turbo vanes according to engine requirements to raise performance while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The 1.6 also has variable swirl control. This increases swirl at low-to-mid loads to reduce emissions and decreases it at high loads to maximise power. 

The 1.6 is a new engine which delivers greater power and torque than its predecessor with reduced fuel consumption and emissions.  It features a new high-pressure injection system and a continuously controlled variable oil pump to reduce friction losses. Power rises from 126bhp to 134bhp, while the maximum torque with manual transmission is now 280Nm rather than 265Nm, and is available at 1,500rpm instead of 1,900rpm previously. With the 7-DCT gearbox the maximum torque rises to 300Nm, available from 1,750 to 2,500rpm. 

The improvements in power, torque and driveability mean that all manual versions can accelerate from 0-60mph in just a fraction over 10 seconds, while the top speed is 121mph. Fuel economy is 72.4mpg, while CO2 emissions are 102g/km. 

With the new 7-DCT automatic gearbox there are spectacular improvements in economy and emissions compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 10.5 seconds, while the top speed is 122mph.   

The 1.4-litre (1,396cc) CRDi engine develops 89bhp at 4000rpm and 240Nm of torque – up from 220Nm – between 1,500 and 2,500rpm. This is sufficient to ensure sprightly performance with excellent driveability through a six-speed manual gearbox. The 0-60mph dash takes 13.4 seconds and the top speed is 107mph.  Yet with fuel economy of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km it is ideally suited to both fleet and retail customers looking to minimise fuel costs, BiK taxation and Vehicle Excise Duty. 

There are now two petrol engines available for the cee’d Sportswagon, which means that three models are petrol-powered instead of just the ‘SR7’ previously. 

The cee’d Sportswagon, along with other members of the cee’d family, is the first to benefit from Kia’s new 1.0-TGDi (ecoTurbo) three-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged engine, which was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. This is the first of an entire new family of world-class power units designed to meet the company’s stringent internal targets for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Kia intends to downsize 70 per cent of its internal combustion engines in the next few years while introducing new models which embrace every form of alternative powertrain – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric as in the Soul EV and even hydrogen fuel cell. 

However, in many countries it will be some years before the infrastructure is mature enough to support widespread use of alternative power systems, so for now the emphasis will be on minimising the impact of combustion engines. 

In the cee’d Sportswagon the ecoTurbo engine develops 118bhp at 6,000rpm, with 171Nm of torque available at 4,000rpm, ensuring outstanding driving flexibility. The ecoTurbo is a member of the Kappa family and was developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang research and development facility in Korea. 

The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. These goals have been more than met with the aid of innovative technical solutions. The ecoTurbo engine features laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread more evenly throughout the cylinders than if it was being consistently sprayed into certain points. Thanks to a high-pressure pump, injection is at up to 200 bar. 

There is a straight air intake port which ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the intake process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking. A single-scroll turbocharger is paired with an electric wastegate motor to improve turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads. 

An integrated exhaust manifold reduces exhaust gas temperatures, bringing the benefits of higher speeds with greater fuel efficiency. Lower temperatures also result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88º C to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts of coolant flow above 105º C to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

The ecoTurbo engine has fuel economy of 54.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 120g/km. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 11.0 seconds, while the top speed is 116mph. 

The final engine in the cee’d Sportswagon is the 1.4-litre Gamma unit, reserved exclusively for the special-edition ‘SR7’ model. It is a multi-point-injection 16-valve unit with twin overhead camshafts and continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts for high torque at low engine revs, ensuring good driveability in European cities, and excellent power for the fast motorway speeds common in Europe. 

An offset crankshaft optimises fuel economy by reducing friction losses and improves the speed reduction of the pistons around the expansion stroke. A strong aluminium ladder frame improves rigidity and reduces NVH. The 1.4-litre Gamma engine develops 98bhp at 6,000rpm and 134Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The 0-60mph acceleration time is 12.6 seconds and the top speed is 112mph, while CO2 emissions are 138g/km and fuel economy is 47.1mpg. 

EcoDynamics and ISG

All versions of the cee’d Sportswagon feature Kia’s EcoDynamics ISG fuel-saving, CO2-reducing technologies, a gearshift indicator on manual models advises the driver of the most efficient change-up points.  Kia has also developed a kick-down switch for the accelerator to prevent unintentional full use.  A small resistance felt through the accelerator pedal at full load helps drivers to avoid excessive fuel consumption, without impairing responsiveness when maximum power is needed.  Other innovative technologies as part of the EcoDynamics package include a power-saving alternator management system, Motor Driven Power Steering and low rolling resistance tyres, which are 14 per cent more efficient than standard tyres. 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit.  This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU. 

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion.  The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when the driver wishes to continue driving and ensures the engine is started.  There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low. 

A new heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and lift his or her foot off the clutch.  After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver pushes the clutch.  The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard.  Drivers can also manually turn off the ISG system through a switch on the dashboard.

Transmissions

Six-speed gearboxes are standard with every manual version of the new cee’d Sportswagon, while the 1.6 CRDi offers the option of Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic transmission in grades ‘2’, ‘3’ and GT-Line. 

Like the T-GDi engines, this was developed in-house with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the comfort and smoothness of a torque converter transmission in automatic mode with the sportiness of a manual when the driver chooses to take control of gearchanges. It has a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm – higher than the previous six-speed automatic – while delivering faster changes and lower running costs. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg. 

Suspension, steering and brakes

European driving conditions impose different challenges to those found almost anywhere else on earth. Highway speeds are generally higher. Towns and cities often have narrow, bumpy streets. And in-between there are winding country roads, mountain passes and twisting lanes. To cope with this eclectic mix a car must be both agile and supple. 

From the outset Kia demanded that the cee’d Sportswagon should not only look and feel European but should also behave European and drive every bit as well as the three- and five-door hatchback models.  That is why it has the comparative rarity in its class of an expensive fully independent rear suspension system in place of the more commonly used and cheaper twist beam, and a wheelbase that is one of the longest in class. 

Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) provides the right degree of assistance and weighting while reducing fuel consumption by around three per cent.  And powerful all-disc brakes – with anti-lock (ABS), electronic force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS) – bring the car to a stable and sure halt in the shortest possible distance. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) are fitted to stabilise the car if road conditions or over-exuberant driving put it at risk of it going out of control. VSM communicates with the steering to stabilise the car when it is braking or accelerating on roads with differing levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control is again standard to ensure the car pulls away smoothly without rolling backwards on steep inclines – this is achieved by momentarily applying the brakes, for two seconds on manual versions and 0.8 seconds on automatic versions.        

All versions of the new cee’d Sportswagon have a modified fully independent suspension system to improve comfort and handling and now feature torque vectoring to minimise understeer in hard cornering by partially braking the inner front wheel. The car’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has been retuned to be more linear and predictable in response to steering inputs, while the front wheel geometry has been adapted to improve on-centre feel. New stoppers on the rear strut mount insulators and a new outer ball joint on the rear anti-roll bar improve comfort on poor surfaces by minimising suspension vibrations. The rear anti-roll bar is now hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise into the cabin. The outcome is that the cee’d Sportswagon has lost none of its agility, but now delivers a more compliant and quieter ride. 

Grades ‘2’ and above also have Flex Steer. This allows drivers to personalise the level of assistance provided by the MDPS system at the touch of a button. It provides three stages of assistance – Comfort, which is ideal for parking manoeuvres in tight spaces or slow urban driving; Normal, which is the default mode; or Sport, which requires more steering effort and is therefore suited to fast highway driving where maximum stability is demanded. Whichever setting the owner chooses is maintained even after the engine has been switched off so that, for example, if the car is parked in town it will continue to be light and easy to drive upon restart. 

An electronic parking brake is standard on 4 and 4 Tech versions. It features an automatic off function when the car pulls away. 

Improved NVH

Kia has raised refinement with a series of new measures to counter NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) as part of its review of every single facet of the car. 

The aerodynamics (Cd 0.30) and carefully shaped door mirrors significantly reduce the incursion of wind noise into the cabin. There are joints on the ends of the belt-line weather strips, while the weather strips around the door frames are single-piece ‘one-turn’ items to reduce wind noise. The windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, which not only makes the car more rigid but also aids quietness. The pillar filling areas and even the sill trim strips have been devised to minimise the chance of noise seeping into the cabin. 

The stiff body shell and revised rear suspension reduce the possibilities for road noise to enter the cabin, and there is sound absorption material throughout the car. Combustion noise from the diesel engines is less as a result of additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin. Additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system; twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel; and sound-absorbing material is now fitted to the engine block, oil pan and diesel particulate filter. 

A three-point engine mounting system on all models also aids refinement, while acceleration vibration is minimised by the design of the roll-mounting system.

 

7          SAFETY FIRST                                                                                            

Advanced new driver aids – with more to come 

A raft of new driver assistance and connectivity features advances the already comprehensive active and passive safety systems of the cee’d Sportswagon. Depending on model, the new Sportswagon is now available with Speed Limit Information to reduce the risk of drivers falling foul of the law. 

To help reduce accidents, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert add to the already comprehensive passive and active safety systems. Blind Spot Detection gives the driver an extra pair of  ‘eyes’  when swapping lanes, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert alerts the driver if the car is being reversed into the path of another vehicle when leaving end-on parking bays. A perpendicular parking function has been added to the Smart Park Assist System which was available in the previous model. It can steer the car into or out of parallel parking spots and into perpendicular (90)º spaces. 

The new model features the highest level of connectivity ever found in the cee’d family through the latest Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®. Via the stylish, modern-looking 7-inch central touchscreen, drivers gain access to European mapping, a Traffic Messaging Channel, full UK postcode entry and the choice of fast, short or economical route-planning to their destination, while TomTom® Connected services provide additional and valuable driver information, including speed camera locations, live traffic updates and local search and weather information. The 7-inch touchscreen is linked to a colour reversing camera.

All the essentials for avoiding accidents, or at the very least minimising the effects of them, are standard. There is Electronic Stability Control (ESP) to control skids even before the driver can react, and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to keep the car stable when accelerating or braking on roads with different levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep gradients by holding the brakes for up to two seconds. 

