Ceed Sportswagon PHEV

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Ceed Sportswagon PHEV Press Pack 2020

THE CEED SPORTSWAGON PHEV ON (JUST OVER) A PAGE                                               
A quick resume of the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV for those with an urgent deadline

General

  • Name updated: cee’d becomes Ceed
  • Third-generation car, built in Žilina, Slovakia
  • More than 1.3 million first- and second-generation cee’d models have been built
  • Designed, engineered and built in Europe
  • Extensive testing completed on European roads and at the Nürburgring race circuit, with validation testing on UK roads
  • Extensive testing completed on European roads, including the UK
  • 1-model PHEV range with high specification ‘3’ version on offer
  • It follows the petrol and diesel versions of the Ceed Sportswagon on sale to add a third form of propulsion
  • The Ceed is an important family of cars for Kia in the UK. It’s the third best-selling model behind Sportage and Picanto and accounts for almost 10 per cent of the company’s sales
  • With CO2 emissions from 33g/km, it provides business users with a highly competitive, low cost alternative to the conventional petrol and diesel editions of the Ceed Sportswagon

Body

  • Inspired by the emotional design character of the Stinger
  • Designed under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, European Head of Design and Peter Schreyer, President of Design and Chief Design Officer
  • New from the ground up, built on Kia’s new ‘K2’ platform
  • Lower, wider and with a dynamic and sportier appearance
  • Wheelbase and overall length remain similar to before, but with 20mm shorter front overhang and 115mm extended rear overhang
  • Straight lines replace the rounded-off edges of its predecessor
  • Wider closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille for better aerodynamic efficiency
  • LED front daytime running lights integrated into the headlights as standard on all models
  • New rear daytime running lights delivers greater visibility and recognition
  • The charging port is positioned on the passenger side front wing

Interior

  • Driver focused cabin with a sculptured centre console orientated towards the driver
  • Horizontal dashboard layout for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. The design creates greater space and a sense of openness for front seat passengers, with generous footwell space and a clear view ahead
  • High-quality materials used throughout the cabin, with a high proportion of soft-touch materials intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin
  • Charging indicator delivers a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully charged. Its location on top of the dashboard means drivers can instantly ascertain the car’s state of charge at a glance from outside the car
  • 10.25-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system as standard
  • Unique displays for PHEV functionality, including charge levels, electric-only range and flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor
  • Boot space of 437 litres with the seats up and 1,506 litres with them folded down

Powertrains and running gear

  • First application of low-emissions plug-in power for the Ceed family
  • Plug-in Hybrid powertrain combines 8.9kWh battery pack, 44.5kW electric motor and 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct injection engine, producing 139bhp and 265Nm of torque
  • All-electric driving range of 35.4 miles (city range)
  • Electric capabilities boosted by kinetic energy harvesting technology
  • Powertrain meets the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations
  • Great dynamism and driver engagement
  • 6DCT auto transmission fitted as standard

Technology and safety

  • Standard safety technologies include High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) for the city and pedestrian.
  • Drive Mode Select system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping standard
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility fitted as standard
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live
  • Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines

              INTRODUCTION
  • First application of low-emissions plug-in power for the Kia Ceed family
  • Plug-in Hybrid powertrain combines 8.9 kWh battery pack, 44.5 kW electric motor and 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct injection engine - producing 139bhp, 265 Nm
  • All-electric city driving range of up to 35.4 miles
  • Electric capabilities boosted by kinetic energy harvesting technology
  • Revised exterior design and new interior features, including telematics to locate available charging points nearby
  • Kia offers more choice in the C-segment than almost any other car maker
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV provides a practical alternative to larger, heavier and less efficient SUV models
  • Comparable cabin and luggage space to an SUV in a more compact body
  • Among the most high-tech cars in its class with a range of in-car features
  • Engages drivers with agile handling set-up and provides more comfortable, assured ride thanks to new hydraulic rebound stoppers
  • One well-equipped ‘3’ specification model
  • 7-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard

The introduction of the Plug-in Hybrid variant to the Kia Ceed Sportswagon range marks the next step in Kia Motors’ vehicle electrification strategy. Now on sale at UK showrooms, the newcomer is the first time Kia has brought electrified powertrains to the Ceed family.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, comments: “This represents an important next stage for Kia as we introduce advanced, next-generation powertrains to our wider vehicle line-up. Sales of the new Ceed range grew 46 per cent year-on-year during 2019, and new electrified variants will further widen the appeal of the line-up.

“During 2019, electrified models accounted for around one in seven Kia cars sold in Europe, a trend which is only accelerating,” Herrera adds. “While other brands talk about their future plans for electrification, Kia has already launched a whole range of electrified vehicles. Our line-up of mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars now provide buyers with more choice and lower running costs across multiple segments.”

The Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid is manufactured at the brand’s European production facility in Žilina, Slovakia – the first plug-in models built by the brand in Europe, exclusively for Europe. It is built alongside the Ceed five-door hatchback, ProCeed five-door shooting brake, XCeed CUV and conventional petrol and diesel versions of the Ceed Sportswagon. Kia’s unrivalled 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty is offered as standard, extending cover to the new powertrain’s battery pack and motor.

          DESIGN AND PACKAGING

The plug-in hybrid version of the Ceed Sportwagon has its own distinctive design features to differentiate them from other petrol and diesel models in the line-up. A new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car is designed to aid aerodynamic efficiency, while the charging port is integrated into the passenger side front wing. More dynamic-looking bumpers aid air flow and provides a sportier overall appearance, and completing the alterations are ‘eco plug-in’ exterior badges.

The Ceed Sportswagon was designed at the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, European Head of Design, and Peter Schreyer, President of Design and Chief Design Officer. Carrying over the sporty, emotional design character of the Stinger, the Ceed Sportswagon conveys a more self-confident new look – one that is both emotive and precise in its execution.

