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General

  • Fourth member of the Ceed family, built in Žilina, Slovakia
  • More than 1.3 million first- and second-generation cee’d models have been built, and the new Ceed family is adding to that
  • Designed, engineered and built in Europe
  • Extensive testing completed on European roads, including the UK
  • 2-model PHEV range with high specification ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ versions on offer
  • It follows the petrol and diesel versions of the XCeed on sale to add a third form of propulsion
  • The Ceed is an important family of cars for Kia in the UK. It’s the third best-selling model behind Sportage and Picanto and accounts for almost 10 per cent of the company’s sales
  • With CO2 emissions from 32g/km, it provides business users with a highly competitive, low cost alternative to the conventional petrol and diesel editions of the XCeed

Body

  • The Kia XCeed PHEV represents a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs
  • Designed under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe
  • Only body panels carried over from its Ceed hatchback sibling are the front doors
  • Shares the same wheelbase as the Ceed hatchback
  • Front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm)
  • Steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60mm higher than that of the Ceed five-door hatchback
  • The Kia XCeed presents a more assertive face, with a more prominent closed grille and larger lower air intake
  • The headlamps are newly designed, with the Ceed’s ‘ice cube’ LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches
  • New taillights emit a slim, highly technical LED light signature which appears to spear forward into the shoulders of the car
  • The heavily creased lines running horizontally across the tailgate and rear bumper give the Kia XCeed a wider, more stable posture
  • The charging port is positioned on the passenger side front wing

Interior

  • Driver focused cabin with a sculptured centre console orientated towards the driver
  • Horizontal dashboard layout for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. The design creates greater space and a sense of openness for front seat passengers, with generous footwell space and a clear view ahead
  • High-quality materials used throughout the cabin, with a high proportion of soft-touch materials intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin
  • Charging indicator delivers a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully charged. Its location on top of the dashboard means drivers can instantly ascertain the car’s state of charge at a glance from outside the car
  • 10.25-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system as standard
  • Unique displays for PHEV functionality, including charge levels, electric-only range and flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor
  • Boot space of 291 litres with the seats up and 1,243 litres with them folded down

Powertrains and running gear

  • First application of low-emissions plug-in power for the Ceed family
  • Plug-in Hybrid powertrain combines 8.9kWh battery pack, 44.5kW electric motor and 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct injection engine, producing 139bhp and 265Nm of torque
  • All-electric city driving range of up to 36.6 miles (City range for 16” wheels)
  • Electric capabilities boosted by kinetic energy harvesting technology
  • Powertrain meets the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations
  • Great dynamism and driver engagement
  • 6DCT auto transmission fitted as standard

Technology and safety

  • Lane Following Assist technology available on ‘First Edition’
  • Standard safety technologies on all grades include High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) for the city.
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) standard on ‘First Edition’ versions
  • Drive Mode Select system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping standard
  • UVO Telematics as standard
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility fitted as standard
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live
  • Wireless phone charger on ‘First Edition’
  • Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines standard on all grades
  • Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with parallel, perpendicular and reverse parking capabilities on ‘First Edition’, as well as front and rear parking sensors

          INTRODUCTION

  • First application of low-emissions plug-in power for the Kia Ceed family
  • Plug-in Hybrid powertrain combines 8.9 kWh battery pack, 44.5 kW electric motor and 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct injection engine - producing 139nhp, 265 Nm
  • All-electric city driving range of up to 36.6 miles
  • Electric capabilities boosted by kinetic energy harvesting technology
  • Revised exterior design and new interior features, including telematics to locate available charging points nearby
  • Kia offers more choice in the C-segment than almost any other car maker
  • Kia XCeed provides a sporty alternative to larger traditional SUV models
  • Comparable cabin and luggage space to an SUV in a more compact body
  • Among the most high-tech cars in its class with a range of in-car features
  • Engages drivers with unique handling set-up and provides more comfortable, assured ride thanks to new hydraulic rebound stoppers
  • On-sale now
  • 7-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard

The addition of Plug-in Hybrid variants to the Kia XCeed marks the next step in Kia Motors’ vehicle electrification strategy. Now on sale in UK showrooms, this new addition represents the first time Kia has brought electrified powertrains to the Ceed family.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, comments: “This new model represents an important next stage for Kia as we introduce advanced, next-generation powertrains to our wider vehicle line-up. Sales of the new Ceed range grew 46 per cent year-on-year during 2019, and new electrified variants will further widen the appeal of the line-up.

“During 2019, electrified models accounted for around one in seven Kia cars sold in Europe, a trend which is only accelerating,” Herrera adds. “While other brands talk about their future plans for electrification, Kia has already launched a whole range of electrified vehicles. Our line-up of mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars now provide buyers with more choice and lower running costs across multiple segments.”

The Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is manufactured at the brand’s European production facility in Žilina, Slovakia – the first plug-in models built by the brand in Europe, exclusively for Europe. It is built alongside the Ceed five-door hatchback, Ceed Sportswagon, ProCeed five-door shooting brake and conventional petrol and diesel versions of the XCeed. Kia’s unrivalled 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty is offered as standard, extending cover to the new powertrain’s battery pack and motor.

          DESIGN AND PACKAGING

Distinctive design features differentiate the PHEV variants from other petrol and diesel models in the Kia XCeed line-up. A new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car aids aerodynamic efficiency, while a charging port is integrated into the left front wing. Grade ‘3’ models feature newly designed 16-inch alloy wheels, with the ‘First Edition’ fitted with larger 18-inch items.

Stylish, expressive and modern in design, the Kia XCeed PHEV represents a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs. A product of the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, the creation of the Kia XCeed has taken place under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe.

“When we came to designing the new Ceed range as a whole, we didn’t have a brief to design a crossover,” explained Guillaume. “But as we developed designs for other models in the range, we realised a bodystyle like this could capture the emotion and sportiness of the ProCeed, but offer something new at the same time. An urban crossover seemed to embody these values well.”

The Kia XCeed is more emotional and dynamic in format and appearance than its taller rivals, while offering something different to the other models in the Ceed range. The only body panels carried over from its five-door hatchback sibling are the front doors.

In profile, the car’s relatively long bonnet flows into the A-pillars anchored aft of the front wheels, lending the car a sporty, swept-back silhouette. While the wheelbase remains the same as other models in the Ceed line-up (2,650mm), the Kia XCeed’s front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm).

A steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60mm higher than that of the Ceed five-door hatchback, enhances the CUV’s dynamic, coupé-like, cab-rearward appearance. The Kia XCeed sits on a choice of 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels, shod with high-grip 205/60 R16 or 235/45 R18 tyres.

The front and rear of the car also represent a departure from the ‘face’ of the conventional Ceed model family, differentiating the Kia XCeed from its stablemates. With a 1,826mm body (26mm wider than the Ceed five-door), the CUV presents a more assertive face, with a more prominent grille and larger lower air intake. The headlamps are newly designed, with a LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches.

At the rear, new taillights emit a slim, highly technical LED light signature which, when viewed from certain angles, appears to spear forward into the shoulders of the car. The heavily creased lines running horizontally across the tailgate and rear bumper give the car a wider, more stable posture.

The car’s elevated ride height and body also present the same robust image that attracts buyers to the other SUVs in Kia’s product portfolio. The Kia XCeed’s ground clearance is 172mm on 16-inch wheels (grade ‘3’) and 184mm on 18-inch wheels (‘First Edition’ models), a rise of up to 44mm over the Ceed five-door hatchback. Wheel arch and side sill cladding and silver roof rails lend the car a tougher, SUV-like presence, with the metallic valance in the rear bumper enhancing this effect.

Driver focused cabin as standard

Inside, the Kia XCeed PHEV carries over the contemporary cabin architecture, with a sculptured centre console oriented slightly towards the driver. With a lower hip point than a taller SUV, and raised ground clearance over a conventional hatchback, the Kia XCeed provides drivers with a sportier driving position allowing a better view of the road ahead. The new Plug-in Hybrid models feature a range of new functionalities to enhance usability for owners looking to extract the most out of the new powertrain.

