Kia XCeed At A Glance
Kia's new crossover priced from £20,795 rivals the Volkswagen T-Roc and Ford Focus Active. It arrived in showrooms at the end of September 2019.
Based on the Ceed hatchback, the XCeed is positioned between the Stonic and Sportage in size. It's a more premium offering, however, which explains why it's £2,000 more than the equivalent hatch.
The engine line-up mirrors that of the Ceed, meaning buyers get a choice of 1.0- and 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engines, as well as a 1.6-litre diesel. A plug-in hybrid is also on its way, combining a 1.6-litre petrol with an electric motor to produce 141PS, as per the Kia Niro PHEV.
High spec versions are the first KIA models to feature a new 12.3-inch driver's digital instrument cluster in place of conventional dials.
Kia XCeed 1.4 T-GDi 2019 Road Test
Kia XCeed 1.0 T-GDI '2 Spec' 2019 Road Test
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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: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/guides/best-family-car/
Answered by Lawrence Allan
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.
Answered by Lawrence Allan