Kia Ceed and XCeed plug-in hybrids now on sale

The Kia Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid and Kia XCeed Plug-In Hybrid are now on sale, offering up to 37 miles of electric running

Plug-in hybrid (PHEV) versions of the Kia Ceed Sportswagon estate and Kia XCeed SUV, priced from £29,995 and £30,695 respectively, are on sale in the UK as of January 2020. First deliveries take place in April.

Called the Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid and XCeed Plug-In Hybrid, the cars deliver 37 and 36 miles of electric running respectively, courtesy of an 8.9kWh battery and 60bhp electric motor. A 1.6-litre petrol engine takes over when the battery is depleted, or works in concert with the motor to improve efficiency.

The cars' powertrain is a tweaked version of that already offered in the Kia Niro PHEV (where it gives an official electric range of 30 miles). It uses the same six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and has the same combined power output of 139bhp.

That gives the Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid a 0-62mph time of 10.8 seconds, while the XCeed Plug-In Hybrid 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 PHEV.

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 Sportswagon also gets ‘eco plug-in’ badging.

Inside, there’s Kia's latest 10.25-inch screen that was first seen in the Kia Soul EV, with navigation and charging-point search functions, along with Kia's 'UVO Connect' smartphone app for remote control of certain functions.

Another feature is a 'driver only' button for the ventilation system, which instantly de-activates airflow to all cabin vents except those nearest the driver. This enables battery energy to be preserved when driving alone.

The XCeed plug-in is offered in 3 and First Edition trim levels initially, while the Ceed Sportswagon plug-in comes solely in 3 specification. As standard, the XCeed 3 has 16-inch alloy wheels, black cloth seat trim and powered lumbar support for the front seats.

The XCeed First Edition increases alloy size to 18 inches and adds black leather upholstery, as well as parking assistance, heated outer rear seats and 12.3-inch 'Supervision' digital dials, along with a panoramic sunroof, aluminium pedals, a powered tailgate and wireless phone charging.

The Ceed Sportswagon Plug-In Hybrid is intended as the flagship of the entire Ceed Sportswagon range, and as such its sole 3 trim level comes very well equipped, with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting all round, automatic headlights, rain-sensing front wipers and a front wiper de-icer.

There are also roof rails, privacy glass on the rear, black cloth seat trim, dual automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, drive mode select and a keyless entry and start system.

Both the XCeed and Ceed SW have their charging 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. A towing pack is an optional extra for both cars.

Some luggage space has been lost in both cars 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. Figures with the seats lowered are 1,506 and 1,243 litres respectively.