Kia XCeed review - MPG, CO2 and running costs
The Kia XCeed range offers solid residuals, reasonable insurance premiums, along with a fuel-saving plug-in hybrid option
The XCeed petrol models offer decent economy, with an average of 47.1mpg on the combined cycle possible from the 1.0-litre unit, while the 158bhp 1.5-litre returns 44.8 to 45.6mpg depending on wheel and gearbox options. CO2 emissions range from 135g/km for the entry-level petrol on its smallest wheels to 142g/km in the manual 1.5-litre car.
For the ultimate in economy, the XCeed plug-in hybrid is by far the front-runner. Priced at over £30,000, it's the most expensive model in the range, but offers up to 201mpg on the combined cycle with emissions from 32g/km. There's also a useful all-electric range of up to 36 miles from a full battery - perfect for the urban commute.
The XCeed plug-in model will be particularly attractive to business users as it has an 11% Benefit-in-Kind rate for 2021/22, and 12% for 2022/23.
Insurance ratings for the XCeed plug-in hybrid model are in group 12 or 13, which means premiums shouldn't be too expensive. Petrol versions range from groups 12-19.
Our experts expect that the Kia XCeed will hold on to around 40 to 48% of its original list price after three years and 36,000 miles come trade-in time, with the plug-in hybrid models achieving the best second-hand values.
In this review
- 1Kia XCeed reviewThe jacked-up Kia XCeed adds some extra practicality to the Ceed model family
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe XCeed is good to drive and comfortable on long journeys, but gearboxes disappoint
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingThe Kia XCeed range offers solid residuals, reasonable insurance premiums, along with a fuel-saving plug-in hybrid option
- 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 just a little extra practicality
- 6Reliability and SafetyMuch like the Ceed hatchback, the Kia XCeed will be reliable, safe and cheap to run