Lower, wider, and with a longer rear overhang than the car it replaces, the Ceed Sportswagon’s cab-rearward silhouette exhibits a more mature sense of athleticism. Straight lines replace the rounded-off edges of its predecessor, evolving the front of the car with a wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille and lower air intake, and precise, linear shapes framing its ‘face’. The new model features LED daytime running lights as standard, echoing the appearance of earlier cee’d GT and ‘GT-Line’ models.

In profile, the sharp, straight lines visually lengthen the bonnet. A greater sense of maturity and strength is created in its shoulder line, which now runs along a more horizontal plane. The model adopts the wide C-pillar that has become a hallmark of Kia design in recent years, enhancing its cab-rearward stance. This also gives the upper window-line a sleek new ‘half-moon’ shape. At the rear, LED daytime running lights give the Ceed Sportswagon greater visibility – and recognition – on the road. Paired with straight lines in the bodywork and a subtle rear boot spoiler, the car presents a more stable overall appearance.

Constructed on Kia’s ‘K2’ platform and sharing near-identical dimensions to the five-door hatchback, the Ceed Sportswagon is 20mm wider (1,800mm) and 20mm lower (1,465mm) than the outgoing model. Its wheelbase remains the same at 2,650mm, with the front overhang shortened by 25mm (to 885mm), and rear overhang extended by 115mm (now 1,070mm). Extending the straight lines of the bodywork, and capped with a subtle tailgate spoiler, the Ceed Sportswagon joins its five-door hatchback sibling in presenting a stable, sporty aesthetic. The PHEV model boasts a 437-litre (VDA) boot. Compared to its predecessor, there is greater shoulder room for rear passengers, more headroom in the front row, and a lower driving position. By folding the rear seats down, the generously sized cargo space can be extended to 1,506 litres (VDA).

Moving inside

Inside, the sporty cabin design retains the same driver-oriented dashboard, low seating position and everyday ergonomics of the existing Ceed Sportswagon. However, the new Plug-in Hybrid model features a range of new functionalities to enhance usability for owners looking to extract the most out of the new powertrain.

The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV are equipped with a charging indicator, a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully charged. Its location on top of the dashboard means drivers can instantly ascertain the car’s state of charge at a glance from outside the car (for instance, when it is parked on their driveway at home and the owner hasn’t left the house yet).

The instrument cluster also features unique visuals for Kia’s Plug-in Hybrid powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels, anticipated electric-only range and the flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor.

The ‘Driver Only’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system – activated with a new button on the dashboard – instantly deactivates airflow to all cabin vents except those nearest the driver. This is designed to reduce the draw on battery energy from the ventilation system, while still keeping the driver at their preferred temperature. Unlike conventional ventilation systems, Kia’s ‘Driver Only’ system doesn’t simply restrict airflow to certain vents, rerouting it elsewhere; instead, it switches off the fans themselves, reducing energy use at source.

The Ceed Sportswagon’s interior is more ergonomic than ever, and with higher-quality materials used throughout. The cabin architecture from the most recent Kia vehicles has been adapted for the Ceed, with the dashboard laid out horizontally for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. This design also creates greater space and a sense of openness for the front passenger, creating more room in the footwell and a clearer view ahead.

The dashboard is split into an upper area – for the ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system – and lower area, housing controls for audio and heating and ventilation. Driver-centric in its layout, the centre console is angled slightly towards the driver’s seat for ease of use on the move. The interior is finished in a higher proportion of sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout, subtly intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin. Surfaces are finished with satin chrome trim, together with cloth and faux-leather upholstery. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearstick is standard, too.

          DYNAMICS

Like its petrol and diesel counterparts, the Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid has been engineered exclusively for European roads, with European buyers in mind. The ride and handling characteristics have been tuned to elevate them in terms of dynamism and driver engagement.

The fully independent suspension system provides drivers with agile and immediate handling responses. The ride has been developed on Europe’s wide variety of road surfaces, remaining comfortable while giving drivers the confidence of close body control under cornering and maximum stability at higher speeds. The suspension and steering have been subtly tuned compared to petrol and diesel versions of each car. These updates ensure each vehicle retains the same driving character of their conventional counterparts, while accommodating the different weight distribution of the powertrain.

Technology in the Ceed Sportswagon also plays a role in enhancing driver enjoyment, as well as safety. The front-wheel drive car features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system as standard. This enables the inclusion of Torque Vectoring by Braking technology, an additional electronic driver support feature which intelligently brakes the inside wheels to reduce understeer around corners – making the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV more enjoyable and confidence-inspiring to drive.

Refinement and the suppression of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) was a principal focus during the Ceed Sportswagon’s development. Engineers analysed every element of cabin, engine and suspension insulation and ‘transfer paths’ for NVH. Compared to the outgoing cee’d, the new model features thicker, more insulating dashboard padding, new, more sound-absorbent insulation around the rear wheel arches, and a new insulation layer beneath the cabin carpet, reducing engine and road noise. Reshaped windscreen side mouldings and new, more comprehensive sealing around the doors have led to a reduction in wind noise. The Ceed Sportswagon is therefore quieter than its predecessor at every engine speed.

The chassis and bodyshell also contribute to lower levels of vibration from poor road surfaces. A thicker rear crossmember and additional reinforcement beneath the rear cabin and boot floors reduce the effect of vibrations from the rear axle. New anti-vibration pads are also fitted to the upper cowl, at the base of the windshield, reducing the effect of engine vibrations on the cabin.

          POWERTRAIN

The new Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid offers a compelling alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models. The new powertrain combines an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5kW electric motor, and an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDi (gasoline direct injection) engine. The powertrain’s total power and torque output is 139bhp and 265Nm of torque, enabling the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in 10.5 seconds.

