2020 Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid: prices, specs and release date

Kia’s new plug-in hybrid XCeed offers petrol-electric power and up to 37 miles of electric driving in a crossover body

James Mills
Sep 11, 2019

Looking for a compact, high-riding crossover and don't think that petrol or diesel power is for you, but not quite ready to go for an electric car? The new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) version of Kia's XCeed family crossover, which will go on sale in early 2020, could be for you.

Called a crossover because it sits somewhere between an SUV and family hatchback in size and height, the new XCeed Plug-in Hybrid can be charged from the mains and is capable of being driven for as far as 37 miles on battery power alone, while a 1.6-litre petrol engine means that it can be driven like any regular petrol car during long journeys.

Quick facts

  • Prices and trims to be announced
  • Goes on sale in early 2020
  • Up to 37 miles of electric-only driving
  • Mpg and CO2 to be announced
  • Total power output of 139hp
  • Up to 1,243 litres of luggage space

The Korean car company is still awaiting official confirmation of the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the new XCeed Plug-in Hybrid. However, it gives the company another rival to models such as the Mini Countryman Plug-in Hybrid and Volvo’s more costly XC40 T5 Twin Engine Hybrid.

As with all Kias, it will be covered by the company’s seven year, 100,000-mile warranty. Prices for the XCeed PHEV are yet to be announced.

 

Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid 2020 specs

The certified fuel economy and emissions for the 2020 Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid are still to be announced, though this information will be confirmed closer to the car going on sale, early next year.

The new powertrain combines an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5kW electric motor, and a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which is optimised for improved fuel economy compared with conventional petrol engines.

By charging the battery from the mains, this XCeed can operate much like an electric car for short drives. The driver is able to choose how they want the car to behave – such as selecting electric drive, or using hybrid mode, where the car decides on the optimum blend of petrol and battery power to give the most efficient progress.

The car's total power and torque output is 141hp and 265Nm, enabling the XCeed PHEV to scoot from standstill to 62mph in 11.0 seconds.

It comes with a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. The appeal of this fast-shifting system is that can be driven like a regular automatic or in a similar way to a manual gearbox, as drivers can take control and change gears using paddles behind the steering wheel.

The car uses regenerative braking to capture energy and recharge the battery while slowing, helping boost the car’s efficiency. Alternatively, the engine could be used to charge the battery, such as when on a long motorway run.

Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid 2020 range

The one figure we do know about the XCeed Plug-In Hybrid is its range on battery power. Kia claims it can travel for up to 37 miles before the engine will have to take over. However, in practice we suspect that an everyday figure will be more like 25 to 30 miles – still more than enough for many commuters, those on the school run or heading to the shops at the local industrial park.

The charging time has not yet been announced, but it is likely to be in the region of four hours if using a conventional household socket. That should improve to around two and a half hours if using a 7kWh wallbox.

If you are considering fitting a wallbox, a grant toward the cost is available, worth up to £500, via the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).

Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid 2020 interior

The XCeed rides on the same platform as the Ceed hatchback, but it’s longer and taller. Interior space of the standard XCeed range is on a par with the conventional Ceed hatch rather than a spacious SUV, so it’s fine for a family of four.

Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid 2020 safety

A Virtual Engine Sound System, an audible warning system which activates in electric-only mode at low speeds or when reversing, is fitted as standard to the XCeed PHEV. The system generates a distinctive noise to alert pedestrians to the car’s presence. Details of other standard or optional safety equipment are still to be announced.

Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid 2020 technology

The driver’s instrument display gives information about the Plug-in Hybrid powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels, anticipated electric-only range and the flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor.

Buyers may opt for a larger, 12.3-inch ‘Supervision’ instrument cluster which provides a high-resolution 1920 x 720-pixel display that replaces conventional speedometer and rev counter dials with a single, seamless display.

The ‘Driver Only’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning option – activated via a button on the dashboard – deactivates airflow to all cabin vents except those nearest the driver. This is designed to reduce the draw on battery energy from the ventilation system, and unlike conventional ventilation systems, it doesn’t simply restrict airflow to certain vents, rerouting it elsewhere; rather, it switches off individual fans.

As standard, XCeed PHEV models come with an eight-inch touchscreen media system, or an optional 10.3-inch touchscreen sat-nav system. The latter helps owners locate available battery charging points. The screens can show relevant information relating to the engine and battery, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics.

Owners can use the touchscreen to schedule when their vehicle should charge, a handy feature when parked at home as it allows drivers to take advantage of off-peak energy tariffs.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, while the optional 10.3-inch touchscreen media system comes with Bluetooth multi-connection, so two mobile devices can be simultaneously connected to the car.

Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid 2020 dimensions

The 8.9kWh battery pack is located alongside the 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench, yet despite this, luggage capacity is reduced over regular XCeeds, to 291 litres (from 426 litres in the regular models), growing to 1,243 litres with the rear folded down. There is storage space beneath the boot floor of each car to store the charging cable.

An optional towing pack for pulling braked trailers or caravans will be available, a rarity among hybrid cars. The towing capacity is still to be announced.

Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid 2020 warranty

As with all Kias, it will be covered by the company’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty. For the first three years, there is no limit to the number of miles, while the paint is covered for the first five years and drivers get 12 years of rust cover.

 

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