The Hatchback – the difference between the hatch and SW » The rear seats are split 60:40 to allow owners to vary passenger and luggage space.
Getting in and out of the Kia cee’d is easy with the front doors having three different resting points, the widest opening out to a generous 70 degrees. The driver’s seat adjusts for height and the steering wheel for both height and reach, it was easy to find a comfortable driving position with the aid of lumber support.
We found both the hatchback and SW cee'd had good all round vision and parking was easy. Kia has a no nonsense approach to the interior layout and everything is well laid out and easy to find with no fancy electronics to confuse or fail.
The Hatchback – the difference between the hatch and SW
The rear seats are split 60:40 to allow owners to vary passenger and luggage space. The cushions flip upwards and forwards into a vertical position, allowing the backrests to be lowered flat without the need to remove the headrests first. The 340-litre boot can be enlarged progressively to a maximum of 1300 litres. The hatchback features a hard load cover where the SW has a pull over tonneau cover to protect the luggage area from prying eyes.
The SW – Station Wagon – the difference between the SW and hatch
The Kia cee'd SW has the same 2,650mm wheelbase as the five-door hatchback and an identical front end. Even the rear doors are the same. But the body has been stretched by 235mm compared with the hatchback - all of it added behind the rear axle line. The cee'd SW is also 10mm taller than the hatchback, excluding roof rails. Compared to the hatchback, the top hinges are located 225mm further forwards, allowing the tailgate to be extended into the roof line by the same amount. The upswing and outswing of the tailgate are both reduced by 72mm as a result, so that owners can stand closer to the car and the tailgate can be fully opened even in restricted parking spaces or garages.
Luggage capacity up to the rear window line rises to 534 litres which is around 200 litres more than the cee'd hatchback. This includes 55 litres of useful under floor trays beneath the boot floor. With the 60:40 split rear seats folded flat the luggage capacity rises to 1664 litres - 300 litres more than the hatchback.
The cee'd SW is the first Kia to have its indicator stalk on the familiar left side from launch. Until now, all Kia models have had the stalk on the right hand side as a traditional safety measure allowing the driver to use the indicators with the right hand whilst changing gear with the left. However, cee'd being Kia's first truly European product means the latest model has responded to customer requests and this change in positioning will apply across the entire Kia range in due course, with new production.