Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, it was possible to get in your car and drive wherever you wanted to go, unfettered by police road blocks set up to ask you about the purpose of your journey. They were happy days and not so long ago (as Karen Carpenter used to croon), but thanks to the Great Plague of 2020 (or the Great Plaque as Kylee-Mae on Facebook likes to call it), for most of the last couple of months our long-term Kia has barely turned a wheel.
Before the Kia went into hibernation in March, it was racking up the miles at a fair lick, during which time I think I might have sold another couple of XCeeds on behalf of Kia. In my last report I wrote that my friend Mike had bought one largely on the strength of a recommendation from me – and now it looks like two more friends are set to follow him. I think perhaps a new career in car sales beckons…
One of those friends, who is rather taken by the XCeed, is called Mark, and he’s an existing Kia owner (a Niro), while his wife runs a Sportage. Mark expressed an interest in the XCeed when I visited him in March, and having owned Kias for a while, he had a pretty good idea of what to expect in terms of build quality, value and the driving experience. I took him out for a drive around the block (remember those halcyon days when we were able to sit just a few inches apart?) and with the demonstration run over, Mark was suitably impressed. He was taken with the Kia’s comfortable ride and supportive seats – but like me, he homed in on the amount of tyre roar. It’s not deafening, but it’s loud enough to detract from what is generally a pretty accomplished and polished package.
Mark was a Niro early adopter, so his car is due for renewal around now, while his wife’s Sportage will be chopped in for something fresh at the start of next year. Both love their cars, but fancy a change while remaining in the Kia fold – and they both really like the look of the XCeed. They wouldn’t go as far as to get one each, but it looks like there will be some scrapping in the household over who will get to have the XCeed, while the other one looks on enviously. Or maybe they’ll go for joint custody. But then it’s all rather academic at the moment with the world having ground to a halt, Mark has more important things to worry about than replacing a car which does everything he needs it to, and which he really enjoys owning.
Date arrived 8th October 2019
Fuel economy 53.3mpg (WLTPcombined) 49.8mpg (on test)
While the sound quality could be better, the usability of the infotainment system is superb.
The piano black trim looks smart, for a while, but it attracts dust so it quickly looks grubby.