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By David Motton
28 August 2007 04:07
Yep, but it’s called SW. Sounds a bit more aspirational than plain old estate, you see. The Ceed hatchback isn’t a bad starting point. It was the first Kia to emerge from the company’s new factory in Slovakia, and delivers a surprisingly sharp drive and much improved cabin quality over older Kia models. Just don’t call it a ‘budget’ car. If the product is improved, Kia argues, the market will stand a higher price. So the Ceed is solid value rather than bargain-basement cheap. The SW follows the same pattern, with prices starting from a competitive £12,995.
More than you might think. The SW doesn’t quite match the fluency of a VW Golf or the precision of Ford Focus, but it’s not far off. Fully independent suspension all-round helps control body sway and wobbles over rougher tarmac. The ride is firm but far from uncomfortable, while the steering is weighty and accurate but a little more feel wouldn’t go amiss. It's not going to set your trousers on fire, but then it's a remarkably accomplished drive. Just remember how dire Kias were a decade ago...
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