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Kia XCeed hatchback - Practicality & boot space

The Kia XCeed sits in the middle ground between hatchback and SUV

Carbuyer Rating

4.1 out of 5

Practicality & boot space Rating

4.0 out of 5

The crossover class can get somewhat confusing because while at one end of the spectrum you'll find purpose-built SUVs, at the other there are restyled hatchbacks with jacked up suspension like the Kia XCeed and Ford Focus Active.

Kia XCeed interior space & storage

Interior space in the XCeed isn't much different to the hatchback but that's not necessarily a bad thing. The driving position is easily adjustable for almost any height and shape of driver, with a steering wheel that moves for reach and rake, along with plenty of legroom. Visibility is good, with a slightly better view ahead thanks to the raised driving position, and every version comes with a rear-view camera. Somewhat oddly, you'll need the range-topping First Edition if you want front parking sensors.

Boot space

Thanks to the XCeed’s extra length compared with the Ceed, it has a boot that’s 31 litres bigger. Measuring 426 litres, this also beats the 375-litre boot of the Focus Active, while the Volkswagen T-Cross' boot measures from 385-455 litres depending on the position of the rear bench. Due to where the batteries are placed, the hybrid offers a noticeably smaller boot at 291 litres.

Top-of-the-range First Edition models also get 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats, making it easier to load longer items such as skis and still have seats for two passengers.


The XCeed can safely tow a braked trailer weighing between 1,000kg and 1,200kg, depending on the engine. That should be just enough to haul a medium-sized caravan but is lower than you might expect given its rugged SUV looks.

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