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heycar review

      Launch year
      2019
      Body type
      Crossover
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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Stylish, affordable crossover lacks practicality

Best bits

  • More comfortable than a standard Kia Ceed
  • Stylish looks
  • Seven-year warranty is transferable to second owner

Not so great

  • Only First Edition models get the most desirable features
  • Not as practical as the Kia Sportage
  • Kia Ceed pretty much does the same job

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Overall verdict

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Overall verdict on the Kia Xceed

"With a high seating position and desirable crossover looks, the Kia XCeed is a very appealing choice. It represents good value for money with loads of standard equipment and a quality interior. Practicality isn’t on its side but it’s good to drive and more comfortable than the standard Ceed on which it’s based."

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Want a car that’s more stylish than a hatchback but don’t need something as big (and expensive) as a full-sized SUV? That’s where the crossover comes in. It’s a booming segment - and for good reason - with contenders ranging from the Dacia Duster to the Porsche Macan.


An easy way for carmakers to provide yet another offering in this popular sector is to take a family hatchback, increase ride height and provide a few SUV-esque touches like black arch surrounds and off-roadified bumpers. That’s what Ford’s done with its Focus Active, what Volkswagen did with its Golf Alltrack, and it’s what Kia’s done with its XCeed.


Kia says there’s more to the XCeed than that, however. While it looks and feels an awful lot like a Ceed on stilts, the only body panels it shares with the hatch are the front doors. As well as being higher than the Ceed, it’s also ever-so-slightly longer and wider, too.


You’d struggle to tell inside. It really does look like a carbon copy of the Ceed’s cabin, although that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s a comfortable car, with supportive seats and a well-designed cabin. There’s plenty of standard equipment, with all models getting alloy wheels, a reversing camera and a touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


Look for a First Edition model if you want desirable features like a fancy digital instrument cluster, a panoramic sunroof and a premium JBL sound system. The First Edition sold in limited numbers and now attracts a premium on the used market, but it does feel significantly more special than the standard XCeed.


A downside of the XCeed’s car-like approach is that it’s not much more practical than something like a Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus. Or, indeed, a Kia Ceed.


Adults in the back will feel a bit cramped and the boot is nothing to shout about. If practicality’s important, you’d be better looking at a Kia Sportage or the estate version of the Ford Focus Active.


The increase in ride height and means the XCeed is more comfortable to drive than the Ceed, with its soft suspension absorbing lumps and bumps in the road nicely. It’s not quite as agile as the Ford Focus Active but few drivers will have any complaints about how the XCeed drives.


While the XCeed is sold with a diesel engine, the majority are fitted with either a 1.0- or 1.4-litre petrol motor. These are quick enough for day-to-drive driving and won’t cost a fortune to run either.


Is the Kia XCeed right for you?

If you don’t need anything more practical than a conventional family hatchback but want something a little more crossover-like, the XCeed is a good choice.


It’s got a slightly higher seating position than the Kia Ceed and its raised suspension copes well with bumpy roads. In true Kia form, it represents good value for money, although certain high-end models are surprisingly expensive to buy. Still, a transferable seven-year warranty and an extensive list of standard equipment combine to help the XCeed make a strong case for itself on the used market.

What’s the best Kia XCeed model/engine to choose?

In terms of engines, either of the petrols are fine. We rate the little 1.0-litre highly but, if you regularly drive at motorway speeds, the extra power and refinement of the 1.4 make it a tempting choice.


All trim levels are well equipped. The First Edition is loaded with kit which makes it very appealing, but you’ll pay strong money for one. The mid-range 3 model is probably the one to go for, with features like the desirable 10.25-inch navigation system, adjustable lumbar support and rear parking sensors. If you’re on a budget, you won’t be disappointed with the 2 - its 16-inch wheels provide a more comfortable ride, while its standard eight-inch media system comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.


What other cars are similar to the Kia XCeed?

There are plenty of stylish crossovers that are a similar size to the Kia XCeed. Obvious competitors are the Ford Focus Active and Mazda CX-30. Both are more enjoyable than the XCeed to drive, while the CX-30 has a more premium interior. There’s also the Volkswagen T-Roc, which has the desirable Volkswagen badge but isn’t as well-equipped for the cash, while the Toyota CH-R is a hybrid alternative.

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