New Kia XCeed 2019 evaluate
The brand new Kia XCeed may be very a lot one of many latter. Towards the tape measure, it comes up closest to the Mercedes GLA; whereas the Toyota C-HR and – maybe confusingly – Kia’s personal Niro are a really comparable measurement, too. Costs begin from £20,795 and climb to £29,195, so relying on trim it prices about two grand greater than the equal Ceed hatchback. Proof of simply how standard the SUV phase is is available in the truth that Kia reckons the XCeed might be a much bigger vendor than another variant within the Ceed household.
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For the money, you’re getting an entire restyle over the hatchback, with solely the entrance doorways carried over. However we reckon that the glossy roofline and chunky wheel arch extensions imply that, within the metallic, the XCeed seems to be extra rugged and distinctive.
It’s all commonplace Ceed fare inside however the one huge distinction comes within the type of the brand new 10.25-inch infotainment system. The interface is much like the outdated system, however it’s sharper, brighter and faster to load. Base fashions nonetheless use Kia’s earlier eight-inch display screen, which contains a reversing digicam, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Within the prime spec First Version mannequin (the very best of three trim ranges) the usual analogue instrument cluster is changed by a 12.3-inh digital show. On this first iteration of the system for Kia, there’s little in the best way of customisation supplied, however this could come sooner or later. No less than the graphics are crisp and simple to learn.
Inside house is on a par with the traditional Ceed hatch quite than a full-size SUV. The XCeed rides on the identical platform because the Ceed hatchback, however it’s 85mm longer – a lot of the additional is added to the rear overhang – and 48mm taller. At 426 litres, the boot has grown 31 litres bigger than within the Ceed hatch. From a sensible viewpoint, then, it’s higher to contemplate the XCeed as a roomy hatchback than a full-size SUV.
The excellent news is that this impression carries over to the driving expertise, too. The additional peak over the hatch comes largely from the chassis tweaks: journey peak has elevated 20mm, and bigger sidewalls on the tyres add one other 17mm. The springs are softer each entrance and rear, and Kia has launched hydraulic bump stops to enhance consolation.
All of those adjustments end in a extra comfy, enjoyable drive. Fewer thuds make their manner by way of the cabin, and Kia claims that there’s barely much less street noise than in different Ceed fashions, too. Mixed with comfortable, supportive seats, it implies that the XCeed is a good long-distance cruiser.
Regardless of the deal with consolation, it’s enjoyable to drive, too. The softer setup introduces a little bit extra physique roll, so you’re feeling nicely briefed on how the automotive is behaving. The steering is unchanged from different Ceeds, and as common it feels exact and properly weighted.
Underneath the bonnet, there are two petrols and two diesels to select from. On the backside of the tree sits a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol with 118bhp, with a 138bhp 1.4-litre above it. Diesel patrons have a alternative between a 1.6 litre unit making both 118bhp or 134bhp.
The 1.4-litre engine is predicted to be the most well-liked mannequin with non-public patrons. Efficiency is robust sufficient, however it may possibly sound a little bit strained below laborious acceleration. Likewise the diesel, which is clattery below comparable conditions. Diesel patrons could be greatest off ready for a couple of months longer: in early 2020, each diesel items might be paired with a 48-volt gentle hybrid setup, which ought to present a modest enhance to gas financial system. Costs are but to be confirmed, however ought to solely enhance prices by a few hundred kilos – barely noticeable when subsumed into month-to-month finance funds.
As we completely revealed on the 2019 Geneva Motor Present, the XCeed (and the property bodied Ceed Sportswagon) might be supplied with plug-in hybrid drivetrains, too. Just like the MHEV fashions, it’s as a consequence of be launched early subsequent yr, and the petrol/electrical setup would be the similar 1.6-litre petrol/electrical configuration already utilized by the Kia Niro.
Every engine within the vary comes as commonplace with a six-speed handbook gearbox, whereas the 1.4-litre turbo can also be out there with a twin clutch auto: a transmission we’d avoid. The additional £1,100 buys you a laggy ‘field which slurs lazily away from the road and flares up the revs with extreme clutch slip. The handbook various is healthier, however a clunky, sometimes obstructive shift means even this doesn’t hassle one of the best within the class.
The XCeed vary kicks off with the ‘2’ trim. Tools ranges are sturdy: commonplace equipment contains 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, LED headlights, keyless entry, air conditioning and cruise management.
It’s good to step as much as the ‘3’ trim for the brand new, bigger infotainment system. Different upgrades for the three embrace 18-inch wheels, privateness glass, half fake leather-based seats (these within the entrance, just like the steering wheel, are heated) a push button begin and twin zone local weather management. With costs ranging from £23,295, it prices £2,500 greater than the ‘2’.
The highest spec First Version mannequin is barely out there with the 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and prices £28,095 for the handbook and £29,195 as an auto. It provides a panoramic sunroof, an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, a JBL sound system, a powered tailgate and wi-fi cellphone charging.
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All XCeeds get lane preserve help and ahead collision warning as commonplace, whereas pedestrian detection comes as a part of an non-obligatory security pack. The First Version additionally options good cruise management (on DSG variations), blind spot collision warning and a tyre stress monitoring system.