The ambitious target was not just a five-star Euro-NCAP rating, but a higher score than any class competitor. To achieve that, major advances in body engineering and pedestrian protection were necessary. 

The bodyshell is incredibly stiff as a result of a comprehensive package of reinforcements in critical areas. Even the windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a sealing strip, which aids both rigidity and refinement. In total, 57 per cent of the body is made from high-tensile steel, with ultra-high-tensile steel in the B-pillar structures. 

There is an i-type subframe with rigid side members, front apron and dashboard. Horizontal and centre tunnel supports feature in the dash area. The A-pillars, inner door rail and upper and lower body structures have been reinforced and there are transverse cross-members linking the front and rear suspension mounts, pressings attaching the boot floor to the tailgate opening and a strong floor cross-member. All of this serves to provide a safety ‘ring’ around the tailgate area. 

At the front, the side crash members have shallow slant angles which help to disperse collision energy more effectively, while side impact protection is boosted by reinforced front door belt inner rails, hot-stamped B-pillars and roof sides, ultra-high-tensile steel lower body sill structures and a roof gusset connecting the side inner panels and the roof rails. There are also extremely thick door beams. 

Every cee’d Sportswagon comes as standard with six airbags –­ twin front, side and side curtains – to provide all-round chest, face and head protection. Seat-belt recognition monitors detect if the belt on an occupied seat is not fastened or is released during a journey. 

To reduce the cost of repairs after low-speed (9mph or less) collisions, there is a crash box integrated into the front bumper rails to minimise deformation of the front side member, while at the rear the side members have been reinforced so that they are better able to resist deformation at similar speed.

Pedestrian safety comes through collapsible headlamps, a stiff lower bumper lip and shock-absorbing structures in the bonnet and bonnet hinges. 

All versions have Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS), which causes the rear brake lamps to flash in an emergency stop to alert following drivers. Brake Assist (BAS), which ensures maximum stopping power in an emergency regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, is also standard.    

Daytime running lights – LED-type on grade ‘2’ and above – are fitted.  Grades ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’ and GT-Line have static cornering lights which provide a broader beam when steering to ensure quicker recognition of roadside objects at night. They operate through separate lights built into the headlamp units, and activate when the steering angle is more than 35 degrees at speeds of 6mph and above, or 50 degrees when the car is stationary. They switch off if the steering angle falls below 20 degrees.

Xenon adaptive front lighting system with automatic levelling is standard on the ‘4 Tech’ version. These continuously adjust the up/down and left/right angle of the beam according to steering wheel movements and the car’s speed to increase the driver’s range of vision on twisty or bumpy roads at night.  

Automatic headlight control is standard on the ‘SR7’ and grades ‘3’ and above, and all versions have an LED high-level rear stop light, while grade ‘2’ and above have LED combination rear lamp clusters.

Reversing sensors are standard from grade ‘2’, while grade ‘3’ and GT-Line have a colour reversing camera integrated into the navigation screen.  The ‘4 Tech’ version adds to this with the improved Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) now featuring perpendicular parking. At the press of a button this automatically steers the car into spaces while the driver operates the accelerator, brakes and gears.  Front, rear and side sensors first decide whether the parking space is large enough for the car and then the system directs it in. A display in the instrument panel allows the driver to monitor progress.

The top-of-the-range ‘4 Tech’ grade also comes as standard with a Lane Departure Warning System which monitors the position of the car within road lanes, from a camera positioned next to the interior rear view mirror, and warns the driver, via visual and audible alerts, if the vehicle deviates from its lane when the indicators have not been activated. It also has as standard Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Speed Limit information.

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                 

Back to where it all started – Kia’s European plant at Žilina 

The story of the cee’d family will always be inextricably linked with that of Kia’s European manufacturing facility at Žilina in Slovakia. Without the one, there might never have been the other. Žilina passed a significant milestone in mid-2015 with the production of the one-millionth cee’d – a five-door GT destined for a Dutch customer. Žilina also manufactures the sporty Sportage crossover and the practical compact Venga. 

The story of  Žilina  goes back to the mid-2000s, when Kia established a policy of building cars in and for the markets where they were to be sold, wherever possible. In Europe that meant a range of hatchbacks and an estate to compete in the most important market segment, the C-sector. 

Žilina was identified as the place where they would be made. Slovakia, which had become a member of the EU in 2004, had a history in engineering, a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an established automotive supply chain and a national government committed to helping new businesses. Kia was given tax-breaks and land incentives by the Slovakian government and has in turn worked with the authorities for the benefit of the local community. 

The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia has provided the expertise to develop courses in such things as computer, hybrid and welding technologies. These courses are available for all people across the region. 

The factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina. Some 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers.  Employment at the factory was increased to 3,900 staff when the third shift came into effect in January 2012.  Žilina is now able to produce 300,000 cars a year as well as 450,000 engines. The 2014 figures were 323,000 and 493,000 respectively, which effectively means that the plant is operating at more than its notional capacity.  

Žilina was completed ahead of schedule and the quality of the pilot production cars it started making towards the end of 2005 was so good that Kia took the confident decision to launch the car with a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, subject to wear-and-tear limitations. That confidence has been more than justified by the quality of the cars made at Žilina.

Žilina-built models are exported to 76 markets. 

Green from the word go

As an all-new, start-up facility, Kia was determined that Žilina would set the highest environmental standards. For Kia, environmental protection is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions figures. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacturing, distribution, sales, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.     

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility do not always go hand-in-hand, but Žilina sets the highest environmental standards and is a benchmark for the European automotive industry. Even the location is environmentally important, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported.  Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from Western Europe, which also helps to cut down on unnecessary transport.

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside. 

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. The RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. 

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of the factory and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products.

International recognition

The hard work was rewarded as early as February 2008 when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a state-of-the-art energy-efficient factory. 

This was quickly followed by two more awards in May of the same year. Kia Motors received international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations. 

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. DFE also requires that the assembly plant for the car reaches ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions. 

The weatherproof factory

Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatra Mountains – lovely in the summer, but in the winter temperatures dip to minus -28º C. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant. 

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so that cars and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. This enclosed facility means that large exterior doors are not needed. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed.

Quality control

Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate in less than one millisecond defects according to pre-determined quality tolerance levels. 

Some 20 per cent of Žilina’s quality control staff have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at automotive manufacturing facilities elsewhere. All cars are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working. This is followed by a drive around the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Some two per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification. 

Kia devised an innovative new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure cars are totally resistant to corrosion, and that their paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so confident in the process that all variants of the cee’d come with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard.

 

9          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

          Things we think you'll want to know 

  1. Why are you now offering petrol engines in the cee’d Sportswagon?
  2. We did have one model with a petrol engine before – the special-edition 1.4-litre ‘SR7’. But with the arrival of our state-of-the-art 1.0 T-GDi (ecoTurbo) petrol unit, which delivers diesel-like torque across a wide portion of the rev band, and the growing opposition to diesel in some official circles we felt we had the right engine at the right time to offer buyers greater choice. Petrol engines have been enjoying something of a revival among both fleet and retail customers in C-segment cars after years of diesel dominance, and we are now in a better position to benefit from that.      

 

  1. What is the fleet-to-retail mix?
  2. For our first-generation compact estate, the cee’d SW, which was on sale from 2007 through to 2012, fleet sales were 69 per cent. This quickly rose to 84 per cent with the cee’d Sportswagon and has continued at an extraordinarily high percentage ever since.

 

  1. What makes the Sportswagon so special among C-segment estates?
  2. We think it is the most stylish car in its sector. It is certainly the roomiest of its major competitors, whether the seats are up or down, with up to 10 per cent more luggage space than some. Then there are the clever storage solutions made possible by the under-floor storage space, sliding storage tray, luggage rails with adjustable hooks, barrier security net and the luggage area rail and partition system. And unlike some C-segment estates, in the cee’d Sportswagon the rear seats fold completely flat.

 

  1. Why do you not offer all versions with ISG?
  2. Because it adds to cost, and Kia’s policy is to ensure that buyers are not forced to pay for technology when it will not directly benefit them. With the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel versions customers would gain little from the addition of ISG. Other versions make possible significant savings because of the lower CO2 emissions that ISG helps to bring.

 

  1. Why is the 7-DCT transmission offered with only the 1.6-litre CRDi engine?
  2. The new 7-DCT transmission has been engineered to take large torque outputs of up to 300Nm, such as those produced by high-power diesel engines, while achieving significantly greater fuel efficiency with 25 per cent lower emissions than with a conventional torque converter automatic. It is therefore entirely logical that it should make its debut mated to the uprated 1.6-litre CRDi engine, which now delivers up to 300Nm of torque. But Kia has said that the 7-DCT is destined for wider application in future, although as yet no details have been announced.  

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cee’d Sportswagon

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

All the facts and figures

1.0-litre T-GDi petrol (Grades ‘3’ & GT-Line) 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3/12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 118 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 171 @ 4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; direct fuel injection; turbocharger

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615

  1.955

  1.286

  0.971

  0.774

  0.639

  3.700

  4.267

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy or 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16 or 225/45R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,505 / 1,780 / 1,485

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,305 / 1,439

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,200 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 528 (510 with spare wheel in place) / 1,660 (1,642)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

 

 11.0

 

 Maximum speed

 mph

 116

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      

 

 44.1 / 64.2 / 54.3

 

 CO2

 g/km     

 

 120

 

 

1.4-litre petrol (Grade ‘SR7’)                                                                                                           

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,368

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 72 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 134 @ 4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; multi-point fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear   

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.893

 0.774

 3.700

 4.400

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,505 / 1,780 / 1,485

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,279 / 1,424

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,200 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 528 (510 with spare wheel in place) / 1,660 (1,642)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.6

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      15”

         

 36.2 / 57.6 / 47.1

 

 CO2

 g/km    15”

           

 138

 

 

1.4-litre CRDi (Grade ‘1’)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,396

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 75 x 79

 Power output

 bhp

 89 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 240 @ 1,500 – 2,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, waste gate

 turbocharger (WGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.040

 1.189

 0.844

 0.702

 0.596

 3.583

 4.188

 

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 5.5J steel

 Tyres

 195/65R15

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,505 / 1,780 / 1,485

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,382 / 1,522

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 650

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 528 (510 with spare wheel in place) / 1,660 (1,642)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 13.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 107

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 55.4 / 76.3 / 67.3

 CO2

 g/km

 109

  

1.6-litre CRDi (Grade ‘2’,’3’,’4’,’4 Tech’ GT-Line)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp

 134 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 280 @ 1,500 – 3,000 rpm (300 @ 1,750 – 2,500 rpm with 7-DCT)

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

Seven-speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.636

  1.962

  1.189

  0.844

  0.702

  0.596

  3.583

  3.471

  3.786

  2.261

  1.957

  1.023

  0.778

  0.837  7th gear 0.681

  5.074

  (1-2/4-5) 4.176

  (3/6-7)    3.087

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs  and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy or 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16 or 225/45R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,505 / 1,780 / 1,485

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,389 / 1,529 (1,416 – 1,550 with 7-DCT)

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 650

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 528 (510 with spare wheel in place) / 1,660/1,642

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

Seven-speed DCT

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.1

 10.5     

 Maximum speed

 mph

 121

 122

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg    

 

 64.2 / 78.5 / 72.4

61.4 / 72.4 / 67.3

 

  

 g/km   

 

 102

109

 

GENERAL

cee’d Sportswagon

The New Kia cee’d Sportswagon 

1  Short story

  • World-class new powertrains improve efficiency
  • Economy of up to 72.4mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 102g/km
  • New GT-Line trim package adds a sporty look
  • New advanced electronic aids to help the driver
  • Improved navigation and connectivity services
  • Powertrains, trim packages and pricing target business users
  • Outstanding space and practicality within a compact and stylish package           

With world-class new powertrains, a sporty new GT-Line trim level and major additions to electronic driver aids and connected car systems, the newew version of Kia’s European mid-sized estate car, the cee’d Sportswagon, now offers greater choice than ever.  

The latest cee’d Sportswagon is even more adapted to the requirements of the fleet market, and especially user-choosers, who provide the core of its customer base. It introduces a new state-of-the-art 1.0-litre three-cylinder T-GDi (ecoTurbo) turbocharged petrol engine, increasing the number of petrol models from one to three, and a new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel which bring CO2 emissions down to as low as 102g/km. The 1.6-litre CRDi is the first cee’d Sportswagon to be available with Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) transmission, which offers buyers all the advantages of both a manual and an automatic, with improved fuel economy and emissions. 

For buyers who enjoy the sharp exterior and interior styling of sports estate cars, but prefer to avoid the higher fuel, taxation and insurance costs of an out-and-out performance model, Kia introduces GT-Line, a new styling and trim option. 

Among the advanced driver assistance features which become available are Speed Limit Information, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert to reduce the workload of the driver, especially in congested cities, on dark rural roads or in bad weather. The infotainment and navigation systems have also been upgraded…and there is much more to come. Finally, although they hardly needed it, the handsome exterior lines and the high-quality cabin have been given a subtle freshen-up. 

The cee’d Sportswagon was revealed alongside the cee’d hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and matches it throughout for style, quality, technology, equipment and safety. Like its predecessor, it was designed and engineered at Kia’s Frankfurt design studios and technical centre, and is made at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia. The cee’d Sportswagon is sold exclusively in Europe. 

On a practical level the cee’d Sportswagon remains a stylish and capacious estate car within compact overall dimensions. At just over 4.5 metres long it is shorter than its major European rivals, yet it offers greater luggage capacity than the majority of the competition – 528 litres up to the load cover with all seats upright (510 litres with the temporary spare wheel in place) and 1,660/1,642 litres up to the roof with the 60:40 split rear seats folded. 

Ease of loading has also been taken into consideration. The boot floor is flush with the tailgate opening and 60:40 split rear seat bases and backrests fold to ensure a completely flat load deck. Every version of the cee’d Sportswagon has an under-floor storage compartment and side load areas, a retractable luggage cover, load-securing net hooks, a boot light and a 12-volt boot-mounted power socket. 

Higher-specification models also have sliding aluminium luggage area rails and straps plus a high-level luggage barrier net to secure objects and prevent them from falling into the passenger compartment. Roof rails are standard on every model so that extra cargo can be carried outside the car. The cee’d Sportswagon has a payload of up to 500kg and can tow a braked trailer of up to 1,500kg. 

New T-GDi and CRDi engines plus a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox

Kia unveiled its new 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo engines at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. They are eventually destined to be used in a number of models, but make their debut in the latest cee’d family. The cee’d Sportswagon is offered with the higher-powered 118bhp version. It is a 998cc unit which was developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang research and development facility in Korea, and has been engineered to require 10 to 15 per cent less fuel than the company’s 1.6-litre GDi engine, with similar reductions in emissions. Kia will replace 70 per cent of its internal combustion engines with new, downsized, more fuel-efficient alternatives within the next few years.          

With the new T-GDi (ecoTurbo) engine the cee’d Sportswagon has combined fuel economy of 54.3mpg, with CO2 emissions of 120g/km. 

The new cee’d Sportswagon also introduces a new 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine. This has increased power – up from 126 to 134bhp – with greater torque of 280Nm with manual transmission and 300Nm with the 7-DCT gearbox over a wider rev range. CO2 emissions are down by as much as 10g/km in manual versions. However, the greatest gains are seen when the CRDi engine is paired with the 7-DCT gearbox. Compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission, emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 149g/km to 109. 

The 7-DCT gearbox was also developed in-house at Namyang and, with a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm, will be used in a wide range of models within the next few years. Fuel economy for manual versions of the cee’d Sportswagon is up to 72.4mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 102g/km, depending on wheel and tyre size, while all 7-DCT versions have corresponding figures of 67.3mpg and 109g/km.  

All diesels feature additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin for greater refinement and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). 

The cee’d Sportswagon continues to be available with a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine and an 89bhp 1.4-litre CRDi diesel. Kia’s ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) engine stop/start system is standard with all 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines. By shutting down the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch, it ensures that no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted while stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch is pressed.    

Putting the ‘sports’ into Sportswagon

The new cee’d Sportswagon introduces a new trim level – GT-Line – which makes it even more able to justify the ‘sports’ part of its name. GT-Line is available with the 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine and with the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. 

GT-Line models are distinguished by a deep front bumper flanked by ice cube-style LED daytime running lights. These are housed in black high-gloss panels along with the foglights. There is a unique black lower grille and a black high-gloss mesh main grille with a graphite chrome surround. This is complemented by an equally sporty rear featuring twin exhausts and full LED light units. At the sides there are bespoke five-double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a ‘GT-Line’ badge on the rear bodywork. 

In the cabin, GT-Line models feature black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts. The driver and front passenger seats have power lumbar adjustment.  There is a sporty leather steering wheel with a perforated grip and silver stitching, which is replicated on the gear shifter, back door centre trim and seats. There are also alloy pedals with rubber grip inserts and faux black leather door inserts. The navigation centre in the fascia console has a matt black finish and there is a high-gloss black console tray, air vent surrounds and door trims.    

There are no unique suspension, steering or braking revisions to GT-Line models, but all versions of the cee’d Sportswagon have a modified fully independent suspension system to improve comfort and handling. All-independent suspension has inherent advantages for ride and handling compared with the simple beam rear axle used by many cars in this class. 

For the rest of the range, there are minor modifications to add a touch more sportiness and perceived quality, but the overall design was considered to be still so fresh and appealing that wholesale change was neither necessary nor desirable.

Kia hallmarks like the ‘tiger-nose’ front grille and sleek profile wrap-around headlights remain largely untouched except for a new oval-shaped grille mesh. This has a chrome surround on the two lower-series versions and a graphite chrome surround on all others. All versions except GT-Line have a newly designed front bumper which is now common to all three cee’d body styles. It includes a horizontal lower section which links the front foglamp/daytime running lamp surround and a flatter grille, emphasising the wide stance of the car and presenting a sportier look. The foglight housing is in either matt or high-gloss black, depending on model, with matt black or chrome edging. 

There are LED rear lamp clusters for the majority of models to emphasise the quality evident throughout, plus stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs for all but the entry-level model. 

The spacious and handsome interior has received only small detail touches, mainly to add an extra veneer of quality or to accommodate the new driver assistance and connectivity systems, such as the revised 7-inch touchscreen and turn-by-turn instructions which now appear in the instrument panel. 

There is a revised air vent system with a chrome surround to accentuate the width of the cabin, and additional chrome on the window switches. An illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button now features on models with the Smart Entry System.   

The cee’d Sportswagon now features torque vectoring to minimise understeer in hard cornering by partially braking the inner front wheel. The Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has been retuned to be more linear and predictable in response to steering inputs, while the front wheel geometry has been adapted to improve on-centre feel. Revised suspension settings improve comfort on poor surfaces by minimising vibrations. The rear anti-roll bar is now hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise into the cabin. 

Advanced driver aids and connected-car systems

The new cee’d Sportswagon introduces a range of additional driver assistance and connectivity features. Depending on model, it is now available with a Speed Limit Information Function to reduce the risk of drivers falling foul of the law. 

To help reduce accidents, on grade ‘4 Tech’ Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert add to the already comprehensive passive and active safety systems. Blind Spot Detection gives the driver an extra pair of  ‘eyes’  when swapping lanes, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert alerts the driver if the car is about to be reversed into the path of another vehicle when leaving end-on parking bays. A perpendicular parking function has been added to the Smart Park Assist System which was available in the previous model. It can steer the car into or out of parallel parking spots and into perpendicular (90º) spaces. 

The new model features the highest level of connectivity ever offered in the cee’d range through the latest Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®. Via the stylish, modern-looking 7-inch central touchscreen, drivers gain access to European mapping, a Traffic Messaging Channel, full UK postcode entry and the choice of fast, short or economical route-planning, while TomTom® Connected services provide additional and valuable driver information, including speed camera locations, live traffic updates and local search and weather details. The 7-inch touchscreen is linked to a colour reversing camera. A DAB radio with MP3 compatibility becomes standard. 

