The interior layout, fit and finish
Driving position and dashboard
You should be able to get comfortable easily enough; there’s height adjustment on all versions and lumbar support adjustment from the 3 trim level up. A powered driver’s seat with memory settings is standard on the top-spec First Edition.
The First Edition trim also includes crisp and legible digital dials displayed on a 12.3in screen. They look great, but in terms of usability don’t present much advantage over the regular analogue dials. The 3 trim has these with a smaller 4.2in screen in between, and this setup provides virtually the same amount of information.
Other SUVs and hatchbacks from Skoda, Seat and VW are available with digital dials that do far more, such as presenting a full-screen navigation map, while the Peugeot 3008’s instrument display lets you change the design of its dials.
Visibility, parking sensors and cameras
Visibility is generally good out of the front, while out the back it’s only the thicker rear pillars that get in the way. All three trims come with a rear-view camera, to help mitigate any fears, while 3 trim adds rear parking sensors and First Edition has front sensors, too.
All trims have LED headlights. These deliver a very bright, white light at night to help you see more clearly.
Sat nav and infotainment
The standard ‘floating’ 8.0in touchscreen is mounted high on the dash so you can see it easily. It comes with Bluetooth and a DAB radio, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, which lets you use apps from your phone via the car's screen. It’s reasonably responsive and easy to use but falls behind the systems you’ll find in a BMW 1 Series or Mazda 3. These have simpler rotary controllers, which are less distracting to operate than a touchscreen, along with larger screens.
Move up to the pricier 3 trim and you get a wider 10.25in screen that can be split three ways, to allow use of the radio, navigation and access the vehicle settings, for example, at the same time. It also has sharper graphics, in-built sat-nav and online connectivity, for live weather and traffic reports, as well as the availability and price of parking spaces in your area. You can even download an app to your phone that lets you send remotely sat-nav destinations to the car, or check whether it’s locked or unlocked.
The 2 and 3 trims come with a six-speaker stereo, but if you want the punchy JBL system with eight speakers (or wireless charging) you have to splash out on the First Edition trim.
Inside, the XCeed feels solidly made, and there’s a good mix of soft-touch surfaces with gloss-black trims to lift its look. In that respect it’s a step up from the Focus Active. Top trim levels can have body-coloured interior trim inserts to brighten things up a bit.