The new Kia EV6 has arrived in Ireland

Kia EV6 Arrives In Ireland!

The new Kia EV6 has arrived in Ireland
The new Kia EV6 has arrived in Ireland

The new Kia EV6 has arrived in Ireland, and goes on sale priced from €50,000 including SEAI grant.

It will go on sale here in two trim lines Earth and GT Line, with a 77.4 kWh battery providing a range of up to 528 km (WLTP).

Billed as a crossover, it's Kia's first dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) produced using the Electric Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). It features a striking, future-oriented EV design and a new design philosophy for the Korean brand.

The EV6 has been optimised from the ground-up to be a full electric vehicle from the very start, taking advantage of the E-GMP’s sophisticated tech and engineering foundations. It has been developed with Kia’s sporty driving appeal in mind, promising direct steering responses, agility, precise and linear performance and road grip that boosts the ‘fun-to-drive’ ethos of the brand.

The flat battery pack is placed across the floor of the vehicle, spreading the mass, optimising ride quality, and giving a low centre of gravity for a full electric vehicle. Highly innovative hydraulic bushings that connect the rear subframe to the main body of the car help to further enhance the EV6’s driving performance and offsets the overall weight typically associated with fully electric vehicles.

“Interest in this car has been unprecedented,“ says Ronan Flood, Managing Director at Kia Ireland. "So much so that we have revised our forecasts for next year to 750 units, where supply allows. The huge buzz around the Kia EV6 is unlike any other model we have brought to market and it is proof that electric vehicles can be fun and are getting Irish motorists energised when it comes to considering sustainable mobility.”

The interior of the new Kia EV6
The interior of the new Kia EV6

Kia Ireland is initially offering the EV6 in two trim levels  on the Irish market - EV6 Earth and EV6 GT Line. Both models are rear wheel drive. On 19” wheels as standard, the Earth model has a quoted range of 528 km, while the GT-line on 20” wheels has a quoted range up to 506 km.

Both trim lines use a 77.4 kWh battery pack paired with a 168 kW (229 hp) electric motor and are fitted with a heat pump.

The EV6 Earth goes on sale in Ireland from €50,000 including SEAI grant. Features include dual 12.3” display screens, UVO Connect, charcoal grey vegan leather upholstery with premium relaxation seats, LED headlamps and powered tailgate.

The EV6 GT Line goes on sale from €54,345 including SEAI grant and features sportier GT Line styling features, suede/vegan leather seats, front ventilated, blind spot view monitors, augmented reality heads-up display and a panoramic sunroof.

Kia’s partnership with part-owned Ionity gives EV6 customers access to over 400 high power charging stations across 24 European countries, including 6 in Ireland. At IONITY charge points, buyers can make use of the EV6's high-tech 800V charging capability, where it takes just 18 minutes to charge from 10% to 80% battery and adds 100 km in less than 4.5 minutes.

EV6 buyers receive a free 12 month Kia Power Package subscription that offers this Ionity fast charging service at just €0.29 per kWh (normally €0.79).

The EV6 uses a 77.4 kWh battery pack
The EV6 uses a 77.4 kWh battery pack

 


The new Kia Sorento Hybrid on test for Changing Lanes!

Kia Sorento Hybrid (2021) Review

The new Kia Sorento Hybrid on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Kia Sorento Hybrid on test for Changing Lanes!

Caroline drives the 2021 Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid!

The Kia Sorento has established itself well in the market for 7-seat SUVs in Ireland. An all-new generation of the popular Sorento arrived here at the end of 2020, raising the game once again in the Kia camp.

What's so special about the 2021 Kia Sorento?

Offered with a diesel engine or as a plug-in hybrid for the very first time, the Kia Sorento offers buyers at both ends a stylish and upmarket large SUV.

Kicking off from €52,500 for the plug-in hybrid and from €52,440 for the diesel, the Sorento is a flagship SUV for the Korean brand. It looks and feels every inch of that billing.

The Sorento is big, physically imposing, with a new look inspired by the Kia Telluride, which is not sold in this country. Believe me this new Sorento should be large and good-looking enough for all your needs! All models come well-equipped with 19" alloys, roof rails, leather upholstery, 10.25" touchscreen, and a full suite of safety features.

The new Kia Sorento Hybrid is available from €50,000
The new Kia Sorento Hybrid is available from €52,500

How practical is it as a seven seat SUV?

