The Ceed Sportswagon isn’t as cheap to buy as you might expect compared to some rivals, although it is well equipped. We compared the 1.6-litre diesel 3 model, with a manual gearbox, to equivalent versions of the Volkswagen Golf estate
, Ford Focus estate
and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer estate, and found that differences in running costs over three years or 60,000 miles aren’t dramatic. The Golf is cheapest to run overall, despite a higher purchase price, thanks to its very solid resale value. The Kia then, is financially solid for this type of car, if not spectacular.
There’s also a plug-in hybrid version, which is a chunk more expensive to buy than an equivalent petrol-only Sportswagon but could be significantly cheaper to run, especially for company drivers
. It can also operate in electric-only mode for shorter journeys, which is an advantage over the hybrid system in the equivalent Toyota Corolla Touring Sports
which can’t run on electric power alone.