Equipped with a charging indicator, there’s a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully charged. Its location on top of the dashboard means drivers can instantly ascertain the car’s state of charge at a glance from outside the car (for instance, when it is parked on their driveway at home and the owner hasn’t left the house yet).

A ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system stands proud of the dashboard, while the lower portion of the instrument panel provides a set of touch-sensitive buttons, dials and switches to control audio volume, heating and ventilation. Highly ergonomic in its layout and functionality, these controls have been designed to enable drivers to make quick changes to the cabin environment without taking their eyes off the road for any longer than necessary.

Standard equipment is Kia’s brand new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system with Kia’s UVO Connect telematics. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ is integrated as standard, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

The instrument cluster also features unique displays for Kia’s Plug-in Hybrid powertrain, showing remaining charge levels, anticipated electric-only range and the flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor. Fitted as standard to the ‘First Edition’ grade, Kia’s new fully digital 12.3-inch ‘Supervision’ instrument cluster is designed to deliver information as clearly as possible with a range of unique graphics displays. The high-resolution 1920x720-pixel Supervision display replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials currently found in the brand’s passenger cars with a single, seamless display.

The ‘Driver Only’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system – activated with a new button on the dashboard – instantly deactivates airflow to all cabin vents except those nearest the driver. This is designed to reduce the draw on battery energy from the ventilation system, while still keeping the driver at their preferred temperature. Unlike conventional ventilation systems, Kia’s ‘Driver Only’ system doesn’t simply restrict airflow to certain vents, rerouting it elsewhere; instead, it switches off the fans themselves, reducing energy use at source.

The interior is finished in sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout, with a satin chrome dashboard trim, presenting a refined, upscale ambience. Buyers can choose from either black cloth and faux leather trim on level ‘3’ cars, or black leather upholstery on the ‘First Edition’.

The cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier, more compact body

The Kia XCeed PHEV is designed to achieve the cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier body with a more compact footprint. Sitting directly between the Ceed five-door hatchback and the Sportage, the XCeed still manages to provide comparable interior space and luggage capacity to Europe’s best-selling SUVs.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The sporty design and demeanour of the new Kia XCeed PHEV makes it more innately desirable than many SUVs. Yet it offers this without compromising on versatility, with its intelligent packaging achieving impressive interior and luggage space.”

With a total length of 4,395mm, the Kia XCeed is 85mm longer than the Ceed five-door hatchback and 90mm more compact than the Sportage. Its maximum roof height of 1,495mm also means it stands 48mm above the Ceed and 150mm below the Sportage, providing drivers with a lower centre of gravity than its taller sibling and an elevated driving position over the conventional Ceed.

Based on the Ceed, one of the most spacious vehicles in the compact class, the Kia XCeed offers generous interior space for front and rear occupants. With the hip point for each seat raised by up to 44mm over the Ceed, it is easier for occupants to step in or out. Meanwhile, the half-moon-shaped glass area and fastback roofline provide rear passengers with a brighter, airier ambience and more headroom than other rivals in the compact crossover class

Intelligent powertrain packaging and everyday usability

The XCeed was engineered from the start to accommodate new hybrid powertrains. This means that the adoption of a plug-in hybrid powertrain has had a minimal impact on packaging, with the structure adapted from the start to contain the powertrain’s battery pack.

The 8.9kWh battery pack is located alongside the 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench, unlike many other plug-in hybrid vehicles, in which the battery pack takes up valuable cargo space. The XCeed Plug-in Hybrid provides 291 litres of luggage space, and up to 1,243 litres with the split-fold rear seats folded down. There is a dedicated space beneath the boot floor to store the charging cable when not in use.

A Towing Pack is fitted as standard, a rarity among cars in the hybrid class. A braked trailer of up to 1,300kg can be towed with the XCeed PHEV.

          DYNAMICS

The brand’s European engineering teams were tasked with honing the suspension and steering of the Kia XCeed PHEV to deliver a mature ride and engaging handling character in all conditions. Subjected to a dedicated development regime, the new car has been driven across a wider range of road surfaces than any previous European-developed Kia vehicle.

Prototypes have been validated in all weather conditions, on alpine passes and high-speed motorways, in bustling city centres, and along narrow country lanes. With testing taking place in Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and a host of other nations, the handling character of the new Ceed crossover is truly European.

The Kia XCeed offers drivers a unique ride and handling character, with its own suspension tuning and componentry not found in other Ceed models. Despite its elevated ride height, the Kia XCeed is more engaging to drive than a typical family SUV due to its bespoke suspension tuning, more compact exterior dimensions, lower centre of gravity and reduced overall mass.

Like their petrol and diesel counterparts, the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid has been engineered exclusively for European roads, with European buyers in mind. Its ride and handling characteristics have been tuned to elevate them over predecessors in terms of dynamism and driver engagement.

The fully independent suspension system provides drivers with agile and immediate handling responses. The ride has been developed on Europe’s wide variety of road surfaces, remaining comfortable while giving drivers the confidence of close body control under cornering and maximum stability at higher speeds. For the Plug-in Hybrid variants, the suspension and steering has been subtly tuned compared to petrol and diesel versions of each car. These updates ensure each vehicle retains the same driving character of their conventional counterparts, while accommodating the different weight distribution of the powertrain.

The Plug-in Hybrid model features the same front suspension hydraulic rebound stoppers as its petrol and diesel counterparts. The rubber bump-stop floats in hydraulic fluid within the shock absorbers, providing a compliant ride over poor surfaces. The car has been designed to absorb even large suspension shocks with a smooth and progressive response, preventing the body from bouncing as the suspension settles itself after rapid compression. It also contributes towards more responsive steering and improved overall body control, while reducing noise from the suspension over bumps.

Technology further enhances driver enjoyment, as well as safety. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system are fitted as standard, as well as Torque Vectoring by Braking, which intelligently brakes the inside wheels to reduce understeer around corners.

         POWERTRAINS

The new Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrids offer a compelling alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models. The new powertrain combines an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5kW electric motor, and an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDi (Gasoline Direct injection) engine. The powertrain’s total power and torque output is 139bhp and 265Nm of torque, enabling the XCeed to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in 10.6 seconds.

The powertrain is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT), allowing drivers to shift gear for themselves, ensuring a more enjoyable drive than other hybrid vehicles equipped with electronic continuously variable transmissions (e-CVT). Traditional e-CVT hybrids convert a portion of engine output through the electric motor, resulting in power losses from energy conversion. Kia’s 6DCT differs by allowing the full output of both the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel through the transmission, with minimal loss of energy.

Standard regenerative braking technology allows the new Plug-in Hybrid model to harvest kinetic energy and recharge their battery packs while coasting or braking, further enhancing the overall efficiency of the powertrain.

The XCeed PHEV ‘3’ model is capable of travelling up to 36.6 miles (city range) on zero-emissions electric power, while the ‘First Edtion’ can travel up to 33.5 miles (city range). This capability enables drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone. Recharging the battery pack using a 3.3kW charger takes 2.15 hours.

Equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, the XCeed PHEV ‘3’ model emits just 32g/km of CO2 and achieves a combined drive cycle figure of 201.8mpg under the latest WLTP regulations. The ‘First Edition’ comes fitted with larger 18-inch alloy wheels and this results in a marginally higher CO2 emissions figure of 38g/km, with 167.6mpg on the WLTP combined driving cycle. Both models have a maximum speed of 99mph and can complete the 0-60mph dash in 10.6 seconds.

Kia’s new Virtual Engine Sound System is included, which comprises an audible warning system which activates in electric-only mode at low speeds or when reversing. The system generates virtual sound levels of up to 59 dBA to safely notify pedestrians of the car’s presence.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg
(WLTP)

CO2
(WLTP)

‘3’ 1.6 GDi 6-speed auto DCT Plug-in Hybrid

139

265

10.6

99

201.8

32

‘First Edition’ 1.6 GDi 6-speed auto DCT Plug-in Hybrid

139

265

10.6

99

167.6

38

 

          TECHNOLOGY

The Kia XCeed PHEV’s suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies make it one of the most high-tech, comprehensively equipped cars in its class. The range of features are designed to make driving safer and less stressful and provide total ease of operation.