European design and quality

Unusually for an estate car in the C-segment, the cee’d Sportswagon has different rear doors to the cee’d hatchback so that the stylish upward sweep of the lower window graphic can continue all the way to the rear of the car without making the cabin dark or claustrophobic for passengers travelling in the back. The wheelbase is one of the longest in class at 2,650mm, while the cab-forward design and a rakish, coupé-like roofline give it a sportier stance and greater presence. 

No stone has been left unturned in the quest to ensure the cee’d Sportswagon is more than a match for its European rivals. One seemingly insignificant detail is the fuel-filler flap. In the Far East and America buyers like a separate release lever inside the car, while Europeans prefer it to be linked to the central locking system so that it can be opened with just a push – so that’s what you will find. 

The quality in the cee’d Sportswagon is actual as well as perceived. The tight shutlines would not look out of place on a premium-price luxury car, while most versions have an elegant chrome window surround. Lower-grade models have a chromed grille surround, while all other versions have a graphite chrome surround with a black high-gloss mesh grille. 

First impressions are matched when stepping into the cabin.  Soft-touch surfaces, high-quality materials and lidded storage areas, subtle red ambient lighting, tactile door

grab handles and precise panel gaps combine to give the interior of the cee’d Sportswagon a solid, mature, made-from-a-mould feel. 

This is emphasised by the refinement of the car. The windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, thus shutting out more exterior noise and adding to body rigidity. There is filling in the pillar areas, weather strips around the door frames, aerodynamically styled door mirrors and thick front door glass. All play a part in adding to refinement. Even the sealing strips on the door sills make it more difficult for noise to enter the cabin. 

The cee’d Sportswagon in the UK

Kia offers a 12-model cee’d Sportswagon range in the UK, with significant revisions to the line-up to take into account the new engines, transmission and GT-Line trim option. This has been carefully selected to reflect changes in buying patterns, with an increasing number of customers now opting for higher trim grades.

The entry points are grades ‘1’ and special edition ‘SR7’. Grade ‘1’ is available with the 1.4-litre diesel engine with manual transmission, while the ‘SR7’ is exclusively offered with only the 1.4-litre petrol engine.  

Grade ‘2’ gives buyers the option of the 1.6-litre CRDi in either manual or 7-DCT form. Grade ‘3’ comes with the ecoTurbo engine and manual or 7-DCT 1.6-litre CRDi powertrains. This is replicated by the choice of new GT-Line models. Grade ‘4’ and grade ‘4 Tech’ are powered solely by the 1.6-litre CRDi engine with manual transmission. 

All feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including a luggage area light, power socket, retractable and removable load cover, net hooks and under-floor box and side tray. 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, remote central locking, a cooled glovebox, a flat-folding 60:40 split rear seat, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system, DAB radio, illuminated USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking. 

‘SR7’ adds new 16-inch alloy wheels in place of 15-inch steel rims, a leather-rimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, reversing sensors, all-round electric windows with auto up/down function, chrome interior garnish, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and automatic headlight control. Grade ‘2’ has new black Premium cloth seats, chrome front foglight surrounds, a graphite chrome radiator grille, LED daytime running lights and cornering lights. This is on top of LED rear combination lamps, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, chrome window surrounds, a rear centre armrest, cruise control with speed limiter, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage net hooks and the Flex Steer function giving three different levels of steering weight and sensitivity.  

Grade ‘3’ has different 16-inch alloy wheels and the 7-inch touchscreen with TomTom® Connected services and a reversing camera, rain-sensing front wipers with de-icing elements, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with two-step airflow control, seat upholstery with contrasting mesh inserts, powered lumbar support adjustment for the driver and front passenger, faux leather door trims, a black high-gloss fascia and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. 

Grade ‘4’ introduces the luggage area rail and partition system and barrier net, 17-inch alloys, exterior illumination on the front door handles, black leather front seats with contrasting grey inserts, a heated steering wheel and front seats, an electronic parking brake, the Smart Entry System with illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button a premium centre console with sliding cover and cupholders, a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display and stainless steel pedals and scuff plates, while 4 Tech is distinguished by the new parallel and perpendicular Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, xenon adaptive front lighting system with automatic levelling, front headlamp washers and front and rear parking sensors. 

And now there is GT-Line, with the GT-Line exterior styling pack of graphite chrome grille surround with black high-gloss mesh, a black lower grille, a twin exhaust, black high-gloss LED light housing and number-plate surround, ice-cube LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss foglight housings and rear ‘GT-Line’ badge. The GT-Line interior pack supplements this with black headlining and black cross-stitch upholstery with silver stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gearshifter, door trim and seats. There is a leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and a black centre fascia and high-gloss black centre tray, air-vent surrounds and door trim. 

The cee’d Sportswagon comes with a seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty and is available for retail customers with Kia’s Care-3 and Care-3 Plus servicing packages, which cover all routine maintenance for three or five years. The warranty and servicing packages are transferable if the car is sold before they expire. 

UK cee’d Sportswagon line-up

Model

Power bhp

Torque

Nm

0-60 sec

Max speed mph

Average     mpg

CO2 g/km

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 1

89

240

13.4

107

67.3

109

1.4 6-speed manual SR7

98

134

12.6

112

47.1

138

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG 2

134

300

10.5

122

67.3

109

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

118

171

11.0

116

54.3

120

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG 3

134

300

10.5

122

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4 Tech

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

118

171

11.0

116

54.3

120

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

134

280

10.1

121

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG GT-Line

134

300

10.5

122

67.3

109

    

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2          WALK-AROUND                                                                                          

A quick guide to the new cee’d Sportswagon

Exterior (depending on model)

  • Introduction of sporty GT-Line trim level
  • Newly designed wider front bumper
  • New, oval-shaped grille mesh
  • LED rear lamps
  • New colour palette with Silver Frost metallic option
  • New 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels 

Interior (depending on model)

  • New air vent system with chrome highlights
  • Further chrome highlights around the window switches
  • Illuminated USB and AUX ports
  • Illuminated aluminium engine starter button
  • New seat cloth (grade ‘2’)
  • Additional sound-absorbing materials and anti-vibration foam to improve NVH of diesel models
  • Unique sporty look for GT-Line models 

Technical

  • New 1.0-litre three-cylinder T-GDi turbocharged (ecoTurbo) petrol engine. First of a new family of downsized, highly-efficient petrol power units
  • Upgraded 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine
  • 7-speed duel-clutch automatic gearbox (7-DCT) introduced for 1.6-litre CRDi engine
  • New torque vectoring system minimises understeer in hard cornering
  • Improvements to rear suspension for improved comfort and handling
  • Modified Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) for more linear and precise response
  • Revised front wheel geometry for greater on-centre feel 

Safety and equipment (depending on model)

  • Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Traffic Signal Recognition and Speed Limit Information
  • DAB radio
  • Perpendicular parking function added to Smart Park Assist System
  • Improved supervision cluster adds navigation turn-by-turn instructions
  • 7-inch navigation screen with TomTom® Connected services. Offers live traffic updates, local search and weather forecasting

 

3          cee’d SPORTSWAGON: BUSINESS CLASS                                                      

Ready to build on its predecessor’s strong presence in the fleet market 

The cee’d Sportswagon is one of Kia’s leading lights in the fleet market, frequently outselling the hatchback four-to-one among business users. With the introduction of new 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol and 1.6-litre diesel engines and the 7-DCT dual-clutch automatic gearbox in place of a conventional six-speed auto transmission – all bringing tangible gains in fuel economy and emissions – plus a restructured line-up with more petrol variants and the addition of GT-Line versions, the cee’d Sportswagon will have even more widespread appeal among user-choosers.

The success of Kia’s compact estate car in the business market has been built not just on price but also on its value-for-money specification, and this is even more evident with the new models. 

Even the entry-level version leaves nothing to be desired. Highlights of the standard specification include a luggage area light, power socket, retractable and removable load cover, net hooks and under-floor box and side tray plus electrically adjustable heated door mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment and a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air conditioning, steering wheel-mounted controls, Bluetooth and an iPod-compatible audio system. 

Further up the range, cornering lights, cruise control with speed limiter, reversing sensors, Flex Steer, automatic headlights and front wipers, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a 7-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system linked to TomTom® Connected services, leather seats, a speed and multi-function LCD full colour display, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, a Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof and xenon adaptive front lighting are available. 

And as with every Kia, the new cee’d Sportswagon comes with a seven-year, 100,000-mile fully transferable warranty. 

With the fleet market so dominant, the majority of sales will go to models powered by Kia’s advanced and highly efficient turbodiesel engines. With their high torque outputs and low operating and running costs they are ideally suited to the heavy loads and high mileages often inflicted on estate cars by business operators. However, the introduction of the high-tech new three-cylinder, direct-injection 1.0 T-GDi ecoTurbo power unit with its broad spread of torque and low running costs will herald something of a revival for petrol engines among retail and fleet customers.    

Six-speed gearboxes are standard in manual models, while the 7-DCT dual-clutch transmission with 25 per cent lower CO2 emissions and vastly improved economy will encourage greater take-up of automatics than the previous six-speed torque converter gearbox.  All 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre versions of the cee’d Sportswagon are fitted with Kia’s Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) fuel-saving stop/start technology, which brings improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions and Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) taxation. 

Fuel economy and emissions 

Engine

Urban mpg

Extra urban mpg

Combined mpg

CO2 g/km

1.4 CRDi

55.4

76.3

67.3

109

1.6 CRDi

64.2

78.5

72.4

102

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT

61.4

72.4

67.3

109

1.4

36.2

57.6

47.1

138

1.0 T-GDi

44.1

64.2

54.3

120

 

Company car benefit-in-kind tax bands (2015-16) 

Engine

Tax Rate %

1.4 CRDi 

19

1.6 CRDi 

18

1.6 CRDi auto

19

1.4

22

1.0 T-GDi

19

                  

Insurance groups 

Model

Group 1-50

1.4 CRDi 6-speed manual 1

8

1.4 6-speed manual SR7

7

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 2

13

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG 2

13

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

11

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 3

13

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG 3

13

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4

14

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG 4 Tech

16

1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

11

1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG GT-Line

14

1.6 CRDi 7-DCT ISG GT-Line

14

 

Servicing 

Routine servicing is needed only once a year or every 20,000 miles for both petrol and diesel versions. 