The powertrain is paired with a six-speed double-clutch transmission (6DCT), allowing drivers to shift gear for themselves, ensuring a more enjoyable drive than other hybrid vehicles equipped with electronic continuously variable transmissions (e-CVT). Traditional e-CVT hybrids convert a portion of engine output through the electric motor, resulting in power losses from energy conversion. Kia’s 6DCT differs by allowing the full output of both the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel through the transmission, with minimal loss of energy.

Standard regenerative braking technology allows the new Plug-in Hybrid model to harvest kinetic energy and recharge their battery packs while coasting or braking, further enhancing the overall efficiency of the powertrain.

The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV ‘3’ model is capable of travelling up to 35.4 miles (city range) on zero-emissions electric power. This capability enables drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone. Recharging the battery pack using a 3.3kW charger takes 2.15 hours.

Equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV ‘3’ model emits just 33g/km of CO2 and achieves a combined drive cycle figure of 188.3mpg under the latest WLTP regulations. It has a maximum speed of 106mph and can complete the 0-60mph dash in 10.5 seconds.

Kia’s new Virtual Engine Sound System is included, which comprises an audible warning system which activates in electric-only mode at low speeds or when reversing. The system generates virtual sound levels of up to 59 dBA to safely notify pedestrians of the car’s presence.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg
(WLTP)

CO2
(WLTP)

‘3’ 1.6 GDi 6-speed auto DCT Plug-in Hybrid

139

265

10.5

106

 188.3

33


          TECHNOLOGY

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is among the first vehicles in Europe to offer the brand’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, designed to bring driving into the digital era. UVO Connect links drivers to the world around by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen, the system uses its own eSIM chip to retrieve and update live data during a drive. This includes live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). The second element of the UVO Connect diagnostic data about owners’ cars and the trips they take, enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and enables them to check the location of their vehicle at any time.

A brand new 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs.

The touchscreen’s advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor numerous vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously, among a series of available widgets. This enables the driver to have a single display (such as navigation) or combine different elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions while passengers choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast.

A reversing camera is also integrated into the touchscreen, with dynamic guidelines. The system features DAB radio as standard, as well as steering wheel controls and seven speakers. Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone integration with voice control is included, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth® system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

On the outside, the Ceed Sportswagon is fitted with ‘ice cube’ style LED daytime running lights (DRL) as standard. Previously, these were only featured on Kia ‘GT’ and ‘GT Line’ models, embedded into the front bumper – the ‘ice cube’ DRLs are integrated into the headlamp units on every model in the Ceed Sportswagon range, including the PHEV.

          SAFETY

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV provides access to a wide range of active driver assist and safety technologies. All models come fitted with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is able to detect pedestrians. Driver Attention Warning advises drivers to take a break if the system detects signs of fatigue.

An option pack consisting of Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functionality, Lane Following Assist (LFA) and cyclist detection for the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) is available at extra cost on the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV ‘3’.

As with every Kia car sold in Europe, the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management. This aids stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control if it detects a loss of traction.

          SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is available in a single version, in generously equipped ‘3’ specification. Features include 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and rain sensing front wipers, in addition to dual-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and rear parking sensors.

A brand new 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs. A reversing camera is also integrated into the touchscreen, with dynamic guidelines. The system features DAB radio as standard, as well as steering wheel controls and seven speakers. Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone integration with voice control is included, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth® system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

Other equipment includes black cloth seat trim with faux leather bolsters, satin chrome interior door handles, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift and a rear centre armrest with cupholders, while the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 fashion. There’s also an electric parking brake (EPB), front passenger seat height adjuster, automatic defog system and a smart entry system with engine start/stop button. There’s also a 4.2-inch supervision colour cluster display and a USB fast charger in the front centre console. All versions come with cruise control with speed limiter, drive mode select, an alarm system, electric windows all-round and automatic headlight control. Front fog lights, LED bi-function projection headlights with LED daytime running lights are included, in addition to a dual-tone horn and roof rails. The electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors are finished in body colour, there’s a high-gloss black and satin chrome closed front grille, chrome window surrounds and LEDs for the rear lights and high-mounted brake light. In addition, there are body coloured bumpers, rear spoiler and exterior door handles.

Safety is important with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is able to detect pedestrians. An option pack consisting of Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functionality, Lane Following Assist (LFA) and cyclist detection for the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) is available at extra cost on the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV ‘3’.

 WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model. With the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, the cover is extended to include the new powertrain’s battery pack and motor.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

       FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

How important is the Ceed in the UK?
Currently it is our third best-selling model in the UK, accounting for around 10 per cent of our sales. Globally, the first- and second-generation cee’d has sold more than 1.28 million units in its relatively short 11-year life, and we anticipate that the new Ceed will sell at an even quicker rate.

 

How significant is the Sportswagon to the Ceed’s model mix?
The five-door hatchback makes up the majority of sales, while Sportswagon models have traditionally accounted for approximately 40 per cent of all Ceed production since its launch in 2007. This compares to around 30 per cent for other C-segment vehicles with estate variants. Here in the UK, last year Sportswagon sales accounted for almost a quarter of all cee’d registrations and we expect that to grow with the addition of this new plug-in hybrid variant.

 

What sales targets have you set for the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV for the UK market?
We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the five-door Sportswagon model to appeal strongly to business users.

 

What does 2020 hold for the Kia brand in the UK?
Until there is some certainty around what the split from Europe means for the UK, it’s likely to continue to be turbulent in the new car market. Last year was once again another record year for Kia in the UK, with 97,323 cars delivered to customers during 2019. That represents an increase of 1.6 per cent, in a market that was down by 2.4 per cent and saw the lowest number of new vehicles registered since 2013. Last year, Kia moved up one place to number eight in the overall UK sales charts, which is a significant achievement in a sales environment that has been exceptionally tough.

The first year of the new decade is going to present a number of challenges – none more so than the switch from NEDC to WLTP CO2 emissions figures in April 2020. At a time when consumers expect to see ever-improving data, the change in regime means that all cars will see an increase to their emissions, meaning most owners will be paying more for their motoring each year. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for many and will take a lot of explaining in the showrooms. It will mean, however, that the fuel economy and CO2 emissions are more realistic in real-world driving and gives Kia the opportunity to fully leverage their range of highly efficient eco cars.

