This year's low-middle leader in Hungary has been supplemented with a good-looking crossover and there is no mention of merely sticking plastic inserts to the existing five-door body: the body has undergone a major renovation. Kia XCeed provides exactly what it shows: cool and quality at a good price – from $ 5.99 million. However, do not accidentally look for four-wheel drive.
At an unusual press conference, they presented the latest Kia Hungary favorite, Ceed, according to them, an SUV, but in fact a crossover transcription. The company introduced XCeed, a leader in the segment of compact TV adaptations for live TV commercials for this model (Ceed was the most popular compact car in Hungary from January to August this year).
During the fun campaign, serious data was entered that somehow always led the audience behind their noses. Of course, some good-looking car journalists missed Suzuki Vitara and Dacia Duster figures in colorful, smelly statistics, but, if you look at routes from low to medium cities only available as front-wheel drive, this is a little trick.
Not only plastics are different, but also sheets
For $ 5.99 million, XCeed represents the proportion of more cars, less off-road vehicles, as expected by the consumer society that wants cool accessories. Fleet exposed at the premiere VW Golf, Ford Focus and Opel Astra are selling above the base model this year. Although XCeed, which in many important points differs significantly from Ceed, may be an exaggeration (although an attempt was made) to compete with VW TRoc and its counterparts, there is no doubt as to the legality of the X prefix.
The compact crossover with a length of 4395 mm, width of 1826 mm and height of 1495 mm can be clearly distinguished by the naked eye from the rest of the series. Exactly 85 mm longer, 26 mm wider and 48 feet taller than the standard five-door hatchback, the wheelbase is 2650 mm, and the trunk is 60 liters to 426 liters.
Discreet cutting of discs and increased ground clearance by 32-44 mm and higher roof line by 48 mm with effective offroad elements (plastic and metal treads, diffusers, double exhausts) for many it will be addictive, especially in the boring world of bumpers with colors. The Korean manufacturer not only expands its compact offer beyond the usual body styles, but also the Proceed coupé wagon.
In addition to the X motifs, the digital dashboard is new
Looking at the other details, it seems that the designers made a thick note during the brainstorming at first. Everything is as muscular as sending a solid Ceed to some bodybuilding program. Approaching sophisticated muscle tones, we can find additional curiosities: from X controls, through striking tissue patterns, to specific, purposeful decorations, this model gives more money.
Of course, you can't forget about the beautiful 18-inch "Stinger" rims and the choice of bolder shades. Of course, his engine, chassis and other technical solutions came from smooth Ceed, but there are some innovations, the most important of which is the 12.3-inch digital dashboard (at an additional cost). Features include a 10.25-inch tablet with a center console, storage space for the driver profile, remote-activated mirror connection and plenty of active assistants, and of course a 7-year warranty.
With five engines, but only with 4×2 drive
1.0 TGDi (120 hp / 172 Nm) with three cylinders and turbo starts from the already mentioned 6 million base price. From now on, the client can flirt with two different four-cylinder gasolines, mobilizing 1.4 at 140 and 1.6 at 204 horsepower. There are also two 1.6 CRDi diesel engines to choose from (115 or 136 horsepower), and the plug-in hybrid powertrain will soon be available with the traditional Combi Ceed.
Wherever you get close to XCeed, it's definitely a bargain. Thanks to parallel motorization you give a bonus for around USD 200, and not available with all-wheel drive, but it is in the right place and time between the switches. Of course, how well it works in everyday life, and then the test will draw an accurate picture.