The Kia XCeed is among the first vehicles in Europe to offer the brand’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, designed to bring driving into the digital era. UVO Connect links drivers to the world around by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen, the system uses its own eSIM chip to retrieve and update live data during a drive. This includes live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). The second element of the UVO Connect diagnostic data about owners’ cars and the trips they take, enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and enables them to check the location of their vehicle at any time.

A10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs.

The touchscreen’s advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor numerous vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously, among a series of available widgets. This enables the driver to have a single display (such as navigation) or combine different elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions while passengers choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast.

A reversing camera is also integrated into the touchscreen, with dynamic guidelines. The system features DAB radio as standard, as well as steering wheel controls and seven speakers. Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone integration with voice control is included, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth® system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

Other technologies designed to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of each journey include ventilated front and heated rear seats on the ‘First Edition’, as well as dual-zone air-conditioning, heated electric folding door mirrors, heated steering wheel and heated front seats on all XCeed PHEV models.

The XCeed features Kia’s first fully digital 12.3-inch Supervision driver instrument cluster on ‘First Edition’ models, designed to deliver information as clearly as possible. With a high-definition display, the digital cluster replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials found currently in the brand’s passenger cars. Its single, seamless display incorporates pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds. A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information and in-depth trip information, as well as vehicle diagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies. It replaces the physical dials and the 4.2-inch colour TFT-LCD screen that is found on ‘3’ versions.

          SAFETY

The Kia XCeed PHEV provides access to a wide range of active driver assist and safety technologies. All models come fitted with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is able to detect pedestrians. Driver Attention Warning advises drivers to take a break if the system detects signs of fatigue.

‘First Edition’ models go one step further with the integration of Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functionality, Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Cyclist Detection. Lane Following Assist (LFA) is also included, which controls acceleration, braking and steering. The system can track vehicles and road markings ahead to keep the car in-lane and a safe distance from any cars in front.

As with every Kia car sold in Europe, the Kia XCeed is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management. This aids stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control if it detects a loss of traction.

          SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

The Kia XCeed PHEV is one of the most comprehensively equipped models in the Ceed family, with an extensive package of comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety items which becomes progressively more luxurious with each step up the range.

The range begins with Grade ‘3’ and features 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and rain sensing front wipers, in addition to dual-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and rear parking sensors.

A 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs. A reversing camera is also integrated into the touchscreen, with dynamic guidelines. The system features DAB radio as standard, as well as steering wheel controls and seven speakers. Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone integration with voice control is included, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth® system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

Other equipment includes black cloth seat trim with faux leather bolsters, chrome interior door handles, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift and a rear centre armrest with cupholders, while the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 fashion. Heated front seats and steering wheel are included within grade ‘3’, along with an electric parking brake (EPB), front passenger seat height adjuster, automatic defog system, a smart entry system with engine start/stop button. There’s also a 4.2-inch supervision colour cluster display and a USB fast charger in the front centre console. All versions come with cruise control with speed limiter, drive mode select, an alarm system, electric windows all-round and automatic headlight control. Projection front fog lights, LED bi-function projection headlights with LED daytime running lights are included, as addition to tinted glass, a dual-tone horn and silver roof rails. The electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors are finished in body colour, there’s a black and satin chrome closed front grille, satin chrome window surrounds and LEDs for the rear lights, fog lamps and high-mounted brake light. On the outside, there are body coloured bumpers, rear spoiler and exterior door handles, alongside black and chrome side sill mouldings and black wheel arch trims.

Safety is a high priority with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is able to detect pedestrians.

The ‘First Edition’ grade sits at the top-of-the XCeed PHEV range and is the model of choice for technology fans. A Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) integrates front, rear and side parking sensors with the ability to automatically park in parallel or perpendicular spaces. There are 18-inch alloy wheels, black leather seats, heated outer rear seats and a driver’s seat with memory, meanwhile, the rear seats fold down with a 40:20:40 split. An enlarged 12.3-inch TFT supervision cluster display comes fitted to ‘First Edition’ grade, along with high gloss black door mirrors, a panoramic sunroof with tilting/sliding function and automatic electric roller blind, aluminium pedals, smart powered tailgate, ventilated front seats and a wireless mobile phone charger. Extra safety systems include Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functionality, Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Cyclist Detection.

          WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model. With the XCeed PHEV, the cover is extended to include the new powertrain’s battery pack and motor.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Kia XCeed PHEV is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

        FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

How important is the Kia XCeed in the UK?
The Ceed family will be our third best-selling model in the UK, accounting for around 10 per cent of our sales. In Europe, where the Ceed family is exclusively developed, built and sold, the first- and second-generation models have sold more than 1.28 million units in its relatively short 11-year life, and we anticipate that with the expanded range, including the plug-in hybrid variants, the ProCeed shooting brake and XCeed, this family of cars will sell at an even quicker rate.

 

What sales targets have you set for the Kia XCeed PHEV for the UK market?
We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the Kia XCeed to be very popular with customers wishing to choose an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient vehicle that sits between the Stonic and Sportage SUVs.

 

What does 2020 hold for the Kia brand in the UK?
Until there is some certainty around what the split from Europe means for the UK, it’s likely to continue to be turbulent in the new car market. Last year was once again another record year for Kia in the UK, with 97,323 cars delivered to customers during 2019. That represents an increase of 1.6 per cent, in a market that was down by 2.4 per cent and saw the lowest number of new vehicles registered since 2013. Last year, Kia moved up one place to number eight in the overall UK sales charts, which is a significant achievement in a sales environment that has been exceptionally tough.

The first year of the new decade is going to present a number of challenges – none more so than the switch from NEDC to WLTP CO2 emissions figures in April 2020. At a time when consumers expect to see ever-improving data, the change in regime means that all cars will see an increase to their emissions, meaning most owners will be paying more for their motoring each year. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for many and will take a lot of explaining in the showrooms. It will mean, however, that the fuel economy and CO2 emissions are more realistic in real-world driving and gives Kia the opportunity to fully leverage their range of highly efficient eco cars.

Mandatory CO2 standards for passenger cars were first introduced in 2009 by the European Union, and in 2020 a new, more stringent set of standards means that an average of 95g/km across the product range must be achieved. Failing to do so will result in significant fines, and therefore the primary focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km across the line-up.

Which vehicles are hitting a chord with UK buyers currently?
There is a continued trend for customers to migrate away from traditional sectors towards SUVs, and we’re in a perfect position to deliver on the changing demand, with six key products in the Kia portfolio – Stonic, Niro, XCeed, Soul EV, Sportage and Sorento.

2019 was very much the year of the Ceed, with replacements for the hatchback and Sportswagon and new entrants into the market thanks to the all-new XCeed and ProCeed. Every Ceed derivative posted an increase on the year before, and it was a similar story for many models in the Kia range, which saw a rise compared to 2018. Highlights include the Niro, with a 44 per cent increase, a rise of more than 6 per cent for the Picanto and 44 per cent growth in Stinger sales. Sorento registrations rose, too, while the most popular model in the Kia range, the Sportage remained broadly static but still the highest selling and most popular model.

Alternative fuel vehicles are continually hitting the headlines, and here at Kia we are very well placed to provide customers with a wide range of different solutions to suit individual needs. In 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

What elements of the Kia XCeed PHEV make you proud to be leading Kia Motors UK?
The latest family of Ceed models delivers a range of options for a wide variety of customers, and I’m proud that vehicles like the ProCeed Shooting Brake and now the Kia XCeed offer Kia customers something different to what has been offered in the past, including the company’s first plug-in hybrid model. The Kia XCeed continues the remarkable trend established by our first European design, engineered and built version launched in 2007, it answers consumer demand. The Ceed family has played a significant role in the growth of the Kia brand both in the UK and across Europe and I believe the all-new Kia XCeed will build on that exceptional performance.