The Sorento's 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack is located beneath the driver and front passenger seats. The layout means the battery pack doesn’t intrude on the Sorento’s cabin or cargo space.

Carrying people in comfort is what this SUV excels at. All models available in Ireland are 7-seaters, with the two seats in the very rear folding into the boot floor when not in use. The cabin is huge and spacious, the driving position lofty, the cabin finish high quality with the best in Kia technology and infotainment. Think of a living room on wheels and you are close.

There’s also a huge boot with a powered tailgate available - up to 809 litres with the third row of seats folded down. With all seven seats in place, there's 175 litres available for a few bags. The 50:50 split-fold third-row seats are easy to fold down using levers inside the boot.

The rear bench has great width and there are ISOFIX child seat fixtures on the outer seats of the 2nd and 3rd row seats.

Tell us more about the new Kia Sorento Hybrid

Powering this hybrid beauty on test for Changing Lanes is a plug-in hybrid petrol electric powertrain. The new Sorento PHEV uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine, an electric motor and a 13.8 kWh battery pack. The battery can be charged in about 3.5 hours.

Flexibility is the name of the game here. When the battery is fully charged the Sorento can cruise silently on electric power for a range of up to 57 km. Truly astounding when you consider the size and weight of this SUV.

Inside the new Kia Sorento
Inside the new Kia Sorento

What's it like to drive?

Interestingly the Sorento PHEV is the only model in the range offering four wheel drive, with diesel models only offered as front wheel drive vehicles. Drive is sent to the front wheels or all four wheels, depending on road conditions, via a quick-shifting six-speed automatic transmission.

On the road, the Kia Sorento PHEV is a very accomplished drive. Comfort and refinement is fitting of a large family SUV with this price tag. The four wheel drive system means that the Sorento PHEV (265 hp) put its considerable power to the road with great ease and grip. In fact it’s the most powerful Sorento ever sold in Europe!

This is a large SUV but it handles town, and country roads with decent agility for what it is. Placing the battery low down in the centre of the body, between the two axles, also keeps the centre of gravity low and aids weight distribution. It’s hard to notice any discernible difference in the handling compared to the diesel model.

We recommend buyers of plug-in hybrid do make use of that electric range, charging up between drives at home or at work. However when running solely as a hybrid, our average fuel consumption was 6.9 litres per 100 km, proving that technology has come along way when a large SUV like the Sorento can post a decent figure like that on petrol power.

There’s also the Kia Sorento diesel, which offers better economy over longer motorway runs.

The Sorento offers plug-in hybrid power for the very first time in 2021
The Sorento offers plug-in hybrid power for the very first time in 2021

Did you like it?

Hell yeah! Kia is once again bringing quality, innovative cars to market…at high speed to meet the changing market demands for more hybrid and electrified vehicles.

The Sorento PHEV is not an also-ran – it’s a viable option for large families seeking a modern SUV that can be run very efficiently indeed when that battery power is fully exploited.

Elsewhere, the Sorento sports a sort of rugged Americana vibe. It just might be larger than life itself, with a comfortable and spacious cabin that makes it a great family car.

All cars are well-equipped, offering amazing technology features that truly move Kia’s game on in the large SUV segment.

We loved the Sorento diesel; now we can say we love the Kia Sorento PHEV too! A genuinely practical and spacious three row, seven seat plug-in hybrid SUV for the Irish market.

The 2021 Kia Sorento only comes in extra large!
The 2021 Kia Sorento only comes in extra large!

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Kia Sorento PHEV AWD K4
Price: 
€47,365
Engine: 
1.6-litre petrol electric hybrid
Power: 265 hp
Torque: 350 Nm
Top speed: 193 km/h
Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 8.7 seconds
CO2 emissions: 
38 g/km
Motor Tax: 
€140 per year


The new Kia EV6 will arrive in Ireland in October

Kia EV6 Pricing For Ireland

The new Kia EV6 will arrive in Ireland in October
The new Kia EV6 will arrive in Ireland in October

Kia Ireland has announced pricing for the new Kia EV6, the brand's first dedicated electric vehicle.

The EV6 can now be ordered from Kia dealers, with customer cars expected to arrive in Ireland in October.

