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Stylish, tech-filled and accomplished crossover

Kia Xceed SUV (19 on) - rated 4.4 out of 5
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PROS

  • Packed with technology, most of which standard
  • Benefits from Kia’s comprehensive seven-year warranty
  • Impressive practicality despite its more rakish body

CONS

  • Doesn’t get full engine range from other Ceed models
  • The ProCeed and Sportswagon are both more practical
  • Doesn’t offer a huge amount more over regular hatch

At a glance

New price £20,795 - £29,195
Lease from new From £206 per month
Used price £15,740 - £23,155
Used monthly cost £388 - £571
Fuel economy 45 - 68 mpg
Road tax cost £145
Insurance group 12 - 18 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Packed with technology, most of which standard
  • Benefits from Kia’s comprehensive seven-year warranty
  • Impressive practicality despite its more rakish body

CONS

  • Doesn’t get full engine range from other Ceed models
  • The ProCeed and Sportswagon are both more practical
  • Doesn’t offer a huge amount more over regular hatch

Kia Xceed SUV rivals

The Kia XCeed is the South Korean manufacturer’s entrant into the sportier crossover market. Although it's closely based on the Ceed hatchback, it's pumped up with plenty of SUV attittude, receiving the obligatory wheelarch protection, rugged bumpers and roof rails that marks out this popular breed of family car.

It goes up against rivals such as the Volkswagen T-RocToyota C-HR and BMW X2. It’s remarkable progress for a model family that not that long ago comprised of just a humble Ceed Hatchback, but now also spans a Sportswagon estateProCeed shooting brake and this – the SUV entrant. 

And it doesn’t take a genius to work out that from current market conditions, the XCeed could well turn out to be the most popular of the bunch thanks to its utilitarian/sporty styling and plug-in hybrid variant coming at the start of 2020. In fact, Kia expects this model to be its third most popular in the line-up after the Sportage and Niro SUVs. 

What's it like inside?

The XCeed’s cabin is broadly similar to the Ceed hatchack’s, with the biggest changes focused around the in-car display. A new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (a first on a Kia) replaces regular analogue dials, while the central infotainment screen optionally grows to 10.25-inch (8.0 inches as standard). 

The usual plethora of equipment is available, including a JBL Premium sound system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, heated seats and steering wheel plus a new telematics system that alerts the driver to upcoming traffic, weather hazards or points of interest – the same kind of online services you’ll find in BMW and Audi’s latest systems, for example. Driver assistance systems, such as Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blindspot Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist are also fitted as standard depending on trim level. Lane Following Assist also features, and is capable of – within reason – controlling the car’s acceleration, braking and steering.

2019 Kia XCeed First Edition interior

Unless you go for one of the higher-spec First Edition models, the interior isn’t vastly different, but that’s no surprise. Go for one of these early editions and you’ll get the option of some vivid interior colour schemes and plusher materials than a regular Ceed, made to feel more modern and techy thanks to that larger screen and Kia’s first set of digital dials.

Decent boot size and rear-seat passenger space

The XCeed has the same wheelbase as the regular Ceed hatchback, yet thanks to larger overhangs at the front and rear it’s got a greater overall length – affording more luggage and passenger space all-round. Opening up the boot (and its optional electric tailgate) reveals a load bay rated at 426 litres (1,378 with the rear seats folded down). There’s a noticeable drop down from the boot lip to the floor and there’s no lever to fold the seats down from the boot, but it’s still a usefully-shaped load bay; 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats are also handy.

Rear passenger space, meanwhile, is impressive. Even with the panoramic sunroof fitted, there’s enough headroom for a six-foot passenger, plus legroom is ample enough for a car of this size. Our only complaint was how dark it felt with the black headlining – so just bear this in mind if you frequently carry young kids around. 

What engines and transmissions are there?

The XCeed will initially be available with two petrol and two diesel engines as listed below:

  • 120hp 1.0-litre T-GDi
  • 140hp 1.4-litre T-GDi
  • 115hp 1.6-litre CRDi
  • 136hp 1.6-litre CRDi

Depending on the engine you choose, there’s a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT transmissions, although the UK goes without the automatic option on diesel models, and we don’t get the 204hp 1.6-litr T-GDI at all that other European markets are gifted.

Expanding the line-up in 2020 will be a plug-in hybrid version with 141hp, as well as a diesel mild hybrid that should help Kia broaden its appeal to those wanting low CO2 options.

Simple, well-equipped trim line-up

A simple line-up of 2, 3, and First Edition models are available, all coming with a generous kit list to keep you safe and entertained, with First Edition models having all possible equipment lavished on it as standard, with a unique colour palette and contrasting interior available.

This is the expected bestseller for UK buyers at the top of the range, with luxuries like electrically operated heated and ventilated seats, panoramic sunroof, part-leather upholstery, digital dials, sound system upgrade and wireless phone charger. Even so, other models still come with goodies like LED lights, auto lights and wipers and heated seats, so you won't feel shortchanged in any model.

Read on for the full Kia XCeed review

Kia Xceed SUV rivals