Kia XCeed PHEV interior & comfort
It won't wow you with its design, but the XCeed hybrid's interior is solidly built, well laid-out and filled with impressive in-car technology
The interior of the Kia XCeed PHEV probably won't be the reason you buy this car, but equally it won't put you off buying it either. There's little in the way of stylish design inside, however everything is where you'd expect it to be and there's a real sense of solidity and quality, reminiscent of the best German rivals.
Kia XCeed PHEV dashboard
Kia's focus on a logical layout and ease of use mean a large 10-inch touchscreen to control many of the car's systems, slightly angled towards the driver. It may not have the initial 'wow' factor of a Tesla portrait-style display, but once you start using it, you'll find it's one of the best in-car systems on the market: intuitive and quick to respond.
Equipment, options & accessories
When it first went on sale, the XCeed PHEV was offered in rather pricey 'First Edition' trim, packing in kit like 17-inch alloys, a panoramic sunroof, leather seats and a digital driver display. Once those cars have sold out, though, the car will solely be available in the 3 trim level, which is actually better value for what you get.
Standard kit here comprises 16-inch alloys, privacy glass and smart key technology, plus cloth and faux-leather seats that are heated, as is the steering wheel. And in common with all XCeeds, hybrid or otherwise, you get the good looks that grace the whole Ceed range, with a bit of extra cladding and a slightly raised ride height.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
As mentioned above, we really rate Kia's infotainment system and find it a joy to use. The XCeed comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and will display your phone's output across the whole screen, which many other cars don’t do. Elsewhere, Kia’s UVO telematics system means you can connect your car to your smartphone and monitor charging and other settings remotely.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe Kia XCeed hybrid isn't sporty or satisfying to drive, but its mix of quality, style and affordable running costs mean it still has plenty of appeal
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe XCeed hybrid has decent official electric range and returns strong fuel economy in real-world driving
- 3Running costsCompany-car drivers benefit most from the XCeed's low CO2 emissions, but low-mileage private buyers will find it cost-effective, too
- 4Engines, drive & performanceUnlike some plug-in hybrids, the XCeed PHEV isn't particularly fast or fun to drive
- 5Interior & comfort - currently readingIt won't wow you with its design, but the XCeed hybrid's interior is solidly built, well laid-out and filled with impressive in-car technology
- 6PracticalityThe Kia XCeed isn't as practical as the hatchback or estate versions of the car, and the addition of hybrid hardware further reduces space inside
- 7Reliability & safetySafety and reliability have long been Kia watchwords, and things should be no different with this plug-in hybrid XCeed