Since the all-new Kia Ceed accustomed aftermost year we’ve been advised to a approved dribble augment of added models in the Ceed family. After the five-door bear came the sportwagon (estate), again the Ceed GT (warm hatch) and Proceed (shooting brake). Now, finishing things off – and proving you can never accept abundant asinine names – is the XCeed.
The XCeed is pitched as a adventurous burghal crossover addition to acceptable SUVs. It sits below the Sportage SUV and competes with the Ford Focus Active and VW Golf Alltrack. Unlike those, which are the accepted estates with jacked up abeyance and cladding, this is a absolutely altered anatomy from the blow of the Ceed range. There’s a ancestors affinity but alone the advanced doors are aggregate with added Ceeds and the XCeed is taller, added and best than the blow of the family.
Like the Focus et al, there are roof rails, cladding on caster arches and doors, and a aloft ride acme to accord it the SUV administration cues added a added swept aback and absolute advanced end.
Inside, it’s a center abode amid the Ceed auto and Sportage, with added commuter and cossack amplitude than the bear but not absolutely as abundant as the SUV.
The Proceed cutting anchor has had bodies agitated about its looks but, to me, the XCeed is the best attractive of the accepted range. The continued beanie and aerial tailgate gel with the hardly aloft ride acme and artificial anatomy trim in far added affected way than a lot of exceptional coupe-cum-crossovers and it nails the adventurous attending Kia are activity for.
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Under the bark there’s beneath aberration to the accepted Ceed auto and estate. The chassis, drivetrain and best of the abeyance and autogenous are the aforementioned as the blow of the family.
Reflecting its added SUV-like positioning, the XCeed’s abeyance has been ashen compared to the bear and the advanced shocks affection hydraulic backlash stoppers advised to advice blot alike above bumps after abashing the car. On the accomplished it makes for a fantastically bland ride, although college trim levels with their bigger auto and lower contour tyres aren’t absolutely as aesthetic as the cheaper ‘2’ trim on 60-profile rubber.
Being taller than the Ceed but beneath than the Sportage agency the XCeed abundantly avoids the anatomy cycle that afflicts best SUVs. That’s not to say it’s a adventurous car to drive. It’s controlled and acclimatized but in a safe rather than agreeable way.
The agent band up reflects that the accent is on adventurous looks rather than performance. A three-cylinder, 1.0-litre turbo petrol starts the agency with a six-speed manual. It’s impressively befuddled accustomed the car’s admeasurement – if a little blatant – and allotment official abstracts of 44.1mpg and 124g/km of CO2. Above that sits a 1.4-litre turbo petrol with 138bhp. Paired with the seven-speed DSG chiral this feels like the XCeed’s candied spot, beneath artificial and quieter in operation than the 1.0 but still alms 42.8mpg and 102g/km of CO2.
A distinct 1.6-litre agent with 114bhp completes the line-up. As in added Ceeds it’s a little abrupt but allotment accomplished abridgement so is account because for high-mileage drivers.
The agent and 1.0-litre petrol are accessible in access akin ‘2’ and mid akin ‘3’ brand with the chiral chiral while the agent gets the advantage of the auto in 3 as well. Chiral and auto versions of the 1.4 are offered in 3 and First Edition trims.
First Edition cars appear loaded with a across-the-board roof, advanced and rear acrimonious seats, self-parking function, a powered tailgate and a 12.3-inch agenda apparatus affectation but at £30,000 they additionally appear with a adequately abrupt price. The agenda instruments attending nice but action little in the way of agreement or added advice and while the chicken dashboard highlights and bond accord the autogenous a lift, they’re hardly account the added outlay.
A footfall bottomward in brand loses the agenda instruments, acrimonious rear seats, colour flashes and beforehand assurance kit such as dark atom blow admonishing and banal and cyclist apprehension but leaves dual-zone altitude control, keyless start, brave windows, auto wipers and 18-inch alloys. It additionally keeps the 10.25-inch touchscreen with breach awning operation and new and bigger (but hardly class-leading) cartoon and operation. This feels like the appropriate antithesis of amount against accessories but alike the £20,000 ‘2’ gets cruise control, air conditioning, auto headlights, keyless access and LED headlights.
You could altercate that the XCeed is bushing yet addition accidental alcove amid auto and absolutely fledged SUV but for already it’s a accommodation amid two segments that absolutely works. It’s bigger looking, added adequate and (slightly) added applied than the bear but bigger to drive, cheaper to buy and run and beneath boastful than a full-on SUV. In fact, I anticipate it ability be my favourite flavour of Ceed.
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