How important are fleet sales for the all-new Kia XCeed?
The hatchback and Sportswagon have always been essential in our plan for sustainable fleet and business growth and we are confident that the Kia XCeed will add to that trend. Kia’s strategy in the business market in the UK has been to deliver sensible choices for business users where residual values contribute to excellent operating costs. The Kia XCeed delivers the technology, safety, reliability and appeal that the fleet market demands in a stylish, comfortable and satisfying package. We anticipate that the Kia XCeed PHEV will be a strong seller in the fleet market, thanks to its generous equipment levels, competitive efficiency and affordable running costs.

        FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

        We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

Will the range grow to encompass GT-Line versions?
There are no plans currently to offer GT-Line variants of the Kia XCeed PHEV.

Will you be offering a four-wheel-drive version of the Kia XCeed in the future?
The K2 platform that the Kia XCeed sits upon isn’t currently compatible with four-wheel-drive. In any case, the market for all-wheel-drive CUVs is very small.

How long will the ‘First Edition’ be available for? Are the volumes limited, or is it on-sale for a set period of time?
Traditionally the feature rich ‘First Edition’ models are on sale for approximately one year, while we assess the viability of launching a permanent addition to the model line-up.

Crossover vehicles are popular with customers that like to tow. Will there be a towing hitch available?
The Kia XCeed has been designed to allow customers to tow a trailer of up to 1,300kg, which is rare in the plug-in hybrid segment. A tow bar will be available to buy as an accessory from Kia dealers.

Some competitors offer the opportunity to personalise the digital instrument cluster – is that possible on the Kia XCeed?
The Kia XCeed debuts our digital instrument cluster technology and this is the first incarnation of the cutting-edge display. We plan to add extra features and functionality in the future as we develop the technology for future vehicles, however, the display in the Kia XCeed is not customisable.

        TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

1.6 GDi Plug-in Hybrid

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1580

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 72 x 97.0

 Compression ratio

 

 13.0:1

 Power output: engine

                      motor

                      combined

 bhp @ rpm

 104 @ 5,700

  60

 139 @ 4,000

 Torque output: engine

                       motor

                       combined

 Nm @ rpm

 147 @ 4,000

 125

 265

 Fuel system

 

 Turbocharged Petrol Direct injection

 Drivetrain

 

 Front-wheel-drive

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Battery

 Energy

 kWh

 8.9

 Type

 

 Lithium-ion polymer

 Hybrid style

 

 Parallel (transmission mounted)

 Max power

 kW

 59

 Capacity

 Ah

 24.7

 Nominal voltage

 V

 360

 Battery weight

 Kg

 117

 Number of cells

 

 96

 Position

 

 Under boot panel (sub)

 Under rear seat (main)

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed DCT automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear 1

 Final Gear 2

 3.867

 2.217

 1.371

 0.930

 0.956

 0.767

 5.351

 4.438

 3.227

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil 

 springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Fully independent by subframe-mounted multi-link, coil 

 springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Braking system

 16-inch ventilated front discs 305 x 25mm,

 15-inch solid rear discs 272 x 10mm (Grade ‘3’)

 15-inch solid rear discs 284 x 10mm (‘First Edition’)

 Steering Type

 Electric motor-driven rack-and-pinion power steering

 Turns, lock-to-lock

 2.38 metres

 Turning circle (diameter)

 5.3 metres

 Wheels (alloy)

 16-inch alloy (Grade ‘3’) 18-inch alloy (‘First Edition’)

 Tyres

 205/60/R16 (Grade ‘3’) 235/45 R18 (‘First Edition’)

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,395/1,826/1,483 (Grade ‘3’)

 4,395/1,826/1,495 (‘First Edition’)

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 291/1,243

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,596 (Grade ‘3’), 1,609 (‘First Edition’)

 Tow weights (braked/unbraked)

 kg

 1,300/600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 75

 Max roof weight

 kg

 80

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 37 litres

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 10.6

 Maximum speed

 mph

 99

 Fuel consumption – Combined (WLTP)

 mpg

 201.8 (Grade ‘3’)

 167.6 (‘First Edition’)

 CO2 emissions

 g/km

 32 (Grade ‘2’)

 38 (‘First Edition’)

 Electric range EAER

 Miles

 29.8 (Grade ‘3’), 26 (‘First Edition’)

 Electric range EAER City

 Miles

 36.6 (Grade ‘3’), 33.5 (‘First Edition’)

 Charging – 3-pin AC Charger

                Type 2 AC Charger

                AC Charge Time (3.3kW)

 

 

 

 n/a

 n/a

 2.15 hours

 

Ends

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Head of Press and PR

E: dsayles@kia.co.uk 
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Senior Press Officer

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Press Officer (events)

E: mfujamade@kia.co.uk 
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GENERAL

All-New Kia XCeed PHEV press

THE ALL-NEW KIA XCEED PHEV ON (JUST OVER) A PAGE                                    
A quick resume of the XCeed for those with an urgent deadline

General

  • Fourth member of the Ceed family, built in Žilina, Slovakia
  • More than 1.3 million first- and second-generation cee’d models have been built, and the new Ceed family is adding to that
  • Designed, engineered and built in Europe
  • Extensive testing completed on European roads, including the UK
  • 2-model PHEV range with high specification ‘3’ and ‘First Edition’ versions on offer
  • It follows the petrol and diesel versions of the XCeed on sale to add a third form of propulsion
  • The Ceed is an important family of cars for Kia in the UK. It’s the third best-selling model behind Sportage and Picanto and accounts for almost 10 per cent of the company’s sales
  • With CO2 emissions from 32g/km, it provides business users with a highly competitive, low cost alternative to the conventional petrol and diesel editions of the XCeed

Body

  • The Kia XCeed PHEV represents a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs
  • Designed under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe
  • Only body panels carried over from its Ceed hatchback sibling are the front doors
  • Shares the same wheelbase as the Ceed hatchback
  • Front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm)
  • Steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60mm higher than that of the Ceed five-door hatchback
  • The Kia XCeed presents a more assertive face, with a more prominent closed grille and larger lower air intake
  • The headlamps are newly designed, with the Ceed’s ‘ice cube’ LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches
  • New taillights emit a slim, highly technical LED light signature which appears to spear forward into the shoulders of the car
  • The heavily creased lines running horizontally across the tailgate and rear bumper give the Kia XCeed a wider, more stable posture
  • The charging port is positioned on the passenger side front wing

Interior

  • Driver focused cabin with a sculptured centre console orientated towards the driver
  • Horizontal dashboard layout for a more sculptural, seamless and slimline appearance. The design creates greater space and a sense of openness for front seat passengers, with generous footwell space and a clear view ahead
  • High-quality materials used throughout the cabin, with a high proportion of soft-touch materials intensifying the refined and upscale ambience of the cabin
  • Charging indicator delivers a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully charged. Its location on top of the dashboard means drivers can instantly ascertain the car’s state of charge at a glance from outside the car
  • 10.25-inch ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system as standard
  • Unique displays for PHEV functionality, including charge levels, electric-only range and flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor
  • Boot space of 291 litres with the seats up and 1,243 litres with them folded down

Powertrains and running gear

  • First application of low-emissions plug-in power for the Ceed family
  • Plug-in Hybrid powertrain combines 8.9kWh battery pack, 44.5kW electric motor and 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct injection engine, producing 139bhp and 265Nm of torque
  • All-electric city driving range of up to 36.6 miles (City range for 16” wheels)
  • Electric capabilities boosted by kinetic energy harvesting technology
  • Powertrain meets the latest Euro 6d TEMP emissions regulations
  • Great dynamism and driver engagement
  • 6DCT auto transmission fitted as standard

