From Towcar Awards 2008

List price: £16,395 (when tested)
Kerbweight: 1513-1572kg
85% Match: 1286-1336kg
Maximum towing limit: 1500kg
Towball limit: 75kg

LAST YEAR the Cee’d hatch impressed. This time it’s back in estate guise, with a more powerful diesel engine.

Despite the extra brawn, the 30-60mph time of 19.4 seconds is a little disappointing. Blame the engine’s off-on-off power delivery. The braking distance from 30mph is also on the long side, although wet weather didn’t help the cause.

Easy boot access

The handy-sized boot gives the Cee’d a reasonable practicality score. It swallowed every item of holiday luggage except for the Aquaroll. The ease of access to the boot and the absence of a lip to load items over also added points.

The £16,395 price tag makes the 2.0 CRDi Sport one of the cheapest estates in this year’s tests. Resale values aren’t great, though – expect to get back just 34% of the original price after three years.

We say

Towing: 4/5
Solo: 3/5
Practicality: 3/5
Buying & owning: 3/5

Verdict: 3/5. Keenly priced, with a roomy boot and good stability when towing.

Braking 30-0mph: 12.74m