Kia XCeed Review 2024

Kia XCeed At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
The Kia XCeed successfully straddles the small hatch and SUV sectors thanks to its added ground clearance but compact size. As with all Kias of today, it's very well put together, equipped to a high standard, and comes with a hard-to-beat warranty.

+Very good looking 'crossover' based on the Kia Ceed. Nicely furnished inside. Well equipped. Sensible value for money.

-Much better on 16-inch wheels with 205/60 R16 tyres than on 18-inch wheels with 234/45 R18s.

New prices start from £26,065
On average it achieves 91% of the official MPG figure

Kia has developed a knack for spotting gaps and filling them with its Ceed-based range. The XCeed is a prime example of this, offering all of the usual hatch practicality with a generous dash of SUV looks and attitude. This doesn't come at the expense of running costs, however, and the XCeed also has the usual Kia attribute of a long warranty and equally long list of standard kit. Read on for our full review of the Kia XCeed.

Kia's new crossover priced from £23,770 rivals the Volkswagen T-Roc and Ford Focus Active. It arrived in showrooms at the end of September 2019 and was facelifted in mid-2022.

Based on the Ceed hatchback, the Kia XCeed is positioned between the Stonic and Sportage in size. It's a more premium offering, however, which explains why it's £1200 more than the equivalent hatch.

The engine line-up is very simple, with a 160PS 1.5-litre turbo petrol in most versions of the Kia XCeed. Or, you can have the Plug-In Hybrid model with a 1.6-litre petrol motor and combined power of 140PS thanks to an electric motor that also provides an EV driving range of up to 30 miles. Kia also claims a combined fuel economy for the XCeed hybrid of 201.7mpg, though you'd have to make full use of every plug-in opportunity to realise this in normal driving conditions.

Ask Honest John

What is the Kia Xceed DCT gearbox like?

"I’m thinking of buying a 2022 Kia Xceed 1.5 litre and would like the automatic. Unfortunately our family's experience with Skoda and Ford double clutch gearboxes wasn’t good. I’ve not seen any information regarding unreliability in Kia DCT but what are they like for slow speed control and manoeuvres, as well as normal driving speeds? "
Unfortunately you won't be able to buy the automatic version of the 2022 Kia Xceed, as due to the chip shortage Kia doesn't currently offer it. It's manual-only. We'd driven the dual-clutch version abroad and it's fine, but not as smooth as a traditional torque converter automatic around town.
Answered by Lawrence Allan

Can you recommend a family car with good rear legroom?

"My current lease car is a Kia XCeed. I need more legroom for adult-size children in the back seats. I drive with the front seat fully back. Can you help with any recommendations? "
The best cars of this size in terms of rear legroom are the Skoda Octavia or SEAT Leon. If you still need more legroom than those you will need to step up to a bigger mid-size SUV, something like the Kia Sportage. We have a guide to the best family cars here:
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Can you recommend an SUV available on the Motability scheme?

"We've followed you advice over the years which guided us to a second hand 09 plate Mazda 5, and a beautiful brand new 18 plate Mazda CX-5 Sport Nav. Due to illness we are now eligible for the Motobility scheme. We are looking for a similar family SUV that will take 2 kids easily as well as the occasional trip with the mother-in-law. Unfortunately, Mazda aren't on the scheme. Having test driven the SEAT Ateca and Volkswagen Tiguan they seem nice cars but the specs on the Motobility scheme vehicles are low. Due to neuropathy a heated steering wheel is vital, as are reversing cameras. The Ford Kuga felt cheap, and the S-MAX was lovely but too big in our opinion. Most of the other contenders feel like a step down from the spec we have currently. The new Hyundai Tucson plug-in-hybrid Ultimate was mentioned on your page as a comparison to the Mazda, the spec looks great (£5,000 upfront though). Our driving is mainly short trips with the kids, with a longer 400 mile round trip to visit northern parents (we are London based) every other month. We can't go fully electric, but plug-in would work for charging outside shop, etc. Obviously we could just stick with the car we have (we wouldn't be looking if it wasn't for the scheme) but with the cost of servicing, insurance being covered by the Motobility scheme it seems too good to be true. Have I missed any obvious contenders? I see the Skoda Karoq is well regarded, but isn't on the scheme."
As you say, the Mazda CX-5 is a very good car that even today is nicer than many new rivals. However, given the savings offered on the Motability scheme there are some other choices worth checking out. Vauxhall has just updated the Grandland (formerly Grandland X) to make it a much more competitive car. Ultimate spec comes with lots of kit including a heated steering wheel and seats. The Peugeot 3008 is essentially the same car as the Grandland underneath, but with a classier interior, although the driving position won't suit all tastes. The Citroen C5 Aircross also shares its engines and platform with the Vauxhall and Peugeot and is exceptionally comfortable, but you might find the interior lacking in quality. We also see that the latest Nissan Qashqai is offered on Motability. It's a much better car than the old one, although perhaps still not as nice to drive or sit in as the CX-5. There are also raised-up hatchbacks that aren't quite as tall as full SUVs: check out the Kia XCeed and new DS 4 (the DS 4 in particular has a plush interior with lots of equipment). They may not offer the desired ease of getting in and out, however.
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