Cars Kia XCeed PHEV review: plug-in hatchback excels

20:25  20 september  2020
20:25  20 september  2020 Source:   readcars.co

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Discover Kia ’s All-New- XCeed PHEV , the modern hybrid with spacious seating, sophisticated safety Discover the Power of Clean. Kia 's first European-built plug - in hybrid powertrain combines an 8.9 Interested in finding out more? Keep up to date with Kia and be the first to get news, information and

Plug - in power with low emissions and all- electric driving capability The new Kia XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon Plug - in Hybrids offer a compelling alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models. The new powertrain combines an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5 kW electric motor

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The standard Kia XCeed got a huge thumbs up from us when we reviewed it in 2019.

A good-looking “urban crossover” version of the Ceed hatchback, it slots in below Kia’s big-selling Sportage.

With its raised ride height and driving position, bigger wheels and more rugged look, its closest rival is arguably the Ford Focus Active.

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Well, Kia has done it again with the plug-in hybrid version of the XCeed.

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Read the definitive Kia XCeed 2020 review from the expert What Car? team. Check specs, prices, performance and compare with similar cars. Oh, and the suspension has been raised by 44mm, just in case you fancy travelling to the outback in search of some other rare sightings from the 1980s: the

Combining a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor (total output of 139bhp), it has an electric-only range of 36 miles and power is delivered to the front wheels through a six-speed automatic gearbox.

And while it’s not the fastest off the line (0-62mph in 10.6 seconds and a 99mph top speed), it feels swifter and it’s perfectly adequate for everyday motoring and journeys.

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What’s more important is that it’s capable of up to 201mpg. Obviously, this is dependent of a few factors. Primarily whether you’ve charged the battery before heading off, the length of your journey, and a smooth driving style.

If your trip or commute around 30 miles or under, then it’s quite possible that you will use next to no petrol because you can stay in EV mode.

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The new Kia XCeed PHEV is an all-round package with plenty of highlights. Get all the specs, from dimensions and engines to trims and prices. Hatchback .

The Kia XCeed PHEV ( plug - in hybrid vehicle ) has officially gone on sale in the UK, and it promises buyers a crossover with up to 36 miles of electric -only The plug - in hybrid system is familiar to us, as it’s also used in the Kia Niro PHEV . Power comes from a mix of 1.6-litre petrol engine and 60bhp

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If it’s longer, then part of your journey will be in EV mode, some of it will use a combination of petrol and electric, plus you’ll be able to charge the battery up on the move via regenerative braking (a system which uses otherwise-wasted energy when braking and coasting, converting it into electricity).

On a couple of longer trips consisting of mixed driving, we found we could achieve an average of around 60mpg without too much effort, which is pretty impressive.

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The transition between electric and petrol running is smooth enough, just like the gearbox.

Recharging the battery takes approximately 2 hours 15 minutes, so charging overnight or at work for the commute home is very feasible.

Unless you switch to Sport mode, it’s fair to say that the XCeed PHEV’s handling is less than exciting, but then driving a plug-in hybrid is more about extracting the best mileage.

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The Ceed Sportswagon Plug - In Hybrid . from £29,995. Kia Care service plan package, designed to give you great value and keep your vehicle in top condition. Interested in finding out more? Keep up to date with Kia and be the first to get news, information and offers about the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV .

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Crucially, CO2 emissions are as low as 32g/km, meaning that business users will pay considerably less company car tax, while private buyers will be pleased with lower road tax costs and diesel-like economy.

The driving experience is more comfort focused, though if pushed, there’s impressively little body lean in corners.

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Just like the standard XCeed, rear leg room is good, though the PHEV’s boot is only 291 litres (135-litres smaller than its standard sibling).

Other than that, the XCeed plug-in hybrid is much the same, which is no bad thing. It’s also one of those few cars that is immediately comfortable as soon as you take your seat, with everything logically to hand.

Priced from £30,695, two trim levels are available – ‘3’ and First Edition – and both are packed with goodies. Standard equipment includes a 10.3-inch touchscreen, Smart Key with Engine Start/Stop Button, heated front seats and rear privacy glass.

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Safety features include autonomous emergency braking (AEB), Blind-Spot Collision Warning and Lane Keep Assist.

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Kia Motors Europe has revealed plug - in hybrid versions of its Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed crossover this week, ahead of a European sales launch early next year. Both vehicles utilise the plug - in hybrid system familiar from the Niro crossover and Ioniq hatchback , which teams a 1.6-litre

New KIA Xceed is a crossover based on the Ceed hatchback and as KIA tells us in official press release, this model has never been planned with its slinky

The XCeed PHEV competes against the likes of the Renault Captur E-Tech and Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid.

Verdict: The all-new Kia XCeed PHEV is an impressive addition to the plug-in hybrid sector. Good-looking, well built, generously equipped, comfortable and easy to drive, it’s capable of slashing the costs of your everyday motoring. Add Kia’s excellent seven-year warranty and there’s no doubt that it’s one of the best plug-in hybrid hatchbacks available.

Review in association with www.automotiveblog.co.uk

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