Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1

Miles per pound (mpp) Miles per pound (mpp)

Petrol engines 6.1 - 7.5 mpp
Diesel engines 7.7 - 8.2 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 25.4 - 35.7 mpp
Low figures relate to the least economical version; high to the most economical. Based on WLTP combined fuel economy for versions of this car made since September 2017 only, and typical current fuel or electricity costs.
Based on "Weighted" mpg; figures depend on the proportion of miles driven in pure electric mode and may vary widely

Fuel economy

Petrol engines 40.4 - 49.5 mpg
Diesel engines 52.3 - 55.4 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 167.6 - 235.4 mpg

2020 Kia XCeed side profile

  • Diesel running costs are lowest
  • Low-average for the class
  • Plug-in hybrid is the most efficient

How much is it going to cost to run?

Kia doesn't typically hit the top of the fuel economy charts, but scores reasonably well in WLTP fuel economy testing. We do find that you can easily match those official test figures in real-world driving. Its cars aren't thirsty by any means, they just don't tend to challenge the top of the class - and the XCeed is no exception.

MPG and CO2

Petrol

  • 1.0-litre T-GDI: 47.1mpg, 135g/km CO2
  • 1.5-litre T-GDI: 42.2mpg, 142g/km CO2
  • 1.5-litre T-GDI (auto): 45.6mpg, 141g/km CO2

Diesel

  • 1.5-litre CRD MHEV: 55.4mpg, 133g/km CO2

Plug-in hybrid

  • 1.6-litre GDI PHEV: 201.8mpg, 32g/km CO2

With a miles per pound figure of 6.1 - 35.7 , its most efficient model is the 1.6-litre diesel, unusually in its higher state of tune. It returns 53.3mpg, and emits a rather high 138g/km of CO2. In terms of mpp, that's 7.9 . Compared to the Peugeot 3008, which has an mpp of the XCeed begins to look somewhat thirsty.

It's not all bad news, though. During time with both the 1.0-litre and the 1.5-litre petrols, we found the XCeed's claimed fuel economy figures reasonably easy to match. The manual transmissions appear to be geared for more efficient running around town than on motorways, so while you might be disappointed with the cruising fuel economy you're likely to be quite impressed on short hops.

We've tested the mild hybrid 1.6-litre diesel, badged EcoDynamics+. During our 45-minute test-drive on a mixed route of Autobahn and B-roads, we averaged around 60mpg - which is what we would expect. These mild hybrids can essentially coast in neutral, switching the engine off, and thus, reducing consumption of fuel.

Servicing and maintenance

Kia has a good spread of dealers in the UK, and customer service and reliability are rated highly. In the JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study, Kia scored 101 faults per 100 cars compared with the industry average of 119. And don't forget that all new Kias are covered by a seven-year 100,000 mile warranty.

The company offers various optional maintenance plans under its Kia Care set-up. It's designed to give owners peace of mind by allowing them to pay a fixed-price up front to cover future servicing needs – and it's tailored to how many miles covered and the age of the car.

Reliability

  • Standard seven-year warranty
  • Feels solidly built
  • Kia has a good reputation

Kia has built a strong reputation for building solid and dependable cars in recent years, and there’s little reason to believe the XCeed shouldn’t follow suit, especially as mechanical components are used elsewhere in the range.

If you do have concerns and want peace of mind, the standard seven-year warranty offers more reassurance than many other car company warranties, and you’ll more than likely change the car before it runs out if buying new.

The updated infotainment system worked slickly, as did the new digital dials during our time with the car, and as the media system is largely an evolution of what already exists on Kia’s cars, there shouldn’t be too many teething difficulties to speak of.

As yet, there have been no recalls for the Kia XCeed.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £145 - £155
Insurance group 11 - 19
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