Kia Ceed and XCeed plug-in hybrids revealed

The Kia Ceed Plug-in Hybrid and XCeed Plug-in Hybrid go on sale in early 2020 and will offer up to 37 miles of electric running

Kia has confirmed that it'll offer plug-in hybrid versions of the Ceed Sportswagon and XCeed crossover from early 2020. 

Called the Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid and Kia XCeed Plug-In Hybrid, both models are expected to offer as much as 37 miles of pure electric running courtesy of an 8.9kWh lithium-ion battery and 60bhp electric motor. A 1.6-litre petrol engine takes over when the battery is depleted. 

The powertrain is a tweaked version of that already offered in the Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid (where it offers an official electric range of 30 miles) and offers the same six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and combined power output of 139bhp. That gives the Ceed Plug-In Hybrid a 0-62mph time of 10.8 seconds, while the XCeed trails it with an 11-second sprint time. 

CO2 emissions and fuel-economy figures are yet to be confirmed, but they should certainly match or exceed the 202mpg and 31g/km achieved by the Niro Plug-In Hybrid. 

Both the Ceed and XCeed PHEVs get specific styling updates to differentiate them from the non-electrified diesel and petrol alternatives in their ranges. They have slightly different, closed ‘tiger nose’ front grilles, and the Ceed also gets ‘eco plug-in’ badging.

Inside, there’s an eight-inch colour touchscreen including navigation with charging-point search function. An optional upgrade to the latest 10.25-inch screen that we saw first in the forthcoming Kia Soul EV will also be available.

Both cars have their charing points on the front passenger-side wing, while the fuel filler for the 37-litre tank is at the rear wing on the same side. Some luggage space has been lost in both cars in order to fit the batteries, with the Ceed Sportswagon keeping 437 litres of boot space and the XCeed only 291, but both have dedicated cable storage compartments. 

Sales of the Kia Ceed and XCeed Plug-In Hybrid start in Europe at the beginning of 2020. 

A UK on-sale date, pricing and equipment levels will be confirmed later this year, but expect both models to be very competitively priced next to rivals like the MINI Countryman PHEV.