Kia's new crossover combines the best of both worlds, hatchback and SUV, that have really impressed us in recent years. Models such as the Stonic, Ceed Shooting Brake and Stinger add to the quality and dynamics common to all of the Korean brand's vehicles a boldness rarely seen in an automotive industry dedicated to hunting for and. And with the novelty, Kia manages to delight us again, perhaps more than ever! The XCeed is 4,4m long, is based on the Ceed platform and uniquely combines coupé style with off-road accessories. However, this is not one coupe SUVs such as, for example, BMW The X2 isn't even a hatchback with crossover elements like the Focus Active. It looks more like a GLA, and the truth is that the photographs convey a bit of the dynamic look of the car on the road.
With a low roof, long bonnet, steep slope and diffuser at the rear, long ground clearance (up to 184 mm, more than many SUVs), striking front and rear lights and large wheels (16 or 18 inches), the XCeed will win your looks and admiration. The interior is the same, with a premium and high-tech aura created by a new digital instrument cluster (first in Kia) and a large touchscreen infotainment system. The 12,3-inch Supervision panel replaces traditional analog instruments in richer versions of the XCeed and in models equipped with a drive mode selection system, adjusts graphics, colors and displays according to the selected driver (normal or sport). The driver-centered dashboard is dominated by a large 10,25-inch touchscreen infotainment system (8 inches in the base version). It has a high resolution (1920 × 720) and offers connectivity via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, voice command control, a rearview camera and TOMTOM navigation services (Live Traffic, weather forecast, speed cameras, etc.) D.). Below in the console there is a dedicated area for wireless charging of smartphones, and optional equipment includes, among other things, the JBL Premium audio system and heated front and rear seats, steering wheel and windshield.
The greater distance from the ground contributes to a higher driving position, which most drivers seem to want as it provides good visibility. Another surprising element is the large passenger and luggage space (426 L - 1.378 L with folding seats). In the rear seats, even large adults with a height of 1,90 m will be comfortable, despite the steep roof slope at the rear. The quality of materials and workmanship is simply top notch, while especially for the XCeed, Kia has created a new color package with dash trims and bright yellow seams on the seats and doors that contrast with the black upholstery. The engine range includes engines. petrol supercharged 1.0 T-GDi (120 HP), 1.4 T-GDi (140 HP) and 1.6 T-GDi (204 HP) and 1.6 Smartstream turbodiesel with 115 and 136 HP All-wheel drive is sent exclusively to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual transmission, while all engines except the 1.0 T-GDi are mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch DCT automatic transmission. In early 2020, the range will be expanded with 1.6V Hybrid and 48 Plug-in Hybrid diesel engines.
In Marseille, where the pan-European presentation took place, we drove an XCeed 1.4 with an automatic transmission and a 1.6 diesel engine. The first, with 140 hp, contributes to the sporty character of the crossover, providing very good performance (0-100 km / h in 9,5 seconds, final speed 200 km / h) without a lot of gasoline burning (5,9 l / 100 km ). . Works well with the smooth ride of the 7DCT, which in the Sport driver shifts gears even faster. Diesel 1.6 136 hp not as fast (0-100 km / h in 10,6 seconds, top speed 196 km / h), but takes advantage of the richest torque of 320 Nm to deliver speed and economy (4,4 l / 100 km). In addition, it features quiet operation. The manual transmission is expensive and doesn't compress even with quick changes, but Kia was not satisfied with the efficient engines, impressive design, and merit-rich interior. She put a lot of emphasis on the feel of her new crossover while driving. And here XCeed is hiding another very strong paper. The robust structure is supported by new suspension settings (MacPherson struts in the front - multi-link in the rear) over the Ceed and the front shock absorber with hydraulic bumpers, which provide smoother and more progressive action, better body control and faster response to steering wheel commands.
In practice, the XCeed justifies Kia's engineers. It turns like a well-built hatchback and flattens out big potholes and bumps like a tall SUV! It offers the driver a high level of traction and confidence in pushing, and will be rewarded with efficiency, safety and driving pleasure. At the same time, the ride quality is top notch, despite the 18-inch wheels, and in combination with careful soundproofing, they ensure a particularly relaxed journey.Of course, the new Kia XCeed is equipped with ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) foam, which makes driving more comfortable and safer. These include Automatic Braking Systems with Pedestrian Recognition (FCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Automatic Speed Control (SCC) with Stop and Go, Reverse Vertically Driving Vehicle Information (RCCW) and Automatic Parking (SPA).