Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Should you buy a Kia XCeed?

Yes. You may not necessarily think the world needs a car like the XCeed, but it exists for a reason, and is certainly worthy of recommendation. Buyers are drawn to cars that look sporty, have a slightly higher/SUV-style look but remain good all-round family cars – that’s why this car has been added to the range. And Kia has managed to pretty much nail the brief.

With a practical head on, it doesn’t make much sense over a more versatile Ceed Sportswagon or even the ProCeed. They both offer more interior room and bigger boots. However, the XCeed is a worthy addition to the line-up for those wanting exactly what it offers – a bit more style (compared with the hatch and traditional estate), a moderately more practical interior and some extra tech inside.

Those technology advances really add to its appeal (probably more than anything else), with a slick new infotainment system that’s nicely integrated into the dashboard, simple-yet-modern digital dials and some advanced connectivity features that make life a little bit easier.

It certainly feels a more modern alternative to the ever-popular Nissan Qashqai, and it’s a cheaper alternative to the likes of the BMW X2. If you want that BMW with all the kit the top-spec XCeed First Edition comes with, you’ll be looking at over £8,000 more on the list price. When that’s divided into monthly payments, that’s quite a difference. Plus, we’d wager the XCeed has a more user-friendly interior with a more comfortable feel overall.

Similarly, a Volkswagen T-Roc with equivalent spec will cost more by adding several things to the options list, and even then the interior quality of the VW can’t match the Kia’s.

Is there anything we don’t like? It’s not an SUV – don’t go thinking it is. If you want a high driving position, get a Sportage. It can also feel a little dark in the back on higher-spec models, but other than that the XCeed is another thoroughly accomplished addition to the firm’s range. For most, the XCeed is best fitted with the 1.4 T-GDI, ideally with the DCT automatic for a smoother power delivery.