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Kia XCeed

(2019 – present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

64
%
D

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

74
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

74
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

65
%
B

Used car score:

69
%
B

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

64
%
D

Safety Rating:

59
%
C

Eco Rating:

74
%
A

Reliability Rating:

-

Running Costs:

74
%
A

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 2024, the Kia XCeed has an Expert Rating of B, with a score of 65%, 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 £23,395 on-road

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


Media reviews


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The Sun

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What Car?

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 4 stars
Date tested: July 2019
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 88%
Child protection: 85%
Vulnerable road users: 52%
Safety assist: 68%

Note on safety

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


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Kia XCeed has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

No reliability rating

As of January 2024, we don’t have enough reliability data on the Kia XCeed to generate a reliability rating.

The Car Expert’s reliability information is provided exclusively to us using extended warranty data from our partner, MotorEasy. As soon as MotorEasy has sufficient data on the XCeed, we’ll publish the score here.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models45 mpgC40 – 47 mpgC – D
Diesel models53 mpgB52 – 53 mpgB – B
Plug-in hybrid models201 mpgA168 – 202 mpgA – A
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models141 g/kmB134 – 159 g/kmA – C
Diesel models137 g/kmB133 – 141 g/kmA – B
Plug-in hybrid models32 g/kmA29 – 38 g/kmA – A
Battery rangeAverageScoreVariationScore
Plug-in hybrid models30 milesE26 – 30 milesE – E
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models16A11 – 19A – A
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£195A
Year 2£477A
Year 3£779A
Year 4£949A
Year 5£1,283A
Overall£3,683A

The Kia XCeed is a relatively affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

Fuel economy is fairly average for petrol models but good for diesel-engined versions. The plug-in hybrid models look amazing on paper, but this is largely thanks to ridiculous EU/UK government lab tests that are completely inadequate for plug-in hybrids. There is no way you will ever travel for 201 miles on a single gallon (4.5 litres) of fuel and some electricity…

The battery range of the plug-in hybrid model is quite poor too when compared with most rivals – the battery with 30 miles of range probably can’t handle most of your weekly driving without using any petrol, unless you are able to plug it into a charger very consistently.

Compared to the rest of the mid-sized saloon sector, the car’s service and maintenance costs are excellent though, and insurance premiums are predicted to be in the lower brackets too.

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

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the Kia XCeed, you might also be interested in these alternatives

Audi Q2 | Ford Focus Active | Kia Niro | Mazda CX-30 | Mercedes-Benz GLA | Mini Countryman | Toyota C-HR | Toyota Corolla TREK | Volkswagen T-Roc


More news, reviews and information about the Kia XCeed at The Car Expert

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