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Kia jacks up C-segment with XCeed
Kia offers four models in its C-segment brochure, now the Euro-spec XCeed crossover has arrived.
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2020-10-16: Driven: Kia XCeed PHEV

This is a new addition to the latest Kia Ceed/Proceed family and it's called the XCeed. Yup, it's a crossover version of the Korean firm's C-segment contender, but don't for a minute just think it's a high-riding Ceed with some plastic body addenda: the XCeed shares the front passenger doors with the five-door hatch, and absolutely nothing else in terms of bodywork. Inside, it's the Ceed's dash architecture but jazzed up with a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster - Kia's first - a 10.25-inch infotainment screen running UVO Connect and lots of black/yellow detailing that's part of a Yellow Colour Pack option. Insert your own 'bumblebee' gag here. Power comes from tried and tested turbocharged Kia units: T-GDi petrols are the 125hp 1.0-litre three-cylinder, and a couple of four-cylinders, these being the 140hp 1.4 and the 204hp 1.6 from a Ceed GT; meanwhile a 1.6-litre 'Smartstream' four-pot turbodiesel offers either 115- or 136hp. Power flows to the leading axle via a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox (all can be optioned with this save for the 1.0 T-GDi, which is manual only), and the XCeed is built in Europe, designed by Europeans and will only be on sale in Europe, so it should handle and ride like a European car... you'd think, eh? Expect both a 48-volt mild hybrid and a full plug-in hybrid version of the XCeed to follow in 2020, after the initial line-up's launch in the third quarter of this year.

Matt Robinson - 26 Jun 2019

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