The all-new Kia XCeed is a new urban crossover utility vehicle (CUV) from Kia Motors which combines compact SUV practicality with the sporty packaging and engaging handling of a hatchback.
A sporty alternative to traditional SUVs, the new CUV nevertheless offers comparable levels of space for occupants and luggage. The Kia XCeed engages drivers with its sporty handling and a comfortable, assured ride, while providing a more commanding view of the road ahead than a conventional hatchback.
The Kia XCeed’s suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment features makes it amongst the most high-tech cars in the CUV class. Powered by a range of fast-revving, turbocharged engines, it is also one of the most efficient.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The Kia XCeed addresses the growing desire for cars which offer more emotion and dynamism than an SUV, both in terms of the way a car looks and drives. Yet these customers don’t want to lose the practicality that a larger car offers them. Our new CUV meets these needs, with a distinctive and modern design wrapped around a spacious, versatile body. Merging the strengths of both hatchback and SUV, the Kia XCeed offers something refreshing and different for European consumers.”
Herrera added: “This latest addition to the Kia portfolio takes the Ceed model family in a bold new direction, showing the breadth of Kia’s imagination and ambition in the compact family car segment. The C-segment is the second largest class in the European market, and, thanks to a broadening range of body types, is set to take on greater importance in the years ahead. The expanded Ceed range now offers buyers more choice in this class than almost any other manufacturer.”
The Kia XCeed urban crossover will be manufactured at the brand’s European production facility in Zilina, Slovakia alongside the Ceed five-door hatchback, Ceed Sportswagon, and ProCeed five-door shooting brake. On sale in the UK now, the first cars arrive in showrooms in September 2019, and is sold as standard with Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty.
Stylish, expressive and modern in design, the Kia XCeed represents a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs. A product of the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, the creation of the Kia XCeed has taken place under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe.
“When we came to designing the new Ceed range as a whole, we didn’t have a brief to design a crossover,” explained Guillaume. “But as we developed designs for other models in the range, we realised a bodystyle like this could capture the emotion and sportiness of the ProCeed, but offer something new at the same time. An urban crossover seemed to embody these values well.”
The Kia XCeed is more emotional and dynamic in format and appearance than its taller rivals, while offering something different to the other models in the Ceed range. The only body panels carried over from its five-door hatchback sibling are the front doors.
In profile, the car’s relatively long bonnet flows into the A-pillars anchored aft of the front wheels, lending the car a sporty, swept-back silhouette. While the wheelbase remains the same as other models in the Ceed line-up (2,650mm), the Kia XCeed’s front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm).
A steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60mm higher than that of the Ceed five-door hatchback, enhances the CUV’s dynamic, coupé-like, cab-rearward appearance. The Kia XCeed sits on a choice of 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels, shod with high-grip 205/60 R16 or 235/45 R18 tyres.
The front and rear of the car also represent a departure from the ‘face’ of the conventional Ceed model family, differentiating the Kia XCeed from its stablemates. With a 1,826mm body (26mm wider than the Ceed five-door), the CUV presents a more assertive face, with a more prominent grille and larger lower air intake. The headlamps are newly designed, with the Ceed’s ‘ice cube’ LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches.
At the rear, new taillights emit a slim, highly technical LED light signature which, when viewed from certain angles, appears to spear forward into the shoulders of the car. The heavily creased lines running horizontally across the tailgate and rear bumper give the car a wider, more stable posture.
The car’s elevated ride height and body also present the same robust image that attracts buyers to the other SUVs in Kia’s product portfolio. The Kia XCeed’s ground clearance is 172mm on 16-inch wheels (‘2’ grade) and 184mm on 18-inch wheels (‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ models), a rise of up to 44mm over the Ceed five-door hatchback. Wheel arch and side sill cladding and silver roof rails lend the car a tougher, SUV-like presence, with the metallic valance in the rear bumper enhancing this effect.
The new model will be offered in a choice of up to seven paint finishes, with a vibrant new Quantum Yellow shade that is unique to the ‘First Edition’ within the Kia XCeed range.
Inside, the Kia XCeed carries over the contemporary cabin architecture of its Ceed stablemates, with a sculptured centre console oriented slightly towards the driver. With a lower hip point than a taller SUV, and raised ground clearance over a conventional hatchback, the Kia XCeed provides drivers with a sportier driving position allowing a better view of the road ahead.
A ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system stands proud of the dashboard, while the lower portion of the instrument panel provides a set of touch-sensitive buttons, dials and switches to control audio volume, heating and ventilation. Highly ergonomic in its layout and functionality, these controls have been designed to enable drivers to make quick changes to the cabin environment without taking their eyes off the road for any longer than necessary.
The interior is finished in sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout, with a satin chrome dashboard trim, presenting a refined, upscale ambience. Buyers can choose from a range of black premium cloth on the ‘2’ grade and black cloth and faux leather with the ‘3’ grade. Unique to the Kia XCeed ‘First Edition’ is a new yellow colour pack for the interior, with black upholstery contrasted with vibrant yellow stitching for seats and doors, yellow seat piping, and a blend of gloss black and metallic yellow highlights throughout the cabin.
The Kia XCeed is designed to achieve the cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier body with a more compact footprint. Sitting directly between the Ceed five-door hatchback and the Sportage, the Kia XCeed still manages to provide comparable interior space and luggage capacity to Europe’s best-selling SUVs.
Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The sporty design and demeanour of the new Kia XCeed CUV makes it more innately desirable than many SUVs. Yet it offers this without compromising on versatility, with its intelligent packaging achieving impressive interior and luggage space.”
With a total length of 4,395mm, the XCeed is 85mm longer than the Ceed five-door hatchback and 90mm more compact than the Sportage. Its maximum roof height of 1,495mm also means it stands 48mm above the Ceed and 150mm below the Sportage, providing drivers with a lower centre of gravity than its taller sibling and an elevated driving position over the conventional Ceed.
Based on the Ceed, one of the most spacious vehicles in the compact class, the Kia XCeed offers generous interior space for front and rear occupants. With the hip point for each seat raised by up to 44mm over the Ceed, it is easier for occupants to step in or out. Meanwhile, the half-moon-shaped glass area and fastback roofline provide rear passengers with a brighter, airier ambience and more headroom than other rivals in the compact crossover class.
With the car’s longer rear overhang creating a longer boot, luggage capacity for the XCeed is rated at 426 litres (VDA), 31 litres more than the Ceed and only slightly less than the best-selling compact SUV in Europe. With the rear seats folded down, luggage capacity grows to 1,378 litres. Versatility is also assured thanks to the two-step boot floor that can be moved up or down to provide either more space or a hidden underfloor storage compartment. Available on ‘First Edition’ models are 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats and Smart Power Tailgate for greater convenience.
The brand’s European engineering teams were tasked with honing the suspension and steering of the Kia XCeed to deliver a mature ride and engaging handling character in all conditions. Subjected to a dedicated development regime, the all-new car has been driven across a wider range of road surfaces than any previous European-developed Kia vehicle.
Prototypes have been validated in all weather conditions, on alpine passes and high-speed motorways, in bustling city centres, and along narrow country lanes. With testing taking place in Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and a host of other nations, the handling character of the all-new Ceed crossover is truly European.
The Kia XCeed offers drivers a unique ride and handling character, with its own suspension tuning and componentry not found in other Ceed models. Despite its elevated ride height, the Kia XCeed is more engaging to drive than a typical family SUV due to its bespoke suspension tuning, more compact exterior dimensions, lower centre of gravity and reduced overall mass.
Uniquely in the Ceed model line-up, the Kia XCeed features hydraulic rebound stoppers, fitted as standard to the front axle of all models. The rubber bump-stop floats in hydraulic fluid within the shock absorbers, providing a highly compliant ride over poor surfaces. The car has been designed to absorb even large suspension shocks with a smooth and progressive response, preventing the body from bouncing as the suspension settles itself after rapid compression. It also contributes towards more responsive steering and improved overall body control, while reducing noise from the suspension over bumps.
With the exception of the new hydraulic rebound stoppers, the hardware of the new model’s fully independent suspension remains identical to that of the Ceed hatchback, ProCeed shooting brake and Ceed Sportswagon. However, with ground clearance elevated by up to 44mm over the standard Ceed (depending on wheel size), Kia’s engineers have softened the front and rear spring rates by up to seven and four per cent, respectively, depending on the weight of different engines over the front axle. This delivers greater comfort and stability in all conditions. Cruising comfort is also enhanced by the adoption of a new dynamic damper for the rear cross-member, further quelling road noise and structural vibrations.
