Kia’s latest SUV will be based on the Ceed and should share its sporty styling. Read on for everything we know so far
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- Kia Ceed SUV confirmed
- Will join the company’s Stonic, Sportage and Sorento SUVs
- One of five new Ceed-based models
- On sale late 2019
Kia all but confirmed to carwow that an SUV based on the Ceed will join the line-up, when we spoke to the company at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. There will be an SW-badged estate and stylish shooting brake on the way too. The as-yet-unnamed SUV will squeeze between the Stonic and Sportage in both size and price, and is expected to be revealed in a year or so before going on sale in late 2019.
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2019 Kia Ceed SUV styling
If the Ceed SUV shares the sharp styling of the updated Ceed hatchback – on sale in mid-2018 – then it’ll be quite a handsome thing. Expect the Ceed’s Stinger-inspired front end, complete with that pinched ‘tiger-nose’ grille, to be tweaked and made larger, and it’s likely to retain a similar shape and window line to the standard Ceed.
Some critics have called the styling of the Stonic too plain, and the Sportage has also received mixed reviews. The Ceed SUV could strike a fine balance between the two and offer a more flamboyant design than some other mid-size SUVs – in a market as crowded as this, and with so many competent alternatives, the Ceed SUV will have to look good. While there will be higher ground clearance and rugged-looking touches such as black plastic wheel arches, it’ll look more restrained than such cars as the Hyundai Kona.
2019 Kia Ceed SUV interior
Kia has taken the Ceed hatchback upmarket with its new model, with a completely redesigned interior. The Ceed SUV will almost certainly have a cabin that is incredibly similar, if not identical, which means a sleeker centre console with a new touchscreen infotainment system poking up from the dashboard.
The Ceed SUV will have a taller and larger body than the car on which it’ll be based, so it might be the one to go for if you’re vertically gifted. That said, the 2018 Ceed has noticeably more head and legroom than the outgoing model, suggesting that you won’t be left wanting for space in either car.
2019 Kia Ceed SUV practicality
If you’d like extra boot space over the Ceed but can’t see yourself in the Ceed SW estate, the SUV will definitely be worth considering. Expect around 460 litres of boot space – that’d be an extra 65 litres over the hatchback, and approximately ten litres more than the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross. It’s unlikely to have as much boot capacity as cars such as the Peugeot 3008 because it’s set to be smaller – the Sportage is a more direct alternative to cars like that. However, the boot is likely to have lots of clever, well-thought-out features, such as an adjustable boot floor that’ll make it easier to load.
2019 Kia Ceed SUV engines and driving
In the Ceed hatchback, the engine range consists of a 120hp 1.0-litre petrol, a 140hp 1.4-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel with power outputs of 115hp and 136hp. All of these will be available on the SUV, with perhaps a larger engine joining the line-up – potentially the 174hp 1.6-litre turbo petrol available on the Sportage.
Unlike the Stonic, the Ceed SUV is likely to have a four-wheel-drive option. It won’t be able to match a Land Rover’s off-road capabilities and would only be available on the most expensive models, but it’ll offer an extra bit of security through the worst winter weather.
2019 Kia Ceed SUV price and release date
Kia has merely confirmed that it’ll build a Ceed SUV, so we are at least a year from seeing a car that’s nearly ready to go on sale. It’s expected to go on sale towards the end of 2019 or early in 2020, and will start from somewhere near the £18,000 mark. Top-spec four-wheel-drive models will command almost £30,000 before options.