What is it?
Some car makers can be reluctant to show a car in its purest form, in case removing all of those nice options and all that extra power reveals where they’ve skimped.
Not so Kia, which has long had a habit of making even its entry-level models well equipped, with no sense of ‘here’s what you could have won’. That becomes even more important than usual in this entry-level version of the Xceed, which follows our higher-spec road test subject late last year that struggled to comfortably wear its near-£30,000 price tag despite the car's pleasing dynamics and looks.
Take nearly a third off that price and you arrive at this Xceed, powered by a 1.0-litre turbocharged triple rather than the 1.4-litre four-cylinder unit of our road test subject, and with a six-speed manual rather than that car's seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
It’s in entry-level 2 trim as opposed to the fully loaded First Edition, which has been the biggest seller to date. In time it is expected to cede (boom boom) that status to the model we’re testing here. A fleet-friendly 1.6-litre diesel is also offered.