The steering hardware remains unchanged over the Ceed, though the electronic control unit (ECU) governing the power steering motor has been retuned to deliver a quicker initial response to the driver’s steering inputs. The result is that drivers can enjoy similarly quick steering responses and comparable levels of body roll to the standard Ceed five-door hatchback. The level of assistance provided by the power steering motor has also been boosted, delivering subtly lighter overall steering to reduce driver fatigue on longer journeys and at low speeds.
Matched to a choice of 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels and Michelin (16-inch) or Continental SportContact 5 (18-inch) tyres, the Kia XCeed offers drivers high levels of grip and an engaging and progressive handling character.
Available on ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ grades with the seven-speed DCT auto transmission is Kia’s Drive Mode Select. The system enables drivers to adjust steering weight, throttle pedal responses and gear shift responses. With a choice of ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ modes, drivers can select Sport mode to subtly enhance acceleration response times and adapt the steering to offer additional weight and more decisive responses to driver inputs. Normal mode enables the driver to maximise the potential for greater fuel efficiency and realise the Kia XCeed’s relaxed cruising gait.
The Kia XCeed is powered by a range of fast-revving, turbocharged engines, giving buyers several choices to meet every driving need.
Two Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection (T-GDi) engines are on offer. The three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDi engine produces 118bhp and 172Nm torque, while the four-cylinder 1.4-litre T-GDi engine made its debut in the new Ceed and produces 138bhp and 242Nm torque.
The Kia XCeed is also available with a choice of two Smartstream power units – the cleanest diesel engines ever produced by the brand, and the most fuel efficient in the range. The all-new 1.6-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine made its first appearance in the Ceed, before being rolled out to other models in the Kia range, including the Optima, Stonic and Sportage. Designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard, the ‘Smartstream’ 1.6-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. The 1.6-litre Smartstream engine is offered with either 114 or 134bhp and both powerplants are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
All engines are paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.4 T-GDi unit optionally available with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission. Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) is fitted as standard to all models.
A low-emissions plug-in hybrid powertrain will be launched into the Kia XCeed range in early 2020, combining an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5 kW electric motor, and an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDI engine. Paired with a six-speed dual-clutch auto transmission (6DCT), the powertrain transmits up to 139 bhp (141 ps) and 265 Nm to the front wheels. The Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is expected to offer an all-electric range of around 60 kilometres depending on wheel size. This will enable drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone. CO2 emissions for the Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid will be announced prior to start-of-sales once the homologation process is complete.
The Kia XCeed’s suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies make it one of the most high-tech, comprehensively equipped cars in its class. The range of features are designed to make driving safer and less stressful and provide total ease of operation.
The Kia XCeed is among the first vehicles in Europe to offer the brand’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, designed to bring driving into the digital era. UVO Connect links drivers to the world around by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen that comes as standard on ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ models, the system uses its own eSIM card to retrieve and update live data during a drive. This includes live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability – where available). The second element of the UVO Connect diagnostic data about owners’ cars and the trips they take, enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and enables them to check the location of their vehicle at any time.
The 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system features Bluetooth® multi-connection as standard, enabling occupants to connect two mobile devices at once, as well as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Its advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor numerous vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously, among a series of available widgets. This enables the driver to have a single display (such as navigation) or combine different elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions while passengers choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast. An 8.0-inch audio display touchscreen system is standard on ‘2’ models, offering Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™ and infotainment functionalities.
Other technologies designed to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of each journey include a JBL® Premium audio system with Clari-Fi technology and heated rear seats (standard on the ‘First Edition’), as well as dual-zone air-conditioning, heated electric folding door mirrors, heated steering wheel and heated front seats on both the ‘3’ grade and ‘First Edition’ model.
The Kia XCeed will also be available with the brand’s first fully digital 12.3-inch Supervision driver instrument cluster on ‘First Edition’ models, designed to deliver information as clearly as possible. With a high-definition 1920x720-pixel display, the digital cluster replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials found currently in the brand’s passenger cars. Its single, seamless display incorporates pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds. A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information and in-depth trip information, as well as vehicle diagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies. It replaces the physical dials and 3.5-inch mono TFT-LCD screen on ‘2’ models and the 4.2-inch colour TFT-LCD screen on ‘3’ versions.
The Kia XCeed provides access to a wide range of active driver assist and safety technologies. These include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind-spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision Warning with car and pedestrian detection, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning, Smart Parking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and High Beam Assist. The Kia XCeed’s Driver Attention Warning advises drivers to take a break if the system detects signs of fatigue. Finally, Lane Following Assist (LFA) is also available which controls acceleration, braking and steering. LFA can track vehicles and road markings ahead to keep the car in-lane and a safe distance from any cars in front.
