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Sportswagon so stylish and spacious.

KIA'S cee'd Sportswagon is so-called because of its stylish shape - despite being an estate car.

With the rear seats folded there is up to 325 litres more carrying capacity than the cee'd hatchback model and certainly more than that of a Focus Estate.

Build quality is higher too and there is a choice of five trim and equipment levels, imaginatively named 1, 2, 3 and 4 plus the range-topping 4 Tech.

Power comes courtesy of a choice of diesel engines of 1.4 and 1.6-litre capacities, suggesting that the cars are aimed mainly at fleet operators, initially at least.

The smaller unit generates about 90bhp and is geared towards economy and low emissions, with a real-world consumption figure of 65mpg and a CO2 rating of 109g/km.

To make the most of the 220Nm of torque, or pulling power, there is a six-speed manual transmission only.

Performance is leisurely, with a 0-60mph acceleration time of more than 13 seconds and a top speed of just under 110mph.

However, there is a more powerful 1.6-litre oil-burner on offer too, with power and torque outputs of 126bhp and 260Nm plus a choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

In manual guise the 0-60mph acceleration time is a more sprightly 10.8 seconds and the top speed rises to 120mph, with economy of 64mpg and a CO2 rating of 116g/km.

Opt for the auto-box and the 0-60mph time rises slightly to 11.7 seconds, with economy averaging 50mpg and a significantly increased CO2 rating of 149g/km.

Obviously the main selling point of the Sportswagon in preference to the hatchback is the rear load area, which has a flat floor extending over the fold-down rear seats to the tailgate and offers a maximum capacity of 1,642 litres.

There is secure storage space beneath the floor, pockets to the sides and a retractable cover plus securing net hooks and a 12-volt power socket.

Higher-spec versions get sliding luggage rails and straps, whilst roof rails are standard throughout.

Other standard kit includes air conditioning, remote locking, electrically-adjustable heated door mirrors, front electric windows and connectivity for an iPod plus Bluetooth for your mobile phone, with steering wheel-mounted controls.

Move up to the more expensive versions and you can have darkened windows, automatic headlamps and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

There's also electric lumbar support for the front seats, seveninch touchscreen sat-nav and a reversing camera.

There is even leather for the seats, an engine stop/start button, panoramic sunroof, electric seat adjustment, parallel park assist, lane departure warning and adaptive front lighting with automatic levelling.

Prices start at about PS16,895 for the 1.4-litre model and from PS17,695 for the 1.6-litre version, both with entry-level trim.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 5, 2012
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