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The Winter 2019/20 Edition of The Derbeian Magazine, a magazine about all things Derby, past and present that also doubles up as a useful, local business directory


THE Derbeian | Winter 2019/20 Kia Ceed Sportswagon I have one of those neighbours who starts the minute he sees you to play the game of cul-de-sac oneupmanship. I’ve had one such encounter recently. He breezed in like a January cuckoo and began to crow how great he was at choosing only the best appliances, ranging from flat screen TVs to electric toothbrushes. FHe came to me the other day and said “You’re into cars aren’t you?”I replied somewhat non-commitedly and saw that he was eyeing the vehicle standing on my drive. “What’s that?” He asked. “That, my jolly neighbour, is the new athletic looking, lower and wider, third iteration Kia Ceed Sportswagon - once known as the cee’d - but now as a car developed and engineered in Frankfurt for the ‘Community of Europe, with European Designing’ it’s known as the CEED.” He didn’t get it or look impressed. “I’ve got an estate wot’s much better than wot that is” He said. I looked down the road and saw poking out of his garage, the German vehicle in question. “Oh! You’ve got one of those. They all buy those.” “What do you mean? It’s the best there is.” “Well for a start” I said, “I disagree on several counts. First, does your car really look as attractive as this sporty-looking estate with its ‘all-ofa-piece’ smooth styling with poise and purposefulness written all over its contours?” He looked back again at his vehicle and turned again to study the Ceed Sportswagon’s appearance carefully. “Well I think it does.” He didn’t sound too confident. “Come over, look inside. See how the doors offer excellent ingress and egress too. And does your estate really have a load carrying capacity that would have a welsh dresser banged to rights with seats down - and with them up would it make a couple of bodybuilders think they were shrinking?” I flipped up the rear hatch. “See. A solid platform, a wide opening and a capacious interior. Just sit on those sports seats in that ergonomically excellent cabin inspired by the flagship Kia Stinger and admire the well-put-together trim, the intuitive controls and modern touch screen for information. Think of all those extras that ‘costa packet’ on yours and are standard here - and don’t overlook the advanced safety and driver assistance systems. It’s a classy cabin too, isn’t it? There. Tell me that doesn’t feel more comfortable than the seat in your car.” I could see that I had sown the seeds of doubt - after pointing out that the smooth and eager 114bhp 1.6 diesel enabled a top speed of near 120 mph, yet emitted low CO2 of 109 g/km. And I pointed out that Kia’s claimed 57.6 mpg combined was beyond honest. I got well over 65mpg over a weeks use. In real world use I could cover the length of mainland Britain without in-flight refuelling. All this was thanks in part to the relaxed cruising in the longstriding sixth gear. And If you want a load carrier that doesn’t flop about like a bouncy castle on wheels, the new Ceed Sportswagon is spot on. 36 | Motoring with Syd Taylor

Winter 2019/20 | THE Derbeian With its chassis that shows proper class, no one who likes driving will dismiss its dynamic agility. Quite simply it drives beautifully with top notch ride and handling. In fact it’s a lovely car that’s as smooth as a rewarding malt and as surefooted as a chamois letting you enjoy the silky sweet serendipity of serenity. “If you had asked me first, my advice to you would have been to have left flash well alone in the pan - for this Kia with its seven year warranty has to be a near perfect recipe for what you want” The colour seemed to drain from his cheeks. “Anyway - I bet it costa packet” he said. “Not so my good neighbour. Surprisingly it was only £20,850 - which really does make it one of the best value new cars on the market today. And I mean that sincerely readers. As the sky darkened, rain began to fall and it was a much more thoughtful, not to say chastened individual, who retraced his steps to his newly bought house and newly bought car with its bundle of expensive extras. I was feeling, in fact, quite neighbourly, having performed my first good deed of the day in opening his eyes to the irresistible logic that is spelt out in every detail of this accommodating Kia. Motoring with Syd Taylor | 37

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