KIA has already done a good job with the new generation of the compact Ceed, and has won sympathy from the start, both with its attractive design and practicality as well as quality workmanship. However, not only a single body version is enough for the complete success of a compact, so after the mandatory caravan version but also the very interesting shooting brake ProCeed version, the crossover version soon arrived. Although it may look like it at first glance, XCeed is not only 44 millimeters taller than Ceed.
KIA wanted to offer a sportier and more urban alternative to the classic SUV with XCeed, and when you take a closer look it’s easy to notice that the XCeed shares even very few body parts with its brother model. More specifically, only the front doors on XCeed are exactly identical to those on Ceed, all other parts are specific to XCeed only.
The most recognizable detail of the XCeed is the rear part, which is more sloping here, and with its specially designed stop lights and massive chrome mask around the side windows, it makes it recognizable but also very attractive. Overall good and attractive design is due to the more massive bumpers with “offroad” details, while the “muscular” appearance is greatly aided by the extra body height as well as the perfectly shaped aluminum rims with the rather massive 235/45 R18 tires.
We like: design, larger boot, build quality, driving characteristics …
Inside, the Xceed is much harder to distinguish than the fraternal model. Slightly different color combinations announce a different character of XCeed, but the biggest specific difference is the seating position. The car itself is 44mm taller, which, with more seats, gives the ride the impression of a real SUV. This is certainly helped by the fact that the driver in the XCeed sees more the bonnet and its protrusions.
Space availability in XCeed is the same, with an average of one compact. There is plenty of room for four adult passengers, even in the rear seats, with a slightly different roof shape and slightly less space for the rear passengers’ heads. What could be a more specific bait is the trunk. A slightly longer body and a different shape allowed for extra luggage space, so with 426 liters the boot in the XCeed was up by 31 liters.
Driving the XCeed is an interesting blend of dynamic compact and versatile crossover. The increased center of gravity is noticeable, especially in the bandages, but we were delighted that due to the light turbocharger, we were almost unable to provoke understeer. This is due to its wide tires, but it certainly raises the driver’s confidence. On rapid changes of direction, the XCeed remains stable, yet the extra height is still felt, and the overly dynamic pace is not exactly in its style.
It’s a shame that with these features, the feel on the steering wheel is no better. The electric power steering makes the steering wheel simply shifted at higher speeds, and it is quite difficult to feel what the undercarriage is under the wheels.
We don’t like the sound insulation of the engine compartment and the fender, rear visibility, too easy steering …
Still, on a worse road or even beyond, XCeed shows the benefits of an elevated floor. Although it is still a front-drive compact, you will easily and easily relax the gravel section with deep holes. Also, the additional dampers on the shock absorbers allow XCeed to move through holes and bumps very absorbently and most importantly without shaking the cabin as well as the controller. It should be emphasized that in the search for a compromise in the suspension setup, the KIA has decided that dynamic features are more important, and yet certain road bumps are roughly transmitted to passengers.
The small, three-cylinder, part-liter working volume is still at the height of the task, and can realistically be considered sufficient for most customers. With 120bhp it is not too fast, especially under load, but moderate tempo and supple driving will reward a very comfortable ride. At higher speeds, the “three-piston” noise becomes more pronounced, though we are convinced that the reason is the rather modest sound insulation of the engine compartment. Also, we would love the more generous linings of the interior of the fender, such as driving in the rain, or worse, salt-sprinkled roads, abounds in the soundscape from the fender.
Overall, KIA did a great job with XCeed. With a high-quality, spacious and practical compact with an extra dose of usability, it’s hard to find flaws. The XCeed especially makes sense if you don’t want an SUV but would still like the extra freedom when driving on snow or gravel. KIA has managed to pack it all into a very compact form with excellent design. Following current trends, we have no doubt that XCeed could easily become the most popular version of the KIA compact.
Test car base information: KIA XCeed 1.0 T-GDi EX Flow
Basic model price (1,0 T-GDi LX CIty): 34,990 KM
Test model price: 40,990 KM – special price
Engine: 3-cylinder, 4-stroke, turbo petrol , located forward transversely. 998 cc, direct injection of fuel into the cylinders, four valves per cylinder. Maximum power 88 kW – 120 hp at 6,000 rpm. Maximum torque 172 Nm from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm.
Power Transmission: Front-wheel drive. 6-speed manual transmission. Felge 7,5J x 18, tires 235/45 R18 (Michelin Pilot Alpin A6).
Chassis:Front suspension – McPherson, independent, coil springs, gas dampers. Stabilizers. Rear suspension – multilink axle, coil springs, gas dampers. Electric power steering.
Performance and Fuel Consumption: Acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h – 11.1 s. Top speed – 186 km / h. Average fuel consumption per test: 8.1 l / 100 km . Factory declared fuel consumption: 6.5 l / 100 km in the city, 4.8 l / 100 km on the open road, 5.4 l / 100 km combined. Average CO2 Emission: 124 g / km (Euro 6d).
Dimensions: Length – 4.395 mm. Width – 1.826 mm. Height – 1,495 mm. Wheelbase – 2.650 mm. 426 liters of luggage space. Curb weight – 1.332 kg. Maximum permissible mass – 1.820 kg. Fuel tank capacity – 50 liters.
Warranty: 7 years or up to 150,000 miles (no mileage limit in the first three years.)