Road Test Review: Kia XCeed 4

Independent review by Maxine Ashford

5-minute read

Kia XCeed 4 Exterior Front

Road Test: Kia XCeed 4

Explore the key features of the Kia XCeed 4 in our expert road test review

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Plenty of desirable gadgets, charismatic looks, and a highly capable petrol engine, the Kia XCeed 4 is a great match for a wide range of lifestyles.


  • Unique design
  • Premium feel
  • Good to drive
  • Comfortable ride
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Take a standard Kia Ceed hatchback and give it the compact SUV treatment, and the end result is the rather appealing XCeed.

This 5-door compact SUV in top of the line 4 spec boasts dynamic styling along with a generous level of kit as standard, which is very much the Kia way.

Engine and Driving Experience

There's a good selection of trim levels and powertrains, but we opted for the high-end XCeed 4 powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine delivering 158bhp and 187lb ft of torque.

It could complete the 0 to 62mph dash in a respectable 8.7 seconds, with a top speed of 129mph. It can deliver a combined 44.8mpg with carbon emissions of 143g/km.

When it comes to performance, the XCeed drives really nicely. It’s no powerhouse, but can hold its own on motorways cruising at 70mph, and there's lots of power to fizz through the twisting country lanes.

The road holding is ultra grippy, with barely a sign of body sway in or out of tighter vends. The test car had a 6-speed manual transmission and there was ample power on tap to overtake slower moving vehicles.

The steering is nicely weighted, and the car is well insulated so minimal road surface, wind, or engine noise filters into the cabin.

The XCeed is also agile in busier town centres, with a good turning circle and very decent all-round visibility.
Maxine Ashford

Design and Technology

The XCeed looks great from any approach with dynamic lines, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, rear privacy glass, a panoramic sunroof, satin chrome window surrounds, a dark chrome and satin chrome grille, silver roof rails and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The interior is beautifully styled with black leather seat upholstery, a leather trimmed steering wheel, aluminium pedals, heated and ventilated front seats, heated outer rear seats, a heated steering wheel and a powered driver’s seat with memory settings.

Creature comforts are plentiful too with the likes of a 10.25-inch touchscreen with sat nav, full smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming, a wireless phone charger, 8-speaker JBL sound system, a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines and a 12.3-inch cluster display.

Safety systems are comprehensive with the likes of lane keep assist, forward collision avoidance assist with cyclist and pedestrian detection, high beam assist, driver attention warning, intelligent stop and go, intelligent speed limit warning and a full suite of airbags.

It also featured a smart park assist system for automatic parallel and perpendicular parking.


Comfort levels are excellent up front with supportive seats, but there's fairly limited legroom in the back, especially if the front seats are pushed well back. These seats are fine for children though or adults over shorter trips.

The boot is accessed via a powered tailgate and can hold 426 litres of kit, a limit that increases to 1,378 litres with the split-folding rear seats dropped flat. In addition, there's a glovebox, front and rear cup holders, a central cubby box, door bins with a drinks section and a sunglasses compartment.


All in all, the Kia XCeed 4 is a fabulous top of the line all-rounder that's an ideal choice for an active family. It's competitively priced and easy to drive with all the gadgets and gizmos thrown in as standard, so there'll be no unexpected added costs.