A tiger nose front-end and neat LED tail lights ensure the Sportswagon looks smart from back to front. A tapering roof line and a rising window line provide the vehicle with a distinctive profile. A power-operated lift gate and a low, flat boot lip provide easy access to the car’s luggage area. Just by having the vehicle’s smart key in close proximity to the tail gate will ensure that it opens effortlessly – particularly useful whenever you have both hands full. GT trims feature twin exhaust pipes and 18-inch alloy wheels.
Flexibility is provided by 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats. This allows owners to transport outsized items, such as skis or fishing rods, while still enabling two rear-seat passengers to travel in comfort. With seats up, the boot has a 553-litre capacity, and features sliding luggage rails that can be popped up to secure individual items, thus preventing damage or spillage.
A choice of three engines include a 1.7-litre 139bhp diesel unit and a 2.0-litre 161bhp petrol option, while the GT grade features a 2.0-litre 242bhp turbo charged alternative. Each engine is paired with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-automatic gearboxes. Available as an option is electronic adaptive suspension which autonomously adjusts shock absorber firmness to match a variety of road conditions. Kia has yet to announce details regarding fuel economy and CO2 emission figures.
A six-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a seven-inch touchscreen display come as standard. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay app integration, voice control, music streaming and USB connectivity are also included. A five-watt wireless charge pad, positioned at the base of the central console, informs users whenever full charging of a mobile device has been completed. It will even alert you if a device has been left unattended upon leaving the car.
The SW features adaptive cruise which uses radar technology to automatically slow the vehicle down in the event of congested traffic. Autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and blind-spot detection are also included. Among the vehicle’s passive safety features are a net built into the back of the rear seats. This creates a barrier between passengers and rear windscreen in the unlikely event of a collision.
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