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All-New Kia XCeed

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General

  • Fourth member of the Ceed family, built in Žilina, Slovakia
  • More than 1.3 million first- and second-generation cee’d models have been built, and the new Ceed family is adding to that
  • Designed, engineered and built in Europe
  • Extensive testing completed on European roads, including the UK
  • 8-model range based on four engines, two transmissions and three trim grades
  • It follows the hatchback, Sportswagon and ProCeed Shooting Brake as part of the enlarged Ceed family of models
  • Important family of cars for Kia in the UK. It’s the third best-selling model behind Sportage and Picanto and accounts for almost 10 per cent of the company’s sales

Body

  • The Kia XCeed represents a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs
  • Designed under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe
  • Only body panels carried over from its five-door hatchback sibling are the front doors
  • Shares the same wheelbase as the Ceed hatchback
  • Front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm)
  • Steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60mm higher than that of the Ceed five-door hatchback
  • The Kia XCeed presents a more assertive face, with a more prominent grille and larger lower air intake
  • The headlamps are newly designed, with the Ceed’s ‘ice cube’ LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches
  • New taillights emit a slim, highly technical LED light signature which appears to spear forward into the shoulders of the car
  • The heavily creased lines running horizontally across the tailgate and rear bumper give the Kia XCeed a wider, more stable posture
  •  ‘First Edition’ versions offer eye-catching styling with Quantum Yellow paintwork and black cloth and faux leather with yellow detailing

Interior

  • Driver focused cabin with a sculptured centre console orientated towards the driver
  • Horizontal dashboard layout for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. The design creates greater space and a sense of openness for front seat passengers, with generous footwell space and a clear view ahead
  • High-quality materials used throughout the cabin, with a high proportion of soft-touch materials intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin
  • 8.0- or 10.25-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system, depending on grade
  • Boot space of 426 litres with the seats up and 1,378 litres with them folded down

Powertrains and running gear

  • All engines are turbocharged and meet the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations
  • Great dynamism and driver engagement
  • 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi and 138bhp 1.4-litre T-GDi petrol engines
  • All-new ‘Smartstream’ 114bhp and 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engines featuring Selective Catalyst Reduction emissions control technology to regulate emissions
  • 7DCT auto transmission available with 1.4-litre T-GDi variants

Technology and safety

  • Lane Following Assist technology available on ‘First Edition’ with DCT gearbox
  • Standard safety technologies on all grades include High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) for the city.
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) standard on ‘First Edition’ versions
  • Drive Mode Select system with ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ modes fitted to DCT versions
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping standard on ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ models
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility fitted as standard
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live on ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’
  • Eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system fitted to ‘First Edition’
  • Wireless phone charger on ‘First Edition’
  • Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines standard on all grades
  • Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with parallel, perpendicular and reverse parking capabilities on ‘First Edition’, as well as front and rear parking sensors

          INTRODUCTION

  • Kia offers more choice in the C-segment than almost any other car maker
  • Kia XCeed provides a sporty alternative to larger traditional SUV models
  • Comparable cabin and luggage space to an SUV in a more compact body
  • Among the most high-tech cars in its class with a range of in-car features
  • Engages drivers with unique handling set-up and provides more comfortable, assured ride thanks to new hydraulic rebound stoppers
  • Powered by turbocharged engines; Plug-in Hybrid powertrain to follow
  • On-sale now with first deliveries in September 2019
  • 7-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard

The all-new Kia XCeed is a new urban crossover utility vehicle (CUV) from Kia Motors which combines compact SUV practicality with the sporty packaging and engaging handling of a hatchback.

A sporty alternative to traditional SUVs, the new CUV nevertheless offers comparable levels of space for occupants and luggage. The Kia XCeed engages drivers with its sporty handling and a comfortable, assured ride, while providing a more commanding view of the road ahead than a conventional hatchback.

The Kia XCeed’s suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment features make it one of the most high-tech cars in the CUV class. Powered by a range of fast-revving, turbocharged engines, it is also one of the most efficient.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The Kia XCeed addresses the growing desire for cars which offer more emotion and dynamism than an SUV, both in terms of the way a car looks and drives. Yet these customers don’t want to lose the practicality that a larger car offers them. Our new CUV meets these needs, with a distinctive and modern design wrapped around a spacious, versatile body. Merging the strengths of both hatchback and SUV, the Kia XCeed offers something refreshing and different for European consumers.”

Herrera added: “This latest addition to the Kia portfolio takes the Ceed model family in a bold new direction, showing the breadth of Kia’s imagination and ambition in the compact family car segment. The C-segment is the second largest class in the European market, and, thanks to a broadening range of body types, is set to take on greater importance in the years ahead. The expanded Ceed range now offers buyers more choice in this class than almost any other manufacturer.”

The Kia XCeed urban crossover will be manufactured at the brand’s European production facility in Zilina, Slovakia alongside the Ceed five-door hatchback, Ceed Sportswagon, and ProCeed five-door shooting brake. On sale in the UK now, the first cars arrived in showrooms in early September 2019, and is sold as standard with Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty.

          DESIGN AND PACKAGING

Stylish, expressive and modern in design, the Kia XCeed represents a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs. A product of the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, the creation of the Kia XCeed has taken place under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe.

“When we came to designing the new Ceed range as a whole, we didn’t have a brief to design a crossover,” explained Guillaume. “But as we developed designs for other models in the range, we realised a bodystyle like this could capture the emotion and sportiness of the ProCeed, but offer something new at the same time. An urban crossover seemed to embody these values well.”

The Kia XCeed is more emotional and dynamic in format and appearance than its taller rivals, while offering something different to the other models in the Ceed range. The only body panels carried over from its five-door hatchback sibling are the front doors.

In profile, the car’s relatively long bonnet flows into the A-pillars anchored aft of the front wheels, lending the car a sporty, swept-back silhouette. While the wheelbase remains the same as other models in the Ceed line-up (2,650mm), the Kia XCeed’s front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm).

A steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60mm higher than that of the Ceed five-door hatchback, enhances the CUV’s dynamic, coupé-like, cab-rearward appearance. The Kia XCeed sits on a choice of 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels, shod with high-grip 205/60 R16 or 235/45 R18 tyres.

The front and rear of the car also represent a departure from the ‘face’ of the conventional Ceed model family, differentiating the Kia XCeed from its stablemates. With a 1,826mm body (26mm wider than the Ceed five-door), the CUV presents a more assertive face, with a more prominent grille and larger lower air intake. The headlamps are newly designed, with the Ceed’s ‘ice cube’ LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches.

At the rear, new tail lights emit a slim, highly technical LED light signature which, when viewed from certain angles, appears to spear forward into the shoulders of the car. The heavily creased lines running horizontally across the tailgate and rear bumper give the car a wider, more stable posture.

The car’s elevated ride height and body also present the same robust image that attracts buyers to the other SUVs in Kia’s product portfolio. The Kia XCeed’s ground clearance is 172mm on 16-inch wheels (grade ‘2’) and 184mm on 18-inch wheels (‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ models), a rise of up to 44mm over the Ceed five-door hatchback. Wheel arch and side sill cladding and silver roof rails lend the car a tougher, SUV-like presence, with the metallic valance in the rear bumper enhancing this effect.

The all-new model will be offered in a choice of up to seven paint finishes, with a vibrant new Quantum Yellow shade that is unique to the ‘First Edition’ within the Kia XCeed range.

Driver focused cabin as standard
Inside, the Kia XCeed carries over the contemporary cabin architecture of its Ceed stablemates, with a sculptured centre console oriented slightly towards the driver. With a lower hip point than a taller SUV, and raised ground clearance over a conventional hatchback, the Kia XCeed provides drivers with a sportier driving position allowing a better view of the road ahead.

A ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system stands proud of the dashboard, while the lower portion of the instrument panel provides a set of touch-sensitive buttons, dials and switches to control audio volume, heating and ventilation. Highly ergonomic in its layout and functionality, these controls have been designed to enable drivers to make quick changes to the cabin environment without taking their eyes off the road for any longer than necessary.

The interior is finished in sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout, with a satin chrome dashboard trim, presenting a refined, upscale ambience. Buyers can choose from a range of black premium cloth on grade ‘2’ and black cloth and faux leather with level ‘3’. Unique to the Kia XCeed ‘First Edition’ is a new yellow colour pack for the interior, with black upholstery contrasted with vibrant yellow stitching for seats and doors, yellow seat piping, and a blend of gloss black and metallic yellow highlights throughout the cabin.

The cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier, more compact body
The Kia XCeed is designed to achieve the cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier body with a more compact footprint. Sitting directly between the Ceed five-door hatchback and the Sportage, the XCeed still manages to provide comparable interior space and luggage capacity to Europe’s best-selling SUVs.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The sporty design and demeanour of the new Kia XCeed CUV makes it more innately desirable than many SUVs. Yet it offers this without compromising on versatility, with its intelligent packaging achieving impressive interior and luggage space.”

With a total length of 4,395mm, the Kia XCeed is 85mm longer than the Ceed five-door hatchback and 90mm more compact than the Sportage. Its maximum roof height of 1,495mm also means it stands 48mm above the Ceed and 150mm below the Sportage, providing drivers with a lower centre of gravity than its taller sibling and an elevated driving position over the conventional Ceed.

Based on the Ceed, one of the most spacious vehicles in the compact class, the Kia XCeed offers generous interior space for front and rear occupants. With the hip point for each seat raised by up to 44mm over the Ceed, it is easier for occupants to step in or out. Meanwhile, the half-moon-shaped glass area and fastback roofline provide rear passengers with a brighter, airier ambience and more headroom than other rivals in the compact crossover class.

With the car’s longer rear overhang creating a longer boot, luggage capacity for the Kia XCeed is rated at 426 litres (VDA), 31 litres more than the Ceed and only slightly less than the best-selling compact SUV in Europe. With the rear seats folded down, luggage capacity grows to 1,378 litres. Versatility is also assured thanks to the available 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, Smart Power Tailgate, and two-step boot floor that can be moved up or down to provide either more space or a hidden underfloor storage compartment.

         DYNAMICS

The brand’s European engineering teams were tasked with honing the suspension and steering of the Kia XCeed to deliver a mature ride and engaging handling character in all conditions. Subjected to a dedicated development regime, the new car has been driven across a wider range of road surfaces than any previous European-developed Kia vehicle.

Prototypes have been validated in all weather conditions, on alpine passes and high-speed motorways, in bustling city centres, and along narrow country lanes. With testing taking place in Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and a host of other nations, the handling character of the new Ceed crossover is truly European.

The Kia XCeed offers drivers a unique ride and handling character, with its own suspension tuning and componentry not found in other Ceed models. Despite its elevated ride height, the Kia XCeed is more engaging to drive than a typical family SUV due to its bespoke suspension tuning, more compact exterior dimensions, lower centre of gravity and reduced overall mass.

Uniquely in the Ceed model line-up, the Kia XCeed features hydraulic rebound stoppers, fitted as standard to the front axle of all models. The rubber bump-stop floats in hydraulic fluid within the shock absorbers, providing a highly compliant ride over poor surfaces. The car has been designed to absorb even large suspension shocks with a smooth and progressive response, preventing the body from bouncing as the suspension settles itself after rapid compression. It also contributes towards more responsive steering and improved overall body control, while reducing noise from the suspension over bumps.

With the exception of the new hydraulic rebound stoppers, the hardware of the new model’s fully independent suspension remains identical to that of the Ceed hatchback, ProCeed shooting brake and Ceed Sportswagon. However, with ground clearance elevated by up to 44mm over the standard Ceed (depending on wheel size), Kia’s engineers have softened the front and rear spring rates up to seven and four per cent, respectively, depending on the weight of different engines over the front axle. This delivers greater comfort and stability in all conditions. Cruising comfort is also enhanced by the adoption of a new dynamic damper for the rear cross-member, further quelling road noise and structural vibrations.

The steering hardware remains unchanged over the Ceed, though the electronic control unit (ECU) governing the power steering motor has been retuned to deliver a quicker initial response to the driver’s steering inputs. The result is that drivers can enjoy similarly quick steering responses and comparable levels of body roll to the standard Ceed five-door hatchback. The level of assistance provided by the power steering motor has also been boosted, delivering subtly lighter overall steering to reduce driver fatigue on longer journeys and at low speeds.

Matched to a choice of 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels and Michelin (16-inch) or Continental SportContact 5 (18-inch) tyres, the Kia XCeed offers drivers high levels of grip and an engaging and progressive handling character.

Kia’s Drive Mode Select system enables drivers to adjust steering weight, throttle pedal responses, and, for models equipped with dual-clutch transmissions, gear shift responses. With a choice of ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ modes, drivers can select Sport mode to subtly enhance acceleration response times and adapt the steering to offer additional weight and more decisive responses to driver inputs. Normal mode enables the driver to maximise the potential for greater fuel efficiency and realise the Kia XCeed’s relaxed cruising gait.

          ENGINES

The Kia XCeed is powered by a range of fast-revving, turbocharged engines, giving buyers several choices to meet every driving need.

Two Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection (T-GDi) engines are on offer. The three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDi engine produces 118bhp and 172Nm torque, while the four-cylinder 1.4-litre T-GDi engine made its debut in the new Ceed and produces 138bhp and 242Nm torque.

The Kia XCeed is also available with a choice of two Smartstream power units – the cleanest diesel engines ever produced by the brand, and the most fuel efficient in the range. The all-new 1.6-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine made its first appearance in the Ceed, before being rolled out to other models in the Kia range, including the Optima, Stonic and Sportage. Designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard, the ‘Smartstream’ 1.6-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. The 1.6-litre Smartstream engine is offered with either 114 or 134bhp and both powerplants are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

All engines are paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.4 T-GDi unit optionally available with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission. Intelligent Stop & Go is fitted as standard to all models.

A low-emissions plug-in hybrid powertrain will be launched into the Kia XCeed range in early 2020, combining an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5 kW electric motor, and an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDI engine. Paired with a six-speed dual-clutch auto transmission (6DCT), the powertrain transmits up to 139 bhp (141 ps) and 265 Nm to the front wheels. The Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is expected to offer an all-electric range of around 60 kilometres depending on wheel size. This will enable drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone. CO2 emissions for the Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid will be announced prior to start-of-sales once the homologation process is complete.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg
(WLTP)

CO2
(NEDC 2.0)

‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG

118

172

10.9

115

45.6

124

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

114

280

11.0

118

52.3

109

‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG

118

172

10.9

115

44.1

129

‘3’ 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG

138

242

9.1

124

42.8

142

‘3’ 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed DCT ISG

138

242

9.2

124

40.9

134

‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

134

280

10.2

122

53.3

116

‘First Edition’ 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG

138

242

9.1

124

42.8

142

‘First Edition’ 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed DCT ISG

138

242

9.2

124

40.4

134


The petrol engines
The petrol engines are Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection (T-GDi) units from Kia's Kappa family. The 1.0-litre engine is backed up by a 138bhp 1.4-litre version.

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine fits in perfectly with Kia's downsizing strategy by delivering exceptional power and torque from only three cylinders and a cubic capacity of just 998cc, thanks to turbocharging and direct injection. The T-GDi unit sprays a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure (up to 200 bar) injection system, resulting in highly efficient combustion. Direct injection with turbocharging also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability

The key targets were instantaneous response, high combustion efficiency and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. The 1.0-litre 12-valve T-GDi engine develops 118bhp at 6,000rpm and 172Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, and features a number of innovative technical solutions. There are laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread evenly throughout the cylinders. A straight air intake port ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking.

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time, it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads.

