Kia xceed plug-in hybrid long-term test

The Kia XCeed can now also be ordered with the alternative drive as a plug-in hybrid. The system behind it is known to friends of the brand. But what does the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid do in everyday life or, more importantly, how far does it get purely electrically and what fuel does it use afterwards. More on this in our test including a video driving report.

We know this plug-in hybrid

With its system output of 141 hp (265 Nm), the XCeed plug-in hybrid is actually an old friend. Because the combination of 1.6-liter naturally aspirated engine with 105 PS (147 Nm) and an electric motor of 44.5 kW (170 Nm) is used in almost every PHEV from Kia. Shifting takes place via a 6-speed dual clutch transmission, which sometimes cannot hide the shift changes, especially when it is cold. Apart from that, the combination of the two worlds is particularly efficient. 

Outside influences change more than the driver

As a driver, there are hardly any great opportunities to adjust anything on the drive. Most of it works automatically. You can only choose between sports, hybrid, electrical and auto mode. Depending on the status of the 8.9 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery, a selection is no longer possible. Get in and just drive is always the most pleasant option, with the drive itself regulating what works best at the moment. Much of it depends mainly on the external temperatures, more on this in our video driving report.

Video driving report Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid

XCeed Plug-in Hybrid always moves over 50 km electrically

Overall, the XCeed PHEV surprises with an acceptable electric range of well over 50 kilometers. In the ideal temperature window, it is almost 60 kilometers. The consumption with a virtually empty battery is still acceptable and is on a level comparable to conventional full hybrids. On the other hand, the best efficiency is achieved on short trips or with a fully charged battery. However, this also requires regular recharging, either at the home socket or at the public charging stations. Even in the worst case, the battery is fully charged after two and a half hours.

Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner