New 2019 Kia Xceed crossover arrives
The Xceed slots into the Kia range between the Stonic and Sportage SUVs but is officially the fourth member of the Kia Ceed family, arriving after the hatchback, Sportswagon estate and the Proceed shooting brake. While it may look like a swoopy SUV, Kia has dubbed the Xceed a 'crossover utility vehicle' (CUV), hinting at its more road-biased approach.
The Xceed has the same front doors as the Ceed hatchback but all other body panels are new. To distinguish it from other models in the lineup, the front of the Xceed gets a larger grille with low-mounted air intakes and a new LED headlamp design. It's a similar story elsewhere, with lack plastic trim covering all of the lower bodywork. At the back, there's a new rear light design and a sharply sloped rear hatch.
The Xceed is 85mm longer than the Ceed hatchback, with a 42mm increase in ride height and a 43mm taller roofline - making it more spacious inside. The wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) remains identical to that of the hatch at 2,650mm long.
Inside the Xceed, Kia has fitted a new 12.3-inch digital dash display, making it the first model to receive this tech in the Kia range. In the centre of the dash is an optional 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen featuring sat nav, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Entry-level models get a smaller eight-inch display. A contrasting yellow colour pack is available, with coloured inserts on the dashboard and air vents, and matching stitching on the seats.
Boot space stands at 426 litres, a 31-litre increase over the standard Ceed hatchback. Folding the rear seats, which can be split 40:20:40, increases the available load space to 1,378 litres. Further practical features include a split-level boot floor and an automatic tailgate as standard on all trim levels.
At launch, three petrol and two diesel engines will be available, with 48-volt mild-hybrid versions arriving in 2020. The entry-level petrol engine is a 118bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDI, with a more powerful 1.4-litre four-cylinder T-GDI engine producing 138bhp also available. At the top of the range is a 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine that's already been seen in the Ceed GT.
The two diesel options are based on Kia’s four-cylinder 1.6-litre engine. Buyers can opt for 114bhp or 135bhp versions. Aside from the base 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol engine, all other engines can be chosen with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.