Kia XCeed interior
The XCeed shares much of the standard Ceed’s interior. As such, it’s sturdy and attractive, and Kia’s new 10-inch widescreen infotainment is a pleasant system too.
The Kia XCeed’s interior looks pretty smart but doesn’t quite have the same upmarket feel as a VW T-Cross or Skoda Karoq. Most of the surfaces you touch regularly – from the soft padded plastics on the doors to the squidgy dashboard – feel reasonably posh and all models come with a leather-trimmed steering wheel as standard.
Entry-level cars come with fabric upholstery, ‘3’ versions get some faux leather trim on the front seat bolsters. Go for a high-spec First Edition and you get leather seats as standard with contrasting yellow stitching.
The entry-level ‘2’ Kia XCeed comes with an 8-inch widescreen touchscreen infotainment system with DAB radio and Bluetooth. It’s bright and responsive to touch, while its menus are simple to follow. Even so, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, allowing you to mirror your smartphone’s screen and benefit from an even more familiar experience.
From mid-level 3 trim the screen size increases to 10 inches and brings slick touch-sensitive shortcut buttons and a built-in sat-nav which is easy to operate, although once again your iPhone or Android phone’s maps are even better – especially for traffic updates. Other features on the upgraded system include live weather and parking info as well as the ability to connect to your XCeed via a smartphone app and see various information such as the status of the windows and locks.
The Kia XCeed is also the first Kia to get fully digital driver’s dials, although only on range-topping First Edition trim. It’s visually appealing, clear to understand and you can cycle through a small amount of trip info, but it doesn’t have customisable views like VW’s version.
Finally, if you’re not too bothered about your music then the XCeed’s standard six-speaker sound system will be enough. However, if you enjoy cranking up the bass, then there’s an eight-speaker JBL sound system that’ll do just the job. Once again, though, it’s only available on range-topping models.