Care-3 – Kia’s servicing package for retail customers – is available for the cee’d Sportswagon and offers a fixed cost and inflation-proof servicing for the first three or five years. All work will be carried out by trained product technicians, using genuine Kia replacement parts and specified oils. 

Both packages are transferable should the vehicle be sold, and if a vehicle with a Care-3 package is sold on the new next owner may upgrade to the five-year service package.  The cost of the vehicle’s first MoT test fee can be included. 

Warranty and support

Seven-year / 100,000-mile manufacturer warranty

12-year anti-perforation warranty

Five-year paintwork warranty

One-year Europe-wide roadside rescue through KIAssist

 

4          EUROPEAN BY DESIGN  
New GT-Line trim package adds a sportier look

The cee’d family is fundamental to Kia’s policy of creating specific cars in and for the markets where they are sold, and the cee’d Sportswagon perfectly illustrates that.  While there is little or no appetite for estate cars in the Korean domestic market, Kia recognises their importance in Europe. Similarly, the increasing desire for cars with a sporty look – but not the higher running costs associated with pure performance models – is reflected in the addition for 2016 of the GT-Line versions.

GT-Line makes the Sportswagon even more able to justify the ‘sports’ part of its name. It is available with the 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engine and with the new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel. 

GT-Line models are distinguished by a deep front bumper flanked by ice cube-style LED daytime running lights. These are housed in black high-gloss panels along with the foglights. There is a unique black lower grille and a black high-gloss mesh main grille with a graphite chrome surround. This is complemented by an equally sporty rear featuring twin exhausts and full LED light units. At the sides there are bespoke five-double-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. There is a ‘GT-Line’ badge on the rear bodywork. 

In the cabin, GT-Line models feature black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts. The driver and front passenger seats have power lumbar adjustment.  There is a sporty leather steering wheel with a perforated grip and silver stitching, which is replicated on the gear shifter, back door centre  trim and seats. There are also alloy pedals with rubber grip inserts and faux black leather door inserts. The navigation centre in the fascia console has a matt black finish and there is a high-gloss black console tray, air vent surrounds and door trims. 

For the rest of the range, there are only minor modifications to add a touch more sportiness and perceived quality, but the overall design was considered to be still so fresh and appealing that wholesale change was neither necessary nor desirable. 

Kia hallmarks like the ‘tiger-nose’ front grille, sleek profile and wrap-around headlights remain largely untouched except for a new oval-shaped grille mesh. This has a chrome surround on the two lower-series versions and a graphite chrome surround on all others. All versions except GT-Line have a newly designed front bumper which is now common to all three cee’d body styles. It includes a horizontal lower section which links the front foglamp/daytime running lamp surround and a flatter grille, emphasising the wide stance of the car and presenting a sportier look. The foglight housing is in either matt or high-gloss black, depending on model, with matt black or chrome edging. 

There are LED rear lamp clusters for the majority of models to emphasise the quality evident throughout, plus stylish new 16- and 17-inch alloy wheel designs for all but grade ‘1’. 

The spacious and handsome interior has received only small detail touches, mainly to add an extra veneer of quality or to accommodate the new driver assistance and connectivity systems, such as the revised 7-inch touchscreen and turn-by-turn instructions which now appear in the instrument panel. 

There is a revised air vent system with a chrome surround to accentuate the width of the cabin, and additional chrome on the window switches. An illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button now features on models with the Smart Entry System.   

The cee’d Sportswagon was designed and engineered at Kia’s Frankfurt design studios and technical centre, and is made at the company’s Žilina plant in Slovakia. It is sold exclusively in European markets. From the outset, it was therefore imperative that it was seen as European – not just in styling and ride and handling, or through the availability of state-of-the-art diesel engines, but also in the hundreds of small details which separate European preferences from those in other parts of the world. 

Haptics – how things feel and move – and ergonomics, the placement of controls and inter-relation between them, were of paramount importance and played a large part in the design. Europeans like handwheel-type seat adjusters because they offer a fine degree of backrest angle variation, for instance, and they prefer the indicator stalk on the left of the steering column rather than the right. The designers took note of this. In Europe, quality is also as much about how things feel and look as it is about durability, so the designers also addressed these issues. 

There is an even finer amount of small detail to ensure the car is in many ways more European than its European competitors. No stone was left unturned. One seemingly insignificant detail is the fuel-filler flap. In the Far East and America buyers like a separate release lever inside the car, while Europeans prefer it to be linked to the central locking system so that it can be opened with just a push – so that’s what you will find. 

The cee’d Sportswagon is just over 4.5 metres long, which makes it more compact than its major European rivals, yet it offers greater luggage capacity – 528 litres up to the load cover with all seats upright (510 litres with the spare wheel in place) and 1,660/1,642 litres up to the roof with the 60:40 split rear seats folded flat. 

Ease of loading has also been taken into consideration. The boot floor is flush with the tailgate opening and the 60:40 split rear seat bases and backrests fold to ensure a completely flat load deck. Every version of the cee’d Sportswagon has an under-floor storage compartment and side load areas, a retractable luggage cover, load-securing net hooks, a boot light and a 12-volt boot-mounted power socket.

Higher-specification models also have sliding aluminium luggage area rails and straps plus a luggage barrier net to secure objects and prevent them from moving around in the rear. Roof rails are standard on every model so that extra cargo can be carried outside the car. The cee’d Sportswagon has a payload of up to 500kg and can tow a braked trailer of 1,500kg (manual versions). 

The cab-forward design and rakish roofline lend the car a sporty stance and great presence, without impingeing on passenger or cargo space. Unusually for an estate car in its class, the cee’d Sportswagon has different rear doors to the cee’d hatchback so that the stylish upward sweep of the lower window graphic can continue all the way to the rear of the car without making the cabin dark or claustrophobic for passengers travelling in the back. 

The athletic appearance is emphasised by wide front and rear tracks and heightened by the availability of wheels of up to 17-inches in diameter, tightly encased by the stylish bodywork. With its steeply angled A-pillars, low belt line and emphatic glasshouse, the cee’d Sportswagon has something of a coupé-like profile. 

Improvements in quality are actual as well as perceived. The tight shutlines would not look out of place on premium car, while most versions have an elegant chromed window surround. The entry-level model and ‘SR7’ have a chromed grille surround, while all other versions have a graphite chrome surround with a black high-gloss mesh grille. 

First impressions are matched when stepping into the cabin. The classy new key fob with metallised inserts is merely a foretaste of what is to come. Soft-touch surfaces, high-quality materials, damped sun visors and lidded storage areas, red ambient lighting, tactile door grab handles and precise panel gaps combine to give the interior a solid, mature, made-from-a-mould feel. Even the operation of the tailgate with an element of self-closing force adds to the impression of quality. 

This is reinforced by the refinement. The windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, thus shutting out more exterior noise. There are weather strips around the door frames, filling in the pillar areas, aerodynamically styled door mirrors and thick front door glass. Even the sealing strips on the door sills make it more difficult for noise to enter the cabin. 

The driver-centric dashboard layout features intuitive controls clearly grouped, with superb attention to detail. Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout is enhanced by a speed and multi-function LCD full colour display on the ‘4’ and  ‘4 Tech’ versions, while grade ‘3’ and above have the Audio and Navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen, TomTom® Connected services and built-in reversing camera. 

The seats offer outstanding side support, with 10-way power-adjustment and memory on the driver’s side in the ‘4 Tech’.  Fin-style door grab handles, an asymmetric centre console surround framing a deep storage area, bright chrome highlights, soft-touch surfaces and padded door trims and storage boxes all attest to the attention to detail and enhanced quality of the cee’d Sportswagon. 

In the UK the car is available with a choice of six exterior colours, including the new Silver Frost metallic. The interiors of grade ‘1’ and ‘SR7’ are trimmed in black ‘Abstract’ cloth, grade ‘2’ is now in ‘Premium’ cloth and grade ‘3’ has black cloth with a contrasting mesh design and faux leather inserts. Grades ‘4’ and ‘4 Tech’ have black leather upholstery with grey inserts, while GT-Line models have their own unique black cross-stitch upholstery with grey inserts.    

5          RANGE FINDER                                                                                                      

           A wider choice with more equipment 

Kia offers a 12-model cee’d Sportswagon range in the UK, with significant revisions to the line-up to take into account the new engines, transmission and GT-Line trim option. This has been carefully selected to reflect changes in buying patterns, with an increasing number of customers now opting for higher trim grades. 

The entry points are grades ‘1’ and special edition ‘SR7’. Grade ‘1’ is available with the 1.4-litre diesel engine with manual transmission, while the ‘SR7’ is exclusively offered with only the 1.4-litre petrol engine.  

Grade ‘2’ gives buyers the option of the 1.6-litre CRDi in either manual or 7-DCT form. Grade ‘3’ comes with the ecoTurbo engine  and manual or automatic 1.6-litre CRDi powertrains. This is replicated by the choice of new GT-Line models. Grades ‘4’ and ‘4’ Tech are powered solely by the 1.6-litre CRDi engine with manual transmission. 

All feature a comprehensive list of standard equipment, including a luggage area light, power socket, retractable and removable load cover, net hooks and under-floor box and side tray. 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, remote central locking, a cooled glovebox, a flat-folding 60:40 split rear seat, ambient front lighting, an iPod-compatible audio system, DAB radio, illuminated USB and AUX ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, six airbags and speed-sensitive auto door locking. 

SR7 adds new 16-inch alloy wheels in place of 15-ich steel rims, a leather-rimmed steering wheel and gearshifter, reversing sensors, all-round electric windows with auto up/down function, more chrome interior garnish, privacy glass on the rear windows and tailgate and automatic headlight control. Grade 2 is distinguished by a luggage net, new black Premium cloth seats, chrome front foglight surrounds, a graphite chrome radiator grille, LED daytime running lights, cornering lights and a dual-tone horn. This is on top of LED rear combination lamps, electrically folding and heated door mirrors, chrome window surrounds, a rear centre armrest, cruise control with speed limiter, illuminated vanity mirrors, luggage net hooks and the Flex Steer function giving three different levels of steering weight and sensitivity.  