As with every Kia car sold in Europe, the CUV is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management. This aids stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control if it detects a loss of traction.
The Kia XCeed is one of the most comprehensively equipped models in the Ceed family, with an extensive package of comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety items which becomes progressively more luxurious with each step up the range.
Grade ‘2’ versions come fitted with cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, an alarm system, electric windows all-round, keyless entry and automatic headlight control. Other features include 16-inch alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts and a space saver spare wheel, projection front fog lights, LED bi-function projection headlights with LED daytime running lights, tinted glass, a dual-tone horn and roof rails. The electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors are finished in body colour. There’s a high gloss black and satin chrome front grille, satin chrome window surrounds and LEDs for the rear lights, fog lamps and high-mounted brake light. On the exterior, there is body coloured bumpers, side sill mouldings, rear spoiler and exterior door handles and black wheel arch trims. Moving inside, there’s black premium cloth seat trim, chrome interior door handles, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift and a rear centre armrest with cupholders, while the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 fashion. An eight-inch touchscreen audio display is provided, along with a 3.5-inch supervision cluster display, reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines, DAB radio, Bluetooth® with voice recognition and music streaming, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility with voice control, six speakers and steering wheel controls. Safety has been given a high priority with six airbags (front, side and curtain with front passenger cut-off switch), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City (FCA) all included as standard.
Grade ‘3’ features 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and rain sensing front wipers, in addition to black cloth seat trim with black faux leather bolsters and power lumbar support for the front seats. An uprated 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. Other equipment includes dual-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and rear parking sensors. Heated front seats and steering wheel are included within grade ‘3’, along with an electric parking brake (EPB), front passenger seat height adjuster, automatic defog system, a smart entry system with engine start/stop button. There’s also a 4.2-inch supervision colour cluster display and a USB fast charger in the front centre console. Manual gearbox variants have the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system upgraded to include pedestrian and cyclist detection. All DCT automatic versions feature a Drive Mode Select system with ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ options.
The ‘First Edition’ grade sits at the top-of-the XCeed range and is the model of choice for technology fans. A Smart Park Assist system (SPA) integrates front and rear parking sensors with the ability to automatically park in parallel or perpendicular spaces. There are black cloth and faux leather seats with yellow detailing, heated outer rear seats and a driver’s seat with memory, meanwhile, the rear seats fold down remotely, with a 40:20:40 split. A enlarged 12.3-inch TFT supervision cluster display comes fitted to ‘First Edition’ grade, along with a panoramic sunroof with tilting/sliding function and automatic electric roller blind, aluminium pedals, smart powered tailgate, a personal LED light and an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system with wireless mobile phone charger. Extra safety systems include Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection and Lane Following Assist (LFA) is included on DCT models only.
In keeping with every Kia, the all-new Kia XCeed comes with a unique-in-the-UK seven-year or 100,000-mile warranty, subject to certain wear and tear conditions. The warranty is fully transferable should the car be sold before the time or mileage limits have been reached.
The Kia XCeed is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.
The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.
|Model||Power bhp||Torque Nm||060 sec||Max speed mph||Combined mpg (WLTP)||CO2 (NEDC 2.0)|
|2 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG||118||172||10.9||115||45.6||124|
|2 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG||114||280||11||118||52.3||109|
|3 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG||118||172||10.9||115||44.1||129|
|3 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG||138||242||9.1||124||42.8||142|
|3 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed auto DCT ISG||138||242||9.2||124||40.9||134|
|3 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG||134||280||10.2||122||53.3||116|
|First Edition 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG||138||242||9.1||124||42.8||142|
|First Edition 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed auto DCT ISG||138||242||9.2||124||40.4||134|
|2 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG||£20,795|
|2 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG||£22,045|
|3 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG||£23,295|
|3 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG||£24,095|
|3 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed auto DCT ISG||£25,195|
|3 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG||£25,345|
|First Edition 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG||£28,095|
|First Edition 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed auto DCT ISG||£29,195|
|Premium paint is chargeable at £570 (including VAT)|
|Advanced Driving Assistance pack (ADAP) is a chargeable option at £250 (including VAT) for manual transmission, and £750 when paired with DCT transmission.|