Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

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

Petrol engines 8.6 - 9.7 mpp
Diesel engines 10.6 - 10.8 mpp
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 35.8 - 43.1 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 - 45.6 mpg
Diesel engines 52.3 - 53.3 mpg
Plug-in hybrid petrol engines 167.6 - 201.8 mpg
  • Diesel running costs are lowest
  • Low-average for the class
  • Upcoming plug-in hybrid will be most efficient

Kia doesn't typically hit the top of the fuel economy charts. 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.

With a miles per pound figure of 8.6 - 43.1 , 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 10.8 .

The least efficient gong goes to the 1,4-litre petrol with an automatic gearbox. It returns just 40.9mpg combined and emits a high 156g/km of CO2. That's equivalent to 8.7 mpp.

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 1.4-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.

Is it reliable?

  • 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.

Ongoing running costs

Road tax (12 months) £140 - £150
Insurance group 12 - 18
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