Kia’s accepted crossover bang continues with this, the XCeed. It’s a alcove car; the Stonic, Niro and Sportage are added accepted SUVs, while this latest archetypal is a aloft adaptation of the brand’s Ceed auto with a little off-road cred.
That agency the Ford Focus Active is the Kia’s arch rival. It, too, has a little added ride acme with added abeyance travel, additional affluence of artificial anatomy cladding to reinforce the bordering advance in its off-road ability.
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We’re testing agent models here, but there’s a ambit of turbo petrols accessible too, depending on your persuasion. Neither is bargain compared to a accepted hatch, but which is bigger value?
For: Comfortable ride, accomplished adapted infotainment, added applied than Focus, able engineAgainst: Not as acceptable to drive as Focus, still feels compromised like Focus Active, pricier than the Ceed
The XCeed sits on Kia’s bunched car platform, the aforementioned as the approved Ceed hatchback, but the transformation into an SUV agency there’s now 44mm added allowance amid the alley and the car’s ancillary sills, while the anatomy itself is additionally best and added than that of the hatch.
These increases in ambit are alone bordering though, while the wheelbase is the aforementioned as the accepted Ceed’s, so the accord is bright to see, alike if the changes mostly comprise attenuate administration tweaks to accomplish this archetypal look a little sleeker, alike with its big, beefy caster arches. They’re almost successful.
The XCeed’s agent agency is added bunched than that in the Ceed range, and it’s the 134bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel we’re testing here, which comes alone in 3 specification.
Although agent ability not be flavour of the month, it’s accessible to balloon how adjustable these abate turbocharged units are. With 280Nm of torque (20Nm beneath than the Ford) produced from aloof 1,500rpm the agent artlessly doesn’t charge alive as adamantine as a downsized turbo petrol would; you can leave it in one accessory and aloof let the motor pull.
For example, the XCeed took alone 5.8 abnormal to advance from 30mph to 50mph in fourth gear. The birr from 50mph to 70mph in sixth took 10.3 seconds. These after-effects were 1.2 and 1.4 abnormal appropriately faster than the Focus managed.
The agent is refined, too. The actuality it doesn’t charge revving too aerial to accomplish advance helps, but it’s decidedly bland and quietnevertheless – and the Ford is arguably hardly bigger still. The Kia’s six-speed chiral gearbox is a little notchy to shift, but the weight of the activity is nice.
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The XCeed rides able-bodied too. That added abeyance biking is apparent and the damping is mostly affectionate so it traverses alike bad bumps in the alley with a appropriate amount of compliance.
This comes at the amount of aloof a little anatomy control, abnormally compared with the Focus, which feels a little firmer and accordingly beneath relaxing. The Kia’s abundance will acceptable be added acceptable than active achievement for best owners here.
Cabin affection in 3 trim is acceptable and aloof edges the XCeed avant-garde of the Focus. The abstracts are mostly nice, and the new 10.25-inch infotainment is a abundant focal point in the cabin.
Nav, buzz connectivity, LED lights, acrimonious seats, altitude and cruise control, keyless operation, a abandoning camera with parking sensors and alike a acrimonious council caster are all included, and the Kia is £250 cheaper than the Ford as well.
• Interior: The Kia has the bend in quality, but neither car is luxurious.• Practicality: A 426-litre cossack bests the Focus’ 341-litre cossack space.• Infotainment: The awning is large, bright and accessible to use.
For: Handling precision, agent aesthetic for a 4cyl diesel, hardly softer ride than accepted FocusAgainst: Pricier and abbreviate of acumen compared with Kia, infotainment is good, but XCeed’s is better
Ford’s C2 belvedere already makes the Focus abundant to drive, and the changes to this Active model’s anatomy accept no ill aftereffect on that.
The ride acme has been raised, there’s a bespoke anatomy agreement with specific affability for the springs, dampers and anti-roll bars, as able-bodied as the avant-garde and rear abeyance duke – the closing indicates that, in the aforementioned way as the Kia, it has multi-link rear abeyance (hence why both ride absolutely accurately and action appropriate ascendancy and acknowledgment from the anatomy for raised-up cars) although neither is four-wheel drive.
The Ford’s 1.5-litre turbodiesel agent is rated at 118bhp, so it’s beneath able than the Kia’s engine, but its 300Nm of torque is added than the XCeed generates. However, the Ford’s gearing is abundant longer, so the agent is accomplishing 1,800rpm at 70mph compared with the 2,250rpm of the Kia, so while it keeps the babble down, there’s a amount to be paid in acceleration. It abject from 30mph to 50mph in 4.1 seconds, 0.2 abnormal abaft the Kia, but in added increments it was added behind. The 9.3-second 0-60mph run was good, though.
However, neither of these cars is about the aftermost chat in performance, which is area the Ford feels hardly at allowance with itself.
The abject Focus is a great-steering and administration car, and while this Active is no different, alms agnate attention and poise, the aforementioned attenuate problems that agonize the accepted Focus are additionally present in this Active version.
The car mostly rides well, but the accoutrement is firmer than the Kia’s, which agency ridges bandy it about a little more, so it’s a acceptable job the damping is bland and able-bodied controlled, alike if it isn’t as bendable and affectionate as the Kia. Aloof a little added abatement of the accoutrement ability accept been nice.
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Otherwise, the Focus isn’t all that abundant altered from the accepted car, because cycle is controlled able-bodied admitting the college ride acme and it doesn’t feel at all like an SUV to drive – because it isn’t.
The active position reflects this by acceptance you to get low in the car. It’s almost comfortable, and while the autogenous is mostly good, it aloof lacks the aftermost little bit of affection compared with the Kia.
There’s annihilation amiss with the Ford’s eight-inch touchscreen set-up, but the XCeed’s infotainment tech is added cutting-edge.
In Active X trim you get affluence of accessories though, including sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, keyless operation, part-leather acrimonious seats, altitude control, avant-garde and rear parking sensors and a across-the-board roof.
• Steering: Focus responds bound to inputs with aciculate and authentic steering.• Infotainment: Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto assignment well, but all-embracing arrangement isn’t as glossy as the Kia’s.• Interior: Focus’s autogenous feels appropriate abundant in isolation, but isn’t as classy as the XCeed’s.
First place: Kia Xceed
In about every assessable way the XCeed outdoes the Focus Active. It’s a bit quicker, is added practical, and has bigger tech. It additionally rides added calmly and, while it’s not as acceptable to drive, it is comfortable. There’s little amid them on active costs, so the Kia’s added account clinches it.
Second place: Ford Focus Active
Like the approved Focus, this Active drives and handles sweetly, but it doesn’t feel altered abundant and so isn’t account the premium. Meanwhile, the Kia is both bigger and offers added avant-garde infotainment. The Ford will be bargain to run, but not by abundant to put it ahead.
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