Kia XCeed review

Category: Family car

Section: Costs & verdict

Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior infotainment
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 front right tracking
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 rear cornering
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior dashboard
  • Kia XCeed 2021 interior rear seats
  • Kia XCeed 2021 interior front seats
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior infotainment
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 front cornering
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 rear right tracking
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 right tracking
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 front right static
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 rear left static
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 headlight detail
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 rear light detail
  • Kia XCeed 2021 interior front seats
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior detail
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 boot open
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 front right tracking
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 rear cornering
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior dashboard
  • Kia XCeed 2021 interior rear seats
  • Kia XCeed 2021 interior front seats
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior infotainment
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 front cornering
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 rear right tracking
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 right tracking
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 front right static
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 rear left static
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 headlight detail
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 rear light detail
  • Kia XCeed 2021 interior front seats
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior steering wheel detail
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior detail
  • Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

Here’s why you need to seriously consider the rationale of buying an XCeed: it’ll cost you a sizeable chunk of extra cash over the regular Ceed hatchback. And while the entry point of the range is cheaper than the cheapest Ford Focus, there are many more affordable and generally better family cars to choose from. Also, if you’re after an SUV there are cheaper alternatives there, too, including the Skoda Kamiq. At least the XCeed offers similar residual values to the Focus and Kamiq, though. 

When you look at its running costs, things don’t get any more compelling. No XCeed is particularly efficient relative to the best competition. Our pick of the range is the 1.0 T-GDi petrol because at least it keeps the price as low as possible and it’s more efficient than the 1.5 T-GDi for both emissions and average fuel consumption. 

Connect trim is really well equipped but it’s much more expensive and pushes the price into the territory of better cars, like the Skoda Karoq. But it comes with the upgraded infotainment system we’ve detailed, along with privacy glass, automatic wipers, power-folding door mirrors, climate control, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats and 18in alloy wheels. Anything above this is definitely too pricey for us to recommend.

Kia XCeed PHEV 2021 interior infotainment

Reliability

Kia has a good reliability record, finishing ninth out of the 30 manufacturers featured in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's only just behind Toyota, better than Skoda and a long way ahead of Ford and Volkswagen.

Overview

The Kia XCeed tries to mixes an SUV with a family hatchback, but doesn't pull it off. The regular Kia Ceed is more cost effective, the Seat Leon is roomier and better to drive, and SUVs like the Skoda Karoq are available for similar money and bring real practicality advantages

  • Decent boot for a hatchback – PHEV aside
  • Well equipped from mid-level ‘3’ trim
  • Industry-leading seven-year warranty
  • Poor safety rating
  • Offers little beyond style over the cheaper Ceed hatchback
  • Higher BIK costs than rivals
New car deals
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Save up to £1,756
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From £213pm