Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV hybrid reliability & safety
An excellent warranty provides reassurance for Ceed SW owners, but you need the optional safety pack for the highest crash-test rating
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|4 stars (2019)*||88%||85%||73%|
* 5 stars with optional ADAP (Advanced Driver Assistance Pack)
Kia has become a byword for dependability and peace of mind among UK car buyers thanks to its seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, which is still not matched by any other brand, many years after being introduced. Its results in customer-satisfaction surveys are good; the only slight cause for concern with the Ceed in particular is a less-than-perfect crash-test rating. However, this can be boosted with the addition of an optional safety equipment package.
Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV hybrid reliability & problems
The Kia Ceed (incorporating hatchback and estate, petrol and diesel variants) ranked a strong 18th out of the 75 models that featured in the 2020 Driver Power car owner satisfaction survey, with an overall score of 90.98%. The fault rate was about average, though, with just over 15% of owners who responded saying they'd experienced a problem.
As an overall brand, Kia did extremely well in the same 2020 survey, finishing second behind Lexus with a satisfaction rating of 90.84%. This positive customer feedback is bolstered by Kia's confidence-inspiring seven-year/100,000-mile warranty, so when it comes to peace of mind for owners, Kia is among the best.
The Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV gets a plethora of safety equipment as standard. In addition to the mandatory airbags and electronic stability control system, there's lane-keeping assistance, automatic high beams, driver attention warnings, hill-start assistance and a collision-avoidance emergency braking setup that can detect both other vehicles and pedestrians.
Despite all this the standard version of the Ceed only managed four out of a possible five stars in Euro NCAP crash-testing in 2019. The shortfall was mainly down to the absence of some active driver-assistance systems from the standard equipment list, such as adaptive cruise control, lane-following assistance and cyclist detection for the emergency braking system.
The good news is these can be added to the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV by specifying the £750 Advanced Driver Assistance Pack (ADAP) at the time of purchase. With this option fitted, the Ceed is elevated to a five-star car in the eyes of Euro NCAP.
In This Review
- 1VerdictIt's practical and well equipped, but the Kia Ceed Sportswagon plug-in hybrid is also quite expensive and pretty dull to drive
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingDecent electric range and an effective hybrid mode make the plug-in Ceed Sportswagon very efficient around town
- 3Running costsThe starting price is quite steep, but once you own it, the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV should be relatively cheap to run
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe Ceed Sportswagon isn't as fast or as good to drive as its rivals, but it is pretty comfortable, particularly around town
- 5Interior & comfortGenerous equipment and solid build quality count in the Ceed SW's favour here, but it lacks any real design flair or sense of luxury
- 6Practicality & boot spaceThe Ceed Sportswagon hybrid boasts a large boot with a flat floor and spacious seating for all occupants
- 7Reliability & safety - currently readingAn excellent warranty provides reassurance for Ceed SW owners, but you need the optional safety pack for the highest crash-test rating