Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV hybrid running costs

The starting price is quite steep, but once you own it, the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV should be relatively cheap to run

Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV
Insurance group Warranty Service interval 2020/21 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
15 7yrs / 100,000 miles 1yr / 10,000 miles From £719 / £1,437

First things first: for a retail buyer, the Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is a pretty expensive proposition. It's only available in one trim level (the well-specced 3), so you'll only have a fiver change from 30 grand if you buy one outright.

That's almost £10,000 more than the entry-level 1.6-litre diesel Ceed Sportswagon, and even a diesel in the 3 trim level comes in at less than £25,000. At the time of writing, Kia had not yet published indicative personal finance costs for the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV.

This car makes a lot more financial sense for company-car users, who'll pay Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax at 12% during the 2020/21 financial year, compared to a hefty 33% for the equivalent 1.6-litre CRDi diesel-engined Ceed Sportswagon.

Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV hybrid insurance group

The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is in insurance group 15 – the same as the 1.4-litre petrol version, but a little higher than the 1.6-litre diesel model, which is in group 12. The closely related Kia Niro PHEV plug-in SUV is also in group 15.

Warranty

Kia has for a long time been known for the generous extent of its new-car warranty, which runs to seven years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first. Only MG (producer of the ZS EV pure-electric family SUV) matches the seven-year duration, but it has a lower distance cap of 80,000 miles.

Servicing

The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV needs a service once a year or every 10,000 miles – whichever comes first. Kia offers fixed-price servicing plans for its cars, and a three-year plan for the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV comes in at £489. A five-year plan will set you back £879.

Road tax

Only fully zero-emission cars are exempt from road tax (VED) these days, but plug-in hybrids like this Ceed do get a £10 annual discount on the usual rate of £150 every 12 months.