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold in a one-piece casting, improving sealing, reducing weight and lowering exhaust gas temperatures. Lower temperatures result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system, which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88ºC to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow above 105ºC to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

There is continuously variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre line to aid smoothness. As a result of these detailed engineering measures, the T-GDi engine exhibits minimal throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost. The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold.

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods have been strengthened. 

The 1.0 T-GDi engine accelerates the Kia XCeed from standstill to 60mph in 10.9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 115mph. CO2 emissions are from 124g/km, depending on version, with 45.6mpg possible using the combined economy cycle.

The ‘Kappa’ 1.4-litre T-GDi power unit produces 138bhp, and the engine’s turbocharger ensures a wide torque band, making it responsive in a wider range of driving conditions – while also reducing emissions. 242Nm torque is available from 1,500 to 3,200rpm, with emissions (on the WLTP cycle converted back to NEDC 2.0) as low as 134g/km when fitted with the seven-speed Dual-Clutch auto Transmission. Manual models emit 142g/km. Acceleration to 60mph is completed in just 9.1 seconds (9.2 seconds on DCT versions), with a top speed of 124mph for both manual and DCT versions.

Both 1.0- and 1.4-litre T-GDi engines are fitted with a gasoline particulate filter to further reduce tailpipe emissions, ensuring the Kia XCeed goes beyond the requirements of the Euro 6d TEMP standard.

All-new ‘Smartstream’ diesel engines
The Kia XCeed is also available with Kia’s all-new ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine. Designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard, the 114bhp 1.6-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. The 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel powerplant in the ‘2’ grade produces 280Nm of torque, is paired with a manual transmission and emits just 109g/km (combined, WLTP, converted back to NEDC 2.0). It achieves a maximum speed of 118mph, while acceleration to 60mph takes 11.0 seconds. Fuel economy on the new WLTP combined scale is 52.3mpg.

The Kia XCeed’s 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine features a range of components designed to improve sound insulation and refinement. These include a timing belt cover and more insulated cylinder block cover, engine undercover, and oil pan cover.

Available exclusively with the ‘3’ model, a more powerful 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi engine is available, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. With 280Nm on tap, it manages to sprint to 60mph in 10.2 seconds, with a top speed of 122mph. With CO2 emissions of 116g/km, fuel economy on the new WLTP combined cycle is 53.3mpg.

Transmissions
Apart from the 1.4-litre T-GDi powerplant, where a seven-speed dual-clutch auto (7-DCT) automatic transmission is available as an option, all other engines come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

The dual-clutch automatic transmission has been developed in-house with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the comfort and smoothness of a torque converter transmission in automatic mode with the sportiness of a manual when the driver chooses to take control of gear changes.

The manual gearboxes in the Kia XCeed are six-speed units with a wide spread of ratios and long final drives to help bring down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. They are light and compact with a short, slick shift. 

Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG)
All versions of the Kia XCeed are fitted with Kia's Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) stop-start system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in traffic. As the name implies, this switches off the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gear stick into neutral and releases the clutch pedal, or brings the car to a stop with automatic transmission. The engine restarts instantly as soon as the clutch pedal is partially engaged again, or the driver releases the brake pedal in automatics. This feature means the car is not using fuel and no emissions are released when it is at rest.

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crankshaft angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

A new heavy-duty maintenance-free Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery during coasting and braking. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up after a cold start or if the air conditioning is working hard. Drivers can also manually turn off ISG through a switch next to the gear stick.

          TECHNOLOGY

The Kia XCeed’s suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies make it one of the most high-tech, comprehensively equipped cars in its class. The range of features are designed to make driving safer and less stressful and provide total ease of operation.

The Kia  XCeed is among the first vehicles in Europe to offer the brand’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, designed to bring driving into the digital era. UVO Connect links drivers to the world around by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen that comes as standard on ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ models, the system uses its own eSIM chip to retrieve and update live data during a drive. This includes live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). The second element of the UVO Connect diagnostic data about owners’ cars and the trips they take, enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and enables them to check the location of their vehicle at any time.

The 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system features Bluetooth® multi-connection as standard, enabling occupants to connect two mobile devices at once, as well as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Its advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor numerous vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously, among a series of available widgets. This enables the driver to have a single display (such as navigation) or combine different elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions while passengers choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast. An 8.0-inch audio display touchscreen system is standard on ‘2’ models, offering Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™ and infotainment functionalities.

Other technologies designed to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of each journey include a JBL Premium audio system with Clari-Fi technology and heated front and rear seats (standard on the ‘First Edition’), as well as dual-zone air-conditioning, heated electric folding door mirrors, heated steering wheel and heated front seats on both the ‘3’ grade and ‘First Edition’ model.

The Kia XCeed will also be available with the brand’s first fully digital 12.3-inch Supervision driver instrument cluster on ‘First Edition’ models, designed to deliver information as clearly as possible. With a high-definition display, the digital cluster replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials found currently in the brand’s passenger cars. Its single, seamless display incorporates pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds. A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information and in-depth trip information, as well as vehicle diagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies. It replaces the physical dials and 3.5-inch mono TFT-LCD screen on ‘2’ models and the 4.2-inch colour TFT-LCD screen on ‘3’ versions.

         SAFETY

The Kia XCeed provides access to a wide range of active driver assist and safety technologies. These include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind-spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision Warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning, Smart Parking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and High Beam Assist. The Kia XCeed’s Driver Attention Warning advises drivers to take a break if the system detects signs of fatigue. Finally, Lane Following Assist (LFA) is also available which controls acceleration, braking and steering. LFA can track vehicles and road markings ahead to keep the car in-lane and a safe distance from any cars in front.

As with every Kia car sold in Europe, the Kia XCeed is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management. This aids stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control if it detects a loss of traction.

          SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

The Kia XCeed is one of the most comprehensively equipped models in the Ceed family, with an extensive package of comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety items which becomes progressively more luxurious with each step up the range.

Grade ‘2’ versions come fitted with cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, an alarm system, electric windows all-round, keyless entry and automatic headlight control. Other features include 16-inch alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts and a space saver spare wheel, projection front fog lights, LED bi-function projection headlights with LED daytime running lights, tinted glass, a dual-tone horn and roof rails. The electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors are finished in body colour, there’s a high gloss black and satin chrome front grille, satin chrome window surrounds and LEDs for the rear lights, fog lamps and high-mounted brake light. On the exterior, there is body coloured bumpers, side sill mouldings, rear spoiler and exterior door handles and black wheel arch trims. Moving inside, there’s black premium cloth seat trim, chrome interior door handles, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift and a rear centre armrest with cupholders, while the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 fashion. An eight-inch touchscreen audio display is provided, along with a 3.5-inch supervision cluster display, reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines, DAB radio, Bluetooth® with voice recognition and music streaming, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility with voice control, six speakers and steering wheel controls. Safety has been given a high priority with six airbags (front, side and curtain with front passenger cut-off switch), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City (FCA) all included as standard.

Grade ‘3’ features 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and rain sensing front wipers, in addition to black cloth seat trim with black faux leather bolsters and power lumbar support for the front seats. An uprated 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. Other equipment includes dual-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and rear parking sensors. Heated front seats and steering wheel are included within grade ‘3’, along with an electric parking brake (EPB), front passenger seat height adjuster, automatic defog system, a smart entry system with engine start/stop button. There’s also a 4.2-inch supervision colour cluster display and a USB fast charger in the front centre console. Manual gearbox variants have the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system upgraded to include pedestrian detection. All DCT automatic versions feature a Drive Mode Select system with ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ options and Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality.

The ‘First Edition’ grade sits at the top-of-the Kia XCeed range and is the model of choice for technology fans. A Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) integrates front, rear and sde parking sensors with the ability to automatically park in parallel or perpendicular spaces. There are black cloth and faux leather seats with yellow detailing, heated outer rear seats and a driver’s seat with memory, meanwhile, the rear seats fold down remotely, with a 40:20:40 split. An enlarged 12.3-inch TFT supervision cluster display comes fitted to ‘First Edition’ grade, along with a panoramic sunroof with tilting/sliding function and automatic electric roller blind, aluminium pedals, smart powered tailgate, a personal LED light and an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system with wireless mobile phone charger. Extra safety systems include Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection. Lane Following Assist (LFA) is included on DCT models only.

          WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 20,000 miles (10,000 miles for the T-GDi engines) or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Kia XCeed is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

        FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

Q. How important is the Kia XCeed in the UK?

            The including the Kia XCeed, the Ceed family will be our third best-selling model in the UK, accounting for around 10 per cent of our sales. In Europe, where the Ceed family is exclusively developed, built and sold, the first- and second-generation models have sold more than 1.28 million units in its relatively short 11-year life, and we anticipate that with the expanded range, including the ProCeed shooting brake and Kia XCeed, this family of cars will sell at an even quicker rate.

 

Q. What sales targets have you set for the all-new Kia XCeed for the UK market?

            We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the Kia XCeed to be very popular with customers wishing to choose a vehicle that sits between the Stonic and Sportage SUVs.

 

Q. And what sales targets have you set for the Kia brand as a whole in the UK?

            There are likely to be some challenges in the UK new car market next year, but we fully expect to reach another new sales record in 2019, with around 97,000 units. During 2018, we achieved 95,764 sales, in a market that was down overall. And this was achieved in a year when the cee’d was on runout, the Sportage was upgraded with a mid-life facelift and of course the industry faced challenges with the transition from NEDC to WLTP fuel economy figures.

 

Q. What elements of the Kia XCeed make you proud to be leading Kia Motors UK?

            The latest family of Ceed models delivers a range of options for a wide variety of customers, and I’m proud that vehicles like the ProCeed Shooting Brake and now the Kia XCeed offer Kia customers something different to what has been offered in the past. The Kia XCeed continues the remarkable trend established by our first European design, engineered and built version launched in 2007, it answers consumer demand. The Ceed family has played a significant role in the growth of the Kia brand both in the UK and across Europe and I believe the all-new Kia XCeed will build on that exceptional performance.

 

Q. Are you worried about the downturn in diesel sales?

            Yes of course we are concerned, but we think the launch of our new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine is quite timely, as it’s very clean and efficient. It exceeds the requirements of the latest, most demanding emissions regulations, including Euro 6d TEMP, and it is one of the most efficient diesel engines in the C-segment. We are also making it available as a mild hybrid. Diesel power has traditionally been very popular in this segment, however if buyers want to opt for petrol, we have a range of highly efficient, cutting-edge turbocharged petrol engines that will exceed their expectations.

 

Q. What message would you like to send to potential diesel customers?

            With the introduction of the latest emissions regulations, specifically the upcoming Euro 6d TEMP standards, Kia diesel engines have never been cleaner. They are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. For higher mileage users, diesel cars make total sense, delivering low running costs and exceptional fuel economy figures.

 

Q.How important are fleet sales for the all-new Kia XCeed?

The hatchback and Sportswagon have always been essential in our plan for sustainable fleet and business growth and we are confident that the Kia XCeed will add to that trend. Kia’s strategy in the business market in the UK has been to deliver sensible choices for business users where residual values contribute to excellent operating costs. The Kia XCeed delivers the technology, safety, reliability and appeal that the fleet market demands in a stylish, comfortable and satisfying package. We anticipate that the Kia XCeed ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi will be a strong seller in the fleet market, thanks to its generous equipment levels, competitive efficiency and affordable running costs.

        FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

     We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

Q. Which engines are you forecasting to be the best sellers in the Kia XCeed line-up?

As a totally new entrant into the segment, we will be watching customer demand avidly, and we believe that the Kia XCeed’s 1.4-litre T-GDi and 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engines meet the needs of the majority of buyers. Combined, we expect the T-GDi petrol engines to account for the highest proportion of sales. Our new 1.6-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine will also account for a significant proportion of sales, particularly for fleet customers looking to reduce total running costs.

 

Q. Are there any plans for mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric versions of the all-new Kia XCeed?

We have the technology to offer a range of electrified powertrains and can confirm that the Kia XCeed will get 48V mild hybrid diesel and plug-in hybrid petrol options in 2020.

 

Q. Will the range grow to encompass GT-Line versions?

            There are no plans currently to offer GT-Line variants of the Kia XCeed.

 

Q. In Europe, the 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine is offered, but not in the UK – why is that?

            We have studied market trends and the purchase decisions of past Kia customers and have shaped the Kia XCeed range around those models that will be most popular. We will continue to closely view the segment and make adjustments to the model range if and when there is a commercial need to do so.

 

Q. Will you be offering a four-wheel-drive version of the Kia XCeed in the future?

The K2 platform that the Kia XCeed sits upon isn’t currently compatible with four-wheel-drive. In any case, the market for all-wheel-drive CUVs is very small.

 

Q. How long will the ‘First Edition’ be available for? Are the volumes limited, or is it on-sale for a set period of time?

            Traditionally the feature rich ‘First Edition’ models are on sale for approximately one year, while we assess the viability of launching a permanent addition to the model line-up.

 

Q. Crossover vehicles are popular with customers that like to tow. Will there be a towing hitch available?

            The Kia XCeed has been designed to allow customers to tow a trailer of up to 1,200kg, depending on model, and a tow bar will be available to buy as an accessory from Kia dealers.

 

Q. Some competitors offer the opportunity to personalise the digital instrument cluster – is that possible on the Kia XCeed?

The Kia XCeed debuts our digital instrument cluster technology and this is the first incarnation of the cutting-edge display. We plan to add extra features and functionality in the future as we develop the technology for future vehicles, however, the display in the Kia XCeed is not customisable.

 

Q. Does the new diesel engine require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emissions regulations? How often will buyers have to refill the Diesel Exhaust Fluid tank?

Like many of its rivals, the Kia XCeed’s new diesel engine requires urea for its Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions control system. The SCR system enables the Kia XCeed to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations – it is fully compliant with the 6d TEMP regulations. Depending on use, buyers will need to top-up the 12-litre tank after around 5,000 miles, though that varies from model to model. The car alerts the driver when the tank gets low and, if ignored, will eventually prevent the car from starting.

GENERAL

All-New Kia XCeed

THE ALL-NEW KIA XCEED ON (JUST OVER) A PAGE  
 A quick resume of the XCeed for those with an urgent deadline

General

  • Fourth member of the Ceed family, built in Žilina, Slovakia
  • More than 1.3 million first- and second-generation cee’d models have been built, and the new Ceed family is adding to that
  • Designed, engineered and built in Europe
  • Extensive testing completed on European roads, including the UK
  • 8-model range based on four engines, two transmissions and three trim grades
  • It follows the hatchback, Sportswagon and ProCeed Shooting Brake as part of the enlarged Ceed family of models
  • Important family of cars for Kia in the UK. It’s the third best-selling model behind Sportage and Picanto and accounts for almost 10 per cent of the company’s sales

Body

  • The Kia XCeed represents a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs
  • Designed under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe
  • Only body panels carried over from its five-door hatchback sibling are the front doors
  • Shares the same wheelbase as the Ceed hatchback
  • Front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm)
  • Steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60mm higher than that of the Ceed five-door hatchback
  • The Kia XCeed presents a more assertive face, with a more prominent grille and larger lower air intake
  • The headlamps are newly designed, with the Ceed’s ‘ice cube’ LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches
  • New taillights emit a slim, highly technical LED light signature which appears to spear forward into the shoulders of the car
  • The heavily creased lines running horizontally across the tailgate and rear bumper give the Kia XCeed a wider, more stable posture
  •  ‘First Edition’ versions offer eye-catching styling with Quantum Yellow paintwork and black cloth and faux leather with yellow detailing

Interior

  • Driver focused cabin with a sculptured centre console orientated towards the driver
  • Horizontal dashboard layout for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. The design creates greater space and a sense of openness for front seat passengers, with generous footwell space and a clear view ahead
  • High-quality materials used throughout the cabin, with a high proportion of soft-touch materials intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin
  • 8.0- or 10.25-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system, depending on grade
  • Boot space of 426 litres with the seats up and 1,378 litres with them folded down

Powertrains and running gear

  • All engines are turbocharged and meet the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations
  • Great dynamism and driver engagement
  • 118bhp 1.0-litre T-GDi and 138bhp 1.4-litre T-GDi petrol engines
  • All-new ‘Smartstream’ 114bhp and 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesel engines featuring Selective Catalyst Reduction emissions control technology to regulate emissions
  • 7DCT auto transmission available with 1.4-litre T-GDi variants

Technology and safety

  • Lane Following Assist technology available on ‘First Edition’ with DCT gearbox
  • Standard safety technologies on all grades include High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) for the city.
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) standard on ‘First Edition’ versions
  • Drive Mode Select system with ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ modes fitted to DCT versions
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping standard on ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ models
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility fitted as standard
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live on ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’
  • Eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system fitted to ‘First Edition’
  • Wireless phone charger on ‘First Edition’
  • Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines standard on all grades
  • Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with parallel, perpendicular and reverse parking capabilities on ‘First Edition’, as well as front and rear parking sensors

          INTRODUCTION

  • Kia offers more choice in the C-segment than almost any other car maker
  • Kia XCeed provides a sporty alternative to larger traditional SUV models
  • Comparable cabin and luggage space to an SUV in a more compact body
  • Among the most high-tech cars in its class with a range of in-car features
  • Engages drivers with unique handling set-up and provides more comfortable, assured ride thanks to new hydraulic rebound stoppers
  • Powered by turbocharged engines; Plug-in Hybrid powertrain to follow
  • On-sale now with first deliveries in September 2019
  • 7-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard

The all-new Kia XCeed is a new urban crossover utility vehicle (CUV) from Kia Motors which combines compact SUV practicality with the sporty packaging and engaging handling of a hatchback.

A sporty alternative to traditional SUVs, the new CUV nevertheless offers comparable levels of space for occupants and luggage. The Kia XCeed engages drivers with its sporty handling and a comfortable, assured ride, while providing a more commanding view of the road ahead than a conventional hatchback.

The Kia XCeed’s suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment features make it one of the most high-tech cars in the CUV class. Powered by a range of fast-revving, turbocharged engines, it is also one of the most efficient.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer for Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The Kia XCeed addresses the growing desire for cars which offer more emotion and dynamism than an SUV, both in terms of the way a car looks and drives. Yet these customers don’t want to lose the practicality that a larger car offers them. Our new CUV meets these needs, with a distinctive and modern design wrapped around a spacious, versatile body. Merging the strengths of both hatchback and SUV, the Kia XCeed offers something refreshing and different for European consumers.”

Herrera added: “This latest addition to the Kia portfolio takes the Ceed model family in a bold new direction, showing the breadth of Kia’s imagination and ambition in the compact family car segment. The C-segment is the second largest class in the European market, and, thanks to a broadening range of body types, is set to take on greater importance in the years ahead. The expanded Ceed range now offers buyers more choice in this class than almost any other manufacturer.”

The Kia XCeed urban crossover will be manufactured at the brand’s European production facility in Zilina, Slovakia alongside the Ceed five-door hatchback, Ceed Sportswagon, and ProCeed five-door shooting brake. On sale in the UK now, the first cars arrived in showrooms in early September 2019, and is sold as standard with Kia’s industry-leading 7-Year, 100,000-mile warranty.

          DESIGN AND PACKAGING

Stylish, expressive and modern in design, the Kia XCeed represents a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs. A product of the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, the creation of the Kia XCeed has taken place under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe.

“When we came to designing the new Ceed range as a whole, we didn’t have a brief to design a crossover,” explained Guillaume. “But as we developed designs for other models in the range, we realised a bodystyle like this could capture the emotion and sportiness of the ProCeed, but offer something new at the same time. An urban crossover seemed to embody these values well.”

The Kia XCeed is more emotional and dynamic in format and appearance than its taller rivals, while offering something different to the other models in the Ceed range. The only body panels carried over from its five-door hatchback sibling are the front doors.

In profile, the car’s relatively long bonnet flows into the A-pillars anchored aft of the front wheels, lending the car a sporty, swept-back silhouette. While the wheelbase remains the same as other models in the Ceed line-up (2,650mm), the Kia XCeed’s front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm).

A steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60mm higher than that of the Ceed five-door hatchback, enhances the CUV’s dynamic, coupé-like, cab-rearward appearance. The Kia XCeed sits on a choice of 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels, shod with high-grip 205/60 R16 or 235/45 R18 tyres.

The front and rear of the car also represent a departure from the ‘face’ of the conventional Ceed model family, differentiating the Kia XCeed from its stablemates. With a 1,826mm body (26mm wider than the Ceed five-door), the CUV presents a more assertive face, with a more prominent grille and larger lower air intake. The headlamps are newly designed, with the Ceed’s ‘ice cube’ LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches.

At the rear, new tail lights emit a slim, highly technical LED light signature which, when viewed from certain angles, appears to spear forward into the shoulders of the car. The heavily creased lines running horizontally across the tailgate and rear bumper give the car a wider, more stable posture.

The car’s elevated ride height and body also present the same robust image that attracts buyers to the other SUVs in Kia’s product portfolio. The Kia XCeed’s ground clearance is 172mm on 16-inch wheels (grade ‘2’) and 184mm on 18-inch wheels (‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ models), a rise of up to 44mm over the Ceed five-door hatchback. Wheel arch and side sill cladding and silver roof rails lend the car a tougher, SUV-like presence, with the metallic valance in the rear bumper enhancing this effect.

The all-new model will be offered in a choice of up to seven paint finishes, with a vibrant new Quantum Yellow shade that is unique to the ‘First Edition’ within the Kia XCeed range.

Driver focused cabin as standard
Inside, the Kia XCeed carries over the contemporary cabin architecture of its Ceed stablemates, with a sculptured centre console oriented slightly towards the driver. With a lower hip point than a taller SUV, and raised ground clearance over a conventional hatchback, the Kia XCeed provides drivers with a sportier driving position allowing a better view of the road ahead.

A ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system stands proud of the dashboard, while the lower portion of the instrument panel provides a set of touch-sensitive buttons, dials and switches to control audio volume, heating and ventilation. Highly ergonomic in its layout and functionality, these controls have been designed to enable drivers to make quick changes to the cabin environment without taking their eyes off the road for any longer than necessary.

The interior is finished in sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout, with a satin chrome dashboard trim, presenting a refined, upscale ambience. Buyers can choose from a range of black premium cloth on grade ‘2’ and black cloth and faux leather with level ‘3’. Unique to the Kia XCeed ‘First Edition’ is a new yellow colour pack for the interior, with black upholstery contrasted with vibrant yellow stitching for seats and doors, yellow seat piping, and a blend of gloss black and metallic yellow highlights throughout the cabin.

The cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier, more compact body
The Kia XCeed is designed to achieve the cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier body with a more compact footprint. Sitting directly between the Ceed five-door hatchback and the Sportage, the XCeed still manages to provide comparable interior space and luggage capacity to Europe’s best-selling SUVs.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The sporty design and demeanour of the new Kia XCeed CUV makes it more innately desirable than many SUVs. Yet it offers this without compromising on versatility, with its intelligent packaging achieving impressive interior and luggage space.”

With a total length of 4,395mm, the Kia XCeed is 85mm longer than the Ceed five-door hatchback and 90mm more compact than the Sportage. Its maximum roof height of 1,495mm also means it stands 48mm above the Ceed and 150mm below the Sportage, providing drivers with a lower centre of gravity than its taller sibling and an elevated driving position over the conventional Ceed.

Based on the Ceed, one of the most spacious vehicles in the compact class, the Kia XCeed offers generous interior space for front and rear occupants. With the hip point for each seat raised by up to 44mm over the Ceed, it is easier for occupants to step in or out. Meanwhile, the half-moon-shaped glass area and fastback roofline provide rear passengers with a brighter, airier ambience and more headroom than other rivals in the compact crossover class.

With the car’s longer rear overhang creating a longer boot, luggage capacity for the Kia XCeed is rated at 426 litres (VDA), 31 litres more than the Ceed and only slightly less than the best-selling compact SUV in Europe. With the rear seats folded down, luggage capacity grows to 1,378 litres. Versatility is also assured thanks to the available 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, Smart Power Tailgate, and two-step boot floor that can be moved up or down to provide either more space or a hidden underfloor storage compartment.

         DYNAMICS

The brand’s European engineering teams were tasked with honing the suspension and steering of the Kia XCeed to deliver a mature ride and engaging handling character in all conditions. Subjected to a dedicated development regime, the new car has been driven across a wider range of road surfaces than any previous European-developed Kia vehicle.

Prototypes have been validated in all weather conditions, on alpine passes and high-speed motorways, in bustling city centres, and along narrow country lanes. With testing taking place in Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and a host of other nations, the handling character of the new Ceed crossover is truly European.

The Kia XCeed offers drivers a unique ride and handling character, with its own suspension tuning and componentry not found in other Ceed models. Despite its elevated ride height, the Kia XCeed is more engaging to drive than a typical family SUV due to its bespoke suspension tuning, more compact exterior dimensions, lower centre of gravity and reduced overall mass.

Uniquely in the Ceed model line-up, the Kia XCeed features hydraulic rebound stoppers, fitted as standard to the front axle of all models. The rubber bump-stop floats in hydraulic fluid within the shock absorbers, providing a highly compliant ride over poor surfaces. The car has been designed to absorb even large suspension shocks with a smooth and progressive response, preventing the body from bouncing as the suspension settles itself after rapid compression. It also contributes towards more responsive steering and improved overall body control, while reducing noise from the suspension over bumps.

With the exception of the new hydraulic rebound stoppers, the hardware of the new model’s fully independent suspension remains identical to that of the Ceed hatchback, ProCeed shooting brake and Ceed Sportswagon. However, with ground clearance elevated by up to 44mm over the standard Ceed (depending on wheel size), Kia’s engineers have softened the front and rear spring rates up to seven and four per cent, respectively, depending on the weight of different engines over the front axle. This delivers greater comfort and stability in all conditions. Cruising comfort is also enhanced by the adoption of a new dynamic damper for the rear cross-member, further quelling road noise and structural vibrations.

The steering hardware remains unchanged over the Ceed, though the electronic control unit (ECU) governing the power steering motor has been retuned to deliver a quicker initial response to the driver’s steering inputs. The result is that drivers can enjoy similarly quick steering responses and comparable levels of body roll to the standard Ceed five-door hatchback. The level of assistance provided by the power steering motor has also been boosted, delivering subtly lighter overall steering to reduce driver fatigue on longer journeys and at low speeds.

Matched to a choice of 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels and Michelin (16-inch) or Continental SportContact 5 (18-inch) tyres, the Kia XCeed offers drivers high levels of grip and an engaging and progressive handling character.

Kia’s Drive Mode Select system enables drivers to adjust steering weight, throttle pedal responses, and, for models equipped with dual-clutch transmissions, gear shift responses. With a choice of ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ modes, drivers can select Sport mode to subtly enhance acceleration response times and adapt the steering to offer additional weight and more decisive responses to driver inputs. Normal mode enables the driver to maximise the potential for greater fuel efficiency and realise the Kia XCeed’s relaxed cruising gait.

          ENGINES

The Kia XCeed is powered by a range of fast-revving, turbocharged engines, giving buyers several choices to meet every driving need.

Two Turbocharged Gasoline Direct injection (T-GDi) engines are on offer. The three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDi engine produces 118bhp and 172Nm torque, while the four-cylinder 1.4-litre T-GDi engine made its debut in the new Ceed and produces 138bhp and 242Nm torque.

The Kia XCeed is also available with a choice of two Smartstream power units – the cleanest diesel engines ever produced by the brand, and the most fuel efficient in the range. The all-new 1.6-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine made its first appearance in the Ceed, before being rolled out to other models in the Kia range, including the Optima, Stonic and Sportage. Designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard, the ‘Smartstream’ 1.6-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. The 1.6-litre Smartstream engine is offered with either 114 or 134bhp and both powerplants are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

All engines are paired with a six-speed manual gearbox, with the 1.4 T-GDi unit optionally available with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission. Intelligent Stop & Go is fitted as standard to all models.

A low-emissions plug-in hybrid powertrain will be launched into the Kia XCeed range in early 2020, combining an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5 kW electric motor, and an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDI engine. Paired with a six-speed dual-clutch auto transmission (6DCT), the powertrain transmits up to 139 bhp (141 ps) and 265 Nm to the front wheels. The Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is expected to offer an all-electric range of around 60 kilometres depending on wheel size. This will enable drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone. CO2 emissions for the Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid will be announced prior to start-of-sales once the homologation process is complete.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg
(WLTP)

CO2
(NEDC 2.0)

‘2’ 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG

118

172

10.9

115

45.6

124

‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

114

280

11.0

118

52.3

109

‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG

118

172

10.9

115

44.1

129

‘3’ 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG

138

242

9.1

124

42.8

142

‘3’ 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed DCT ISG

138

242

9.2

124

40.9

134

‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 6-speed manual ISG

134

280

10.2

122

53.3

116

‘First Edition’ 1.4 T-GDi 6-speed manual ISG

138

242

9.1

124

42.8

142

‘First Edition’ 1.4 T-GDi 7-speed DCT ISG

138

242

9.2

124

40.4

134


The petrol engines
The petrol engines are Turbocharged Gasoline Direct-injection (T-GDi) units from Kia's Kappa family. The 1.0-litre engine is backed up by a 138bhp 1.4-litre version.

The 1.0-litre T-GDi engine fits in perfectly with Kia's downsizing strategy by delivering exceptional power and torque from only three cylinders and a cubic capacity of just 998cc, thanks to turbocharging and direct injection. The T-GDi unit sprays a fine mist of fuel directly into the cylinders through a high-pressure (up to 200 bar) injection system, resulting in highly efficient combustion. Direct injection with turbocharging also helps to boost low-speed response and driveability

The key targets were instantaneous response, high combustion efficiency and exemplary torque across a wide portion of the rev band. The 1.0-litre 12-valve T-GDi engine develops 118bhp at 6,000rpm and 172Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, and features a number of innovative technical solutions. There are laser-drilled injectors with six holes laid out in a pyramid shape so that the fine mist of fuel is spread evenly throughout the cylinders. A straight air intake port ends in a sharp air intake throat, reducing air resistance at all stages of the process. This improves cylinder tumble flow for faster, more efficient combustion while suppressing engine knocking.

There is a single-scroll turbocharger paired with an electric wastegate motor. This improves turbocharger performance while scavenging clean air for the engine to re-use for combustion. At the same time, it allows the wastegate to open to improve the flow of spent exhaust gases. It is an innovative system which allows higher low-end torque, more immediate response at any throttle opening and improved fuel economy at high engine loads.

The engine is fitted with an integrated exhaust manifold in a one-piece casting, improving sealing, reducing weight and lowering exhaust gas temperatures. Lower temperatures result in cleaner emissions by allowing the catalytic converter to operate more effectively. Engine temperatures are closely regulated by a dual-thermostat split cooling system, which allows the block and cylinder heads to be cooled independently. The main thermostat controls the flow of coolant to the cylinder heads above 88ºC to reduce knocking, while the engine block thermostat shuts off coolant flow above 105ºC to reduce friction and improve efficiency. 

