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Raising the Standards

Compact SUVs are usually raised up versions of a hatchback in the line-up, and the XCeed is no exception. Based on the regular Ceed, which is a very good car in its own right, Kia have done well to give the XCeed its own identity. And although appearances are subjective, we would say that this new crossover is a very handsome car indeed.

The wheelbase remains the same as the Ceed, but the ground clearance is greater thanks to a 42mm increase in ride height. Interestingly, the wheel arches have been given some extra width, while the addition of silver sills and roof rails lend themselves to a car that clearly isn't just style over substance.

A brand-new light cluster design features on the front and rear of the vehicle; and the slightly chunkier tyres over the standard Ceed do a fine job of completing a crossover that genuinely looks the business.


It's What's Inside that Matters Most

The XCeed will have an interior closely related to the Ceed hatchback, which should come as no great revelation. However, this is excellent news, because the design and build quality of modern Kia interiors are genuinely superb. Clean interfaces, good quality materials, and bags of technology make for a fine place to sit on a daily basis.

Despite being very close in relation to the Ceed, there are a few differences worth noting in the XCeed. The central infotainment system, for example, has a larger screen at 8.0-inches (optional 10.25-inch screen available). There is also a massive 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in the binnacle, which lends a premium feeling to the cabin.

The great thing about the new digital instrument cluster is it can be customised by the user to display a variety of useful information; such as the satellite-navigation, phone, and media.


With a purposeful looking exterior and a tech laden interior, the Kia XCeed makes itself a worthy consideration for anyone looking for an excellent all-round crossover that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Throw in the unrivalled seven-year warranty and you have yourself an unbeatable package.

Evans Halshaw KIA