From launch it will be offered in two trim levels, EV6 and EV6 GT Line. Both cars are rear wheel drive powered by a 77.4 kWh battery paired with a 168 kW (229 ps) electric motor,  with a battery range in excess of 510 km.

The Kia EV6 will go on sale from €50,000 including SEAI grant. Equipment includes 19" alloys, Dual 12.3” Curved Driver Display Screens, UVO Connect, charcoal grey vegan leather upholstery with premium relaxation seats, LED headlamps and smart power tailgate.

The EV6 GT Line is available from €54,345 including grant and comes with GT Line styling, 20" alloys, suede vegan leather seats (front ventilated), Blind Spot View monitors, AR heads-up display and panoramic sunroof.

Inside the new Kia EV6
Inside the new Kia EV6

Kia’s partnership with part-owned IONITY network will give EV6 customers access to over 400 high power charging stations across 24 European countries, including 6 in Ireland. At IONITY charge points, 100 km in range can be added in less than 4.5 minutes. All EV6 buyers will receive a free 12 month Kia Power Package subscription that offers this IONITY fast charging service at just €0.29 (normally €0.79) per kWh.

“Making the EV6 available to customers for dealer order at this stage in the car’s journey –– shows the excitement, interest and passion that this forward-looking, state-of-the-art battery electric vehicle has already created,” said Ronan Flood MD of Kia Ireland. “The huge buzz around the Kia EV6 is unlike any other model we have brought to market and it is proof that electric vehicles can be fun and are getting Irish motorists energized when it comes to considering sustainable mobility.”

The EV6 has a range in excess of 500 km
The EV6 has a range in excess of 500 km

The new Kia Sorento on test for Changing Lanes!

Kia Sorento (2021) Review

The new Kia Sorento on test for Changing Lanes!
The new Kia Sorento on test for Changing Lanes!

The Kia Sorento has long been a popular model for the brand in Ireland. With demand for 7-seater SUVs, the Sorento always filled the gap perfectly with family-friendly seating all wrapped up in a cool SUV exterior.

In 2020, the brand launched an all-new generation of the Kia Sorento. With the model first appearing in 2002, Sorento is now in its fourth generation. Together with the popular Kia Sportage, it brought the Kia brand to prominence here in Ireland and throughout Europe.

The formula remains much the same - big family SUV with seating for seven. However from whatever angle you look at this Sorento, the jump appears big. Kia is seriously stepping up the game with the new Sorento, which should seriously worry any other brand trying to sell a 7-seat SUV.

What's new for the 2021 Kia Sorento?

Appearances matter. And Kia has done a wonderful job with the new Sorento. Inspired by the uber-big Kia Telluride, an SUV available in other markets like North America, the new Sorento has much stronger and serious design language. There is indeed more than a slice of Americana about the big, blocky grille and squared-off rear, but still the typical flair we expect from the Korean brand in this century. Cue the interesting light detail at the rear, and S O R E N T O spelled out in large letters.

The 2021 Kia Sorento raises the bar for design in the 7-seat SUV segment
The 2021 Kia Sorento raises the bar for design in the 7-seat SUV segment

Kia also is one of the brand's at the forefront of electrification, with no delays on rolling out electrified powertrains, even to their biggest SUV on sale in Europe. You could say they are ahead of the curve and have been for some time. Can you see why other brands might be worried?

For the first time, this behemoth will be available with a plug-in hybrid powertrain. In Ireland this model will go on sale from February, priced from €50,000 and exclusively all wheel drive. So what we find in the Changing Lanes garage to review today is the new Kia Sorento diesel, now on sale priced from €51,600.

Another reason why this Sorento impresses so much on a first encounter is the way the interior is kitted out and the technology on board. As I cruised down the M11 after picking the Sorento up in Sandyford, Dublin, I felt like I was driving a Korean Range Rover. I'm not making fun of Kia as only fools would do that with a brand that has become such a powerhouse. And Ireland clearly loves Kia.

The Kia Sorento is available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time in 2021
The Kia Sorento is available as a plug-in hybrid for the first time in 2021

Inside the new Kia Sorento

You sit high in the 2021 Kia Sorento. From your armchair you are met with an all-new dashboard design that is a sign of great things to come. It really does feel like a fresh start for the brand once again. This will be Kia’s most high-tech car ever, thanks to new connectivity features, driver assistance and infotainment technologies including an impressive twin digital screen display.

