With more than 512,000 units of the estate sold since its introduction in 2007, Kia wants to keep the cash coming in with the all-new Ceed Sportswagon.
It’s 95mm (3.74in) longer, 20mm (0.79in) wider, and 20mm (0.79in) lower than the outgoing model, but its wheelbase remains the same, at 2,650mm (104.3in).
Moreover, the boot capacity has been bumped by 14 percent, or 72 liters (2.54cu-ft), expanding to 600 liters (21.19cu-ft) in capacity, which is “larger than most D-segment (mid-size) tourers”, says Kia. With the 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats, it’s now easier to load longer items inside, and with the seats down, the floor is completely flat.
The 2019 Kia Ceed Sportswagon can be specified with an electric tailgate,and a fully-independent suspension that’s said to “provide drivers with more agile and immediate handling responses”. The latter is complemented by revised spring and damper rates, and faster steering rack.
Designed, developed, engineered, and built in Europe, as its name states: Community of Europe with European Design, the new compact wagon has a sleeker profile and more distinct ends, with the overall design being more mature than its predecessor. It’s offered in a choice of 11 paint finishes, and a wide selection of wheels.
All equipment seen on the new Ceed hatchback is available for the Sportswagon too, including the infotainment system in three sizes with navigation system and smartphone integration, JBL premium stereo, and a host of driving assistance features.
Powering it is the same choice of petrol and diesel engines as the hatchback, paired to six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearboxes – depending on the model.
Kia will start producing the new Ceed Sportswagon at the Zilina plant, in Slovakia, from August, and launch it across Europe in Q4.