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New 2019 Kia Xceed crossover prices and specs revealed

Kia has revealed pricing and specifications for the new Kia XCeed crossover. Prices start at £20,795, rising to £29,195, with trim levels consisting of ‘2’, ‘3’ and, for a limited time, ‘First Edition’. When it arrives in September, the XCeed will rival the Volkswagen T-Roc and Mercedes GLA. It's available to order now.

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.

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No XCeed is lacking in terms of standard equipment, as even the entry-level ‘2’ features 16-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, LED lights, keyless entry and all-round electric windows. Inside, there’s an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a reversing camera and cruise control, while the safety kit includes lane-keeping assistance and forward collision avoidance.

Upgrading to the ‘3’ model brings 18-inch alloys, tinted rear windows, heated door mirrors and pedestrian detection. This spec also includes a 10.25-inch touchscreen with sat nav, faux-leather seats (heated in the front), a heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, an electric parking brake and keyless start.

Top-of-the-line ‘First Edition’ models further increase the equipment on offer with a panoramic sunroof, yellow detailing, an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a digital instrument cluster (available for the first time in a Kia) a power tailgate and more. Extra safety equipment includes smart cruise control (on cars with the automatic gearbox) and an intelligent speed limit warning system. Six paint colours are available for ‘2’ and ‘3’ trims, and ‘First Edition’ versions get the choice of two premium shades.

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.

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, two 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. The two diesel options are based on Kia’s four-cylinder 1.6-litre engine. Buyers can opt for 114bhp or 135bhp versions. Coming later will be a range-topping 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDI petrol engine that's already been seen in the Ceed GT.

Do you want to know more about the current Kia Ceed range? Read our reviews of the Ceed Sportswagon and Ceed hatchback.

Source: www.carbuyer.co.uk