Kia XCeed PHEV running costs, insurance, warranty and tax
Company-car drivers benefit most from the XCeed's low CO2 emissions, but low-mileage private buyers will find it cost-effective, too
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|18||7yrs / 100,000 miles||1yr / 10,000 miles||From £679 / £1,357|
Depending on your circumstances, the Kia XCeed PHEV should be a very cheap car to run. Company-car drivers stand to gain the most thanks to the car's low official CO2 emissions figure and correspondingly low Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax rating, but low-mileage private buyers stand to save big, too, by keeping the car in electric mode for the vast majority of their local journeys.
Kia XCeed PHEV insurance group
The XCeed PHEV falls into insurance group 18, which shouldn't mean ruinously expensive premiums, but is still higher than the 12-16 ratings applied to most of the petrol and diesel-powered models in the range.
Kia comes up trumps on the warranty front with its by now well known seven-year/100,000-mile guarantee, which has yet to be comprehensively bettered by any rival marques, many years after its introduction. Even if you don't plan to keep your car beyond the usual three years or so, such a long warranty is a boon for the car's residual value when you go to sell or trade it in.
The XCeed PHEV needs servicing at the same intervals as non-electrified Kias: once a year or every 10,000 miles; whichever comes first.
Road-tax (VED) exemption for low-CO2 cars is a thing of the past these days; you now have to go fully electric if you want to minimise your contributions to HM Treasury's bottom line. Plug-in hybrids like the XCeed do get a £10 discount on the regular £155 annual fee, so your bill will be £145 every 12 months.
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 costs - currently readingCompany-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 & comfortIt 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