2016 KIA cee’d GT-line SW – 136 hk/ps, 300 Nm, DCT – CarTestr Review

Family-oriented, good looking and value for money summarizes the latest Kia cee’d. The car tested was the new (in Sweden) GT line equipped cee’d Sportswagon with a 1.6 litre four cylinder diesel engine.

First impression – A pretty normal car for the small family. Nothing to get overly excited about until you check out the front. The cool looking DRL arrangement from the previous GT series looks really cool. But that is about it.

The GT-line is a failed attempt to make a sportier cee’d SW. When you are done staring at the cool front LEDs this is an ordinary KIA: Inside, same as before/other models. Rear exterior, same as before/other models. The GT-line badge on the trunk lid and the twin chrome pipes (one side only) is something you can pick up at any aftermarket store. But if you look beyond the new ”GT” styling this is unarguably a really good family hauler (for European roads).

The ride on both the highway and twisty country roads is comfortable and the 7-speed automatic gearbox does what you expect it to do. What the car lack in terms of performance it gains on its ability to perform as an everyday car with a decent amount of space for passengers and cargo.

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2016 BMW 118d – CarTestr Review

No surprises here. The BMW 118d is what you would expect from a BMW. Safe to drive, excellent interior quality, great handling and that premium feel.

If you are into sports cars this BMW is a boring experience. If you enjoy compact cars for commuting and city driving this BMW is nearly perfect.

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The BMW 118d is a good looking premium compact. The car tested here was equipped with cream white leather upholstery and lovely looking fine-wood ”Fineline” interior trim. The dashboard is familiar and everything is easy to find. Nothing to complain about in the cockpit.

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If you put yourself in the rear seat you´ll notice that you are not riding in a Skoda Superb. It’s tight but fit two adults with ease. You’ll also notice that you are somewhat limited if you plan to haul lots of cargo. If that is the case, perhaps a larger BMW is what you should buy.

On the road this BMW is predictable although a bit slow, 150 hk/ps is not that much. I have driven the larger BMW X4 20d and that engine combined with the 8-speed automatic gearbox is much easier to drive.

If you decide on a BMW 118d you are not doing it because you are looking for engine power, you are probably buying the BMW 118d because you want a VW Gold-sized car with a premium touch.

2016 Skoda Octavia RS TDI 184 hk/ps – CarTestr Review

Great family car with lots of interior space, VW quality in all the panels, dash board etc. Great diesel engine, works best when you overtake other vehicles and not so much when you are looking to drive fast on twisty roads.

The Skoda Octavia RS is a spacious family hauler. The Skoda is also a sleeper, with nothing more than the badges to reveal a very competent engine. Overtaking is very easy with this engine and if you are pulling something heavy you should be fine too.

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The downsides with this car is that it is kind of boring on the inside. It has a standard VW/Skoda dashboard and even if you get red stitching on the seats and the steering you are a long way from a true sports car feeling.

On the upside you are in a great family car with enough room for everybody + you get a decent sized cargo space. This is probably a car for the family man looking to buy something powerful yet not something that will attract too much attention.

Watch the short review (in Swedish):