KIA

KIA XCEED HATCHBACK 1.0T GDi ISG 2 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2140 g/km

Kia's XCeed gives the Korean maker yet another option to offer buyers seeking a stylish, well-equipped compact SUV. You might feel that this bulging segment doesn't really need any further options but Kia was determined that the Ceed family should offer one and has engineered this smart Crossover contender with characteristic thoroughness.

XTRA CHOICE

Kia adds another option to the Ceed range with this trendy XCeed SUV. Jonathan Crouch checks it out.

Ten Second Review

Kia's XCeed gives the Korean maker yet another option to offer buyers seeking a stylish, well-equipped compact SUV. You might feel that this bulging segment doesn't really need any further options but Kia was determined that the Ceed family should offer one and has engineered this smart Crossover contender with characteristic thoroughness.

Background

It's easy to see why Kia is offering this XCeed compact SUV; sales of Crossover models like this are going through the roof just at present. It's less easy to see where it fits within the Korean maker's model line-up. After all, at much the same price point as more affordable XCeed variants, Kia has its Stonic small Crossover. And plusher XCeed derivatives overlap with the brand's Niro SUV hybrids and some versions of the company's mid-sized Sportage SUV. Then of course there are also versions of the Ceed hatch, the Ceed Sportswagon estate and the ProCeed sports estate. Complicated isn't it...

Driving Experience

Don't expect shattering performance - but then buyers in the compact SUV segment aren't usually looking for that. The suspension has been revamped for SUV use compared with regular Ceed models so that it can combat this higher-sided model's body roll through the bends. The XCeed uses the same engines we're familiar with from elsewhere in the Ceed line-up. That means the range kicks off with a 118hp 1.0-litre T-GDi three cylinder petrol powerplant. Next up is a petrol 1.4 T-GDi with 138hp (also available with DCT auto transmission). The auto's not especially quick-responding, but it's a smooth-shifting 'box. Kia has also developed a 1.6-litre petrol plug-in hybrid variant you can ask your dealer about. The potent 201hp 1.6-litre petrol turbo unit from the Ceed GT is missing though. If you want to fuel from the black pump, there's also a manual-only 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, offered with either 114hp or 134hp. And the brand is promising that the black pump-fuelled models will shortly be embellished with mild hybrid tech. All XCeeds get lane keep assist and forward collision warning fitted as standard, while pedestrian detection comes as part of an optional safety pack. The First Edition version also features smart cruise control (on DSG auto variants), plus blind spot collision warning and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Design and Build

The XCeed is quite different from the standard Ceed hatch - only the front doors are carried over. Potential buyers should like the sleek roofline and chunky wheel arch extensions mean which are meant to make this compact SUV look rugged and distinctive. There's more ground clearance than the hatch - and you get some black plastic bits and roof rails to give the SUV vibe. The XCeed rides on the same platform as the Ceed hatchback, but it's 85mm longer, with most of the extra length added to the rear overhang. It's 48mm taller too. Inside, it's much more like any ordinary Ceed. Cabin space is on a par with the usual hatch model rather than a full-size SUV, but one key difference on plusher variants lies with the new 10.25-inch infotainment system. The screen is similar to the ordinary monitor, but it's sharper, brighter and quicker to load. The base '2'-spec models still use that older eight-inch screen, which features a reversing camera and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone-mirroring. Rear seat space is similar to that of the Ceed hatch, but at 426 litres, the boot is 31-litres larger than it is in that more ordinary variant.

Market and Model

XCeed pricing kicks off from just under £21,000 and rises up to just under £30,000. There's a choice of '2' and '3'-spec variants, plus an initial 'First Edition' model. Grade '2' models get 16-inch alloy wheels, silver roof rails, a rear spoiler, LED bi-functional headlights, front projection fog lamps, LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights and rear fog lamps. Inside, the eight-inch touchscreen features Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, together with a reversing camera system. Other equipment includes a leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift, black premium cloth upholstery, automatic lighting control, electric front and rear windows with front auto up and down functionality, keyless entry, manual air conditioning and cruise control. Move up to level '3' and there's 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, electric and heated folding door mirrors and a window defogger. Step inside and there's a 10.25-inch navigation system with telematics, black cloth and part faux leather seat upholstery, heated front seats and steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, an electric park brake and rear auto up and down functionality for the electric windows, as well as a smart key and button start. The centre console features a sliding storage box for extra versatility and pedestrian detection is added to the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system on manual models and is an optional extra for DCT versions.