Technology and safety

  • Lane Following Assist technology available on ‘First Edition’
  • Standard safety technologies on all grades include High Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) and Forward Collision Warning with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) for the city.
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) standard on ‘First Edition’ versions
  • Drive Mode Select system
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation with European mapping standard
  • UVO Telematics as standard
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ smartphone compatibility fitted as standard
  • Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live
  • Wireless phone charger on ‘First Edition’
  • Reversing Camera System with Dynamic Guidelines standard on all grades
  • Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) with parallel, perpendicular and reverse parking capabilities on ‘First Edition’, as well as front and rear parking sensors

          INTRODUCTION

  • First application of low-emissions plug-in power for the Kia Ceed family
  • Plug-in Hybrid powertrain combines 8.9 kWh battery pack, 44.5 kW electric motor and 1.6-litre Gasoline Direct injection engine - producing 139nhp, 265 Nm
  • All-electric city driving range of up to 36.6 miles
  • Electric capabilities boosted by kinetic energy harvesting technology
  • Revised exterior design and new interior features, including telematics to locate available charging points nearby
  • Kia offers more choice in the C-segment than almost any other car maker
  • Kia XCeed provides a sporty alternative to larger traditional SUV models
  • Comparable cabin and luggage space to an SUV in a more compact body
  • Among the most high-tech cars in its class with a range of in-car features
  • Engages drivers with unique handling set-up and provides more comfortable, assured ride thanks to new hydraulic rebound stoppers
  • On-sale now
  • 7-year, 100,000 mile warranty as standard

The addition of Plug-in Hybrid variants to the Kia XCeed marks the next step in Kia Motors’ vehicle electrification strategy. Now on sale in UK showrooms, this new addition represents the first time Kia has brought electrified powertrains to the Ceed family.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, comments: “This new model represents an important next stage for Kia as we introduce advanced, next-generation powertrains to our wider vehicle line-up. Sales of the new Ceed range grew 46 per cent year-on-year during 2019, and new electrified variants will further widen the appeal of the line-up.

“During 2019, electrified models accounted for around one in seven Kia cars sold in Europe, a trend which is only accelerating,” Herrera adds. “While other brands talk about their future plans for electrification, Kia has already launched a whole range of electrified vehicles. Our line-up of mild-hybrid, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric cars now provide buyers with more choice and lower running costs across multiple segments.”

The Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is manufactured at the brand’s European production facility in Žilina, Slovakia – the first plug-in models built by the brand in Europe, exclusively for Europe. It is built alongside the Ceed five-door hatchback, Ceed Sportswagon, ProCeed five-door shooting brake and conventional petrol and diesel versions of the XCeed. Kia’s unrivalled 7-Year, 100,000 mile warranty is offered as standard, extending cover to the new powertrain’s battery pack and motor.

          DESIGN AND PACKAGING

Distinctive design features differentiate the PHEV variants from other petrol and diesel models in the Kia XCeed line-up. A new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car aids aerodynamic efficiency, while a charging port is integrated into the left front wing. Grade ‘3’ models feature newly designed 16-inch alloy wheels, with the ‘First Edition’ fitted with larger 18-inch items.

Stylish, expressive and modern in design, the Kia XCeed PHEV represents a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs. A product of the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, the creation of the Kia XCeed has taken place under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe.

“When we came to designing the new Ceed range as a whole, we didn’t have a brief to design a crossover,” explained Guillaume. “But as we developed designs for other models in the range, we realised a bodystyle like this could capture the emotion and sportiness of the ProCeed, but offer something new at the same time. An urban crossover seemed to embody these values well.”

The Kia XCeed is more emotional and dynamic in format and appearance than its taller rivals, while offering something different to the other models in the Ceed range. The only body panels carried over from its five-door hatchback sibling are the front doors.

In profile, the car’s relatively long bonnet flows into the A-pillars anchored aft of the front wheels, lending the car a sporty, swept-back silhouette. While the wheelbase remains the same as other models in the Ceed line-up (2,650mm), the Kia XCeed’s front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm).

A steeply-angled fastback tailgate, and a rear ‘deck’ trailing edge which sits 60mm higher than that of the Ceed five-door hatchback, enhances the CUV’s dynamic, coupé-like, cab-rearward appearance. The Kia XCeed sits on a choice of 16- or 18-inch alloy wheels, shod with high-grip 205/60 R16 or 235/45 R18 tyres.

The front and rear of the car also represent a departure from the ‘face’ of the conventional Ceed model family, differentiating the Kia XCeed from its stablemates. With a 1,826mm body (26mm wider than the Ceed five-door), the CUV presents a more assertive face, with a more prominent grille and larger lower air intake. The headlamps are newly designed, with a LED light signature sitting within a more angular shape, topped by a slim turn signal that flows back over the wheel arches.

At the rear, new taillights emit a slim, highly technical LED light signature which, when viewed from certain angles, appears to spear forward into the shoulders of the car. The heavily creased lines running horizontally across the tailgate and rear bumper give the car a wider, more stable posture.

The car’s elevated ride height and body also present the same robust image that attracts buyers to the other SUVs in Kia’s product portfolio. The Kia XCeed’s ground clearance is 172mm on 16-inch wheels (grade ‘3’) and 184mm on 18-inch wheels (‘First Edition’ models), a rise of up to 44mm over the Ceed five-door hatchback. Wheel arch and side sill cladding and silver roof rails lend the car a tougher, SUV-like presence, with the metallic valance in the rear bumper enhancing this effect.

Driver focused cabin as standard

Inside, the Kia XCeed PHEV carries over the contemporary cabin architecture, with a sculptured centre console oriented slightly towards the driver. With a lower hip point than a taller SUV, and raised ground clearance over a conventional hatchback, the Kia XCeed provides drivers with a sportier driving position allowing a better view of the road ahead. The new Plug-in Hybrid models feature a range of new functionalities to enhance usability for owners looking to extract the most out of the new powertrain.

Equipped with a charging indicator, there’s a visual aid to tell owners that their car is charging or when the battery is fully charged. Its location on top of the dashboard means drivers can instantly ascertain the car’s state of charge at a glance from outside the car (for instance, when it is parked on their driveway at home and the owner hasn’t left the house yet).

A ‘floating’ touchscreen infotainment system stands proud of the dashboard, while the lower portion of the instrument panel provides a set of touch-sensitive buttons, dials and switches to control audio volume, heating and ventilation. Highly ergonomic in its layout and functionality, these controls have been designed to enable drivers to make quick changes to the cabin environment without taking their eyes off the road for any longer than necessary.

Standard equipment is Kia’s brand new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system with Kia’s UVO Connect telematics. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ is integrated as standard, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

The instrument cluster also features unique displays for Kia’s Plug-in Hybrid powertrain, showing remaining charge levels, anticipated electric-only range and the flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor. Fitted as standard to the ‘First Edition’ grade, Kia’s new fully digital 12.3-inch ‘Supervision’ instrument cluster is designed to deliver information as clearly as possible with a range of unique graphics displays. The high-resolution 1920x720-pixel Supervision display replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials currently found in the brand’s passenger cars with a single, seamless display.

The ‘Driver Only’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system – activated with a new button on the dashboard – instantly deactivates airflow to all cabin vents except those nearest the driver. This is designed to reduce the draw on battery energy from the ventilation system, while still keeping the driver at their preferred temperature. Unlike conventional ventilation systems, Kia’s ‘Driver Only’ system doesn’t simply restrict airflow to certain vents, rerouting it elsewhere; instead, it switches off the fans themselves, reducing energy use at source.

The interior is finished in sophisticated soft-touch materials throughout, with a satin chrome dashboard trim, presenting a refined, upscale ambience. Buyers can choose from either black cloth and faux leather trim on level ‘3’ cars, or black leather upholstery on the ‘First Edition’.

The cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier, more compact body

The Kia XCeed PHEV is designed to achieve the cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier body with a more compact footprint. Sitting directly between the Ceed five-door hatchback and the Sportage, the XCeed still manages to provide comparable interior space and luggage capacity to Europe’s best-selling SUVs.

Emilio Herrera, Chief Operating Officer at Kia Motors Europe, commented: “The sporty design and demeanour of the new Kia XCeed PHEV makes it more innately desirable than many SUVs. Yet it offers this without compromising on versatility, with its intelligent packaging achieving impressive interior and luggage space.”

