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Stylish, tech-filled and surprisingly excellent small SUV

Kia Xceed SUV (19 on) - rated 4.1 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £21,255 - £35,105
Lease from new From £196 p/m View lease deals
Used price £12,995 - £26,730
Used monthly cost From £324 per month
Fuel Economy 40.4 - 235.4 mpg
Road tax cost £145 - £155
Insurance group 11 - 19 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Packed with technology
  • Comprehensive seven-year warranty
  • Impressive practicality

CONS

  • Limited engine range
  • Little advantage over regular hatch
  • No four-wheel drive option

Kia Xceed SUV rivals

Written by Murray Scullion on

Is the Kia XCeed any good?

No car manufacturer's lineup is finished without a plethora of SUV entrants. Which is why Kia has bolstered its range with this jacked-up model under the Ceed umbrella. It joins the hatchback alongside the Sportswagon estate, and Proceed shooting brake and proves to be a very appealing all-rounder.

There's no mistaking the XCeed for any of its sister models. It cuts quite a dash thanks to its coupe-like styling mixed with plenty of SUV attitude. Features include the obligatory wheelarch protection, rugged bumpers and roof rails that mark it out as one of the breed.

And it certainly doesn't take a genius to realise that with the popularity of rival models such as the Volkswagen T-Roc, Hyundai Kona and Toyota C-HR, this XCeed is proving the most popular of the bunch. In fact, it's one of the firm's best-selling models - mixing in among the Stonic, Niro and Sportage SUVs, and it's so popular for good reason – it doesn't do much wrong, as you'll find out by reading on.

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What's it like inside?

The XCeed's cabin design is broadly similar to the Ceed hatchback's, but stepping up to one of the top trim levels will net you an air of premium luxury that you don't often see on the Korean brand's cars. There's a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster - Kia's first - and a central infotainment screen that can grow from its standard 8.0-inches to a massive 10.25-inches.

Open up the boot (electrically operated on certain models) and you'll find a load bay 426 litres in size - or up to 1,378 litres with the seats folded down. There's a noticeable load sill, though, and like the ProCeed the sloping roofline somewhat limits overall practicality if you're intending to load it up to the gunnels.

Rear passenger space, meanwhile, is impressive. There's enough headroom for a six-foot passenger, even with the optional panoramic sunroof fitted, and legroom is ample for a car of this size.

Read more on the Kia XCeed interior

What's it like to drive?

Depending on the trim level you choose the Kia Xceed comes with two petrol and two diesel options. There's a choice of 120hp 1.0-litre or 140hp 1.4-litre petrols, or a single 1.6-litre diesel in 115hp or 136hp tunes. There is also a 141hp plug-in hybrid variant, capable of impressive fuel economy if utilised effectively.

Performance is adequate in the entry-level 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol version, but if you're a long distance driver you'll really appreciate the additional power you get from the 1.4, which really does pull well at motorway speeds.

There's little to complain about how the XCeed drives, with agile handling and precise steering, which is very much par for the course with the rest of the Ceed range. It has a little more bodyroll than the Ceed hatchback, but is still very tightly controlled compared with most of its SUV rivals.

What models and trims are available?

As with all Kias, the model line-up is easy to understand, ranging from the entry-level '2' model to the '4'. which sits at the range. And although they're not bargain-priced, you certainly do get lots of equipment for your money.

Even base models are well-equipped but step up the trim range for premium touches such as a JBL Premium sound system, heated seats and steering wheel, and a connected online telematics system that can warn of upcoming traffic, weather hazards or points of interest, similar to those fitted to the latest Audi and BMW models. 

Driver assistance systems are numerous, and include items such as adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, lane-keeping assist and lane following assist depending on trim level.

Read more on how the Kia XCeed drives

What else should I know?

The XCeed gained a couple of bits of neat tech for 2021. First of which is a mild-hybrid diesel engine, that's mated to a manual gearbox that can coast in neutral without the driver needing to do a thing. Kia calls it iMT (intelligent Manual Transmission) and the upshot is that it slightly reduces emissions. Intrigued? Read more about this in the driving section.

A new infotainment system called UVO allows drivers to monitor and change a load of settings on the car via a phone app, plus there's a clever augmented reality system that helps you find your destination. Slide into the infotainment section to learn more.

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Click through these pages to read everything you need to know about the Kia XCeed, including its practicality, how much it costs to run - and whether we'd recommend buying one.

Kia Xceed SUV rivals