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Kia Cee & # 39; d Sportswagon & amp; Toyota Auris Touring Sports in the driving report

Dino Eisele
Kia Cee'd Sportswagon, Toyota Auris Touring Sports
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W he asked for a combination version Germany's buyers in the compact class are shown by the new registrations of Toyota Auris and Kia Cee'd in the first half of the year. While the Toyota Auris found 8,792 buyers, the Kia Cee’d had 9,837 registrations, almost half of which, however, are accounted for by the station wagon called Sportswagon. The Toyota Auris, on the other hand, was previously only available as a sedan.


Toyota Auris Touring Sports with 530 liters of storage space

But Toyota has recently started offering it too as touring sports. With the wheelbase unchanged compared to the sedan, the rear overhang of the Toyota Auris Touring Sport is 28.5 centimeters longer. This creates space for a class-appropriate storage volume of 530 liters under the privacy screen blind, which can be pushed towards the back seat or upwards for easier loading.

In addition, the rear seat backs of the Toyota Auris Touring Sports can be optionally Unlock and lay flat from the luggage compartment. For a consistently flat surface from the low loading sill to behind the front seats, the height-adjustable luggage compartment floor must be in the upper position - as standard in the diesel version (from 24,550 euros) available from the Life equipment line. A dividing net is also part of the basic equipment of the Toyota Auris Touring Sports, so that the maximum storage volume of 1,658 liters up to the roof can be used without hesitation. Only the payload is not very generous at 470 kilograms.

The Kia Cee’d Sportswagon can pack noticeably more at 534 kilograms, although the loading volume of the slightly shorter Kia hardly differs from 528 to 1,642 liters. Special combination extras such as a partition net or a system for dividing the vehicle are on board from the Vision equipment line (22,190 euros), the model being driven was a special model based on Edition 7 (20,890 euros). Different sized compartments under the loading floor hold small items. When the rear seat back of the Kia Cee’d Sportswagon is folded forward, the loading area rises slightly towards the front. To ensure that it is completely level, the seat surfaces must also be folded forwards beforehand, whereby the rear headrests do not have to be removed.

Kia places more value on materials and workmanship

It is noticeable that Kia places more value on materials and workmanship - not just in the luggage compartment. Even in those with large shelvesInterior surfaces are more often made of softer plastic than in the Toyota Auris Touring Sports. With the Toyota, the higher-quality materials are mainly limited to the areas that you constantly touch.

There are also differences in the feeling of space. In the Toyota Auris Touring Sports with its high line of windows, the cockpit towers like a wall unit in front of the driver, while instruments and controls like in the Kia Cee’d Sportswagon hardly give cause for criticism. In the front, the passengers take their seats in tight, comfortable seats. The slightly flat backrest in the rear creates an uncomfortable sitting posture.

In the second row of the Kia Cee’d, the occupants sit more upright and enjoy slightly more freedom of movement. The slightly slightly contoured front seats are also more airy behind the flat windscreen.

Hardly any diesel-typical nailing

When the driver turns the ignition key, a 1.6-liter wakes up under the hood largely without the typical diesel nailing. Cultivated manners are one of the strengths of the 128 hp four-cylinder engine, which delivers a maximum torque of 260 Nm from 1,900 rpm - enough to rarely have to reach for the precisely guided gear lever of the suitably graduated six-speed transmission.

The Cee'd, on the other hand, is no more than quick gliding - even on country roads. The servo-assisted steering system provides little feedback, and the damper tuning struggles to calm the clear vertical movements of the body on mended asphalt. After all, the Kia Cee’d Sportswagon refrains from creaking and rumbling noises, but it doesn't offer more than average suspension and rolling comfort.

By and large, both of these apply to the Toyota Auris Touring Sports, but since the chassis and steering feel a tad tighter on it, bumps cause less restlessness and brisk cornering is more fun than with the Kia Cee 'd Sportswagon. Because the brakes of the Auris also grip a little harder and it sprints to 100 km /h a little less than a second, dynamic drivers are better served with it.

Toyota with more torque at lower speed

With 124 hp, the Toyota turbodiesel draws its power from two liters of displacement and provides significantly more torque (310 Nm) at lower speed (1,600 Rpm) ready. However, it accompanies every starting (start-stop is standard) with audible nailing. The fact that it cannot distance the Kia Cee’d Sportswagon in terms of elasticity is due to the longer gear ratio in the upper gears. In level six, the crankshaft rotates only 1,600 times per minute at 100 km /h. The low speed level has a positive effect on consumption.

In the driving report, the Toyota Auris Touring Sports is content with 6.4 L /100 km, the Kia Cee’dSportswagon needs an average of 6.6 liters. Apart from the slightly higher fuel consumption, the Kia has consistently better cards when it comes to costs. The lower fixed costs result from the lower vehicle tax and the lower type class classification for liability and partial coverage.

For the Kia Cee’d Sportswagon, a maintenance visit to the workshop is also required at least once a year, but the mileage limit of 30,000 km is twice as high as for the Auris. And Cee’d customers can only smile with a three-year vehicle warranty - Kia enables seven years of carefree driving. The price remains. Even without the special model bonus, the Cee’d undercuts the Auris by more than 2,000 euros - without being worse equipped. But without the trump cards in the cost section, the Kia would not be ahead of the Toyota in the overall ranking.

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