The Kia Ceed family has it all. A station wagon, a sports station wagon, a compact and the crossover that has fallen into hype. But as it turns out in the test, the Kia XCeed is significantly less of a crossover or SUV than its looks. Because basically he is so close to the Ceed that all crossover problems have been eliminated.
The advantage lies in the chassis of the Kia XCeed
Crossover problems means, for example, the boring type of locomotion with the soft and indirect chassis. Not so with the Kia XCeed 1.6 CRDi. The chassis gives the crossover significantly more ground clearance than the classic five-door, but the set-up is direct, even a bit tight. This can be felt not only in the chassis, but also in the steering. In short, the Kia XCeed is amazingly fun for a crossover.
And that despite the choice of eco-drive with the 136 hp diesel engine. Not exactly the most robust of the four engines offered so far, but in any case an economical one. Until the plug-in hybrid will follow in 2020. More about this in our video driving report.
Video driving report Kia XCeed 1.6 CRDi
Innovations are hidden in the upper equipment
Apart from a few design features in the Launch Edition, the same parts also run through the cockpit. This is perhaps the only and biggest problem with the Kia XCeed known. The new UVO Connect Infotainment is also available in “normal” versions (sometimes at an additional cost). But if you want all the innovations, you are bound to the most expensive version. Only then will the new digital cockpit be available with the 2020 model year.
And yet he has a different character from the previously known three bodies. Due to the further changed design, it looks like a brother of the Ceed, but at the same time more like a distant cousin. This is thanks to the slightly wider body, the new face and the modified rear compared to the other Ceed models. And last but not least, it remains attractively priced, unless you want all available extras in it.
Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner