Ian Lamming puts an X in the Ceed box and comes up with the latest Kia.
I LOVE it when a car manufacturer gives a new vehicle a funny name.
So here we go, eyes down. Kia’s new cross-over is likely to XCeed all expectations, but don’t worry it’s only a 1.0 engine so you are unlikely to XCeed the speed limit. Can you guess what it’s called?
So what is it? According to Kia the new XCeed is an ‘urban crossover utility vehicle’, a UCUV then, which they shorten to CUV.
To me and you it’s either a jacked-up hatchback or a shrunken SUV. Whichever you choose, it is supposed to be fun and stylish, sporty and practical – and you know what? It is.
XCeed looks great from all directions but I particularly like the rear three quarter view – bit like I did with Proceed. Kia certainly knows how to style a fine looking car. The rump is very pretty with a crease line just below the bottom of the rear window, which doubles as a spoiler and two exhaust ports moulded into the alloy-look rear bash plate; a very nice touch that.
Overall, the silhouette is very well proportioned and attractive and the large alloys complete the package.
Inside is a real treat too. The dash and centre console simply please the eye and the interior is wonderfully tactile thanks to the highest quality, soft-touch materials and switches. It feels just right literally and metaphorically.
Tech is in abundance too with a virtual dash and easy to use touchscreen connectivity. But, thankfully, primary functions are one proper controls.
The CUV aim is to produce a more compact, easier to drive, vehicle than the larger SUVs. So it must feel more nimble and peppy, easier to drive around town and park, but still come equipped with SUV practicality.
XCeed fills the brief well with a large boot, higher driving position than a hatch and off-roader, looks but it’s much more fun and manageable, dynamic and agile.
The 1.0 litre is deceptively quick. It has the aurally pleasing three-cylinder, off-beat growl, but is much stronger than its modest capacity would suggest thanks to direct injection and a turbo-charger. It is strong, very willing and loves to be tested but still returns over 40mpg.
I’ve never met a Kia I didn’t like and this latest CUV is no exception. Could be an XCeed-ingly good choice then.
Kia Xceed 1.0 T-GDi ‘2’ ADAP
Engine: 1.0 3-cylinder petrol turbo
0-62mph: 10.9 secs
Top speed: 115mph
Combined MPG: 45.6
Transmission: six-speed manual
CO2 g/km: 124
Price: £21,615.00 mM�R