The new Kia XCeed, described by the company as a Compact Utility Vehicle, is available to order now with prices starting from £20,795.

Based on the Ceed hatchback, the XCeed is 85mm longer and 43mm taller, and although ground clearance is usefully increased, all models continue to drive the front wheels only.

However, the XCeed shares only the front doors with its hatchback brother, allowing Kia to create a sportier look with a longer, sculpted bonnet and a rakish sloping roofline.

The interior, while familiar, offers a tasteful smattering of highlights to bring out the XCeed’s sportier character.

The XCeed also boasts the company’s revised infotainment system with a wide 10.25-inch touch-screen that now offers Uvo Connect telematics. Through a smartphone app, the system offers not just live traffic, weather and parking information, but also remote access to vehicle functions such as doors, locks and security alerts.

Powering the XCeed is a choice of 118bhp 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre 138bhp turbocharged petrol engines, plus a 1.6-litre turbodiesel.

Transmissions are six-speed manuals as standard, with the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch DCT on the 1.4 T-GDi.

Three grades are offered, starting with the generously-equipped ‘2’. It kicks off the range with 16-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, running lights and tail-lights, an 8-inch touch-screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, reversing camera, leather steering wheel and gear knob, automatic headlights, keyless entry, air conditioning, cruise control, lane keep assist and forward collision avoidance. An optional safety pack adds pedestrian detection and other features.

The mid-range ‘3’ brings 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, heated folding door mirrors, widescreen infotainment system, part-leather heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, electric parking brake, and pedestrian detection on manual models.

The range-topping ‘First Edition’ includes a panoramic sunroof, revised front grille, black door mirrors, smart cruise control on DCT models, blind spot warning, intelligent speed limiter, tyre pressure monitoring, power driver’s seat with memory and lumbar adjustment, yellow upholstery detailing, smart power tailgate, JBL sound system, wireless phone charging pad, aluminium pedals, 40:20:40 split rear seats, and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Phew.

As you’d expect, all Kia XCeeds come with the company’s 7-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Priced from £20,795, the new XCeed is available to order now, with first deliveries expected in September.

Kia XCeed Prices

‘2′ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG£20,795
‘2’ 1.6 CRDi 114bhp 6-speed manual ISG£22,045
‘3’ 1.0 T-GDi 118bhp 6-speed manual ISG£23,295
‘3’ 1.4 T-GDi 138bhp 6-speed manual ISG£24,095
‘3’ 1.4 T-GDi 138bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG£25,195
‘3’ 1.6 CRDi 134bhp 6-speed manual ISG£25,345
‘First Edition’ 1.4 T-GDi 138bhp 6-speed manual ISG£28,095
‘First Edition’ 1.4 T-GDi 138bhp 7-speed auto DCT ISG£29,195