All-new Kia Xceed brings crossover flavour to the Ceed range

The Kia Xceed is the latest member of Ceed family and goes on sale in July with a plug-in hybrid to follow

This is the all-new Kia Xceed, the Korean firm’s latest crossover. It goes on sale in the UK on 5 July, pitched as a cut-price rival for the Mercedes GLA, priced from around £21,000.

The Xceed is the fourth member of the Kia Ceed family, joining the existing five-door hatchback, Sportswagon estate and Proceed shooting brake. Designed to sit between the Stonic and Sportage in the range, the Xceed is described by Kia as a crossover utility vehicle (CUV).

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The only parts carried over from the Ceed hatch are the front doors; every other body panel has been redesigned. Kia has added a new LED headlamps and a more prominent grille with lower air intakes to give the Xceed a unique look within the range. It’s the same at the rear where new tail lamps and bolder body panels mark it out.

The wheelbase remains the same as the hatch at 2,650mm, but it is 85mm longer, while the ride height and roofline have also been raised by 42mm and 43mm respectively. Wheel sizes range from 16 to 18 inches. 

Interior and technology

Inside, the cabin design mirrors that of the rest of the Ceed lineup. An optional 10.25-inch touchscreen, that rests on top of the dash, features sat nav and Bluetooth and is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A smaller eight-inch display is fitted to entry-level models.

The Xceed is the first Kia to feature a 12.3-inch colour display in place of a conventional instrument cluster. A yellow colour pack has also been introduced on the Xceed, adding colourful inserts on the dash as well as stitching on the seats.

The boot is 31 litres larger than the on in the Ceed hatch at 426 litres – that’s slightly down on space over a Mercedes GLA and Volkswagen T-Roc. Dropping the rear bench, which splits 40:20:40, increases total luggage space to 1,378 litres. A split-level boot floor and automatic tailgate should be standard on every model. 

Engine and gearbox options

Engine options will initially be made up of three petrol and two diesel units, while a plug-in hybrid and 48-volt mild hybrid powertrains will follow in 2020. The range starts with the 118bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDi and 138bhp four-cylinder 1.4-litre T-GDi engines. At the top sits a 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine also found in the Ceed GT.

The two diesel options are 114bhp or 135bhp versions of the Kia’s four-cylinder 1.6-litre engine found elsewhere in the Ceed range. All engines, with the exception of the 1.0-litre T-GDi, can be paired with a choice of six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions.

The Xceed also features a unique chassis setup; Kia has introduced hydraulic rebound bump stops to the front axle of every model. The idea being the hydraulic units help better absorb compressions, along with the softer spring and damper setup, to improve the car’s ride quality.

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