Road Test Review: Kia XCeed 2

Independent review by Edward Stephens

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Kia XCeed 2 driving in the country

Road Test: Kia XCeed 2

Explore the key features of the Kia XCeed 2 in our expert road test review

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The redesigned Kia XCeed 2 boasts a strong performance, making you feel like you're in a higher end vehicle.


  • Stylish bodywork
  • Great acceleration
  • Security features
  • Quiet
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While it’s always nice to be able to have the top-of-the range in anything, it’s not always necessary to stretch your budget when it comes to buying a new car.

Time spent recently in the entry level model of the new Kia XCeed proved just how much you can get, even when you set your sights slightly lower.

Okay you lose out on some of life’s little luxuries which the higher grades get, but the “2” is still very well-equipped and has the same stylish bodywork, the same interior space and is powered by the same engine as the rest of the range with the exception of the plug-in hybrid.

Engines and Performance

The Kia Xceed 2 boasts the same 0 to 62mph acceleration time of 8.7 seconds as the higher grades, the same top speed of 129 miles per hour and is even fractionally more economical.

The suspension is slightly softer than on the Ceed hatchback – seven percent at the front and four percent at the rear - to improve comfort and stability and while there is some body roll, the low centre of gravity it boasts tends to eliminate a lot of it.

Keep the revs up, and the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine delivers when you need it. Conversely, it’s impressively quiet during normal cruising in traffic, although it painfully doesn’t like second gear when manoeuvring at low speed, and you often have to change down unexpectedly.

You get a manual handbrake rather than the electric one on the higher spec models – a feature some people prefer – and a slick 6-speed manual gearbox.

That apart, this bestseller of the Ceed range does exactly what it says on the tin at a sensible price.

And of course, you still get that class leading 7-year/ 100,000-mile warranty.

Equipment and Technology

The dials in front of the driver are clear and sharp as is the centre-set 8-inch touch screen with its integrated reversing camera, making everything feel well put together.

Throw in automatic dipped/main beam headlights, cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, electric windows all round and a whole raft of safety features like lane assist, hill start assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection, and it soon becomes obvious that you are getting plenty of bang for your buck.

Design and Practicality

After a bit of a makeover, the entire XCeed range has been freshened up and made to look more appealing.

The latest models now boast LED headlights – which really are very good - revised front grille, bumpers and air intake.

And now the fog lights have been incorporated into the headlights, it has made space to build in air curtains on either side of the car to guide air smoothly around the wheels to reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency.

There have been a few changes at the back too and the rear lights also get LED efficiency, while the triple crease lines in the rear section make the car look wider and more stable.

Sit inside and there’s no entry level feeling here. The cabin is smart and tasteful with elements of brushed metal contrasting nicely with the black interior to lighten the overall effect.
Edward Stephens

With a relatively high seating position and raised ground clearance compared to a conventional hatchback, the XCeed offers a viable alternative to the more conventional SUV.


The Kia XCeed 2 is a great option for an entry level car that feels higher end. The interior was redesigned for a fresher look and improved feel. The infotainment system has a good size screen that facilitates parking by providing a clear view of the parking spot through the rear camera.

This vehicle has a good acceleration power and is more economical than the other trims from this line.