Mandatory CO2 standards for passenger cars were first introduced in 2009 by the European Union, and in 2020 a new, more stringent set of standards means that an average of 95g/km across the product range must be achieved. Failing to do so will result in significant fines, and therefore the primary focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km across the line-up.

Which vehicles are hitting a chord with UK buyers currently?
There is a continued trend for customers to migrate away from traditional sectors towards SUVs, and we’re in a perfect position to deliver on the changing demand, with six key products in the Kia portfolio – Stonic, Niro, XCeed, Soul EV, Sportage and Sorento.

2019 was very much the year of the Ceed, with replacements for the hatchback and Sportswagon and new entrants into the market thanks to the all-new XCeed and ProCeed. Every Ceed derivative posted an increase on the year before, and it was a similar story for many models in the Kia range, which saw a rise compared to 2018. Highlights include the Niro, with a 44 per cent increase, a rise of more than 6 per cent for the Picanto and 44 per cent growth in Stinger sales. Sorento registrations rose, too, while the most popular model in the Kia range, the Sportage remained broadly static but still the highest selling and most popular model.

Alternative fuel vehicles are continually hitting the headlines, and here at Kia we are very well placed to provide customers with a wide range of different solutions to suit individual needs. In 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

What elements of the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV makes you proud to be leading Kia Motors UK?
The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV continues the remarkable trend established by our first European design, engineered and built version launches in 2007. It has played a significant role in the growth of the Kia brand both in the UK and across Europe and I believe the new car will continue that performance. This latest version answers every challenge that has been levelled at cee’d in the past. Vehicle dynamics are transformed. Refinement reaches a new level. Safety and driver assistance technology sets new standards in the class. Plus the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV has stand-out styling in a segment where many contenders are somewhat anonymous.

How important are fleet sales for the Ceed Sportswagon?
Previous generations have always been essential in our plan for sustainable fleet and business growth and I am certain that the Ceed Sportswagon will continue that trend. Kia’s strategy in the business market in the UK has been to deliver sensible choices for business users where residual values contribute to excellent operating costs. Ceed Sportswagon delivers the technology, safety, reliability and appeal that the fleet market demands in a stylish, comfortable and satisfying package. We anticipate that the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV will be a strong contender in the fleet market, thanks to its generous equipment levels, competitive efficiency and affordable running costs.

      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

      We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

Will the range grow to encompass GT-Line versions or additional trim levels?
There are no plans currently to offer a GT-Line variant of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV. We will monitor demand and introduce additional variants only if we believe there is sufficient demand for extra choice. Currently we believe that the single ‘3’ specification delivers buyers with a well-priced, generously equipped model that will tick all of their boxes.

Will Kia consider launching a four-door saloon version of the Ceed?
There are no plans at this time to offer a Ceed saloon in Europe.

 

Which C-segment estate cars has Kia identified as the Ceed Sportswagon development benchmarks?
The segment has a number of very strong contenders, with the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus the key benchmark models for the Ceed Sportswagon, particularly in terms of packaging and driving performance.

 

Estate cars are popular with customers that like to tow. Will there be a towing hitch available?
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV has a towing pack fitted as standard for the UK market and has been designed to allow customers to tow a trailer of up to 1,300kg, which is rare in the plug-in hybrid segment. A tow bar will be available to buy as an accessory from Kia dealers.

        TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

1.6 GDi Plug-in Hybrid

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1580

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 72 x 97.0

 Compression ratio

 

 13.0:1

 Power output: engine

                      motor

                      combined

 bhp @ rpm

 104 @ 5,700

  60

 139 @ 4,000

 Torque output: engine

                       motor

                       combined

 Nm @ rpm

 147 @ 4,000

 125

 265 @ TBC

 Fuel system

 

 Turbocharged Petrol Direct injection

 Drivetrain

 

 Front-wheel-drive

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Battery

 Energy

 kWh

 8.9

 Type

 

 Lithium-ion polymer

 Hybrid style

 

 Parallel (transmission mounted)

 Max power

 kW

 59

 Capacity

 Ah

 24.7

 Nominal voltage

 V

 360

 Battery weight

 Kg

 117

 Number of cells

 

 96

 Position

 

 Under boot panel (sub)

 Under rear seat (main)

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed DCT automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear 1

 Final Gear 2

 3.867

 2.217

 1.371

 0.930

 0.956

 0.767

 5.351

 4.438

 3.227

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil 

 springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Fully independent by subframe-mounted multi-link, coil 

 springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Braking system

 16-inch ventilated front discs 305 x 25mm,

 15-inch solid rear discs 272 x 10mm

 Steering Type

 Electric motor-driven rack-and-pinion power steering

 Turns, lock-to-lock

 2.44 metres

 Turning circle (diameter)

 5.2 metres

 Wheels (alloy)

 17-inch alloy

 Tyres

 225/45/R17

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,605/1,800/1,465

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 437/1,506

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,614

 Tow weights (braked/unbraked)

 kg

 1,300/600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 75

 Max roof weight

 kg

 80

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 37 litres

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 10.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 106

 Fuel consumption – Combined (WLTP)

 mpg

 188.3

 CO2 emissions

 g/km

 33

 Electric range EAER

 Miles

 29.2

 Electric range EAER City

 Miles

 35.4

 Charging – 3-pin AC Charger

                Type 2 AC Charger

                AC Charge Time (3.3kW)

 

 

 

 n/a

 n/a

 2.15 hours

Ends

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Director of Corporate Communications

 

E: skitson@kia.co.uk
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Head of Press and PR

E: dsayles@kia.co.uk 
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Senior Press Officer

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Press Officer (events)