Grade ‘3’ has different 16-inch alloy wheels and the 7-inch touchscreen with TomTom® Connected services and a reversing camera, rain-sensing front wipers with de-icing elements, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with two-step airflow control, seat upholstery with contrasting mesh inserts, powered lumbar support adjustment for the driver and front passenger, faux leather door trims, a black high-gloss fascia and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror. 

Grade ‘4’ introduces the luggage area rail and partition system and barrier net, 17-inch alloys, exterior illumination on the front door handles, black leather front seats with contrasting grey inserts, a heated steering wheel and front seats, an electronic parking brake, the Smart Entry System with illuminated aluminium engine start/stop button a premium centre console with sliding cover and cupholders, a speed and multifunction LCD high-definition colour display and stainless steel pedals and scuff plates, while ‘4 Tech’ is distinguished by the new Smart Park Assist System, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Speed Limit function plus a panoramic sunroof, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, xenon adaptive front lighting with automatic levelling, front headlamp washers and front and rear parking sensors. 

And now there is GT-Line, with the GT-Line exterior styling pack of graphite chrome grille surround with black high-gloss mesh, a black lower grille, a twin exhaust, black high-gloss LED light housing and number-plate surround, ice-cube LED daytime running lights, black high-gloss foglight housings and rear ‘GT-Line’ badge. The GT-Line interior pack supplements this with black headlining and black cross-stitch upholstery with silver stitching, which also features on the steering wheel, gearshifter, door trim and seats. There is a leather steering wheel with perforated inserts and a black centre fascia and high-gloss black centre tray, air-vent surrounds and door trim. 

6          THE TECHNICAL STORY                                                                           

World-class new powertrains, a revised chassis and reduced NVH 

From the outset the cee’d Sportswagon has been roundly praised for its smooth and torquey engines, European driving dynamics – aided by the comparative rarity in the C-segment of independent multi-link rear suspension where most rivals have a simple twist beam – and refined driving manners. 

But Kia is not a company to rest on its laurels. For 2016 it introduces a new three-cylinder direct-injection 1.0-TGDi turbcocharged (ecoTurbo) petrol engine, a new and more powerful 1.6-litre CRDi diesel and a seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic gearbox alongside the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel engines carried over from the previous version. All engines now meet EU6 emissions control standards.  

Revised suspension geometry and steering tuning have preserved the outstanding handling while adding greater finesse to the ride. Variable-assistance Flex Steer is fitted on the majority of models, allowing greater personalisation and a set-up to suit any owner, whether the car is being driven in crowded town streets or on fast highways. There has been a major step forward in NVH with all diesel models, too. The outcome of all this is that the cee’d Sportswagon is more enjoyable to drive and quieter to ride in and has a more mature, more premium feel. 

The engines

Because the cee’d Sportswagon is such a strong contender in the fleet market the two diesel engines – 1.4- and 1.6-litre units from the European-designed and European-made U2 range – will be by far the biggest sellers. Both are 16-valve double overhead camshaft units with a cast-iron block and bedplate and an aluminium oil pan. The 1.4-litre unit has a wastegate turbocharger while the 1.6 features a variable geometry turbocharger which adjusts the flow of exhaust gases by altering the angle of the turbo vanes according to engine requirements to raise performance while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The 1.6 also has variable swirl control. This increases swirl at low-to-mid loads to reduce emissions and decreases it at high loads to maximise power. 

The 1.6 is a new engine which delivers greater power and torque than its predecessor with reduced fuel consumption and emissions.  It features a new high-pressure injection system and a continuously controlled variable oil pump to reduce friction losses. Power rises from 126bhp to 134bhp, while the maximum torque with manual transmission is now 280Nm rather than 265Nm, and is available at 1,500rpm instead of 1,900rpm previously. With the 7-DCT gearbox the maximum torque rises to 300Nm, available from 1,750 to 2,500rpm. 

The improvements in power, torque and driveability mean that all manual versions can accelerate from 0-60mph in just a fraction over 10 seconds, while the top speed is 121mph. Fuel economy is 72.4mpg, while CO2 emissions are 102g/km. 

With the new 7-DCT automatic gearbox there are spectacular improvements in economy and emissions compared with the previous model with a conventional six-speed automatic transmission. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 10.5 seconds, while the top speed is 122mph.   

The 1.4-litre (1,396cc) CRDi engine develops 89bhp at 4000rpm and 240Nm of torque – up from 220Nm – between 1,500 and 2,500rpm. This is sufficient to ensure sprightly performance with excellent driveability through a six-speed manual gearbox. The 0-60mph dash takes 13.4 seconds and the top speed is 107mph.  Yet with fuel economy of 67.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 109g/km it is ideally suited to both fleet and retail customers looking to minimise fuel costs, BiK taxation and Vehicle Excise Duty. 

There are now two petrol engines available for the cee’d Sportswagon, which means that three models are petrol-powered instead of just the ‘SR7’ previously. 

The cee’d Sportswagon, along with other members of the cee’d family, is the first to benefit from Kia’s new 1.0-TGDi (ecoTurbo) three-cylinder direct-injection turbocharged engine, which was introduced at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. This is the first of an entire new family of world-class power units designed to meet the company’s stringent internal targets for reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Kia intends to downsize 70 per cent of its internal combustion engines in the next few years while introducing new models which embrace every form of alternative powertrain – hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery-electric as in the Soul EV and even hydrogen fuel cell. 

However, in many countries it will be some years before the infrastructure is mature enough to support widespread use of alternative power systems, so for now the emphasis will be on minimising the impact of combustion engines. 

In the cee’d Sportswagon the ecoTurbo engine develops 118bhp at 6,000rpm, with 171Nm of torque available at 4,000rpm, ensuring outstanding driving flexibility. The ecoTurbo is a member of the Kappa family and was developed in-house at Kia’s Namyang research and development facility in Korea. 

The key targets were instantaneous response, highly efficient combustion and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. These goals have been more than met with the aid of innovative technical solutions. The ecoTurbo engine features laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread more evenly throughout the cylinders than if it was being consistently sprayed into certain points. Thanks to a high-pressure pump, injection is at up to 200 bar. 

There is a straight air intake port which ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the intake process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking. A single-scroll turbocharger is paired with an electric wastegate motor to improve turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads. 

An integrated exhaust manifold reduces exhaust gas temperatures, bringing the benefits of higher speeds with greater fuel efficiency. Lower temperatures also result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88º C to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts of coolant flow above 105º C to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

The ecoTurbo engine has fuel economy of 54.3mpg with CO2 emissions of 120g/km. Acceleration from 0-60mph takes 11.0 seconds, while the top speed is 116mph. 

The final engine in the cee’d Sportswagon is the 1.4-litre Gamma unit, reserved exclusively for the special-edition ‘SR7’ model. It is a multi-point-injection 16-valve unit with twin overhead camshafts and continuously variable valve timing on both the inlet and exhaust camshafts for high torque at low engine revs, ensuring good driveability in European cities, and excellent power for the fast motorway speeds common in Europe. 

An offset crankshaft optimises fuel economy by reducing friction losses and improves the speed reduction of the pistons around the expansion stroke. A strong aluminium ladder frame improves rigidity and reduces NVH. The 1.4-litre Gamma engine develops 98bhp at 6,000rpm and 134Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. The 0-60mph acceleration time is 12.6 seconds and the top speed is 112mph, while CO2 emissions are 138g/km and fuel economy is 47.1mpg. 

EcoDynamics and ISG

All versions of the cee’d Sportswagon feature Kia’s EcoDynamics ISG fuel-saving, CO2-reducing technologies, a gearshift indicator on manual models advises the driver of the most efficient change-up points.  Kia has also developed a kick-down switch for the accelerator to prevent unintentional full use.  A small resistance felt through the accelerator pedal at full load helps drivers to avoid excessive fuel consumption, without impairing responsiveness when maximum power is needed.  Other innovative technologies as part of the EcoDynamics package include a power-saving alternator management system, Motor Driven Power Steering and low rolling resistance tyres, which are 14 per cent more efficient than standard tyres. 

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit.  This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU. 

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crank angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion.  The battery sensor monitors the battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when the driver wishes to continue driving and ensures the engine is started.  There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low. 

A new heavy-duty maintenance-free AGM (Absorbent Glass Mat) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery when coasting and braking. 

All the driver has to do is stop, put the car into neutral and lift his or her foot off the clutch.  After a brief pause, the engine cuts out. It restarts as soon as the driver pushes the clutch.  The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up from a cold start or if the air conditioning system is working hard.  Drivers can also manually turn off the ISG system through a switch on the dashboard.

Transmissions

Six-speed gearboxes are standard with every manual version of the new cee’d Sportswagon, while the 1.6 CRDi offers the option of Kia’s new seven-speed dual-clutch (7-DCT) automatic transmission in grades ‘2’, ‘3’ and GT-Line. 

Like the T-GDi engines, this was developed in-house with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the comfort and smoothness of a torque converter transmission in automatic mode with the sportiness of a manual when the driver chooses to take control of gearchanges. It has a maximum torque capacity of 300Nm – higher than the previous six-speed automatic – while delivering faster changes and lower running costs. Emissions tumble by almost 25 per cent, from 145g/km to 109g/km, while fuel economy is 67.3mpg. 

Suspension, steering and brakes

European driving conditions impose different challenges to those found almost anywhere else on earth. Highway speeds are generally higher. Towns and cities often have narrow, bumpy streets. And in-between there are winding country roads, mountain passes and twisting lanes. To cope with this eclectic mix a car must be both agile and supple. 

From the outset Kia demanded that the cee’d Sportswagon should not only look and feel European but should also behave European and drive every bit as well as the three- and five-door hatchback models.  That is why it has the comparative rarity in its class of an expensive fully independent rear suspension system in place of the more commonly used and cheaper twist beam, and a wheelbase that is one of the longest in class. 

Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) provides the right degree of assistance and weighting while reducing fuel consumption by around three per cent.  And powerful all-disc brakes – with anti-lock (ABS), electronic force distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS) – bring the car to a stable and sure halt in the shortest possible distance. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) are fitted to stabilise the car if road conditions or over-exuberant driving put it at risk of it going out of control. VSM communicates with the steering to stabilise the car when it is braking or accelerating on roads with differing levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control is again standard to ensure the car pulls away smoothly without rolling backwards on steep inclines – this is achieved by momentarily applying the brakes, for two seconds on manual versions and 0.8 seconds on automatic versions.        

All versions of the new cee’d Sportswagon have a modified fully independent suspension system to improve comfort and handling and now feature torque vectoring to minimise understeer in hard cornering by partially braking the inner front wheel. The car’s Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS) has been retuned to be more linear and predictable in response to steering inputs, while the front wheel geometry has been adapted to improve on-centre feel. New stoppers on the rear strut mount insulators and a new outer ball joint on the rear anti-roll bar improve comfort on poor surfaces by minimising suspension vibrations. The rear anti-roll bar is now hollow rather than solid to reduce the transmission of road noise into the cabin. The outcome is that the cee’d Sportswagon has lost none of its agility, but now delivers a more compliant and quieter ride. 

Grades ‘2’ and above also have Flex Steer. This allows drivers to personalise the level of assistance provided by the MDPS system at the touch of a button. It provides three stages of assistance – Comfort, which is ideal for parking manoeuvres in tight spaces or slow urban driving; Normal, which is the default mode; or Sport, which requires more steering effort and is therefore suited to fast highway driving where maximum stability is demanded. Whichever setting the owner chooses is maintained even after the engine has been switched off so that, for example, if the car is parked in town it will continue to be light and easy to drive upon restart. 

An electronic parking brake is standard on 4 and 4 Tech versions. It features an automatic off function when the car pulls away. 

Improved NVH

Kia has raised refinement with a series of new measures to counter NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) as part of its review of every single facet of the car. 

The aerodynamics (Cd 0.30) and carefully shaped door mirrors significantly reduce the incursion of wind noise into the cabin. There are joints on the ends of the belt-line weather strips, while the weather strips around the door frames are single-piece ‘one-turn’ items to reduce wind noise. The windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a seal, which not only makes the car more rigid but also aids quietness. The pillar filling areas and even the sill trim strips have been devised to minimise the chance of noise seeping into the cabin. 

The stiff body shell and revised rear suspension reduce the possibilities for road noise to enter the cabin, and there is sound absorption material throughout the car. Combustion noise from the diesel engines is less as a result of additional noise-insulating material under the bonnet and in the cabin. Additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system; twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel; and sound-absorbing material is now fitted to the engine block, oil pan and diesel particulate filter. 

A three-point engine mounting system on all models also aids refinement, while acceleration vibration is minimised by the design of the roll-mounting system.

 

7          SAFETY FIRST                                                                                            

Advanced new driver aids – with more to come 

A raft of new driver assistance and connectivity features advances the already comprehensive active and passive safety systems of the cee’d Sportswagon. Depending on model, the new Sportswagon is now available with Speed Limit Information to reduce the risk of drivers falling foul of the law. 

To help reduce accidents, Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert add to the already comprehensive passive and active safety systems. Blind Spot Detection gives the driver an extra pair of  ‘eyes’  when swapping lanes, while the Rear Cross Traffic Alert alerts the driver if the car is being reversed into the path of another vehicle when leaving end-on parking bays. A perpendicular parking function has been added to the Smart Park Assist System which was available in the previous model. It can steer the car into or out of parallel parking spots and into perpendicular (90)º spaces. 

The new model features the highest level of connectivity ever found in the cee’d family through the latest Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom®. Via the stylish, modern-looking 7-inch central touchscreen, drivers gain access to European mapping, a Traffic Messaging Channel, full UK postcode entry and the choice of fast, short or economical route-planning to their destination, while TomTom® Connected services provide additional and valuable driver information, including speed camera locations, live traffic updates and local search and weather information. The 7-inch touchscreen is linked to a colour reversing camera.

All the essentials for avoiding accidents, or at the very least minimising the effects of them, are standard. There is Electronic Stability Control (ESP) to control skids even before the driver can react, and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to keep the car stable when accelerating or braking on roads with different levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep gradients by holding the brakes for up to two seconds. 

The ambitious target was not just a five-star Euro-NCAP rating, but a higher score than any class competitor. To achieve that, major advances in body engineering and pedestrian protection were necessary. 

The bodyshell is incredibly stiff as a result of a comprehensive package of reinforcements in critical areas. Even the windscreen is bonded in rather than mounted in a sealing strip, which aids both rigidity and refinement. In total, 57 per cent of the body is made from high-tensile steel, with ultra-high-tensile steel in the B-pillar structures. 

There is an i-type subframe with rigid side members, front apron and dashboard. Horizontal and centre tunnel supports feature in the dash area. The A-pillars, inner door rail and upper and lower body structures have been reinforced and there are transverse cross-members linking the front and rear suspension mounts, pressings attaching the boot floor to the tailgate opening and a strong floor cross-member. All of this serves to provide a safety ‘ring’ around the tailgate area. 

At the front, the side crash members have shallow slant angles which help to disperse collision energy more effectively, while side impact protection is boosted by reinforced front door belt inner rails, hot-stamped B-pillars and roof sides, ultra-high-tensile steel lower body sill structures and a roof gusset connecting the side inner panels and the roof rails. There are also extremely thick door beams. 

Every cee’d Sportswagon comes as standard with six airbags –­ twin front, side and side curtains – to provide all-round chest, face and head protection. Seat-belt recognition monitors detect if the belt on an occupied seat is not fastened or is released during a journey. 

To reduce the cost of repairs after low-speed (9mph or less) collisions, there is a crash box integrated into the front bumper rails to minimise deformation of the front side member, while at the rear the side members have been reinforced so that they are better able to resist deformation at similar speed.

Pedestrian safety comes through collapsible headlamps, a stiff lower bumper lip and shock-absorbing structures in the bonnet and bonnet hinges. 

All versions have Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS), which causes the rear brake lamps to flash in an emergency stop to alert following drivers. Brake Assist (BAS), which ensures maximum stopping power in an emergency regardless of the force applied to the pedal by the driver, is also standard.    

Daytime running lights – LED-type on grade ‘2’ and above – are fitted.  Grades ‘2’, ‘3’, ‘4’ and GT-Line have static cornering lights which provide a broader beam when steering to ensure quicker recognition of roadside objects at night. They operate through separate lights built into the headlamp units, and activate when the steering angle is more than 35 degrees at speeds of 6mph and above, or 50 degrees when the car is stationary. They switch off if the steering angle falls below 20 degrees.

Xenon adaptive front lighting system with automatic levelling is standard on the ‘4 Tech’ version. These continuously adjust the up/down and left/right angle of the beam according to steering wheel movements and the car’s speed to increase the driver’s range of vision on twisty or bumpy roads at night.  

Automatic headlight control is standard on the ‘SR7’ and grades ‘3’ and above, and all versions have an LED high-level rear stop light, while grade ‘2’ and above have LED combination rear lamp clusters.

Reversing sensors are standard from grade ‘2’, while grade ‘3’ and GT-Line have a colour reversing camera integrated into the navigation screen.  The ‘4 Tech’ version adds to this with the improved Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) now featuring perpendicular parking. At the press of a button this automatically steers the car into spaces while the driver operates the accelerator, brakes and gears.  Front, rear and side sensors first decide whether the parking space is large enough for the car and then the system directs it in. A display in the instrument panel allows the driver to monitor progress.

The top-of-the-range ‘4 Tech’ grade also comes as standard with a Lane Departure Warning System which monitors the position of the car within road lanes, from a camera positioned next to the interior rear view mirror, and warns the driver, via visual and audible alerts, if the vehicle deviates from its lane when the indicators have not been activated. It also has as standard Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Speed Limit information.

8          MANUFACTURING AND THE ENVIRONMENT                                                 

Back to where it all started – Kia’s European plant at Žilina 

The story of the cee’d family will always be inextricably linked with that of Kia’s European manufacturing facility at Žilina in Slovakia. Without the one, there might never have been the other. Žilina passed a significant milestone in mid-2015 with the production of the one-millionth cee’d – a five-door GT destined for a Dutch customer. Žilina also manufactures the sporty Sportage crossover and the practical compact Venga. 

The story of  Žilina  goes back to the mid-2000s, when Kia established a policy of building cars in and for the markets where they were to be sold, wherever possible. In Europe that meant a range of hatchbacks and an estate to compete in the most important market segment, the C-sector. 

Žilina was identified as the place where they would be made. Slovakia, which had become a member of the EU in 2004, had a history in engineering, a highly qualified workforce, a well-developed transport infrastructure, an established automotive supply chain and a national government committed to helping new businesses. Kia was given tax-breaks and land incentives by the Slovakian government and has in turn worked with the authorities for the benefit of the local community. 

The local authority has established a training centre close to the plant, where Kia has provided the expertise to develop courses in such things as computer, hybrid and welding technologies. These courses are available for all people across the region. 

The factory has brought a much-needed boost to Žilina. Some 10,000 jobs have been created nearby with more than a dozen parts and components suppliers.  Employment at the factory was increased to 3,900 staff when the third shift came into effect in January 2012.  Žilina is now able to produce 300,000 cars a year as well as 450,000 engines. The 2014 figures were 323,000 and 493,000 respectively, which effectively means that the plant is operating at more than its notional capacity.  

Žilina was completed ahead of schedule and the quality of the pilot production cars it started making towards the end of 2005 was so good that Kia took the confident decision to launch the car with a seven-year, 100,000-mile transferable warranty, subject to wear-and-tear limitations. That confidence has been more than justified by the quality of the cars made at Žilina.

Žilina-built models are exported to 76 markets. 

Green from the word go

As an all-new, start-up facility, Kia was determined that Žilina would set the highest environmental standards. For Kia, environmental protection is not just about headline-grabbing tailpipe emissions figures. It encompasses every aspect of the manufacturing, distribution, sales, use and scrapping of cars. Kia was the first manufacturer in the world to establish a dedicated environmental research and development centre, at Mabuk, to the south-east of the Korean capital, Seoul. Mabuk was involved in the design and development of the Žilina plant.     

