Kia XCeed review - Engines, performance and drive
The XCeed is good to drive and comfortable on long journeys, although we're not struck by either the manual or automatic gearbox options
The XCeed is closely related to the Kia Ceed hatchback; it’s based on the same platform and uses the same engines. To achieve its rugged look, the XCeed sits higher than its hatchback relative thanks to a 20mm boost in ride height and larger-sidewalled tyres.
Kia has fitted softer springs along with hydraulic bump stops, both of which help to provide a smoother, more pliant ride than that on the standard Ceed. The XCeed settles down nicely on flowing roads and motorways, making short work of longer distances.
This softer edge means the XCeed is actually better to drive than the Ceed hatch. It’s more comfortable and relaxing to drive, with fewer lumps and bumps transmitted into the cabin. There’s a little more body roll in corners versus the standard car, but this means the XCeed is a touch easier to read when driving quickly. The unchanged electric power steering system remains accurate and well-weighted.
Minus points are awarded for the XCeed’s clunky six-speed gearbox, while the six-speed DCT automatic transmission in the XCeed PHEV is lazy in its operation.
0-62mph acceleration and top speed
The 1.4-litre petrol engine is no longer available, but if you track down a used example you'll find it provides adequate performance, although it doesn’t feel fantastic under larger throttle inputs, sounding strained in its upper registers. 0-60mph (Kia doesn’t quote 0-62mph times) takes 9.1 seconds with the manual gearbox or 9.2 with the automatic; top speed is 124mph.
Also off the price list are the the 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and 1.6-litre diesel - offered in 114bhp or 134bhp forms. Respective 0-60mph times are 10.9s , 11.0s and 10.2s.
The current 158bhp 1.5-litre petrol is a more powerful performer, managing the benchmark sprint in 8.7 seconds, while the plug-in hybrid model needs 10.6 seconds to reach 62mph from a standstill.
In this review
- 1Kia XCeed reviewThe jacked-up Kia XCeed adds some extra practicality to the Ceed model family
- 2Engines, performance and drive - currently readingThe XCeed is good to drive and comfortable on long journeys, although we're not struck by either the manual or automatic gearbox options
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe Kia XCeed range offers an efficient plug-in hybrid option, while insurance groups are competitive
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe XCeed is stylish, well-built and benefits from a great infotainment system
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe XCeed builds on what’s offered by its capable hatchback sibling, with a little extra practicality
- 6Reliability and SafetyMuch like the Ceed hatchback, the Kia XCeed will be reliable, safe and cheap to run