New 2019 Kia XCeed: performance, specifications, and prices

The wait is finally over, here all the latest details on the 2019 Kia XCeed crossover

James Wilson
Oct 17, 2019

The Ceed has spawned another variant, the Kia XCeed. It falls in to a growing range of slightly lifted hatchbacks car manufacturers are selling which are best described as crossovers. Order books are now open, with deliveries due from September 2019 and prices starting at £20,795.

The recipe for this type of crossover is simple. Take a standard car (such as the Kia Ceed) raise the ride height a little and add some SUV-ish styling (for example roof bars and wheel arch cladding) and hey presto, you have a new model in your lineup fit to take on the likes of the Nissan Juke, Seat Arona and Renault Captur.

Quick facts

  • Prices start at £20,795
  • Based on the Kia Ceed hatchback
  • Will be avialble as a hybrid
  • Raised ride height for SUV appeal
  • Comes with Kia's 100,000 mile warranty
  • Deliveries expected in late 2019

In terms of size and shape the XCeed is very similar to other models in the Ceed range, although Kia claims to have reworked several areas of its design. The bulk of that work has taken place around the suspension - raising a vehicle’s ride height has implications for how a car handles. Kia reckons the changes have been so extensive, that the only panels carried over from the five-door Ceed are the front doors.

Kia has four SUVs in its range, but the XCeed is supposed to appeal to those who want the practicality of a normal-sized hatchback with flavourings of a larger SUV. For this reason, Kia has made the XCeed longer and wider than its five-door Ceed hatchback but smaller than its Sportage SUV.

So it's a brand new venture for the brand, but will it have what it takes to take on some pretty established rivals? Read on for more details about the Kia XCeed's tech, interior and performance.


2019 Kia XCeed technology

All XCeed models have the look of the junior SUV, with wheel arch cladding, silver roof rails and a metallic panel on the bottom of the rear bumper are all present.

As mentioned previously, the wheelbase has remained the same size as the five-door Ceed at 2,650mm, but the distance in which the body overhangs the wheels has increased both front and rear.

The range currently consists of three trim levels: ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ all of which come in one of 12 colours – including Quantum Yellow, which, within the Ceed family of cars is unique the XCeed.

In a similar vein, there is a yellow colour pack which only available on the XCeed. This brings black upholstery with contrasting yellow stitching and piping, plus a smattering of black and yellow highlights throughout the cabin.

The entry-level ‘2’ models come as standard with a reversing camera, keyless entry, manual air conditioning, cruise control and 8.0-inch central media display. There is a larger 10.25-inch unit which comes with Kia’s UVO Connect technology (more on this below) but the 8.0-inch unit still offers the all-important Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. These models also come with a healthy dose of safety technology. Chief among these are lane keeping assist and emergency braking. The latter slowing or even stopping the XCeed when the car senses a collision is about to occur. An emergency braking system that detects pedestrians is also available but as part of the advanced driving assistance pack.

Mosey on up to ‘3’ trimmed cars and you will find 18-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, electric handbrake, push button start, electric mirrors and uprated JBL sound system. Range-topping ‘First Edition’ models go even further with a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control (on cars specced with an automatic gearbox), blind-spot warning, 12.3-inch ‘Supervision’ driver instrument cluster and wireless phone charging.

In ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ trims, the XCeed is available with UVO connect (only displayed via the 10.3-inch central media unit) which brings up to date information about potential hazards (such as broken down vehicles), the weather forecast and even points of interest into the cabin. This kind of service is a growing option with car manufacturers, but bear in mind these require a data connection and while they are free initially, they aren’t indefinitely.

Depending on the options you tick, there is also the possibility of parking assist (which controls the steering of your car while parking) and perhaps most impressively, lane following assist, which claims to track both the vehicle in front of you and the road markings to control the acceleration, braking and steering of your car in traffic. On top of this, Kia will provide a wealth of equipment that can come with heating functions - including door mirrors, windscreen, steering wheel and front seats (which can also be cooled).

2019 Kia XCeed performance

The Kia XCeed is being launched with a range of petrol and diesel engines – a plug-in hybrid powertrain is set to follow in early 2020. There are three petrols to choose from, starting with a 1.0-litre T-GDi (which stands for turbocharged gasoline direct injection) producing 118hp and 172Nm of torque.

Moving up in the performance stakes there is a 1.4-litre T-GDi engine, which produces 138hp and 242Nm of torque. Topping the tables for petrol-performance is a 1.6-litre unit which pumps out 201hp and 265Nm of torque.

Diesel buyers are taken care of with two 1.6-litre smartstream (Kia’s name for its latest diesel engines) units. The first of which produces 113hp and 280Nm of torque (300Nm when paired with an automatic gearbox). The second produces 134hp and 280Nm of torque (320Nm when mated to an automatic gearbox).

Aside from the 1.0-litre T-GDi engine, which is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. All XCeed models are set to be two-wheel drive.

The Kia XCeed comes with independent suspension (much like the standard Ceed) however, it has softer spring rates front and back which is normally indicative of a softer ride. Kia has also deployed some hydraulics on the front axle to help soften the lumps and bumps from the road below.

When driving, there is the option of ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ modes. Depending on which is selected the XCeed will adjust its throttle response, steering weight and in automatic variants, the speed of the gear shifts accordingly.

Thanks to the raised ride height, the new Kia XCeed comes with a ground clearance of 174mm when specified with 16-inch wheels or 184mm when 18-inch wheels are fitted. The difference over the standard Ceed is 32mm and 42mm respectively.

2019 Kia XCeed interior

Inside is a familiar sight for those which have ever been in a Kia Ceed. That said, Kia hasn’t held back on technology. There is a 12.3-inch ‘Supervision’ driver instrument cluster, which replaces the traditional dial arrangement in front of the driver with a digital screen. The idea being there is a much wider scope of information the dash can therefore display.

Underneath the display, there is a collection of buttons, dials and switches which control the heating/cooling of the cabin along with volume control for the non-stop bangers you will be playing through the speakers.

On a more practical note, the increased ride height should make it easier for occupants to get in and out of the car. Also, the seat upholstery depends on trim level with XCeed ‘2’ models coming with black cloth seats as well as a leather-trimmed steering wheel and gear knob. Versions in ‘3’ trim boast part faux-leather seats and a sliding centre console.

With seats in the upright position, luggage capacity for the XCeed comes in at 426 litres but this jumps to 1,378 litres with the seats folded down. If you are carrying both passengers and cargo the rear seats do fold individually, plus the boot is electric.

2019 XCeed review

We are yet to test the Kia XCeed on UK roads. The changes which Kia has made over the standard Ceed would suggest the ride will be softer than the standard Ceed and the raised ride height might make it lean over more in the corners. That said, with the reengineering of the suspension components, only time will tell if the XCeed is as good to drive (if not better than) rivals such as the more expensive Mercedes GLA. 


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