Kia XCeed review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
Fuel economy and emissions are good for a car of this type, but hybrid rivals are cheaper to run
The XCeed’s range of conventional petrol and diesel engines is about par for the small crossover course; none exceed expectations on the fuel consumption or emissions fronts.
High-mileage buyers and company car users looking for the best in fuel consumption and BiK rates will be best served – perhaps counterintuitively – by the more powerful diesel engine: 53.3mpg and 138g/km of CO2 trump the 114bhp version’s 52.3mpg and 141g/km. The former is cheaper to buy outright, however, so it’s worth weighing up if you’ll benefit from the marginal efficiency gains.
The petrol models offer decent economy too; an average of 44.1 to 45.6mpg is possible from the 1.0-litre unit depending on wheel size, while the 1.4-litre returns 40.4 to 42.8mpg depending on wheel and gearbox options. CO2 emissions range from 140g/km for the entry-level petrol on its smallest wheels to 159g/km in the automatic 1.4-litre car.
Insurance information for the Kia XCeed is not currently available but we expect it won’t stray too far from its hatchback relative in this regard. The standard Kia Ceed occupies insurance groups 9 to 14, depending on trim and engines.
Our experts expect that the Kia XCeed will hold on to around 39 to 42 per cent of its value after three years and 36,000 miles come trade-in time. For context, the Audi Q2 retains around 44 to 52 per cent over the same period while the slightly pricer – but cheaper to run – Kia Niro will retain around 39 to 49 per cent.
In this review
- 1Kia XCeed reviewThe jacked-up Kia XCeed adds some extra practicality to the growing Ceed range
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe XCeed is good to drive and comfortable on long journeys, but gearboxes disappoint
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingFuel economy and emissions are good for a car of this type, but hybrid rivals are cheaper to run
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe XCeed is stylish, well-built and benefits from a great infotainment system
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt’s not the most practical small SUV around but the XCeed builds on what’s offered by its hatchback sibling
- 6Reliability and SafetyMuch like the Ceed hatchback, the Kia XCeed will be reliable, safe and cheap to run