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Stylish, tech-filled SUV with plug-in hybrid version on the way

Kia Xceed SUV (19 on) - rated 0 out of 5
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PROS

  • Packed with tech
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Decent practicality

CONS

  • You’ll have to wait for the plug-in hybrid

PROS

  • Packed with tech
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Decent practicality

CONS

  • You’ll have to wait for the plug-in hybrid

Kia Xceed SUV rivals

The Kia XCeed is the South Korean manufacturer’s entrant into the sportier crossover market and goes up against rivals such as the Volkswagen T-Roc, Toyota 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 estate, ProCeed 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 some point in 2020. 

Petrol and diesel engines, plus plug-in hybrid on the way

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

  • 120hp 1.0-litre T-GDi
  • 140hp 1.4-litre T-GDi
  • 204hp 1.6-litre T-GDi 
  • 115hp 1.6-litre CRDi
  • 136hp 1.6-litre CRDi

Each engine will be available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, aside from the entry level 120hp petrol which is manual only. Mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants are on the way, although not until after 2019.

New 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster heads cabin 

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). 

Kia XCeed interior

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. 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.

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. 

When can I buy a XCeed and what will the price tag be?

Available to order from July 2019, the XCeed will be available in 2, 3, and First Edition trim levels with a starting price from around £21,000. First deliveries are expected to take place at the end of 2019.

Kia XCeed rear

Kia Xceed SUV rivals