The Kia XCeed Plug-In Hybrid SUV: The Complete Guide For The UK

Kia XCeed PHEV
Price: £31,855
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: Compact SUV
Battery size: 8.9 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 29.8 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 38g (CO2/km)

Overview


Kia Corporation, the South Korean automotive manufacturer is fast developing a portfolio of lower emission ‘eco’ vehicles, to include zero-emission battery-electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and mild hybrids. The BEVs and PHEVs range includes:

The Korean automotive company is headquartered in Seoul, and it is South Korea’s second largest automotive manufacturer after the Hyundai Motor Company. Hyundai owns a 33.88% stake in Kia. The Kia Corporation has been active in the European markets since 1991.



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The Kia XCeed Compact PHEV SUV


The Kia XCeed compact crossover SUV has been manufactured since 2006. The XCeed was designed specifically for the European market. The model is currently in its third generation. The hybrid variant concept was unveiled at the 2008 Paris Auto Show. The Kia XCeed is available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).

It is compact, stylish and is environmentally-friendly. Though the Kia XCeed electric vehicle (EV) does not qualify for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG), it is still a relatively affordable PHEV for families, and as a company car. The XCeed PHEV crossover is not the only PHEV that does not qualify for the electric car incentive, in fact, all PHEVs are disqualified from the UK electric car grant.

The Kia PHEV pairs a 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine (6-speed DCT transmission) with an electric motor (44.5 kW), powered by an onboard EV battery. The automotive manufacturer claims a fuel economy up to 201.8 mpg for the electric vehicle (EV).

Of course the real-world fuel economy will depend on a number of factors, but none as influential as using the e-mode. Bottom-line, to increase the fuel economy of the electric vehicle and lower the driving costs, the PHEV should be driven as much as possible on the pure electric mode. It is also far cheaper to drive on electric mode, compared to using the combustion engine. Depending on when and where an electric car is charged, the cost per mile for electric driving is between 5 pence and 10 pence.

Given the WLTP certified emission-free electric range is 29.8 miles, and most commutes are short, there is much scope for taking advantage of electric driving to save money. The PHEV has a 8.9 kWh onboard EV battery, which is reasonably standard for a PHEV of this size.

However, expect the real-world electric range to be closer to 25 miles. The EV range is impacted by a number of factors, to include: driving profile, speed, load, regenerative braking, road condition, weather and a lot more. It is worth noting that Kia claims an emission-free electric range up to 36.6 miles for the 16″ wheel ‘3’ grade.

Taking advantage of the EV range will also require inculcating a habit of charging the EV on a regular basis, which again is as easy as charging a smartphone. We at e-zoomed recommend the use of a dedicated EV charging station, like easee to charge the EV. We do not encourage the use of a domestic 3-PIN plug. Charging the EV using a single-phase EV charger will take up to 2 hours 15 minutes (0% → 100%). Of course, if you top up on a regular basis, the charging time will be faster. The EV incorporates a 3.3 kW AC onboard charger and is not capable of DC charging.

In terms of practicality, the EV has its limitation, given both the body style and the placement of the onboard EV battery. For adults, the rear seats are not as comfortable and the headroom is impacted by the roofline. Moreover, the boot size is small (291 L). If the rear seats are folded, the available cargo volume increases up to 1,243 L. However, the plug-in electric car is easy to drive and park, perfect for city and town centres.

The performance of the electric SUV will not exhilarate, but it does the job! The front-wheel drive XCeed Plug-In Hybrid can achieve 0-60 mph in 10.6 seconds, also benefiting from instant torque. The hybrid drivetrain delivers a maximum power of 139 bhp (torque 265 Nm), sufficient for city and motorway driving. The top speed is 99 mph. Do keep in mind that the additional weight of the onboard EV battery (117 kg) does impact the overall performance of the electric vehicle.

The Kia electric car has a decent level of standard specifications and safety features, to include: 10.25″ touchscreen satellite navigation, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, reversing camera system, driver attention warning, hill-start assist control, intelligent stop & go, lane keep assist, blind-spot collision warning, forward collision-avoidance assist and more. Interior quality is decent and reflects the price tag of the EV.

The Kia plug-in hybrid is also an option for company-car drivers, given the reduced tailpipe emissions (38g CO2/km) of the hybrid and lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-11%) tax charge, compared to the conventional petrol variant.


PROS CONS
Affordable prices Driving performance will not set the heart racing
Cheap to run on electric mode Rear seats not as spacious as alternatives
Good standard specificationsOn board charger limited to 3.3 kW. DC charging not available

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The Kia XCeed Compact PHEV SUV (credit: KIA)


At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Vehicle Type:Compact SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Engine:Petrol-Electric
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (2 Options)
PHEV ‘3’ (from £31,855)
PHEV ‘4’ (from £35,105)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 8.9 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. Onboard charger: 3.3 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2 hrs 15 mins)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:38g (CO2/km)
Warranty:7 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh £1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Dimensions
Height (mm):1495
Width (mm):1826
Length (mm):4395
Wheelbase (mm):2650
Turning Circle (m):10.6
Boot Space (L):291

1.6 GDi PHEV
EV Battery Capacity:8.9 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):29.8 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (Wh/km):N/A
Fuel Consumption (mpg):201.8
Charging: DC charging not available. Onboard charger: 3.3 kW AC (0% – 100%: 2 hrs 15 mins)
Top Speed:99 mph
0-60 mph:10.6 seconds
Drive: Front-wheel drive (FWD)
Electric Motor (kW):44.5
Max Power (bhp):139 (combined)
Torque (Nm): 265 (combined)
Transmission:Automatic
Seats:5
Doors:5
Kerb Weight (kg):1,596
Colours:6
NCAP Safety Rating:N/A

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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