As a Kia in the mid-1990s, the leap to Europe dared, was ridiculed in the South Korean car manufacturers from local manufacturers. Kia and the daughter of Hyundai were also among the customers as the cheap brands with poor quality and no Prestige. But times have changed: From a few hundred vehicles at the Swiss Start-up in 1994 last year of 13’000 sold Hyundai and Kia models.

And that, in the meantime, not only the quality and look of votes, but the South Koreans in terms of technology, many established manufacturers are even ahead of, demonstrates about the all-new Kia Ceed SW as a Plug-in Hybrid PHEV. The combination from the pen of Ex-VW chief designer Peter Schreyer is convinced visually with clean lines, typical Kia tiger nose on the Front and wraparound LED technology.

So Cockpit

continues Also on the inside are modern: all cleaned up, a beautiful free-standing 10-inch Display, and neither too much and nor too little buttons – so a Cockpit is a must! Clearly we find here and there very high quality plastic, but the competition is also not different. In series two, it also sits as a full-grown middle-Europeans are comfortable, the trunk of the 4,61 Meter combos swallows class usual from 430 to 1500 liters.

the South Korean electrical engineering master, you have proved in the recent past, with numerous models à la Hyundai Kona or Kia e-Soul. How well and confidently, the systems play together, is in the Plug-in Hybrid station wagon Ceed but impressive. Imperceptibly, the 1.6-Liter gasoline engine and the electric Motor in the City together (the system power is 141 PS) margins and allow test consumption of around 3.0 l/100 km!

Kia Ceed SW 1.6 GDi DCT PHEVs Style

1.6-R4-gasoline engine plus electric Motor, 141 HP (104 kW), 265 Nm@1000 rpm, 6-speed DCT automatic, front-wheel drive
drive performance from 0 to 100 km/h is 10.8 s, peak of 171 km/h
mass length/width/height 4,61/1,80/1,47 m, weight 1670 kg, the trunk 437-1506 l
power consumption factory/Test 1,3/4,5 l/100 km = 29/107 g/km of CO2, energy A
prices from 40’to 900 Fr., Test car with options 45’050 Fr., The base Kia Ceed SW (1.0 T-GDi 120 PS) from 22’to 450 Fr.
Plus Low consumption, high E-range, price-performance,
Minus Tough heading in Eco mode, no electric Boost as in competition

Sparingly, Yes, athletic no.

While other Plug-in models, the anyway rather low electrical range after a short time are exhausted, proves the Ceed PHEV excellent Regenerative properties – imperceptibly the battery fills up stand again and again. Something incomprehensible we find, however, that the driver can choose between Eco and Sport mode.

want to be kicked While on Eco the combination already, to some extent, afloat by the body, rotates the dual-clutch transmission in Sport courses under the annoying Roar is almost always to far. Here we miss a Normal or Comfort mode, which would ensure the right Mix.

price is absolutely in order

anyway, the Kia Ceed SW PHEV is more of a cozy Slip as a sporty curve scratch designed. The 1.3 l/100 km fuel consumption remain the same as in the case of each of the Plug-in model, a value from the fairy tale book. Nevertheless, 4.5 l/100 km test consumption for a nearly 1700-pound family station wagon are a top value of – as some of the other Europeans can have a slice of cut off.

finally, the price: For the offered technology, the quality and the value of about 41’000 francs in the basic price of the family vehicle completely in order. With Metallic paint, Style package and a panoramic glass roof, around 45’000 CHF at the end of the invoice – very fair, as we can find.