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Kia Ceed Sportwagon and XCeed plug-in hybrids on sale now

Kia’s new Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed Crossover plug-in hybrids are on sale now. Prices for the former model start from £29,995, while the latter is priced from £30,695. First deliveries for both cars are expected to arrive in April of this year.

The Ceed Sportswagon PHEV is exclusively available in Kia’s range-topping “3” trim level, which comes as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic LED headlamps, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, LED daytime running lights, rear privacy glass and a pair of matte silver roof rails. It also features a closed-off radiator grille, which Kia says improves aerodynamics.

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Buyers also get a host of standard safety and driver assistance technology, including lane-keeping assist, high beam assist, a driver attention warning system, cruise control, a speed limiter, hill start assist and a forward collision avoidance system.

Inside, the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV comes with cloth and faux-leather seat upholstery, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, two-zone air conditioning, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a reconfigured version of Kia’s 10.25-inch infotainment system, which offers support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Kia’s UVO telematics system.

The latter software upgrade incorporates a range of new PHEV-specific features, such as a public charge-point locator and a charge scheduling function for home charging, allowing owners to take advantage of off-peak energy tariffs. Both models also feature Kia’s new “Driver Only” heating and air-conditioning function, which is designed to reduce the draw on both cars’ battery systems by switching off all but the driver’s ventilation fans.

Buyers of the XCeed PHEV crossover have their choice of two trim-levels. The cheaper “3” variant features the same level of equipment as the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, with the addition of a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a pair of electrically folding door mirrors and a set of smaller 16-inch alloy wheels.

Kia also offers a better-equipped “First Edition” variant of the XCeed PHEV, which comes as standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, black leather seat upholstery, a panoramic glass sunroof, heated rear seats, smart parking assist, an aluminium pedal box, a 40:20:40 folding rear bench seat, an electrically operated tailgate and a 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle.

Both models are powered by 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack. The system produces a combined output of 139bhp and 265Nm of torque. The PHEV powertrain sends power to the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic, allowing the Ceed Sportswagon to accelerate from 0–62mph in 10.8 seconds and the XCeed in 11 seconds.

Kia claims the Ceed Sportwagon has an all-electric range of up to 36 miles, while the XCeed crossover will cover 37 miles before the petrol engine activates. When plugged into a domestic 3.3kW wallbox charger, both cars will recover a 100 percent charge in two hours and 15 minutes.

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