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The Top Gear car review: Kia XCeed
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
Interiors are a point of strength for Kia at the moment, and the XCeed’s is no exception. There are enough premium-feel materials to make it a pleasant place to be, and the infotainment systems are simple to get to grips with and easy to use. All trim levels get Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility as standard. Base-spec ‘2’ models get an 8-inch main screen, whilst ‘3’ and First Edition cars get a 10.25-inch version. Those First Edition cars also get a 12.3-inch digital driver display. It’s clear enough, but doesn’t allow for a sat-nav map view like some others – only turn by turn instructions. Manual dials would be just fine.
The niche that Kia has squeezed the XCeed into means there are compromises on the inside too, though. Specifically in the rear seats, where the sloping roofline makes things rather claustrophobic, and with the chunky rear pillars which don’t allow for great visibility out the back. All models do come with reversing cameras and Smart Park Assist, but surely that’s very much an attempt to cure a self-made problem.
Despite the coupé-style roof, there is still decent luggage space – 426 litres with the seats up. That’s 31 litres more than the Ceed, but if it’s boot space you really need – the Ceed Sportswagon estate manages 625 litres and is far easier to load.
First Edition XCeeds also get some extremely bright yellow stitching to match their eye-watering exterior colour. Yes, nobody wants a boring monotone colour scheme, but we’d have to say there’s a limit for our taste.