With a total length of 4,395mm, the Kia XCeed is 85mm longer than the Ceed five-door hatchback and 90mm more compact than the Sportage. Its maximum roof height of 1,495mm also means it stands 48mm above the Ceed and 150mm below the Sportage, providing drivers with a lower centre of gravity than its taller sibling and an elevated driving position over the conventional Ceed.

Based on the Ceed, one of the most spacious vehicles in the compact class, the Kia XCeed offers generous interior space for front and rear occupants. With the hip point for each seat raised by up to 44mm over the Ceed, it is easier for occupants to step in or out. Meanwhile, the half-moon-shaped glass area and fastback roofline provide rear passengers with a brighter, airier ambience and more headroom than other rivals in the compact crossover class

Intelligent powertrain packaging and everyday usability

The XCeed was engineered from the start to accommodate new hybrid powertrains. This means that the adoption of a plug-in hybrid powertrain has had a minimal impact on packaging, with the structure adapted from the start to contain the powertrain’s battery pack.

The 8.9kWh battery pack is located alongside the 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench, unlike many other plug-in hybrid vehicles, in which the battery pack takes up valuable cargo space. The XCeed Plug-in Hybrid provides 291 litres of luggage space, and up to 1,243 litres with the split-fold rear seats folded down. There is a dedicated space beneath the boot floor to store the charging cable when not in use.

A Towing Pack is fitted as standard, a rarity among cars in the hybrid class. A braked trailer of up to 1,300kg can be towed with the XCeed PHEV.

          DYNAMICS

The brand’s European engineering teams were tasked with honing the suspension and steering of the Kia XCeed PHEV to deliver a mature ride and engaging handling character in all conditions. Subjected to a dedicated development regime, the new car has been driven across a wider range of road surfaces than any previous European-developed Kia vehicle.

Prototypes have been validated in all weather conditions, on alpine passes and high-speed motorways, in bustling city centres, and along narrow country lanes. With testing taking place in Germany, Spain, Sweden, the UK, and a host of other nations, the handling character of the new Ceed crossover is truly European.

The Kia XCeed offers drivers a unique ride and handling character, with its own suspension tuning and componentry not found in other Ceed models. Despite its elevated ride height, the Kia XCeed is more engaging to drive than a typical family SUV due to its bespoke suspension tuning, more compact exterior dimensions, lower centre of gravity and reduced overall mass.

Like their petrol and diesel counterparts, the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid has been engineered exclusively for European roads, with European buyers in mind. Its ride and handling characteristics have been tuned to elevate them over predecessors in terms of dynamism and driver engagement.

The fully independent suspension system provides drivers with agile and immediate handling responses. The ride has been developed on Europe’s wide variety of road surfaces, remaining comfortable while giving drivers the confidence of close body control under cornering and maximum stability at higher speeds. For the Plug-in Hybrid variants, the suspension and steering has been subtly tuned compared to petrol and diesel versions of each car. These updates ensure each vehicle retains the same driving character of their conventional counterparts, while accommodating the different weight distribution of the powertrain.

The Plug-in Hybrid model features the same front suspension hydraulic rebound stoppers as its petrol and diesel counterparts. The rubber bump-stop floats in hydraulic fluid within the shock absorbers, providing a compliant ride over poor surfaces. The car has been designed to absorb even large suspension shocks with a smooth and progressive response, preventing the body from bouncing as the suspension settles itself after rapid compression. It also contributes towards more responsive steering and improved overall body control, while reducing noise from the suspension over bumps.

Technology further enhances driver enjoyment, as well as safety. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Kia’s Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system are fitted as standard, as well as Torque Vectoring by Braking, which intelligently brakes the inside wheels to reduce understeer around corners.

         POWERTRAINS

The new Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrids offer a compelling alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models. The new powertrain combines an 8.9kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5kW electric motor, and an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDi (Gasoline Direct injection) engine. The powertrain’s total power and torque output is 139bhp and 265Nm of torque, enabling the XCeed to accelerate from 0-to-60mph in 10.6 seconds.

The powertrain is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission (6DCT), allowing drivers to shift gear for themselves, ensuring a more enjoyable drive than other hybrid vehicles equipped with electronic continuously variable transmissions (e-CVT). Traditional e-CVT hybrids convert a portion of engine output through the electric motor, resulting in power losses from energy conversion. Kia’s 6DCT differs by allowing the full output of both the engine and motor to be transferred in parallel through the transmission, with minimal loss of energy.

Standard regenerative braking technology allows the new Plug-in Hybrid model to harvest kinetic energy and recharge their battery packs while coasting or braking, further enhancing the overall efficiency of the powertrain.

The XCeed PHEV ‘3’ model is capable of travelling up to 36.6 miles (city range) on zero-emissions electric power, while the ‘First Edtion’ can travel up to 33.5 miles (city range). This capability enables drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone. Recharging the battery pack using a 3.3kW charger takes 2.15 hours.

Equipped with 16-inch alloy wheels, the XCeed PHEV ‘3’ model emits just 32g/km of CO2 and achieves a combined drive cycle figure of 201.8mpg under the latest WLTP regulations. The ‘First Edition’ comes fitted with larger 18-inch alloy wheels and this results in a marginally higher CO2 emissions figure of 38g/km, with 167.6mpg on the WLTP combined driving cycle. Both models have a maximum speed of 99mph and can complete the 0-60mph dash in 10.6 seconds.

Kia’s new Virtual Engine Sound System is included, which comprises an audible warning system which activates in electric-only mode at low speeds or when reversing. The system generates virtual sound levels of up to 59 dBA to safely notify pedestrians of the car’s presence.

Engine power, performance and fuel economy figures

Model

Power bhp

Torque Nm

0–60 sec

Max speed mph

Combined mpg
(WLTP)

CO2
(WLTP)

‘3’ 1.6 GDi 6-speed auto DCT Plug-in Hybrid

139

265

10.6

99

201.8

32

‘First Edition’ 1.6 GDi 6-speed auto DCT Plug-in Hybrid

139

265

10.6

99

167.6

38

 

          TECHNOLOGY

The Kia XCeed PHEV’s suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies make it one of the most high-tech, comprehensively equipped cars in its class. The range of features are designed to make driving safer and less stressful and provide total ease of operation.

The Kia XCeed is among the first vehicles in Europe to offer the brand’s innovative UVO Connect telematics system, designed to bring driving into the digital era. UVO Connect links drivers to the world around by providing invaluable information via the in-car touchscreen and on their smartphone. Featuring Kia Live services and housed within the 10.25-inch TFT LCD widescreen, the system uses its own eSIM chip to retrieve and update live data during a drive. This includes live traffic information, weather forecasts, points of interest, and details of potential on- and off-street parking (including price, location and parking availability). The second element of the UVO Connect diagnostic data about owners’ cars and the trips they take, enables drivers to send route directions to their car before a journey, and enables them to check the location of their vehicle at any time.

A10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs.

The touchscreen’s advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor numerous vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously, among a series of available widgets. This enables the driver to have a single display (such as navigation) or combine different elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions while passengers choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast.

A reversing camera is also integrated into the touchscreen, with dynamic guidelines. The system features DAB radio as standard, as well as steering wheel controls and seven speakers. Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone integration with voice control is included, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth® system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

Other technologies designed to enhance the comfort and enjoyment of each journey include ventilated front and heated rear seats on the ‘First Edition’, as well as dual-zone air-conditioning, heated electric folding door mirrors, heated steering wheel and heated front seats on all XCeed PHEV models.

The XCeed features Kia’s first fully digital 12.3-inch Supervision driver instrument cluster on ‘First Edition’ models, designed to deliver information as clearly as possible. With a high-definition display, the digital cluster replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials found currently in the brand’s passenger cars. Its single, seamless display incorporates pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds. A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information and in-depth trip information, as well as vehicle diagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies. It replaces the physical dials and the 4.2-inch colour TFT-LCD screen that is found on ‘3’ versions.

