‘Spirit Green’ is a new colour and one of eight that XCeed customers can choose from

Price for the facelifted Kia XCeed crossover will start from £22,995 for petrol models and £32,595 for PHEV versions, with the first UK deliveries starting at the end of next month.

The mid-cycle refresh comes three years after the XCeed first went on sale and during that time has established itself as the most popular car in the four-model Ceed line-up.

In fact, it has accounted for just over half of all Ceed sales in the UK to date and, so far this year, has made up 10% (5,652) of all deals agreed between customers and dealers.

As part of the changes, the XCeed now comes with revised front and rear end styling, better equipment levels and the addition of a new range-topping derivative called ‘GT-Line S’. Combined, the company says it makes the car “an even more enticing proposition in the popular C-crossover segment”.

A similar grade structure is offered to before, albeit with the ‘4’ model being replaced with ‘GT-Line S’ which attracts a sports-inspired body kit, unique 18-inch alloy wheels, GT-Line seats and steering wheel.

The same engines are found under the bonnet of the new XCeed as before meaning a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol that produces 158bhp. This is joined by a plug-in hybrid that pairs a 44.5 kW electric motor to a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol for a combined power output of 139bhp. Fully charged, the 8.9 kWh battery is capable of delivering 30-miles of range.

Priced from £22,995, ‘2’ grade includes 16-inch alloy wheels, LED bi-function headlights and a reversing camera on top of an 8-inch colour touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a 4.2-inch digital driver instrument cluster, cruise control with speed limiter function and a leather trimmed steering wheel.

Moving up to mid-spec ‘3’ adds 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass and rear parking sensors while the touchscreen grows in size to 10.25-inches and comes complete with satellite navigation. Other convenience features include rain-sensing wipers, electrically folding, adjustable and heated door mirrors, heated front seats, dual zone air conditioning and an auto dimming rear view mirror.

The range is completed by ‘GT-Line S’ (£29,995). For this, customers secure a panoramic sunroof with tilt and slide function, and a power-operated tail-gate. The interior is finished off with black leather and suede seat upholstery, an 8-speaker audio system developed by JBL, wireless smartphone charging and a 12.3-inch digital driver display.

The XCeed PHEV is sold only in ‘3’ specification and weighs in at £32,595. Exclusive to it are special 16-inch alloy wheels, a closed radiator grille finished in black and satin chrome, and Drive Mode Select that comprises ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ modes.

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