The XCeed PHEV (plug-in hybrid) has joined the Niro PHEV, currently Ireland’s best-selling plug-in hybrid, and the Kia full EV models eSoul and eNiro. Priced at €28,945 ( after Government supports ), the car is generously equipped with comfort and safety features with 18” alloy wheels, dual zone auto aircon, 8” Android Auto/Apple Car Play, rear privacy glass, rain sensors, lane keep assist and forward collision avoidance .
The new Kia XCeed PHEV offers a compelling alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models. The new powertrain combines an 8.9 kWh lithium-polymer battery pack, a 44.5 kW electric motor, and an efficient 1.6-litre ‘Kappa’ four-cylinder GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine. The Kia XCeed accelerates from 0-to-100 kph in 11.0 seconds.
Standard regenerative braking technology allows the new Plug-in Hybrid to harvest kinetic energy and recharge its battery pack while coasting or braking, further enhancing the overall efficiency of the powertrain.
The XCeed PHEV is capable of travelling up to 54 kilometres on zero-emissions electric power (NEDC combined cycle). This capability enables drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone.
The PHEV is equipped with Kia’s new Virtual Engine Sound System, an audible warning system which activates in electric-only mode at low speeds or when reversing. The system generates virtual sound levels to safely notify pedestrians of the car’s presence.
The 8.9 kWh battery pack is located alongside the 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench, unlike many other plug-in hybrid vehicles, in which the battery pack takes up valuable cargo space. Luggage capacity in the Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is 291 litres, growing to 1,243 litres with the rear folded down. There is a dedicated space beneath the boot floor to store the charging cable when not in use.
The new model is covered by Kia’s unique 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty as standard.
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