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Kia latest crossover aims to be a cut price rival for the Merc GLA

June 28, 2019
Motoring Bermuda

Kia latest crossover aims to be a cut price rival for the Merc GLA

Would love to see this here in Bermuda!

This is the all-new Kia Xceed, the Korean firm’s latest crossover. It goes on sale in the UK on 5 July, pitched as a cut-price rival for the Mercedes GLA, priced from around £21,000.

The Xceed is the fourth member of the Kia Ceed family, joining the existing five-door hatchback, Sportswagon estate and Proceed shooting brake. Designed to sit between the Stonic and Sportage in the range, the Xceed is described by Kia as a crossover utility vehicle (CUV)

The only parts carried over from the Ceed hatch are the front doors; every other body panel has been redesigned. Kia has added a new LED headlamps and a more prominent grille with lower air intakes to give the Xceed a unique look within the range. It’s the same at the rear where new tail lamps and bolder body panels mark it out.

The wheelbase remains the same as the hatch at 2,650mm, but it is 85mm longer, while the ride height and roofline have also been raised by 42mm and 43mm respectively. Wheel sizes range from 16 to 18 inches.

Inside, the cabin design mirrors that of the rest of the Ceed lineup. An optional 10.25-inch touchscreen, that rests on top of the dash, features sat nav and Bluetooth and is also compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A smaller eight-inch display is fitted to entry-level models.

The Xceed is the first Kia to feature a 12.3-inch colour display in place of a conventional instrument cluster. A yellow colour pack has also been introduced on the Xceed, adding colourful inserts on the dash as well as stitching on the seats.

The boot is 31 litres larger than the on in the Ceed hatch at 426 litres – that’s slightly down on space over a Mercedes GLA and Volkswagen T-Roc. Dropping the rear bench, which splits 40:20:40, increases total luggage space to 1,378 litres. A split-level boot floor and automatic tailgate should be standard on every model.

Engine options will initially be made up of three petrol and two diesel units, while a plug-in hybrid and 48-volt mild hybrid powertrains will follow in 2020. The range starts with the 118bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre T-GDi and 138bhp four-cylinder 1.4-litre T-GDi engines. At the top sits a 201bhp 1.6-litre T-GDi engine also found in the Ceed GT.

This first appeared in Auto Express


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