Like so many rivals, however, in the coming years Kia will need to electrify its line-up with battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models, and at a time when buyers remain sceptical of the benefits such technologies can bring them.
In this respect, the Xceed is not only expected to bolster Kia’s bottom line by becoming one of the strongest sellers in the Ceed range. It is also hoped that a familiar-feeling plug-in hybrid version introduced later this year will expedite the take-up of battery-equipped models in the Kia range and help the brand hit brutally strict CO2 targets for 2020.
Of course, if the basic product isn’t up to snuff, an electrified version may prove academic.
The Kia Xceed range at a glance
The Xceed’s trim walk is easy enough to understand, starting at ‘2’ in the UK before moving up through ‘3’ and First Edition models. Standard equipment is very good even at the entry level, though our test car’s 1.4-litre engine only becomes available on 3 models. There are three engines to choose from: two petrols and one diesel. All of these units come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, though the 1.4-litre petrol can also be specified with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Price£29,195Power138bhpTorque179lb ft0-60mph9.3sec30-70mph in fourth8.7secFuel economy35.1mpgCO2 emissions134g/km70-0mph59.0m