SUVs with an E in their license plate appear more and more often. What can be understood as an indication of an electric vehicle does not mean that it is driven without a combustion engine. Plug-in hybrids are gaining ground because many customers would like to switch to electromobility, but do not want to forego an actually unlimited range. The internal combustion engine on board makes the panic search for a charging station obsolete. The Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid fully meets the automotive zeitgeist.
And this zeitgeist is electrifying. It is becoming increasingly clear that no car buyer can or will completely avoid it. But combustion engines are still bestsellers as gasoline or diesel engines and are preferred to be bought. Not just in Germany, but all over Europe, yes all over the world. Even in China, where a total of 20 million registrations are expected this year. There, too, significantly more combustion engines are still sold than e-cars. For industry experts in Germany, it looks as if the plug-in hybrid has initiated the transition to a pure electric car with a battery. Because the serious disadvantages of the battery car - range and charging time - are still a major hurdle.
The battery should last for 58 kilometers
All criteria that are irrelevant for a plug-in hybrid. We tried out whether a plug-in hybrid is actually economical if you do not charge at the charging station at all. And the result right away: Even without “additional cargo”, this SUV is very economical on the road. Despite frequent freeway driving at a brisk pace, the on-board computer showed nevertheless a predictive driving style
between 5,2 and 6,5 liters. For a vehicle of this size, this can be said to be economical. Frequent recuperation while coasting or when braking is noticeable because the battery is always used first when starting off. The fully charged battery should be good for 58 kilometers of pure electric driving. This is sufficient for everyday use in most cases. A charging facility at home or at work is required. We only “loaded” gasoline.
The XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is not only technologically up to date with today's demands. In terms of design, it reflects European “world tastes”, no wonder, since it was also designed in Europe. Its dynamic face, its elegant, coupé-like side view and a well-designed rear end make the SUV a pleasing and long-term design object that has already won several design awards. Including the renowned Red Dot Award. In form, too, the XCeed represents a modern perspective that meets high aesthetic standards. This also applies to the interior, in which a digital cockpit dominates and ergonomically placed controls appear immediately familiar.
The Kia XCeed Plug-in is not a sprinter
Numerous assistants for comfortable driving and a high level of safety are often state-of-the-art today, and of course are also part of the technological architecture in the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid. Only in terms of driving performance are dynamic requirements not met. However, the question arises why the acceleration behavior seems to be such a German need. If the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid takes 11 seconds to 100 km / h, it is perceived as sluggish.
The design originated in Europe
In fact, at times we would have wished for more steam, which the 1,6-liter gasoline engine was unable to deliver, which brings a system output of 61 to the road with the 141-hp electric motor. With a top speed of 193 km / h, we didn't miss anything in the end to rush from Stuttgart to Munich with reasonable speed. Comfortably enveloped in a restrained background noise and efficiently moved by a 6-speed double clutch transmission, we were overcome by a kind of serenity that can definitely be called pleasant. The active lane departure warning system with corrective steering intervention seems a little too abrupt to intervene. You have to get used to it, but basically you could do without steering interventions not only in the Kia.
A 7 year guarantee is always a great promise
The standard equipment in the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is impressive: LED headlights, 20,2 cm touchscreen, smartphone interface, automatic air conditioning, smart key, reversing camera, front seat heating, 16-inch alloy wheels, digital cockpit, leather interior , electrically adjustable driver's seat, front seat ventilation, inductive charging station for smartphones, electr. Tailgate, sliding glass roof, 18-inch alloy wheels. Then there are the many assistants: active lane departure warning, drowsiness warning, high beam assistant, traffic jam assistant, adaptive cruise control system with stop-and-go, intelligent parking system, lane change assistant, cross traffic warning and a very good and fast reacting traffic sign recognition. Via UVO Connect, the driver can use his own SIM card to call up data and traffic information in real time as well as the nearest charging station and much more.
Always a great Kia promise: the seven-year manufacturer's guarantee for the battery (up to 150.000 km) and a seven-year navigation map update. The entry price is apparently high at around 36.000 euros, but thanks to subsidies of around 27.800 euros it turns out to be a very inexpensive entry into e-mobility.