KIA XCeed – Crossover with Sporting Intent Arrives in Ireland

Published on 30th September 2019 at 11:25

Kia new urban crossover utility vehicle (CUV), the XCeed is now on sale in Ireland. Offering a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs, the new CUV offers a sporty disposition, plus comparable levels of space for occupants and luggage.

The XCeed comes with a suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment features and is powered by a range of fast-revving, turbocharged engines.

Aidan Doyle,Head of Marketing at Kia Motors Ireland commented: “The Kia XCeed addresses the growing desire for cars which offer more emotion and dynamism than an SUV, both in terms of the way a car looks and drives. Yet these customers don’t want to lose the practicality that a larger car offers them. Our new CUV meets these needs, with a distinctive and modern design wrapped around a spacious, versatile body. Merging the strengths of both hatchback and SUV, the Kia XCeed offers a refreshing and different alternative for Irish motorists .”

The Kia XCeed urban crossover will be manufactured at the brand’s European production facility in Zilina, Slovakia alongside the Ceed five-door hatchback, Ceed Sportswagon, and ProCeed five-door shooting brake.

XCeed Trim Specification

Kia Motors Ireland will initially offer xCeed in three trim levels (K2,K3 and K4) and two power units – one litre petrol and 1.6 litre diesel . Other power units may follow based on customer demand. Also in the pipeline will be a PHEV expected to arrive in Ireland in late January .

The entry level 1.0-litre T-GDi K2 model at €26,245 is equipped includes as standard spec; 16 “ Alloys, LED lights front and rear, rear privacy glass, 8 inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play and a host of safety features including, Lane Keep Assist, Forward Collision Avoidance, High Beam Assist and Speed Limit Assist.

The K3 (1.0 €28,145) adds additional features including, 18” Alloys, 10.25 inch touch-screen with Sat Nav/Tom Tom and rear-view camera, Half Leather Upholstery and Electronic Parking Brake and wireless phone charger. The K3 will also be available with a 115 PS diesel engine .Indicative pricing for this model will be €31,000 (TBC) .

The K4 1.0 (€30,045) completes the range for now with added features such as heated front seats, 12.3 inch supervision instrument cluster, smary key with push button start, climate control and Blind Spot Detection.

Pricing and specifations for xCeed PHEV will be announced closer to start of sales .

XCeed Design

This new Kia XCeed offer itself as a sporty alternative to traditional SUVs. A product of the brand’s European design centre in Frankfurt, Germany, the creation of the Kia XCeed has taken place under the direction of Gregory Guillaume, Vice President of Design for Kia Motors Europe.

“When we came to designing the new Ceed range as a whole, we didn’t have a brief to design a crossover,” explains Guillaume. “But as we developed designs for other models in the range, we realised a bodystyle like this could capture the emotion and sportiness of the ProCeed, but offer something new at the same time. An urban crossover seemed to embody these values well.”

The new Kia XCeed has a look of its own, with the only body panels carried over from its five-door hatchback sibling being the front doors. The car’s relatively long bonnet flows into the A-pillars anchored aft of the front wheels, lending the car a sporty, swept-back silhouette. The wheelbase remains the same as other models in the Ceed line-up (2,650 mm), the Kia XCeed’s front and rear overhangs are extended over the five-door hatchback model by 25mm at the front (to 905mm) and 60mm at the rear (to 840mm).

The 2019 Kia XCeed’s ground clearance is 172mm, when standing on 16-inch wheels, rising to 184mm on 18-inch wheels, a rise of up to 44mm over the Ceed five-door hatchback. Wheel arch and side sill cladding and silver roof rails lend the car a tougher, SUV-like presence, with the metallic valance in the rear bumper enhancing this effect.

XCeed’s total length is 4,395mm, it is 85mm longer than the Ceed five-door hatchback and 90mm more compact than the Sportage. Coming with a maximum roof height of 1,495mm, it stands 48mm above the Ceed and 150mm below the Sportage.

Inside Story

No surprise, this new Kia XCeed carries over the contemporary cabin architecture of its Ceed stablemates, with a sculptured centre console oriented slightly towards the driver. The Kia XCeed is designed to achieve the cabin and storage space of an SUV in a sportier body with a more compact footprint.

Based on the Ceed and sitting directly between the Ceed five-door hatchback and the Kia Sportage, this 2019 Kia XCeed’s hip point for each seat is raised by up to 44mm over the Ceed, the half-moon-shaped glass area and fastback roofline provide rear passengers with a brighter, airier ambience and more headroom than other rivals in the compact crossover class.

Luggage capacity for the Kia XCeed is rated at 426 litres (VDA), 31 litres more than the Ceed.

XCeed Tech

The Kia XCeed’s suite of advanced safety, connectivity and infotainment technologies, designed to make driving safer and less stressful and provide total ease of operation.

The 10.25-inch (K2 & K3 ) touchscreen navigation system features Bluetooth multi-connection as standard, enabling occupants to connect two mobile devices at once, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Its advanced split-screen functionality lets users control or monitor numerous vehicle features at the same time, customising the screen to display up to three applications simultaneously, among a series of available widgets. This enables the driver to have a single display (such as navigation) or combine different elements on-screen at the same time. This means the driver can follow navigation directions while passengers choose their favourite songs or check the weather forecast

Those choosing the Kia XCeed in K4 trim get included: the brand’s first fully-digital 12.3-inch Supervision driver instrument cluster, designed to deliver information as clearly as possible. With a high-definition 1920x720-pixel display, the digital cluster replaces the conventional speedometer and tachometer dials found currently in the brand’s passenger cars. Its single, seamless display incorporates pin-sharp digital dials for vehicle and engine speeds.

A multi-function display between the dials displays turn-by-turn navigation instructions, audio information, and in-depth trip information, as well as vehicle diagnostics alerts, and pop-up notifications linked to the car’s various active safety and driver assist technologies.

The Kia XCeed provides a wide range of active driver assist and safety technologies. These include Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind-spot Collision Warning( K4 model only), Forward Collision Warning with car and pedestrian detection, t Speed Limit Warning, Smart Parking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and High Beam Assist. The Kia XCeed’s Driver Attention Warning advises drivers to take a break if the system detects signs of fatigue.

As with every Kia car sold in Europe, the CUV is equipped as standard with Vehicle Stability Management. This aids stability when braking and cornering by controlling the car’s Electronic Stability Control if it detects a loss of traction.

The new Kia XCeed promises drivers a unique ride and handling character, with its own suspension tuning and componentry not found in other Ceed models. Despite its elevated ride height, the XCeed should be more engaging to drive than a typical family SUV due to its bespoke suspension tuning, more compact exterior dimensions, lower centre of gravity and reduced overall mass.

The hardware of the new model’s fully-independent suspension remains identical to that of the Ceed hatchback, ProCeed shooting brake and Ceed Sportswagon. With ground clearance elevated by up to 44mm over the standard Ceed (depending on wheel size), Kia’s engineers have softened the front and rear spring rates by up to 7% and 4% respectively, depending on the weight of different engines over the front axle. This delivers greater comfort and stability in all conditions. Cruising comfort is also enhanced by the adoption of a new dynamic damper for the rear cross-member, further quelling road noise and structural vibrations.


Two turbocharged petrol direct injection (T-GDi) engines are on offer. The three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDi engine produces 120ps and 172Nm torque, while the four-cylinder 1.4-litre T-GDi engine produces 140ps and 242Nm torque. The initial petrol product offer in Ireland will feature the one-litre power unit with the 1.4 to follow based on dealer and customer demand.

The Kia XCeed is also available with a choice of two Smartstream power units – the cleanest diesel engines ever produced by the brand, and the most fuel efficient in the range. The 1.6-litre Smartstream engine is offered with either 115ps or 136ps. In Ireland again the initial product offer will be the 115ps variant


A low-emissions plug-in hybrid powertrain will be launched into the Kia XCeed range in early 2020, combining an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5 kW electric motor, and a 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDI engine. Paired with a six-speed double-clutch transmission (6DCT), the powertrain transmits up to 141ps and 265Nm to the front wheels.

The Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is expected to offer an all-electric range of around 60 kilometres depending on wheel size.. CO2 emissions for the Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid will be announced prior to start-of-sales once the homologation process is complete.

KIA XCeed – Tech Talk

Body and chassis

Five-door, five-seater urban crossover, with high-strength steel unitary construction bodyshell. Choice of petrol or diesel three- or four-cylinder engines, driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or seven-speed double-clutch transmission.


1.0-litre/120 ps T-GDi Petrol         
Type     Three-cylinder in-line, turbocharged       
Capacity 1.0-litre, 998 cc       
Bore and stroke 71.0 x 84.0 mm       
Compression ratio 10.0:1       
Max power 120ps (88 kW) @ 6,000 rpm       
Max torque    172Nm (127 lb ft) @ 1,500-4,000 rpm       
Valves             12 (four per cylinder)       
Fuel system   Direct injection       
Emissions class Euro Stage 6d TEMP       
1.4-litre/140 ps T-GDi Petrol         
Type Four-cylinder in-line, turbocharged       
Capacity 1.4-litre, 1,353 cc       
Bore and stroke 71.6 x 84.0 mm       
Compression ratio 10.0:1       
Max power     140ps (103kW) @ 6,000 rpm       
Max torque    242Nm (178lb ft) @ 1,500-3,200 rpm       
Valves                         16 (four per cylinder)       
Fuel system Direct injection       
Emissions class Euro Stage 6d TEMP       
1.6-litre / 115 ps Smartstream CRDi diesel (low)         
Type     Four-cylinder in-line, turbocharged       
Capacity 1.6-litre, 1,598 cc       
Bore and stroke 77.0 x 85.8 mm       
Compression ratio 15.9:1       
Max power 115 ps(85 kW) @ 4,000 rpm       
Max torque 280Nm (207 lb ft) @ 1,500-2,750 rpm (6MT)       
  300Nm (221lb ft) @ 1,500-2,500 rpm (7DCT)       
Valves             16 (four per cylinder)       
Fuel system Common-rail direct injection       
Emissions class Euro Stage 6d TEMP       
Six-speed manual transmission and Seven-speed double-clutch transmission (7DCT)         
Manual 1.0 T-GDi       1.4 T-GDi       
  6-speed MT   6-speed MT       
Diesel  1.6 CRDi (all)       
Manual 6-speed MT       
Suspension and damping         
Front Fully-independent by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar       
Rear Fully-independent by subframe-mounted multilink, coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers, with anti-roll stabiliser bar       
Type Electric motor-driven rack-and-pinion power steering       
Steering ratio 12.7:1       
Turns, lock-to-lock 2.44       
Min turning circle 5.3 metres       
Front 305 x 25 mm ventilated discs (standard)       
  Rear    272 x 10 mm solid discs* *with handbrake; 284 x 10 mm solid discs for models with electronic parking brake       
Wheels and tyres         
Standard Alloy 16-inch, 205/60 R16 tyres       
Option Alloy 18-inch, 235/45 R18 tyres       
Dimensions (mm)         
Overall length 4,395              Overall width                       1,826*       
Overall height 1,483/1,495**           Wheelbase                2,650       
Front overhang 905                 Rear overhang          840       
Ground clearance 172/184**       
*excluding door mirrors*on 16-/18-inch wheels         
Interior1st row 2nd row       
Head room987     953       
Leg room1,073883       
Shoulder room1,4281,406       
Luggage capacity (litres, VDA)         
Behind second row426        
Behind first row1,378        

Fuel efficiency and emissions



                                    1.0 T-GDi       1.4 T-GDi                               1.6 T-GDi

                                    MT                  MT                  7DCT              MT                  7DCT

Fuel economy          5.4 ~ 5.7         6.0 ~ 6.2        5.7 ~ 5.9         6.7 ~ 6.9         6.2 ~ 6.5



CO2 emissions          124 ~ 130       137 ~ 142       130 ~ 135       153 ~ 158       143 ~ 148 (combined,g/km)*




                                    1.6 CRDi (low)                                  1.6 CRDi (high)

                                    MT                  7DCT              MT                  7DCT

Fuel economy          4.1 ~ 4.3         4.4 ~ 4.6         4.3 ~ 4.4         4.4 ~ 4.6




CO2 emissions          109 ~ 114       115 ~ 120        112 ~ 117        117 ~ 122



*NEDC (New European Driving Cycle) 2.0 data based on WLTP (World-harmonised Light Test Vehicle Procedure) test cycle, reconverted to NEDC