There is continuously variable valve timing on the inlet and exhaust sides, electronic throttle control and light, low-friction moving parts. The crankshaft is offset from the centre line to aid smoothness. As a result of these detailed engineering measures, the T-GDi engine exhibits minimal throttle lag – the delay between the driver pressing the accelerator and the turbocharger delivering boost. The turbocharger is integrated within the exhaust manifold.

For added durability, the cylinder block has been heat-treated and the crankshaft, pistons and connecting rods have been strengthened. 

The 1.0 T-GDi engine accelerates the Kia XCeed from standstill to 60mph in 10.9 seconds, on the way to a top speed of 115mph. CO2 emissions are from 124g/km, depending on version, with 45.6mpg possible using the combined economy cycle.

The ‘Kappa’ 1.4-litre T-GDi power unit produces 138bhp, and the engine’s turbocharger ensures a wide torque band, making it responsive in a wider range of driving conditions – while also reducing emissions. 242Nm torque is available from 1,500 to 3,200rpm, with emissions (on the WLTP cycle converted back to NEDC 2.0) as low as 134g/km when fitted with the seven-speed Dual-Clutch auto Transmission. Manual models emit 142g/km. Acceleration to 60mph is completed in just 9.1 seconds (9.2 seconds on DCT versions), with a top speed of 124mph for both manual and DCT versions.

Both 1.0- and 1.4-litre T-GDi engines are fitted with a gasoline particulate filter to further reduce tailpipe emissions, ensuring the Kia XCeed goes beyond the requirements of the Euro 6d TEMP standard.

All-new ‘Smartstream’ diesel engines
The Kia XCeed is also available with Kia’s all-new ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine. Designed to go beyond the stricter limits laid down by the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions standard, the 114bhp 1.6-litre CRDi (Common-Rail Direct injection) uses Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. The 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel powerplant in the ‘2’ grade produces 280Nm of torque, is paired with a manual transmission and emits just 109g/km (combined, WLTP, converted back to NEDC 2.0). It achieves a maximum speed of 118mph, while acceleration to 60mph takes 11.0 seconds. Fuel economy on the new WLTP combined scale is 52.3mpg.

The Kia XCeed’s 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine features a range of components designed to improve sound insulation and refinement. These include a timing belt cover and more insulated cylinder block cover, engine undercover, and oil pan cover.

Available exclusively with the ‘3’ model, a more powerful 134bhp 1.6-litre CRDi engine is available, paired with a six-speed manual transmission. With 280Nm on tap, it manages to sprint to 60mph in 10.2 seconds, with a top speed of 122mph. With CO2 emissions of 116g/km, fuel economy on the new WLTP combined cycle is 53.3mpg.

Transmissions
Apart from the 1.4-litre T-GDi powerplant, where a seven-speed dual-clutch auto (7-DCT) automatic transmission is available as an option, all other engines come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard.

The dual-clutch automatic transmission has been developed in-house with the aim of enhancing fuel efficiency while delivering the comfort and smoothness of a torque converter transmission in automatic mode with the sportiness of a manual when the driver chooses to take control of gear changes.

The manual gearboxes in the Kia XCeed are six-speed units with a wide spread of ratios and long final drives to help bring down fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. They are light and compact with a short, slick shift. 

Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG)
All versions of the Kia XCeed are fitted with Kia's Intelligent Stop and Go (ISG) stop-start system to reduce fuel consumption and emissions in traffic. As the name implies, this switches off the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gear stick into neutral and releases the clutch pedal, or brings the car to a stop with automatic transmission. The engine restarts instantly as soon as the clutch pedal is partially engaged again, or the driver releases the brake pedal in automatics. This feature means the car is not using fuel and no emissions are released when it is at rest.

ISG consists of crankshaft position, battery and vacuum sensors plus neutral, on-off and clutch switches that feed into an electronic control unit. This operates the ISG starter, intelligent alternator and cluster. The air conditioning units and bonnet switch also feed into the ISG ECU.

The crankshaft position sensor measures the crankshaft angle during engine run-out and monitors it while the vehicle is stopped, ensuring the starter is activated for as short a time as possible by optimising cranking and combustion. The battery sensor monitors battery condition and temperature, while the clutch and neutral switches recognise when drivers wish to continue driving and ensure the engine is started. There is a brake booster pressure sensor to make sure the engine continues to operate if brake boost falls too low.

A new heavy-duty maintenance-free Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) battery delivers the power necessary to run the system, and intelligent alternator management reduces drain on the battery while accelerating and recharges the battery during coasting and braking. The system has been engineered not to stop the engine during warm-up after a cold start or if the air conditioning is working hard. Drivers can also manually turn off ISG through a switch next to the gear stick.

          TECHNOLOGY

The Kia XCeed’s suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies make it one of the most high-tech, comprehensively equipped cars in its class. The range of features are designed to make driving safer and less stressful and provide total ease of operation.

The Kia  XCeed is among the first vehicles in Europe to offer the brand’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, designed to bring driving into the digital era. UVO Connect links drivers to the world around by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen that comes as standard on ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ models, the system uses its own eSIM chip to retrieve and update live data during a drive. This includes live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). The second element of the UVO Connect diagnostic data about owners’ cars and the trips they take, enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and enables them to check the location of their vehicle at any time.

The 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system features Bluetooth® multi-connection as standard, enabling occupants to connect two mobile devices at once, as well as Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. Its advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor numerous vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously, among a series of available widgets. This enables the driver to have a single display (such as navigation) or combine different elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions while passengers choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast. An 8.0-inch audio display touchscreen system is standard on ‘2’ models, offering Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™ and infotainment functionalities.

Other technologies designed to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of each journey include a JBL Premium audio system with Clari-Fi technology and heated front and rear seats (standard on the ‘First Edition’), as well as dual-zone air-conditioning, heated electric folding door mirrors, heated steering wheel and heated front seats on both the ‘3’ grade and ‘First Edition’ model.

The Kia XCeed will also be available with the brand’s first fully digital 12.3-inch Supervision driver instrument cluster on ‘First Edition’ models, designed to deliver information as clearly as possible. With a high-definition display, the digital cluster replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials found currently in the brand’s passenger cars. Its single, seamless display incorporates pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds. A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information and in-depth trip information, as well as vehicle diagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies. It replaces the physical dials and 3.5-inch mono TFT-LCD screen on ‘2’ models and the 4.2-inch colour TFT-LCD screen on ‘3’ versions.

         SAFETY

The Kia XCeed provides access to a wide range of active driver assist and safety technologies. These include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind-spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision Warning with pedestrian and cyclist detection, Intelligent Speed Limit Warning, Smart Parking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and High Beam Assist. The Kia XCeed’s Driver Attention Warning advises drivers to take a break if the system detects signs of fatigue. Finally, Lane Following Assist (LFA) is also available which controls acceleration, braking and steering. LFA can track vehicles and road markings ahead to keep the car in-lane and a safe distance from any cars in front.

As with every Kia car sold in Europe, the Kia XCeed is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management. This aids stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control if it detects a loss of traction.

          SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

The Kia XCeed is one of the most comprehensively equipped models in the Ceed family, with an extensive package of comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety items which becomes progressively more luxurious with each step up the range.

Grade ‘2’ versions come fitted with cruise control with speed limiter, air conditioning, an alarm system, electric windows all-round, keyless entry and automatic headlight control. Other features include 16-inch alloy wheels with locking wheel nuts and a space saver spare wheel, projection front fog lights, LED bi-function projection headlights with LED daytime running lights, tinted glass, a dual-tone horn and roof rails. The electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors are finished in body colour, there’s a high gloss black and satin chrome front grille, satin chrome window surrounds and LEDs for the rear lights, fog lamps and high-mounted brake light. On the exterior, there is body coloured bumpers, side sill mouldings, rear spoiler and exterior door handles and black wheel arch trims. Moving inside, there’s black premium cloth seat trim, chrome interior door handles, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift and a rear centre armrest with cupholders, while the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 fashion. An eight-inch touchscreen audio display is provided, along with a 3.5-inch supervision cluster display, reversing camera system with dynamic guidelines, DAB radio, Bluetooth® with voice recognition and music streaming, Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility with voice control, six speakers and steering wheel controls. Safety has been given a high priority with six airbags (front, side and curtain with front passenger cut-off switch), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist – City (FCA) all included as standard.

