Kia has revealed UK pricing and specifications for the new Kia XCeed compact crossover as order books open for the upgraded model. UK customer deliveries for the new XCeed commence from the end of Q3 2022, with prices starting from £22,995 for petrol models and £32,595 for the low-emissions PHEV model.
The new XCeed has received a range of mid-lifecycle updates three years after it first went on-sale. In that time, it has become the best-selling variant in the four-strong Ceed model family, and now accounts for 51 per cent of all Ceed sales in the UK. It has also made up 10 per cent of total Kia UK sales so far this year, with 5,652 units registered in the UK in the first half of the year.
Mid-life updates to popular crossover
The new Kia XCeed has received a series of product enhancements for 2023, including a bold new exterior design, an enhanced interior, and the addition of a new ‘GT-Line S’ grade to the line-up. These changes make the XCeed an even more enticing proposition in the popular C-crossover segment.
The UK line-up incorporates a new ‘GT-Line S’ grade for the first time, designed to evoke a sense of sportiness, similar to other ‘GT-Line’ models in the existing Kia and Ceed line-ups. The new ‘GT-Line S’ grade sits at the top of the new XCeed range, replacing the earlier ‘4’ grade. With a generous level of standard equipment along with new GT-Line body kit, unique 18-inch alloy wheels for exterior styling, and GT-Line seats and steering wheel. The new XCeed also incorporates Kia’s latest driver assist, connectivity and infotainment systems for maximum everyday usability, enjoyment and occupant safety.
Two powertrains on offer to UK customers
In the UK, the new XCeed offers the same choice of two powertrains as found on the pre-facelift model, including a low-emissions PHEV model.
The anticipated best-seller in the line-up is the 1.5-litre T-GDi (turbocharged gasoline direct injection) engine, paired with a six-speed manual and producing 158 bhp and 253 Nm torque.
The engine features continuously variable valve duration technology, enabling it to shift continuously between combustion cycles to maximise performance and efficiency in different driving conditions.
The new XCeed PHEV carries over the same plug-in hybrid system, based on a 1.6-litre GDi (gasoline direct injection), paired with a 44.5 kW electric motor and 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack. It applies its combined 139 bhp and 265 Nm torque to the road via a smooth-shifting six-speed double-clutch transmission (DCT). The new XCeed PHEV is capable of travelling up to 30 miles on electric power.
WLTP fuel efficiency and emissions data for all variants, as well as (Benefit-in-Kind) BIK information for the business-friendly PHEV model, will be revealed closer to the car’s on-sale date.
‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line S’ – a revised UK grade structure
The new XCeed offers a similar grade structure to earlier versions of the XCeed, but with the outgoing ‘4’ model replaced with the new ‘GT-Line S’ version.
Versions with the 1.5-litre T-GDi engine are available in ‘2’, ‘3’ and ‘GT-Line S’ grades. The ‘2’ grade, priced from £22,995, offers a generous specification as standard. This includes:
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- LED bi-function headlights
- 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and 4.2-inch Supervision driver instrument cluster
- Seven-speaker audio system
- All-round electric windows with front auto up-and-down function
- Reversing camera system
- USB-C and USB-A sockets in the front cabin, and a USB-C socket in the rear
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with city, pedestrian and cyclist recognition
- Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG)
- Cruise control and speed limiter
- Leather-trimmed steering wheel and faux leather-trimmed gearshift
- Black cloth upholstery
- 60:40 split-folding rear seats
The ‘3’ grade, from £25,495, adds the following equipment over ‘2’ grade:
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system
- Privacy glass
- Rain-sensing front wipers
- Wide-view driver’s door mirror
- Electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
- Black cloth and faux leather upholstery
- Front passenger seat height adjuster
- Power lumbar support (driver and front passenger)
- Heated front seats
- Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
- Automatic defog system
- Auto-dimming rear mirror
- Smart key with engine start/stop button
- Free seven-year Kia Connect connectivity services
- Rear parking sensors
In addition, the new ‘GT-Line S’ grade, replacing the earlier ‘4’ grade model and now priced from £29,995, offers the following equipment as standard:
- GT-Line body kit
- GT-Line 18-inch alloy wheels
- Panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide function and automatic electric roll blind
- Black leather with suede seat upholstery
- Memory driver’s seat with power height adjustment
- Heated outer rear seats
- Smart power tailgate
- 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats
- Eight-speaker JBL premium audio system
- 12.3-inch TFT Supervision instrument cluster
- Wireless mobile phone charger
- Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with parallel / perpendicular front and rear parking sensors
- Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW)
- Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW)
The new XCeed PHEV is available as a single ‘3’ grade model, from £32,595 on-the-road. The new XCeed PHEV ‘3’ offers a compelling blend of high value, generous equipment and low running costs. This is similar to the ‘3’ grade offered on non-PHEV models, but adds:
- Unique 16-inch alloy wheel design
- Black and satin chrome closed radiator grille
- Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go functionality
- Drive Mode Select (with ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ modes)
New paint colour choices
The XCeed has always been offered to UK customers with a selection of vibrant colour options, and the new model is no different. All four grades are available in a choice of eight paint options, with ‘Spirit Green’ new to the line-up and never seen before on UK roads.
These are offered alongside existing paint options, which include ‘Phantom Black’, ‘Penta Metal’, ‘Lunar Silver’, ‘Infra Red’, ‘Fusion White’ and ‘Blue Flame’. From launch, ‘Splash Lemon’ is offered as standard, with all other premium colours priced at £580.