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Kia XCeed

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Summary


The Kia XCeed is a high-riding crossover based on the Kia Ceed hatchback. It sits between the Ceed and the Niro models in the Kia family. The XCeed is a new addition to the range, with the first cars arriving in the UK in Autumn 2019.

The XCeed is available with petrol or diesel engines, as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain that was added to the range in Spring 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdown, we do not have many reviews of the plug-in hybrid version yet. However, we will keep updating this page as more reviews are published so keep checking back for the latest information.

The Kia XCeed has received generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media, although some titles have pointed out that it it’s priced at a significant premium over the mechanically-identical Ceed hatch while offering less practicality than a more SUV-styled vehicle like the Kia Niro.

As of February 2022, the Kia XCeed has an Expert Rating of 67%, which is right in the midfield of the small SUV sector.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door small crossover
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £21,255 on-road

Launched: Summer 2019
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

The Car Expert

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Auto Express

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Auto Trader

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Autocar

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Car

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Carbuyer

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Carwow

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Company Car Today

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Green Car Guide

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Honest John

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Parkers

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The Sun

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The Sunday Times

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The Telegraph

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Top Gear

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What Car?

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Which?

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Safety rating


Overall rating: 4 stars
Date tested: July 2019

88%

ADULT OCCUPANT

85%

CHILD OCCUPANT

52%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

68%

SAFETY ASSIST

The Kia XCeed shares its safety rating results with the rest of the Kia Ceed family, as they all share a common structure.

The XCeed has two separate Euro NCAP safety ratings. Lower-specification models do not get as much safety equipment as standard, so they get a four-star rating as shown above.

Higher-specification models get an additional Advanced Driving Assistance Pack (available on most lower-spec models at additional cost), which earns them a five-star rating. This also bumps up the Vulnerable Road Users rating from 52% to 68%, and the Safety Assist Rating from 68% to 73%.

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of February 2022, the Kia XCeed has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the Kia XCeed has received

2020

  • Red Dot Design Awards – Product Design Award
  • iF Design Awards – Product Design Award

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Kia XCeedThe Kia XCeed has had generally positive reviews, although it's more expensive than the Ceed hatch and less practical than an SUV.