After unveiling the latest version of the hatchback last month, Kia has unveiled the third-generation Ceed Sportwagon at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The South Korean brand claims it is the “most practical, spacious and versatile Ceed Sportswagon to date” and features “innovative technologies to boost comfort, convenience and safety”.
Built on Kia’s all-new K2 platform, the Sportwagon is 20mm wider and lower than the previous model, while the body is 95mm longer – despite the wheelbase staying the same size at 2.65m. All of that combines for more usable interior space.
That larger body allows for a 14 per cent increase in boot space, meaning the new Sportwagon has 600 litres for storage in the back. Kia has also lowered the boot lip for easier loading, while customers can choose to fit a powered tailgate.
Under the bonnet, customers can select one of five power options – two of which are derived from Kia’s new U3 1.4-litre diesel engine that comes with either 113bhp or 134bhp. The three petrol offerings come via a 118bhp turbocharged 1.0-litre, a 138bhp turbocharged 1.4-litre unit and a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre option that produces 98bhp.
Both six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmission options are available.
Inside, models come with one of three infotainment touchscreens – either five-, seven- or eight-inch – alongside Bluetooth connectivity, automatic lights and keyless entry. Other premium features are available, such as an upgraded sound system, a heated windscreen and smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Exterior features include Kia’s signature ‘tiger nose’ grille and LED daytime running lights, as well as the optional LED headlights and ECO pack – which includes an aero flap to help cool the engine.
Like the hatchback model, the Sportwagon includes the new lane following assist system that tracks the vehicle in front on a motorway and allows the car to control speed and steering at speeds up to 80mph.
It also comes with multiple safety technologies as standard, such as high beam assist, driver attention warning, lane keeping assist and forward collision warning. Optional systems include smart cruise control, smart parking assist and forward collision-avoidance assist.
UK pricing and full specification is yet to be unveiled, but production begins in August – so expect sales to begin in the final quarter of 2018.
by Jack Healy