Accessibility & Motability
Usability for people with disability or their carers
Motability - Access
Fusion cookery – that’s what chefs are all about these days, and now so are car makers. The Kia XCeed is a case in point, because it follows a blend of hatchback and SUV styling themes. Does this make it more usable than a regular hatchback?
Well, not so much. Still, the front doors open really wide by the standards of the family car class, and the suspension is 44mm higher than that of a conventional Ceed hatchback, so getting into and out of the XCeed isn’t difficult at all.
In this form, it’s big enough to take a folded-up wheelchair, even when the rear seats are raised, but you’ll need to tip down the rear seats if you want to leave the chair unfolded. Bear in mind, too, that the boot opening is only 770mm tall (that’s around 40mm less than a small SUV like the Skoda Kamiq) so getting larger items into and out of the load area might require a bit of wriggling.
There is, however, quite a hefty 170mm drop from the boot lip to the boot floor, although the presence of a height-adjustable “false” boot floor does mitigate this somewhat when set in its raised position.
This false floor also gives you a perfectly flat load area when the rear seats are folded down, and creates a concealed area beneath for valuable items to be stored out of sight.