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GENERAL

Ceed Sportswagon PHEV Press Pack 2020

THE CEED SPORTSWAGON PHEV ON (JUST OVER) A PAGE                                               
A quick resume of the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV for those with an urgent deadline

General

  • Name updated: cee’d becomes Ceed
  • Third-generation car, built in Žilina, Slovakia
  • More than 1.3 million first- and second-generation cee’d models have been built
  • Designed, engineered and built in Europe
  • Extensive testing completed on European roads and at the Nürburgring race circuit, with validation testing on UK roads
  • Extensive testing completed on European roads, including the UK
  • 1-model PHEV range with high specification ‘3’ version on offer
  • It follows the petrol and diesel versions of the Ceed Sportswagon on sale to add a third form of propulsion
  • The Ceed is an important family of cars for Kia in the UK. It’s the third best-selling model behind Sportage and Picanto and accounts for almost 10 per cent of the company’s sales
  • With CO2 emissions from 33g/km, it provides business users with a highly competitive, low cost alternative to the conventional petrol and diesel editions of the Ceed Sportswagon

Body

  • Inspired by the emotional design character of the Stinger
  • Designed under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, European Head of Design and Peter Schreyer, President of Design and Chief Design Officer
  • New from the ground up, built on Kia’s new ‘K2’ platform
  • Lower, wider and with a dynamic and sportier appearance
  • Wheelbase and overall length remain similar to before, but with 20mm shorter front overhang and 115mm extended rear overhang
  • Straight lines replace the rounded-off edges of its predecessor
  • Wider closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille for better aerodynamic efficiency
  • LED front daytime running lights integrated into the headlights as standard on all models
  • New rear daytime running lights delivers greater visibility and recognition
  • The charging port is positioned on the passenger side front wing

Interior

  • Driver focused cabin with a sculptured centre console orientated towards the driver
  • Horizontal dashboard layout for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. The design creates greater space and a sense of openness for front seat passengers, with generous footwell space and a clear view ahead
  • High-quality materials used throughout the cabin, with a high proportion of soft-touch materials intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin
  • Charging indicator delivers a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully charged. Its location on top of the dashboard means drivers can instantly ascertain the car’s state of charge at a glance from outside the car
  • 10.25-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system as standard
  • Unique displays for PHEV functionality, including charge levels, electric-only range and flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor
  • Boot space of 437 litres with the seats up and 1,506 litres with them folded down

Powertrains and running gear

  • First application of low-emissions plug-in power for the Ceed family
  • Plug-in Hybrid powertrain combines 8.9kWh battery pack, 44.5kW electric motor and 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct injection engine, producing 139bhp and 265Nm of torque
  • All-electric driving range of 35.4 miles (city range)
  • Electric capabilities boosted by kinetic energy harvesting technology
  • Powertrain meets the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations
  • Great dynamism and driver engagement
  • 6DCT auto transmission fitted as standard

Technology and safety

  • Standard safety technologies include High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) for the city and pedestrian.
  • Drive Mode Select system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping standard
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility fitted as standard
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live
  • Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines

              INTRODUCTION
  • First application of low-emissions plug-in power for the Kia Ceed family
  • Plug-in Hybrid powertrain combines 8.9 kWh battery pack, 44.5 kW electric motor and 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct injection engine - producing 139bhp, 265 Nm
  • All-electric city driving range of up to 35.4 miles
  • Electric capabilities boosted by kinetic energy harvesting technology
  • Revised exterior design and new interior features, including telematics to locate available charging points nearby
  • Kia offers more choice in the C-segment than almost any other car maker
  • Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV provides a practical alternative to larger, heavier and less efficient SUV models
  • Comparable cabin and luggage space to an SUV in a more compact body
  • Among the most high-tech cars in its class with a range of in-car features
  • Engages drivers with agile handling set-up and provides more comfortable, assured ride thanks to new hydraulic rebound stoppers
  • One well-equipped ‘3’ specification model
  • 7-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard

The introduction of the Plug-in Hybrid variant to the Kia Ceed Sportswagon range marks the next step in Kia Motors’ vehicle electrification strategy. Now on sale at UK showrooms, the newcomer is the first time Kia has brought electrified powertrains to the Ceed family.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, comments: “This represents an important next stage for Kia as we introduce advanced, next-generation powertrains to our wider vehicle line-up. Sales of the new Ceed range grew 46 per cent year-on-year during 2019, and new electrified variants will further widen the appeal of the line-up.

“During 2019, electrified models accounted for around one in seven Kia cars sold in Europe, a trend which is only accelerating,” Herrera adds. “While other brands talk about their future plans for electrification, Kia has already launched a whole range of electrified vehicles. Our line-up of mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars now provide buyers with more choice and lower running costs across multiple segments.”

The Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid is manufactured at the brand’s European production facility in Žilina, Slovakia – the first plug-in models built by the brand in Europe, exclusively for Europe. It is built alongside the Ceed five-door hatchback, ProCeed five-door shooting brake, XCeed CUV and conventional petrol and diesel versions of the Ceed Sportswagon. Kia’s unrivalled 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty is offered as standard, extending cover to the new powertrain’s battery pack and motor.

          DESIGN AND PACKAGING

The plug-in hybrid version of the Ceed Sportwagon has its own distinctive design features to differentiate them from other petrol and diesel models in the line-up. A new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car is designed to aid aerodynamic efficiency, while the charging port is integrated into the passenger side front wing. More dynamic-looking bumpers aid air flow and provides a sportier overall appearance, and completing the alterations are ‘eco plug-in’ exterior badges.

The Ceed Sportswagon was designed at the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, European Head of Design, and Peter Schreyer, President of Design and Chief Design Officer. Carrying over the sporty, emotional design character of the Stinger, the Ceed Sportswagon conveys a more self-confident new look – one that is both emotive and precise in its execution.

