Kia’s delicate replace to stay the XCeed recent has helped, however its newest merchandise – the brand new Niro and Sportage SUVs, plus the EV6 – spotlight it is a automotive with its roots in Kia’s outgoing era of generation. However the XCeed is a well-liked type that sells neatly, so there is no wish to rip up the play guide. If the brand new type’s pricing does not building up an excessive amount of, it will be a case of X marks the spot for Kia once more.
Crossovers are key to gross sales for Kia, and the XCeed is a huge vendor in the United Kingdom, accounting for 10 in keeping with cent of the logo’s general gross sales and greater than part of the combo in relation to the Ceed circle of relatives as an entire. So it is no marvel that, following updates to the common Ceed circle of relatives closing yr, the XCeed has now been handled to a spherical of adjustments.
Those come with a brand new 201bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the Ceed GT – in Europe, no less than. The United Kingdom would possibly not take this engine, nor for now the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol; Kia says the 1.5 T-GDi four-cylinder turbo petrol will take the majority of shopper hobby, so it is this and the plug-in hybrid that may shape the United Kingdom vary for the foreseeable long run.
It is the 1.5 type we are riding right here, in GT-line spec, which is a brand new trim addition to the line-up. With 158bhp and 253Nm of torque on be offering, efficiency is good enough Complete specifications haven’t been showed, however the earlier 1.5 DCT type speeded up from 0-62mph in 8.9 seconds, so we predict identical for this automotive, however you’d by no means name it rapid. And when you do ask for extra speedy acceleration the engine be aware sounds strained and the growl from underneath the bonnet affects refinement.
The seven-speed dual-clutch computerized transmission does not love to be moved quickly both, so part-throttle riding is the place the XCeed feels maximum at house. However the shifts are no less than easy, if slightly at the gradual aspect. Deciding on Recreation mode does not beef up issues a lot.
Elevating the journey peak by means of 44m in comparison with the usual Ceed, plus seven in keeping with cent softer springs on the entrance and 4 in keeping with cent softer on the rear approach there may be extra of a focal point on convenience. However robotically the XCeed is unchanged in comparison with its predecessor, so from a journey and dealing with standpoint it nonetheless delivers a good stage of convenience.
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It is settled sufficient at the dual carriageway, however patchy tarmac and ridges within the highway floor at decrease speeds – plus sharper bumps round the town – do display up the restrictions of the set-up and the XCeed’s suspension can react slightly all of a sudden to inputs every so often, in spite of some artful bump stops suspended in hydraulic fluid at the entrance axle, a characteristic distinctive to the XCeed inside the Ceed circle of relatives.
At the side of a steady redesign that includes a restyled grille and entrance bumper, revised entrance and rear complete LED gentle clusters, and a brand new rear diffuser part – plus a sportier search for this GT-line type that features a new decrease air consumption, the air curtains within the bumper completed in darkish chrome, 18-inch alloy wheels and a body-coloured diffuser part on the rear – within the cabin Kia has implemented a chain of delicate adjustments.
There are new graphics for the 12.3-inch virtual sprint, connected to the automobile’s power modes, whilst the ten.25-inch touchscreen suited to our check automotive boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with the chance to hook up two telephones by means of Bluetooth.
In this matter, there may be been a focal point on higher connectivity too, with a brand new characteristic that permits customers to test sports activities ratings from the infotainment device, as an example. Kia Attach are living services and products that give data on parking availability and costs and are living visitors information are to be had.
There is a host of complex driving force help and protection tech too, so the XCeed is on par with competitors in relation to protection, whilst it provides robust practicality too. Boot house stands at 426 litres, emerging to at least one,378 litres with the 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats dropped, and as an possession proposition, with that all-important seven-year guaranty, it is tempting, assuming costs for this new type do not upward push an excessive amount of over its predecessor when Kia UK finalises them. We think this new GT-line type in 1.5 T-GDi auto shape to price round £27,500.
Kia XCeed 1.5 T-GDi DCT GT-line
approx. £27,500 (est)
1.5-litre 4cyl turbo petrol
Seven-speed dual-clutch computerized, front-wheel power
8.9 seconds (est)
|Most sensible pace:||129mph (est)|
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