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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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At a glance

New price £20,840 - £34,695
Lease from new From £198 p/m View lease deals
Used price £12,980 - £27,995
Used monthly cost From £324 per month
Fuel Economy 40.4 - 201.8 mpg
Road tax cost £140 - £150
Insurance group 12 - 18 How much is it to insure?


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


  • 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

Written by Murray Scullion on

No car manufacturer's lineup is finished without a plethora of SUV entrants. Which is why Kia has bolstered its range of crossovers with this model under the Ceed umbrella named the XCeed.

It's based on the Ceed platform as you might expect, making 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, and Proceed shooting brake.

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 could well prove to be the most popular of the bunch thanks to a desirable combination of utilitarian and sporty styling.

In fact, Kia expects it to be one of its best-selling models - mixing in among the Stonic, Niro and Sportage SUVs.

Pumped up with plenty of attitude

There's no mistaking the XCeed for any of its sister models. It cuts a fine shape thanks to its almost coupe-like styling which is 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.

Larger overhangs atop the same-sized wheelbase as the regular Ceed mean this is a larger car in both height and length, affording more passenger and luggage space all around. 

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. 

Plush cabin with Kia's first digital dash

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.

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.

Pricey First Edition models also have a unique colour palette and contrasting interior trim, giving a bit of extra interest to the slightly staid design.

Petrol and diesel engines, plus plug-in hybrid

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.

All come mated to a six-speed manual as standard, though a seven-speed DCT automatic is available on some models. However, UK buyers do without a diesel automatic, and we also miss out on the high-powered 204hp 1.6-litre petrol that other European markets are gifted with.

Expanding that somewhat underwhelming lineup in 2020 is a 141hp plug-in hybrid variant, capable of impressive fuel economy if utilised effectively.

Cutting edge tech due 2021

The XCeed is due a couple of bits of neat tech in 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 is also en route. Called UVO, it 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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Our leasing partner, ZenAuto, is offering Kia Xceeds from £198 per month.*

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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.

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Kia Xceed SUV rivals