Lower, wider, and with a longer rear overhang than the car it replaces, the Ceed Sportswagon’s cab-rearward silhouette exhibits a more mature sense of athleticism. Straight lines replace the rounded-off edges of its predecessor, evolving the front of the car with a wider ‘tiger-nose’ grille and lower air intake, and precise, linear shapes framing its ‘face’. The new model features LED daytime running lights as standard, echoing the appearance of earlier cee’d GT and ‘GT-Line’ models.

In profile, the sharp, straight lines visually lengthen the bonnet. A greater sense of maturity and strength is created in its shoulder line, which now runs along a more horizontal plane. The model adopts the wide C-pillar that has become a hallmark of Kia design in recent years, enhancing its cab-rearward stance. This also gives the upper window-line a sleek new ‘half-moon’ shape. At the rear, LED daytime running lights give the Ceed Sportswagon greater visibility – and recognition – on the road. Paired with straight lines in the bodywork and a subtle rear boot spoiler, the car presents a more stable overall appearance.

Constructed on Kia’s ‘K2’ platform and sharing near-identical dimensions to the five-door hatchback, the Ceed Sportswagon is 20mm wider (1,800mm) and 20mm lower (1,465mm) than the outgoing model. Its wheelbase remains the same at 2,650mm, with the front overhang shortened by 25mm (to 885mm), and rear overhang extended by 115mm (now 1,070mm). Extending the straight lines of the bodywork, and capped with a subtle tailgate spoiler, the Ceed Sportswagon joins its five-door hatchback sibling in presenting a stable, sporty aesthetic. The PHEV model boasts a 437-litre (VDA) boot. Compared to its predecessor, there is greater shoulder room for rear passengers, more headroom in the front row, and a lower driving position. By folding the rear seats down, the generously sized cargo space can be extended to 1,506 litres (VDA).

Moving inside

Inside, the sporty cabin design retains the same driver-oriented dashboard, low seating position and everyday ergonomics of the existing Ceed Sportswagon. However, the new Plug-in Hybrid model features a range of new functionalities to enhance usability for owners looking to extract the most out of the new powertrain.

The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV are equipped with a charging indicator, a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully charged. Its location on top of the dashboard means drivers can instantly ascertain the car’s state of charge at a glance from outside the car (for instance, when it is parked on their driveway at home and the owner hasn’t left the house yet).

The instrument cluster also features unique visuals for Kia’s Plug-in Hybrid powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels, anticipated electric-only range and the flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor.

The ‘Driver Only’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system – activated with a new button on the dashboard – instantly deactivates airflow to all cabin vents except those nearest the driver. This is designed to reduce the draw on battery energy from the ventilation system, while still keeping the driver at their preferred temperature. Unlike conventional ventilation systems, Kia’s ‘Driver Only’ system doesn’t simply restrict airflow to certain vents, rerouting it elsewhere; instead, it switches off the fans themselves, reducing energy use at source.

The Ceed Sportswagon’s interior is more ergonomic than ever, and with higher-quality materials used throughout. The cabin architecture from the most recent Kia vehicles has been adapted for the Ceed, with the dashboard laid out horizontally for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. This design also creates greater space and a sense of openness for the front passenger, creating more room in the footwell and a clearer view ahead.

The dashboard is split into an upper area – for the ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system – and lower area, housing controls for audio and heating and ventilation. Driver-centric in its layout, the centre console is angled slightly towards the driver’s seat for ease of use on the move. The interior is finished in a higher proportion of sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout, subtly intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin. Surfaces are finished with satin chrome trim, together with cloth and faux-leather upholstery. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearstick is standard, too.

          DYNAMICS

Like its petrol and diesel counterparts, the Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid has been engineered exclusively for European roads, with European buyers in mind. The ride and handling characteristics have been tuned to elevate them in terms of dynamism and driver engagement.

The fully independent suspension system provides drivers with agile and immediate handling responses. The ride has been developed on Europe’s wide variety of road surfaces, remaining comfortable while giving drivers the confidence of close body control under cornering and maximum stability at higher speeds. The suspension and steering have been subtly tuned compared to petrol and diesel versions of each car. These updates ensure each vehicle retains the same driving character of their conventional counterparts, while accommodating the different weight distribution of the powertrain.

Technology in the Ceed Sportswagon also plays a role in enhancing driver enjoyment, as well as safety. The front-wheel drive car features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system as standard. This enables the inclusion of Torque Vectoring by Braking technology, an additional electronic driver support feature which intelligently brakes the inside wheels to reduce understeer around corners – making the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV more enjoyable and confidence-inspiring to drive.

Refinement and the suppression of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) was a principal focus during the Ceed Sportswagon’s development. Engineers analysed every element of cabin, engine and suspension insulation and ‘transfer paths’ for NVH. Compared to the outgoing cee’d, the new model features thicker, more insulating dashboard padding, new, more sound-absorbent insulation around the rear wheel arches, and a new insulation layer beneath the cabin carpet, reducing engine and road noise. Reshaped windscreen side mouldings and new, more comprehensive sealing around the doors have led to a reduction in wind noise. The Ceed Sportswagon is therefore quieter than its predecessor at every engine speed.

The chassis and bodyshell also contribute to lower levels of vibration from poor road surfaces. A thicker rear crossmember and additional reinforcement beneath the rear cabin and boot floors reduce the effect of vibrations from the rear axle. New anti-vibration pads are also fitted to the upper cowl, at the base of the windshield, reducing the effect of engine vibrations on the cabin.

          POWERTRAIN

The new Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-in Hybrid offers a compelling alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models. The new powertrain combines an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5kW electric motor, and an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDi (gasoline direct injection) engine. The powertrain’s total power and torque output is 139bhp and 265Nm of torque, enabling the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in 10.5 seconds.

