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Our Fleet Test Drive Kia Ceed SW - 14th report

Date: 07 August 2014   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

A dealer has been called into action to repair the reversing screen now that it's permanently out of order.

Now you see it, now you don't: the view through the reversing camera on our previously trusty Kia Ceed SW, that is.

After close to 11 months and 8000 miles it is the first fault to materialise on our long-term Korean wagon, but thankfully the audible parking sensors continue to function, and I usually insist on opening the driver's door to peer backwards when manoeuvring.

Initially, the lack of rearward vision was intermittent, but now the failed screen test features only the green, yellow and red guidance frame and sometimes is completely blank. We are asking a local dealer to literally look into it and remove the gremlins.

Our local council tip, or more politically correct recycling centre, is a useful location for operating parking cameras and was where we confirmed that this one was defunct. But en route the Ceed demonstrated its loading capacity by swallowing an obsolete king-sized mattress whole.

That task was made easier when I discovered that the rear seat squabs do, in fact, flip over. This creates useful extra-level loading length and capacity for particularly awkward and bulky loads. Plus it would provide extra space for anyone needing to lie down after manhandling said mattress in and out of the rear hatch.