          SAFETY

The Kia XCeed PHEV provides access to a wide range of active driver assist and safety technologies. All models come fitted with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is able to detect pedestrians. Driver Attention Warning advises drivers to take a break if the system detects signs of fatigue.

‘First Edition’ models go one step further with the integration of Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functionality, Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Cyclist Detection. Lane Following Assist (LFA) is also included, which controls acceleration, braking and steering. The system can track vehicles and road markings ahead to keep the car in-lane and a safe distance from any cars in front.

As with every Kia car sold in Europe, the Kia XCeed is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management. This aids stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control if it detects a loss of traction.

          SPECIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS

The Kia XCeed PHEV is one of the most comprehensively equipped models in the Ceed family, with an extensive package of comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety items which becomes progressively more luxurious with each step up the range.

The range begins with Grade ‘3’ and features 16-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and rain sensing front wipers, in addition to dual-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and rear parking sensors.

A 10.25-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom® Live and UVO Connect telematics system is included. But unique to the new Plug-in Hybrid variants, the systems incorporate new functionality to help owners locate available charging points in their vicinity, or en route to their navigation destination. The screens can also show relevant information relating to the powertrain, displaying remaining charge levels in the battery and energy usage graphics. Furthermore, owners can use the touchscreen system to schedule when their vehicle should charge when plugged in at home, enabling owners to take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy tariffs. A reversing camera is also integrated into the touchscreen, with dynamic guidelines. The system features DAB radio as standard, as well as steering wheel controls and seven speakers. Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM smartphone integration with voice control is included, as well as multi-connection Bluetooth® system that enables occupants to connect two mobile devices at once.

Other equipment includes black cloth seat trim with faux leather bolsters, chrome interior door handles, a leather trimmed steering wheel and gearshift and a rear centre armrest with cupholders, while the rear seats fold down in a 60/40 fashion. Heated front seats and steering wheel are included within grade ‘3’, along with an electric parking brake (EPB), front passenger seat height adjuster, automatic defog system, a smart entry system with engine start/stop button. There’s also a 4.2-inch supervision colour cluster display and a USB fast charger in the front centre console. All versions come with cruise control with speed limiter, drive mode select, an alarm system, electric windows all-round and automatic headlight control. Projection front fog lights, LED bi-function projection headlights with LED daytime running lights are included, as addition to tinted glass, a dual-tone horn and silver roof rails. The electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors are finished in body colour, there’s a black and satin chrome closed front grille, satin chrome window surrounds and LEDs for the rear lights, fog lamps and high-mounted brake light. On the outside, there are body coloured bumpers, rear spoiler and exterior door handles, alongside black and chrome side sill mouldings and black wheel arch trims.

Safety is a high priority with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), High-Beam Assist (HBA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) and the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system is able to detect pedestrians.

The ‘First Edition’ grade sits at the top-of-the XCeed PHEV range and is the model of choice for technology fans. A Smart Park Assist System (SPAS) integrates front, rear and side parking sensors with the ability to automatically park in parallel or perpendicular spaces. There are 18-inch alloy wheels, black leather seats, heated outer rear seats and a driver’s seat with memory, meanwhile, the rear seats fold down with a 40:20:40 split. An enlarged 12.3-inch TFT supervision cluster display comes fitted to ‘First Edition’ grade, along with high gloss black door mirrors, a panoramic sunroof with tilting/sliding function and automatic electric roller blind, aluminium pedals, smart powered tailgate, ventilated front seats and a wireless mobile phone charger. Extra safety systems include Smart Cruise Control with stop and go functionality, Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Cyclist Detection.

          WARRANTY AND AFTER-CARE

Kia set a new benchmark in 2007 when it launched the cee'd with an industry-best seven-year/100,000-mile warranty. That demonstration of faith in the quality and reliability of Kia products was subsequently extended to every model. With the XCeed PHEV, the cover is extended to include the new powertrain’s battery pack and motor.

A major benefit is that it is transferable to subsequent owners at no charge, as long as the seven-year time limit has not been reached and the mileage is below 100,000.

The mechanical warranty is supported by a 12-year anti-perforation warranty and a five-year paint warranty.

Servicing is required every 10,000 miles or once a year, whichever comes soonest. The Kia XCeed PHEV is available with Kia’s ‘Kia Care’ service plans, which have been developed to provide customers with a wide range of service plan options for any Kia model within the first seven years of the vehicle’s life – matching its industry-leading seven-year warranty.

The service plans include a comprehensive range of options including the original, traditional, first, third and fifth services and those in between, but in addition a customer can now purchase services up to and including the seventh service which matches the full length of the warranty. The plans are available for all Kia owners and can be purchased at any point of ownership for cars up to five years old.

The Kia Promise was introduced to give customers the best ownership experience by giving them access to seven key benefits. The Kia Promise is activated after purchase and is done by simply registering on the online portal, MyKia. Along with the industry leading seven-year/100,000 mile warranty, other benefits of the Kia Promise include complimentary seven day insurance and £250 Insurance Excess Return for one year; easy to use Click & Collect on Genuine Kia accessories; convenient online service booking; Family-Like Care and Accident AfterCare. Every new Kia also comes with complimentary Roadside Assistance for 12 months. When a customer registers on MyKia, Kia Roadside Assistance Plus, the highest level of cover provided by the RAC, can be unlocked, which includes onward travel and European cover.

        FIVE MINUTES WITH PAUL PHILPOTT

Burning questions that you would love to ask our President and CEO

How important is the Kia XCeed in the UK?
The Ceed family will be our third best-selling model in the UK, accounting for around 10 per cent of our sales. In Europe, where the Ceed family is exclusively developed, built and sold, the first- and second-generation models have sold more than 1.28 million units in its relatively short 11-year life, and we anticipate that with the expanded range, including the plug-in hybrid variants, the ProCeed shooting brake and XCeed, this family of cars will sell at an even quicker rate.

 

What sales targets have you set for the Kia XCeed PHEV for the UK market?
We never release sales or production targets for individual models; however, we expect the Kia XCeed to be very popular with customers wishing to choose an environmentally friendly and cost-efficient vehicle that sits between the Stonic and Sportage SUVs.

 

What does 2020 hold for the Kia brand in the UK?
Until there is some certainty around what the split from Europe means for the UK, it’s likely to continue to be turbulent in the new car market. Last year was once again another record year for Kia in the UK, with 97,323 cars delivered to customers during 2019. That represents an increase of 1.6 per cent, in a market that was down by 2.4 per cent and saw the lowest number of new vehicles registered since 2013. Last year, Kia moved up one place to number eight in the overall UK sales charts, which is a significant achievement in a sales environment that has been exceptionally tough.

The first year of the new decade is going to present a number of challenges – none more so than the switch from NEDC to WLTP CO2 emissions figures in April 2020. At a time when consumers expect to see ever-improving data, the change in regime means that all cars will see an increase to their emissions, meaning most owners will be paying more for their motoring each year. That’s a bitter pill to swallow for many and will take a lot of explaining in the showrooms. It will mean, however, that the fuel economy and CO2 emissions are more realistic in real-world driving and gives Kia the opportunity to fully leverage their range of highly efficient eco cars.

Mandatory CO2 standards for passenger cars were first introduced in 2009 by the European Union, and in 2020 a new, more stringent set of standards means that an average of 95g/km across the product range must be achieved. Failing to do so will result in significant fines, and therefore the primary focus of Kia Motors is to achieve the fleet CO2 average of 95g/km across the line-up.

Which vehicles are hitting a chord with UK buyers currently?
There is a continued trend for customers to migrate away from traditional sectors towards SUVs, and we’re in a perfect position to deliver on the changing demand, with six key products in the Kia portfolio – Stonic, Niro, XCeed, Soul EV, Sportage and Sorento.