The powertrain is paired with a six-speed double-clutch transmission (6DCT), allowing drivers to shift gear for themselves, ensuring a more enjoyable drive than other hybrid vehicles equipped with electronic continuously variable transmissions (e-CVT). Traditional e-CVT hybrids convert a portion of engine output through the electric motor, resulting in power losses from energy conversion. Kia’s 6DCT differs by allowing the full output of both the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel through the transmission, with minimal loss of energy.

Standard regenerative braking technology allows the new Plug-in Hybrid model to harvest kinetic energy and recharge their battery packs while coasting or braking, further enhancing the overall efficiency of the powertrain.

The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV ‘3’ model is capable of travelling up to 35.4 miles (city range) on zero-emissions electric power. This capability enables drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone. Recharging the battery pack using a 3.3kW charger takes 2.15 hours.

Equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV ‘3’ model emits just 33g/km of CO2 and achieves a combined drive cycle figure of 188.3mpg under the latest WLTP regulations. It has a maximum speed of 106mph and can complete the 0-60mph dash in 10.5 seconds.

Kia’s new Virtual Engine Sound System is included, which comprises an audible warning system which activates in electric-only mode at low speeds or when reversing. The system generates virtual sound levels of up to 59 dBA to safely notify pedestrians of the car’s presence.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg
(WLTP)

CO2
(WLTP)

‘3’ 1.6 GDi 6-speed auto DCT Plug-in Hybrid

139

265

10.5

106

 188.3

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          TECHNOLOGY

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is among the first vehicles in Europe to offer the brand’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, designed to bring driving into the digital era. UVO Connect links drivers to the world around by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen, the system uses its own eSIM chip to retrieve and update live data during a drive. This includes live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). The second element of the UVO Connect diagnostic data about owners’ cars and the trips they take, enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and enables them to check the location of their vehicle at any time.

A brand new 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs.

The touchscreen’s advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor numerous vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously, among a series of available widgets. This enables the driver to have a single display (such as navigation) or combine different elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions while passengers choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast.

A reversing camera is also integrated into the touchscreen, with dynamic guidelines. The system features DAB radio as standard, as well as steering wheel controls and seven speakers. Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone integration with voice control is included, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth® system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

On the outside, the Ceed Sportswagon is fitted with ‘ice cube’ style LED daytime running lights (DRL) as standard. Previously, these were only featured on Kia ‘GT’ and ‘GT Line’ models, embedded into the front bumper – the ‘ice cube’ DRLs are integrated into the headlamp units on every model in the Ceed Sportswagon range, including the PHEV.

          SAFETY

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV provides access to a wide range of active driver assist and safety technologies. All models come fitted with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is able to detect pedestrians. Driver Attention Warning advises drivers to take a break if the system detects signs of fatigue.

An option pack consisting of Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functionality, Lane Following Assist (LFA) and cyclist detection for the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) is available at extra cost on the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV ‘3’.

As with every Kia car sold in Europe, the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management. This aids stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control if it detects a loss of traction.

          SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is available in a single version, in generously equipped ‘3’ specification. Features include 17-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and rain sensing front wipers, in addition to dual-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and rear parking sensors.

A brand new 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs. A reversing camera is also integrated into the touchscreen, with dynamic guidelines. The system features DAB radio as standard, as well as steering wheel controls and seven speakers. Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone integration with voice control is included, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth® system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

Other equipment includes black cloth seat trim with faux leather bolsters, satin chrome interior door handles, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift and a rear centre armrest with cupholders, while the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 fashion. There’s also an electric parking brake (EPB), front passenger seat height adjuster, automatic defog system and a smart entry system with engine start/stop button. There’s also a 4.2-inch supervision colour cluster display and a USB fast charger in the front centre console. All versions come with cruise control with speed limiter, drive mode select, an alarm system, electric windows all-round and automatic headlight control. Front fog lights, LED bi-function projection headlights with LED daytime running lights are included, in addition to a dual-tone horn and roof rails. The electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors are finished in body colour, there’s a high-gloss black and satin chrome closed front grille, chrome window surrounds and LEDs for the rear lights and high-mounted brake light. In addition, there are body coloured bumpers, rear spoiler and exterior door handles.

Safety is important with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is able to detect pedestrians. An option pack consisting of Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functionality, Lane Following Assist (LFA) and cyclist detection for the Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) is available at extra cost on the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV ‘3’.

 WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model. With the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, the cover is extended to include the new powertrain’s battery pack and motor.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

       FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

How important is the Ceed in the UK?
Currently it is our third best-selling model in the UK, accounting for around 10 per cent of our sales. Globally, the first- and second-generation cee’d has sold more than 1.28 million units in its relatively short 11-year life, and we anticipate that the new Ceed will sell at an even quicker rate.

 

How significant is the Sportswagon to the Ceed’s model mix?
The five-door hatchback makes up the majority of sales, while Sportswagon models have traditionally accounted for approximately 40 per cent of all Ceed production since its launch in 2007. This compares to around 30 per cent for other C-segment vehicles with estate variants. Here in the UK, last year Sportswagon sales accounted for almost a quarter of all cee’d registrations and we expect that to grow with the addition of this new plug-in hybrid variant.

 

What sales targets have you set for the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV for the UK market?
We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the five-door Sportswagon model to appeal strongly to business users.

 

What does 2020 hold for the Kia brand in the UK?
Until there is some certainty around what the split from Europe means for the UK, it’s likely to continue to be turbulent in the new car market. Last year was once again another record year for Kia in the UK, with 97,323 cars delivered to customers during 2019. That represents an increase of 1.6 per cent, in a market that was down by 2.4 per cent and saw the lowest number of new vehicles registered since 2013. Last year, Kia moved up one place to number eight in the overall UK sales charts, which is a significant achievement in a sales environment that has been exceptionally tough.