Grade ‘3’ features 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and rain sensing front wipers, in addition to black cloth seat trim with black faux leather bolsters and power lumbar support for the front seats. An uprated 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. Other equipment includes dual-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and rear parking sensors. Heated front seats and steering wheel are included within grade ‘3’, along with an electric parking brake (EPB), front passenger seat height adjuster, automatic defog system, a smart entry system with engine start/stop button. There’s also a 4.2-inch supervision colour cluster display and a USB fast charger in the front centre console. Manual gearbox variants have the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system upgraded to include pedestrian detection. All DCT automatic versions feature a Drive Mode Select system with ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ options and Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality.

The ‘First Edition’ grade sits at the top-of-the Kia XCeed range and is the model of choice for technology fans. A Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) integrates front, rear and sde parking sensors with the ability to automatically park in parallel or perpendicular spaces. There are black cloth and faux leather seats with yellow detailing, heated outer rear seats and a driver’s seat with memory, meanwhile, the rear seats fold down remotely, with a 40:20:40 split. An enlarged 12.3-inch TFT supervision cluster display comes fitted to ‘First Edition’ grade, along with a panoramic sunroof with tilting/sliding function and automatic electric roller blind, aluminium pedals, smart powered tailgate, a personal LED light and an eight-speaker JBL® premium sound system with wireless mobile phone charger. Extra safety systems include Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection. Lane Following Assist (LFA) is included on DCT models only.

          WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 20,000 miles (10,000 miles for the T-GDi engines) or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Kia XCeed is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

        FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

Q. How important is the Kia XCeed in the UK?

            The including the Kia XCeed, the Ceed family will be our third best-selling model in the UK, accounting for around 10 per cent of our sales. In Europe, where the Ceed family is exclusively developed, built and sold, the first- and second-generation models have sold more than 1.28 million units in its relatively short 11-year life, and we anticipate that with the expanded range, including the ProCeed shooting brake and Kia XCeed, this family of cars will sell at an even quicker rate.

 

Q. What sales targets have you set for the all-new Kia XCeed for the UK market?

            We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the Kia XCeed to be very popular with customers wishing to choose a vehicle that sits between the Stonic and Sportage SUVs.

 

Q. And what sales targets have you set for the Kia brand as a whole in the UK?

            There are likely to be some challenges in the UK new car market next year, but we fully expect to reach another new sales record in 2019, with around 97,000 units. During 2018, we achieved 95,764 sales, in a market that was down overall. And this was achieved in a year when the cee’d was on runout, the Sportage was upgraded with a mid-life facelift and of course the industry faced challenges with the transition from NEDC to WLTP fuel economy figures.

 

Q. What elements of the Kia XCeed make you proud to be leading Kia Motors UK?

            The latest family of Ceed models delivers a range of options for a wide variety of customers, and I’m proud that vehicles like the ProCeed Shooting Brake and now the Kia XCeed offer Kia customers something different to what has been offered in the past. The Kia XCeed continues the remarkable trend established by our first European design, engineered and built version launched in 2007, it answers consumer demand. The Ceed family has played a significant role in the growth of the Kia brand both in the UK and across Europe and I believe the all-new Kia XCeed will build on that exceptional performance.

 

Q. Are you worried about the downturn in diesel sales?

            Yes of course we are concerned, but we think the launch of our new 1.6-litre ‘U3’ diesel engine is quite timely, as it’s very clean and efficient. It exceeds the requirements of the latest, most demanding emissions regulations, including Euro 6d TEMP, and it is one of the most efficient diesel engines in the C-segment. We are also making it available as a mild hybrid. Diesel power has traditionally been very popular in this segment, however if buyers want to opt for petrol, we have a range of highly efficient, cutting-edge turbocharged petrol engines that will exceed their expectations.

 

Q. What message would you like to send to potential diesel customers?

            With the introduction of the latest emissions regulations, specifically the upcoming Euro 6d TEMP standards, Kia diesel engines have never been cleaner. They are fitted with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) active emissions control technology to regulate emissions. For higher mileage users, diesel cars make total sense, delivering low running costs and exceptional fuel economy figures.

 

Q.How important are fleet sales for the all-new Kia XCeed?

The hatchback and Sportswagon have always been essential in our plan for sustainable fleet and business growth and we are confident that the Kia XCeed will add to that trend. Kia’s strategy in the business market in the UK has been to deliver sensible choices for business users where residual values contribute to excellent operating costs. The Kia XCeed delivers the technology, safety, reliability and appeal that the fleet market demands in a stylish, comfortable and satisfying package. We anticipate that the Kia XCeed ‘2’ 1.6 CRDi will be a strong seller in the fleet market, thanks to its generous equipment levels, competitive efficiency and affordable running costs.

        FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

     We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

Q. Which engines are you forecasting to be the best sellers in the Kia XCeed line-up?

As a totally new entrant into the segment, we will be watching customer demand avidly, and we believe that the Kia XCeed’s 1.4-litre T-GDi and 1.0-litre T-GDi petrol engines meet the needs of the majority of buyers. Combined, we expect the T-GDi petrol engines to account for the highest proportion of sales. Our new 1.6-litre ‘Smartstream’ diesel engine will also account for a significant proportion of sales, particularly for fleet customers looking to reduce total running costs.

 

Q. Are there any plans for mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric versions of the all-new Kia XCeed?

We have the technology to offer a range of electrified powertrains and can confirm that the Kia XCeed will get 48V mild hybrid diesel and plug-in hybrid petrol options in 2020.

 

Q. Will the range grow to encompass GT-Line versions?

            There are no plans currently to offer GT-Line variants of the Kia XCeed.

 

Q. In Europe, the 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine is offered, but not in the UK – why is that?

            We have studied market trends and the purchase decisions of past Kia customers and have shaped the Kia XCeed range around those models that will be most popular. We will continue to closely view the segment and make adjustments to the model range if and when there is a commercial need to do so.

 

Q. Will you be offering a four-wheel-drive version of the Kia XCeed in the future?

The K2 platform that the Kia XCeed sits upon isn’t currently compatible with four-wheel-drive. In any case, the market for all-wheel-drive CUVs is very small.

 

Q. How long will the ‘First Edition’ be available for? Are the volumes limited, or is it on-sale for a set period of time?

            Traditionally the feature rich ‘First Edition’ models are on sale for approximately one year, while we assess the viability of launching a permanent addition to the model line-up.

 

Q. Crossover vehicles are popular with customers that like to tow. Will there be a towing hitch available?

            The Kia XCeed has been designed to allow customers to tow a trailer of up to 1,200kg, depending on model, and a tow bar will be available to buy as an accessory from Kia dealers.

 

Q. Some competitors offer the opportunity to personalise the digital instrument cluster – is that possible on the Kia XCeed?

The Kia XCeed debuts our digital instrument cluster technology and this is the first incarnation of the cutting-edge display. We plan to add extra features and functionality in the future as we develop the technology for future vehicles, however, the display in the Kia XCeed is not customisable.

 

Q. Does the new diesel engine require Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) to meet emissions regulations? How often will buyers have to refill the Diesel Exhaust Fluid tank?

Like many of its rivals, the Kia XCeed’s new diesel engine requires urea for its Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) emissions control system. The SCR system enables the Kia XCeed to meet the latest Euro 6 emissions regulations – it is fully compliant with the 6d TEMP regulations. Depending on use, buyers will need to top-up the 12-litre tank after around 5,000 miles, though that varies from model to model. The car alerts the driver when the tank gets low and, if ignored, will eventually prevent the car from starting.



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