2019 was very much the year of the Ceed, with replacements for the hatchback and Sportswagon and new entrants into the market thanks to the all-new XCeed and ProCeed. Every Ceed derivative posted an increase on the year before, and it was a similar story for many models in the Kia range, which saw a rise compared to 2018. Highlights include the Niro, with a 44 per cent increase, a rise of more than 6 per cent for the Picanto and 44 per cent growth in Stinger sales. Sorento registrations rose, too, while the most popular model in the Kia range, the Sportage remained broadly static but still the highest selling and most popular model.

Alternative fuel vehicles are continually hitting the headlines, and here at Kia we are very well placed to provide customers with a wide range of different solutions to suit individual needs. In 2020, we are aiming for three in every ten cars we sell to be electrified in some way. With both the pure electric e-Niro and Soul EV, we are ahead of the curve in offering customers a choice of electric solutions to solve their mobility issues. For those that prefer a plug-in hybrid vehicle, we now have three, thanks to the recently refreshed Niro and the newly introduced Ceed Sportswagon and all-new XCeed. The top selling Sportage is fitted with mild hybrid technology on all of the diesel variants and this technology will soon be available on the Ceed, Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed, too.

What elements of the Kia XCeed PHEV make you proud to be leading Kia Motors UK?
The latest family of Ceed models delivers a range of options for a wide variety of customers, and I’m proud that vehicles like the ProCeed Shooting Brake and now the Kia XCeed offer Kia customers something different to what has been offered in the past, including the company’s first plug-in hybrid model. The Kia XCeed continues the remarkable trend established by our first European design, engineered and built version launched in 2007, it answers consumer demand. The Ceed family has played a significant role in the growth of the Kia brand both in the UK and across Europe and I believe the all-new Kia XCeed will build on that exceptional performance.

How important are fleet sales for the all-new Kia XCeed?
The hatchback and Sportswagon have always been essential in our plan for sustainable fleet and business growth and we are confident that the Kia XCeed will add to that trend. Kia’s strategy in the business market in the UK has been to deliver sensible choices for business users where residual values contribute to excellent operating costs. The Kia XCeed delivers the technology, safety, reliability and appeal that the fleet market demands in a stylish, comfortable and satisfying package. We anticipate that the Kia XCeed PHEV will be a strong seller in the fleet market, thanks to its generous equipment levels, competitive efficiency and affordable running costs.

        FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

        We've anticipated what you're likely to ask us

Will the range grow to encompass GT-Line versions?
There are no plans currently to offer GT-Line variants of the Kia XCeed PHEV.

Will you be offering a four-wheel-drive version of the Kia XCeed in the future?
The K2 platform that the Kia XCeed sits upon isn’t currently compatible with four-wheel-drive. In any case, the market for all-wheel-drive CUVs is very small.

How long will the ‘First Edition’ be available for? Are the volumes limited, or is it on-sale for a set period of time?
Traditionally the feature rich ‘First Edition’ models are on sale for approximately one year, while we assess the viability of launching a permanent addition to the model line-up.

Crossover vehicles are popular with customers that like to tow. Will there be a towing hitch available?
The Kia XCeed has been designed to allow customers to tow a trailer of up to 1,300kg, which is rare in the plug-in hybrid segment. A tow bar will be available to buy as an accessory from Kia dealers.

Some competitors offer the opportunity to personalise the digital instrument cluster – is that possible on the Kia XCeed?
The Kia XCeed debuts our digital instrument cluster technology and this is the first incarnation of the cutting-edge display. We plan to add extra features and functionality in the future as we develop the technology for future vehicles, however, the display in the Kia XCeed is not customisable.

        TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

1.6 GDi Plug-in Hybrid

 No. of cylinders/valves

 

 4/16

 Displacement

 cc

 1580

 Bore/stroke

 mm

 72 x 97.0

 Compression ratio

 

 13.0:1

 Power output: engine

                      motor

                      combined

 bhp @ rpm

 104 @ 5,700

  60

 139 @ 4,000

 Torque output: engine

                       motor

                       combined

 Nm @ rpm

 147 @ 4,000

 125

 265

 Fuel system

 

 Turbocharged Petrol Direct injection

 Drivetrain

 

 Front-wheel-drive

 Emissions

 

 Euro 6d TEMP

Battery

 Energy

 kWh

 8.9

 Type

 

 Lithium-ion polymer

 Hybrid style

 

 Parallel (transmission mounted)

 Max power

 kW

 59

 Capacity

 Ah

 24.7

 Nominal voltage

 V

 360

 Battery weight

 Kg

 117

 Number of cells

 

 96

 Position

 

 Under boot panel (sub)

 Under rear seat (main)

Transmission

 Transmission type

 

 6-speed DCT automatic

 Gear ratios

 1st gear

 2nd gear

 3rd gear

 4th gear

 5th gear

 6th gear

 Reverse

 Final Gear 1

 Final Gear 2

 3.867

 2.217

 1.371

 0.930

 0.956

 0.767

 5.351

 4.438

 3.227

Suspension, steering and braking

 Front axle

 Fully independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil 

 springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Rear axle

 Fully independent by subframe-mounted multi-link, coil 

 springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar

 Braking system

 16-inch ventilated front discs 305 x 25mm,

 15-inch solid rear discs 272 x 10mm (Grade ‘3’)

 15-inch solid rear discs 284 x 10mm (‘First Edition’)

 Steering Type

 Electric motor-driven rack-and-pinion power steering

 Turns, lock-to-lock

 2.38 metres

 Turning circle (diameter)

 5.3 metres

 Wheels (alloy)

 16-inch alloy (Grade ‘3’) 18-inch alloy (‘First Edition’)

 Tyres

 205/60/R16 (Grade ‘3’) 235/45 R18 (‘First Edition’)

 Spare wheel

 Tyre Mobility Kit

Dimensions and weights

 Wheelbase

 mm

 2,650

 Overall L/W/H

 mm

 4,395/1,826/1,483 (Grade ‘3’)

 4,395/1,826/1,495 (‘First Edition’)

 Boot volume VDA (seats up/down)

 litres

 291/1,243

 Kerb weight

 kg

 1,596 (Grade ‘3’), 1,609 (‘First Edition’)

 Tow weights (braked/unbraked)

 kg

 1,300/600

 Tow ball weight

 kg

 75

 Max roof weight

 kg

 80

 Drag coefficient

 Cd

 0.33

 Fuel tank size

 litres

 37 litres

Performance and fuel consumption                                      

 Acceleration (0-60 mph)

 seconds

 10.6

 Maximum speed

 mph

 99

 Fuel consumption – Combined (WLTP)

 mpg

 201.8 (Grade ‘3’)

 167.6 (‘First Edition’)

 CO2 emissions

 g/km

 32 (Grade ‘2’)

 38 (‘First Edition’)

 Electric range EAER

 Miles

 29.8 (Grade ‘3’), 26 (‘First Edition’)

 Electric range EAER City

 Miles

 36.6 (Grade ‘3’), 33.5 (‘First Edition’)

 Charging – 3-pin AC Charger

                Type 2 AC Charger

                AC Charge Time (3.3kW)

 

 

 

 n/a

 n/a

 2.15 hours

 

Ends

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 Stephen Kitson
Director of Corporate Communications

 E: skitson@kia.co.uk  
T: 01932 832075 M: 07795 011 936

 

Daniel Sayles
Head of Press and PR

E: dsayles@kia.co.uk 
T: 01932 832073 M: 07747 149 149

 

Sara Robinson     
Senior Press Officer

E: srobinson@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832072 M: 07919 482 332

 

Moyosola Fujamade
Press Officer (events)

E: mfujamade@kia.co.uk 
T: 01932 832069 M: 07471 216 343

 

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Press Officer (press fleet)

 

E: lmartin@kia.co.uk
T: 01932 832071  M: 07557 268 252

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Press Office Assistant

 

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KIA ELECTRIFIES MORE OF ITS LINE-UP FOR 2020

Hot on the heels of the electrified versions of the Niro, Soul and Sportage, Kia is expanding the line-up even further with the launch of Plug-in Hybrid versions of the recently introduced all-new Kia XCeed and the stylish and practical Ceed Sportswagon.

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