The first year of the new decade is going to present a number of challenges – none more so than the switch from NEDC to WLTP CO2 emissions figures in April 2020. At a time when consumers expect to see ever-improving data, the change in regime means that all cars will see an increase to their emissions, meaning most owners will be paying more for their motoring each year. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for many and will take a lot of explaining in the showrooms. It will mean, however, that the fuel economy and CO2 emissions are more realistic in real-world driving and gives Kia the opportunity to fully leverage their range of highly efficient eco cars.

Mandatory CO2 standards for passenger cars were first introduced in 2009 by the European Union, and in 2020 a new, more stringent set of standards means that an average of 95g/km across the product range must be achieved. Failing to do so will result in significant fines, and therefore the primary focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km across the line-up.

Which vehicles are hitting a chord with UK buyers currently?
There is a continued trend for customers to migrate away from traditional sectors towards SUVs, and we’re in a perfect position to deliver on the changing demand, with six key products in the Kia portfolio – Stonic, Niro, XCeed, Soul EV, Sportage and Sorento.

2019 was very much the year of the Ceed, with replacements for the hatchback and Sportswagon and new entrants into the market thanks to the all-new XCeed and ProCeed. Every Ceed derivative posted an increase on the year before, and it was a similar story for many models in the Kia range, which saw a rise compared to 2018. Highlights include the Niro, with a 44 per cent increase, a rise of more than 6 per cent for the Picanto and 44 per cent growth in Stinger sales. Sorento registrations rose, too, while the most popular model in the Kia range, the Sportage remained broadly static but still the highest selling and most popular model.

Alternative fuel vehicles are continually hitting the headlines, and here at Kia we are very well placed to provide customers with a wide range of different solutions to suit individual needs. In 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

What elements of the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV makes you proud to be leading Kia Motors UK?
The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV continues the remarkable trend established by our first European design, engineered and built version launches in 2007. It has played a significant role in the growth of the Kia brand both in the UK and across Europe and I believe the new car will continue that performance. This latest version answers every challenge that has been levelled at cee’d in the past. Vehicle dynamics are transformed. Refinement reaches a new level. Safety and driver assistance technology sets new standards in the class. Plus the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV has stand-out styling in a segment where many contenders are somewhat anonymous.

How important are fleet sales for the Ceed Sportswagon?
Previous generations have always been essential in our plan for sustainable fleet and business growth and I am certain that the Ceed Sportswagon will continue that trend. Kia’s strategy in the business market in the UK has been to deliver sensible choices for business users where residual values contribute to excellent operating costs. Ceed Sportswagon delivers the technology, safety, reliability and appeal that the fleet market demands in a stylish, comfortable and satisfying package. We anticipate that the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV will be a strong contender in the fleet market, thanks to its generous equipment levels, competitive efficiency and affordable running costs.

      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

      We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

Will the range grow to encompass GT-Line versions or additional trim levels?
There are no plans currently to offer a GT-Line variant of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV. We will monitor demand and introduce additional variants only if we believe there is sufficient demand for extra choice. Currently we believe that the single ‘3’ specification delivers buyers with a well-priced, generously equipped model that will tick all of their boxes.

Will Kia consider launching a four-door saloon version of the Ceed?
There are no plans at this time to offer a Ceed saloon in Europe.

 

Which C-segment estate cars has Kia identified as the Ceed Sportswagon development benchmarks?
The segment has a number of very strong contenders, with the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus the key benchmark models for the Ceed Sportswagon, particularly in terms of packaging and driving performance.

 

Estate cars are popular with customers that like to tow. Will there be a towing hitch available?
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV has a towing pack fitted as standard for the UK market and has been designed to allow customers to tow a trailer of up to 1,300kg, which is rare in the plug-in hybrid segment. A tow bar will be available to buy as an accessory from Kia dealers.

        TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

1.6 GDi Plug-in Hybrid

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1580

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 72 x 97.0

 Compression ratio

 

 13.0:1

 Power output: engine

                      motor

                      combined

 bhp @ rpm

 104 @ 5,700

  60

 139 @ 4,000

 Torque output: engine

                       motor

                       combined

 Nm @ rpm

 147 @ 4,000

 125

 265 @ TBC

 Fuel system

 

 Turbocharged Petrol Direct injection

 Drivetrain

 

 Front-wheel-drive

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Battery

 Energy

 kWh

 8.9

 Type

 

 Lithium-ion polymer

 Hybrid style

 

 Parallel (transmission mounted)

 Max power

 kW

 59

 Capacity

 Ah

 24.7

 Nominal voltage

 V

 360

 Battery weight

 Kg

 117

 Number of cells

 

 96

 Position

 

 Under boot panel (sub)

 Under rear seat (main)

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed DCT automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear 1

 Final Gear 2

 3.867

 2.217

 1.371

 0.930

 0.956

 0.767

 5.351

 4.438

 3.227

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil 

 springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Fully independent by subframe-mounted multi-link, coil 

 springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Braking system

 16-inch ventilated front discs 305 x 25mm,

 15-inch solid rear discs 272 x 10mm

 Steering Type

 Electric motor-driven rack-and-pinion power steering

 Turns, lock-to-lock

 2.44 metres

 Turning circle (diameter)

 5.2 metres

 Wheels (alloy)

 17-inch alloy

 Tyres

 225/45/R17

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,605/1,800/1,465

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 437/1,506

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,614

 Tow weights (braked/unbraked)

 kg

 1,300/600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 75

 Max roof weight

 kg

 80

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 37 litres

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 10.5

 Maximum speed

 mph

 106

 Fuel consumption – Combined (WLTP)

 mpg

 188.3

 CO2 emissions

 g/km

 33

 Electric range EAER

 Miles

 29.2

 Electric range EAER City

 Miles

 35.4

 Charging – 3-pin AC Charger

                Type 2 AC Charger

                AC Charge Time (3.3kW)

 

 

 

 n/a

 n/a

 2.15 hours

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Senior Press Officer

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Press Officer (events)

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Press Officer (press fleet)

 

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T: 01932 832071  M: 07557 268 252

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Press Office Assistant

 

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