Manufacturing demands and environmental responsibility do not always go hand-in-hand, but Žilina sets the highest environmental standards and is a benchmark for the European automotive industry. Even the location is environmentally important, reducing the distances that cars need to be transported.  Seventy-five per cent of the parts used in the plant are sourced from Western Europe, which also helps to cut down on unnecessary transport.

The assembly shop uses revolutionary technology for improving air quality. The basic principle is that all vapours and gases are exhausted through the building’s floor rather than through the roof. This new under-floor extraction system stops harmful gases from circulating at higher levels where they could be inhaled by assembly line workers or vented to the outside. 

A Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) process is used to eliminate odour and hydrocarbons in the paint drying facility. The RTO is also highly efficient in terms of energy conservation, greatly contributing to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption. 

New approaches and technology are used wherever possible to reduce the environmental impact of the factory and the search for cleaner and more efficient processes is on-going. Bore holes are regularly drilled to make sure that no oils or pollutants make their way into the ground, while laboratories test the waste products.

International recognition

The hard work was rewarded as early as February 2008 when Žilina was formally certified as an environmentally-friendly facility. The International Certificate of Environmental Management, or ISO 14001, recognises the detailed work put into creating a state-of-the-art energy-efficient factory. 

This was quickly followed by two more awards in May of the same year. Kia Motors received international certificates which recognise the advanced environmental design and manufacturing processes at Žilina. German-based TÜV presented Kia with DFE (Design for Environment) and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) environment certificates after rigorous inspection of the company’s design and manufacturing operations. 

DFE (ISO 14062) evaluates a car’s environmental friendliness during its design and development, plus its recyclability. DFE also requires that the assembly plant for the car reaches ISO 14001. LCA (ISO 14040) examines the car’s overall manufacturing process and its lifetime environmental impact, including choice of materials and measures to reduce fuel consumption and engine exhaust emissions. 

The weatherproof factory

Žilina lies deep in the Slovakian countryside at the foot of the Tatra Mountains – lovely in the summer, but in the winter temperatures dip to minus -28º C. Winter lasts a full six months, which greatly influenced the layout of the plant. 

The press, body, paint and final assembly shops are constructed in a square so that cars and parts do not have to go outside at any point. The engines are assembled on a factory site next door and delivered to the final line by overground tunnel. This enclosed facility means that large exterior doors are not needed. In turn this reduces the need for high levels of heating as doors are not constantly being opened and closed.

Quality control

Žilina has state-of-the-art testing facilities at every stage of production. For example, panel quality in the press shop is controlled by a unique inspection system which can recognise and evaluate in less than one millisecond defects according to pre-determined quality tolerance levels. 

Some 20 per cent of Žilina’s quality control staff have experience with other car manufacturers or suppliers. Some have returned to their home town after working at automotive manufacturing facilities elsewhere. All cars are checked as they come off the line to make sure electrical systems and mechanical parts are working. This is followed by a drive around the factory’s test track to ensure there are no squeaks or rattles. Some two per cent of production undergoes a much closer inspection using sophisticated measuring equipment to ensure that fit and finish is up to specification. 

Kia devised an innovative new Rotation Dipping Painting system to ensure cars are totally resistant to corrosion, and that their paintwork has a uniform lustre. Bodies are rotated through a forward somersault while immersed in the paint tank to achieve this. Kia is so confident in the process that all variants of the cee’d come with a five-year paint warranty and 12-year anti-perforation warranty as standard.

 

9          FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

          Things we think you'll want to know 

  1. Why are you now offering petrol engines in the cee’d Sportswagon?
  2. We did have one model with a petrol engine before – the special-edition 1.4-litre ‘SR7’. But with the arrival of our state-of-the-art 1.0 T-GDi (ecoTurbo) petrol unit, which delivers diesel-like torque across a wide portion of the rev band, and the growing opposition to diesel in some official circles we felt we had the right engine at the right time to offer buyers greater choice. Petrol engines have been enjoying something of a revival among both fleet and retail customers in C-segment cars after years of diesel dominance, and we are now in a better position to benefit from that.      

 

  1. What is the fleet-to-retail mix?
  2. For our first-generation compact estate, the cee’d SW, which was on sale from 2007 through to 2012, fleet sales were 69 per cent. This quickly rose to 84 per cent with the cee’d Sportswagon and has continued at an extraordinarily high percentage ever since.

 

  1. What makes the Sportswagon so special among C-segment estates?
  2. We think it is the most stylish car in its sector. It is certainly the roomiest of its major competitors, whether the seats are up or down, with up to 10 per cent more luggage space than some. Then there are the clever storage solutions made possible by the under-floor storage space, sliding storage tray, luggage rails with adjustable hooks, barrier security net and the luggage area rail and partition system. And unlike some C-segment estates, in the cee’d Sportswagon the rear seats fold completely flat.

 

  1. Why do you not offer all versions with ISG?
  2. Because it adds to cost, and Kia’s policy is to ensure that buyers are not forced to pay for technology when it will not directly benefit them. With the 1.4-litre petrol and diesel versions customers would gain little from the addition of ISG. Other versions make possible significant savings because of the lower CO2 emissions that ISG helps to bring.

 

  1. Why is the 7-DCT transmission offered with only the 1.6-litre CRDi engine?
  2. The new 7-DCT transmission has been engineered to take large torque outputs of up to 300Nm, such as those produced by high-power diesel engines, while achieving significantly greater fuel efficiency with 25 per cent lower emissions than with a conventional torque converter automatic. It is therefore entirely logical that it should make its debut mated to the uprated 1.6-litre CRDi engine, which now delivers up to 300Nm of torque. But Kia has said that the 7-DCT is destined for wider application in future, although as yet no details have been announced.  

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SPECIFICATION

cee’d Sportswagon

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

All the facts and figures

1.0-litre T-GDi petrol (Grades ‘3’ & GT-Line) 

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 3/12

 Displacement

 cc

 998

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 71 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 118 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 171 @ 4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.0

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; direct fuel injection; turbocharger

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.615

  1.955

  1.286

  0.971

  0.774

  0.639

  3.700

  4.267

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy or 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16 or 225/45R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,505 / 1,780 / 1,485

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,305 / 1,439

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,200 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 528 (510 with spare wheel in place) / 1,660 (1,642)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 Seconds

 

 11.0

 

 Maximum speed

 mph

 116

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      

 

 44.1 / 64.2 / 54.3

 

 CO2

 g/km     

 

 120

 

 

1.4-litre petrol (Grade ‘SR7’)                                                                                                           

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,368

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 72 x 84

 Power output

 bhp

 98 @ 6,000rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 134 @ 4,000rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 10.5

 Engine details

 

 Double overhead camshaft; continuously

 variable valve timing; multi-point fuel injection

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear   

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.045

 1.370

 1.036

 0.893

 0.774

 3.700

 4.400

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,505 / 1,780 / 1,485

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,279 / 1,424

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,200 / 600

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 528 (510 with spare wheel in place) / 1,660 (1,642)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 12.6

 Maximum speed

 mph

 112

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg      15”

         

 36.2 / 57.6 / 47.1

 

 CO2

 g/km    15”

           

 138

 

 

1.4-litre CRDi (Grade ‘1’)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,396

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 75 x 79

 Power output

 bhp

 89 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 240 @ 1,500 – 2,500 rpm

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, waste gate

 turbocharger (WGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

 3.769

 2.040

 1.189

 0.844

 0.702

 0.596

 3.583

 4.188

 

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 15 x 5.5J steel

 Tyres

 195/65R15

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,505 / 1,780 / 1,485

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,382 / 1,522

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 650

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 528 (510 with spare wheel in place) / 1,660 (1,642)

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 13.4

 Maximum speed

 mph

 107

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg

 55.4 / 76.3 / 67.3

 CO2

 g/km

 109

  

1.6-litre CRDi (Grade ‘2’,’3’,’4’,’4 Tech’ GT-Line)

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4 / 16

 Displacement

 cc

 1,582

 Bore / stroke

 mm

 77.2 x 84.5

 Power output

 bhp

 134 @ 4,000 rpm

 Torque output

 Nm

 280 @ 1,500 – 3,000 rpm (300 @ 1,750 – 2,500 rpm with 7-DCT)

 Compression ratio

 

 16.0

 Engine details

 

 New generation common rail, variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), exhaust gas recirculation,

 

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 Six-speed manual

Seven-speed DCT

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final drive

  3.636

  1.962

  1.189

  0.844

  0.702

  0.596

  3.583

  3.471

  3.786

  2.261

  1.957

  1.023

  0.778

  0.837  7th gear 0.681

  5.074

  (1-2/4-5) 4.176

  (3/6-7)    3.087

 

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 MacPherson struts with coil spring and anti-roll bar

 Rear axle

 Multi-link with trailing arm and anti-roll bar

 Braking system

 Ventilated front discs  and solid rear discs with ABS, EBD and BAS

 Steering

 Rack-and-pinion Motor Driven Power Steering (MDPS)

 Wheels (alloy)

 16 x 6J alloy or 17 x 7J alloy

 Tyres

 205/55R16 or 225/45R17

 Spare wheel

 Temporary spare wheel

 

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall – l / w / h

 mm

 4,505 / 1,780 / 1,485

 Kerb weight (min / max)

 kg

 1,389 / 1,529 (1,416 – 1,550 with 7-DCT)

 Tow weights – braked / unbraked

 kg

 1,500 / 650

 Boot capacity (VDA) / seats down

 litres

 528 (510 with spare wheel in place) / 1,660/1,642

 Minimum turning radius

 m

 5.3

 Tank capacity

 litres

 53

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.30

 

 

Performance and fuel consumption

 

 

 Six-speed manual

Seven-speed DCT

 Acceleration 0-60 mph

 seconds

 10.1

 10.5     

 Maximum speed

 mph

 121

 122

 Fuel consumption – urb/x.urb/com

 mpg    

 

 64.2 / 78.5 / 72.4

61.4 / 72.4 / 67.3

 

  

 g/km   

 

 102

109

 



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