Cost of Ownership

Let's get to the WLTP figures. The base 1.0-litre T-Gdi petrol model manages 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and 140g/km of CO2. For the 1.4 T-Gdi petrol, the figures are 42.8mpg and 150g/km. Many XCeed buyers though, will want to fuel from the black pump. The CRDi powerplant on offer here is Kia's 'U3' diesel engine. Designed to go beyond the strict limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard, this 1.6-litre Common-Rail Direct injection unit uses Selective Catalytic Reduction active emissions control technology to significantly reduce emissions. Hence a reduction in particulate matter and Nox compared to earlier Kia diesel engines. And improved CO2 readings of course. Let's get to the figures. For the 1.6 CRDi diesel in 114hp form, it's 52.3mpg and 141g/km. Or 53.3mpg and 138g/km for the 1.6 CRDi in 134hp guise. Diesel buyers might be best off waiting for a little longer: both diesel units will soon be paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid setup, which should provide a modest boost to fuel economy. Kia also offers a 1.6-litre petrol-powered plug-in hybrid version of this car. This delivers 201.8mpg on the combined cycle and 32g/km of CO2. In its EV mode, the Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is capable of travelling up to 36 miles and takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to recharge the battery pack to 100 per cent using a 3.3kW AC charger. As usual with Kia, there's a 7 year or 100,000 mile warranty which, since it can be passed from owner to owner, should help the impressively strong residual values. You might want to note that roadside assistance cover is limited to one year, but you do get a long 12 year bodywork warranty.

Summary

Kia thinks that this Crossover model will be its best selling Ceed derivative, which says much for the way the SUV craze is dominating customer thinking these days. Some might find this variant slightly pricey and space-wise, it doesn't actually offer you very much more practicality than you'd get in the ordinary hatch. Otherwise though, there's plenty to like here. The engines are willing and the base 1.0-litre petrol unit is probably all you need. Plus there aren't really any dynamic downsides here, for opting into the crossover craze. In addition of course, there's the peace of mind of Kia's class-leading 7-year warranty. In short, if you're shopping for this kind of car, there's plenty of reasons why you might want this one.

  • Rear wiper
  • Tinted glass
  • Heated rear window with timer
  • All-round Electric Windows with Front Auto Up & Down Function
  • Windscreen Washer Level Warning

  • Electronic stability control (ESC) and vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Traction control

  • Bluetooth with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming
  • Apple car play with voice control
  • Android auto with voice control

  • Reversing camera with dynamic guide lines
  • Driver attention warning
  • Motor driven power steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Lane keep assist

  • Trip computer
  • 8" colour touch screen
  • Speed limit information function (SLIF)
  • 3.5" supervision cluster display

  • Manual folding door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • Body coloured door mirrors with matt black lower housing

  • Intelligent Stop and Go

  • DAB Radio with MP3
  • 7 speakers
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Front USB port

  • Body coloured shark fin antenna
  • Body Colour Exterior Door Handles
  • Silver roof rails
  • Body colour side sill mouldings
  • Black wheel arch extensions
  • Body coloured rear spoiler
  • Body colour bumpers
  • High Gloss Black and Satin Chrome Radiator Grille
  • Satin chrome window surround

  • LED rear fog light
  • Projection front fog lights
  • LED High-mounted Brake Light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • High beam assist
  • LED rear lights
  • Automatic headlights
  • LED Bi-Function projection headlights

  • Air conditioning

  • Leather steering wheel and gearshift
  • Luggage hooks
  • Centre console storage box/armrest
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Cloth door trim
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Cupholders in centre console
  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Front and rear door storage
  • Luggage area parcel shelf
  • Premium cloth upholstery
  • 12V power socket in front console (x2)
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Manual handbrake
  • Rear cabin light

  • Front cabin map light with sunglasses case
  • Luggage area light

  • Front passenger airbag cut off switch
  • All round 3-point seatbelts
  • Twin front airbags
  • Seatbelt reminder warning
  • Dual front side airbags
  • Impact sensing auto door unlocking
  • Dual horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Twin Curtain Airbags

  • Driver's seat height adjuster
  • Front seatback pockets
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • All-round height adjustable headrests
  • ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings

  • Engine Immobiliser & Deadlocks
  • Remote central door locking with fold away key
  • Alarm system
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Keyless entry with keyhole illumination

  • Illuminated driver and front passenger sunvisors with vanity mirror

  • 16" alloy wheels

  • Temporary spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 124
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.154
  • HC: 0.013
  • NOx: 0.016
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0004
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 140

  • CC: 998
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 43.5
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 58.9
  • EC Combined (mpg): 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 45.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: 2
  • Coin Description: GDi
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 15E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 118
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000

  • Engine Power - BHP: 118
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.9
  • Top Speed: 115
  • Engine Power - KW: 88
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 127
  • Engine Torque - NM: 172
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 17.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/60 R16
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1495
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4395
  • Width: 1826
  • Wheelbase: 2650

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1332
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1820
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Loading Weight: 488
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 426
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1378

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) - City: Included

  • Premium paint: £570
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Advanced Driver Assistance Pack - XCEED: £250

  • Solid - Copper stone: £0

  • Premium paint - Dark penta metal: £570
  • Premium paint - Infra red: £570
  • Premium paint - Lunar silver: £570
  • Premium paint - Phantom black: £570
  • Premium paint - Fusion white: £570

  • Premium cloth - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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