Kia XCeed review - Reliability and safety
Much like the Ceed hatchback, the Kia XCeed will be reliable, safe and cheap to run
Kia’s reputation for reliability and safety means you can choose any of its models with confidence. The XCeed is packed with active safety kit, with lane-keep assist, automatic emergency braking, hill-start assist, traffic-sign recognition and cruise control all fitted as standard. Top-spec GT-Line S models get the full complement of systems, including an Intelligent Speed Limit Warning function and a blind-spot collision warning.
Euro NCAP is yet to test the XCeed individually, but the closely related Ceed hatch scored a full five stars when fitted with its optional safety pack. We expect the XCeed will manage the same score.
The XCeed finished in twelfth spot in our 2023 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, while the Ceed hatch was just ahead in 10th place on the 75-car list. Kia itself achieved sixth position on a list of 32 manufacturers which, although a positive result, is down from third the previous year.
Kia offers an industry-leading warranty on all of its cars that features seven years and 100,000 miles of coverage. Only sister company Hyundai’s unlimited-mileage five-year warranty comes close.
Kia recommends that petrol XCeed models are serviced every 12 months or 10,000 miles, whichever comes first. The discontinued diesel models can cover 20,000 miles before needing a service, but the same 12-month limit applies.
Kia offers a range of pre-payment plans for servicing, marketed under the Kia Care brand – these can be paid monthly and are transferable between owners. The company also offers fixed-price MoT tests.
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, 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 Safety - currently readingMuch like the Ceed hatchback, the Kia XCeed will be reliable, safe and cheap to run