Kia XCeed Review

The Kia XCeed doesn’t look quite as rough-and-ready as some small SUVs, but it can be had with plenty of high-tech infotainment features.


This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

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Overall verdict

The Kia XCeed is a small family car that bridges the gap between a conventional hatchback and a taller SUV in the same vein as the Ford Focus Active.

At a glance, it doesn’t look quite as tough as the Kia Stonic SUV, but its black wheel arch trims, contrasting grille surround and silver bumper trims mean you won’t go mistaking this pumped-up model for a run-of-the-mill Kia Ceed in a hurry.

It’s more difficult to spot what differentiates this XCeed from the standard Ceed inside, however. Sure, you can get it with plenty of contrasting stitching on the seats, doors and dashboard alongside a few colourful air-vent surrounds, but the basic design has been carried over pretty much unchanged.

You can get a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display that you won’t find in the Ceed, however, along with a larger 10-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a neat split-screen feature that lets you use a trio of apps– including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring – at once.

The Kia XCeed could be the car for you if you’re looking for something that’ll stand out from the usual crop of family hatchbacks but don’t fancy a tall and boxy SUV.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

It’s not just some fancy tech that marks this XCeed out as a bit posher than the standard Ceed; it’s also a bit roomier inside. It’s longer, which helps boost passenger space inside, and its longer rear-end means there’s space for 31 litres more luggage than you can pack in the Ceed hatchback’s, well, hatchback. 

Turn your attention to the Kia XCeed’s front end, and you’ll find two petrol and two diesel engines. Unlike some small SUV-inspired family cars, you can’t get the Kia XCeed with four-wheel drive, but you will soon be able to buy mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid models that should prove very cheap to run. 

Head over to our Kia deals page to see how much you can save on your next car or read our Kia XCeed price, specs and release date story for in-depth information on this upcoming car.