For Kia's flagship SUV in Ireland, a 12.3-inch digital driver instrument cluster is twinned with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system at the centre of the dashboard. These display information clearly within the driver’s line of sight, and create a cool wide-screen user experience.

Quality goes up another level again inside the new Sorento; another reason for competitors to worry if they are not 100 per cent on their game, and focusing too much on trying to cut costs.

But what is most impressive is the attention to detail, the way the ambient lighting cuts through the elegant design of the dash and door panels. The glossiness of it all. And the slickness of the new digital instrument panel with its funky fuchsia pink detailing. As I was changing lanes, my speedometer turned into a camera view of my blind spot. How clever.

The interior of the 2021 Kia Sorento
The interior of the 2021 Kia Sorento

More technology on board

That's because the Sorento is equipped with Kia’s new Blind-Spot View Monitor. When you indicate to change lane, the system displays a high-resolution video feed on the left or right side of the TFT-LCD instrument cluster. The video feed comes from discreet wide-angle, high-resolution cameras, hidden in each of the door mirror housings. These provide a wider viewing angle than the door mirrors, giving drivers a clear view of any approaching vehicles.

In Ireland the entry into the range is the K3 model. It is a well-equipped car that comes as standard with 18” alloys, the twin digital screens display with telematics, rear view camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats, and charge ports on all three rows of seats. Safety features include Bind Spot Detection, Front Collision Avoidance, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Smart Cruise Control, and Highway Drive Assist.

The K4 model on test adds even more comfort and safety features including a panoramic sunroof, driver and passenger power seats, 12 speaker Bose sound system, rear heated seats, power opening tailgate, the Blind-Spot View Monitor, Around View Monitor and Parking Collision Avoidance.

Generous 7-seat accommodation inside the new Kia Sorento
Generous 7-seat accommodation inside the new Kia Sorento

How practical is it as a 7-seat SUV?

The Sorento is huge inside with seating for seven. It's built on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform, so is larger again with a longer wheelbase to maximise interior and boot space. The platform ensure the Sorento is one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the market.

We can believe it. The rear bench will accommodate three easily and rear legroom in row 2 is very generous. The 2021 Kia Sorento is a proper family car with plenty of storage and other convenience features for all three rows of seats.

Access to the third row of seats is also very easy, with the second row seats released forwards with just the touch of a button.

The seats in the very rear will be most suitable for children, but the Sorento does better than a lot of rivals on space. And in five seat mode you get a huge boot, and more than a token boot space in seven seat mode. Cowabunga!

The new Kia Sorento goes on sale in Ireland priced from €51,600
The new Kia Sorento goes on sale in Ireland priced from €51,600 for the diesel, from €50,000 for the hybrid

Driving the 2021 Kia Sorento

The 2.2-litre diesel in the Kia Sorento is new and avoids being a rumble in the jungle. 202 hp ensures it's no lazy elephant either, with 0 to 100 km/h achieved in 9 seconds. It's remarkably refined, another ode to Kia's ambition for their brand. The Sorento is a fabulous way to travel, smooth and comfortable. Power is directed to the front wheels only in diesel spec using a new 8-speed automatic gearbox. Over a few day's driving my average fuel consumption was 6.7 litres per 100 km, while this model will cost €420 to tax per year. The diesel Sorento can also tow up to 2.5 tonnes.

In development of this new generation of the Sorento, Kia engineers worked to reduce the effect that road surface imperfections have on the body, and to reduce noise and vibrations through the suspension, while also improving body control and steering responses under cornering. This has been achieved with a series of geometry changes and new components, as well as improvements to the structure of the suspension system. The 35 mm longer wheelbase also contributes to an overall improvement in cruising comfort, while a more rigid bodyshell results in lower body vibrations.

Handling is predictable for a large SUV. It's not sporty, as much as the driving modes would like you to believe. But it is an easy beast to manoeuvre around tight country roads and delivers the necessary comfort and refinement this segment requires, without cartwheels or fanfare. We did note some road noise at motorway speeds, but other than that the new Sorento is a charming large SUV that can fully command its sticker price.

The Sorento diesel provides a reliable source of power and economy for long distance or rural users
The Sorento diesel provides a reliable source of power and economy for long distance or rural users

What's next?

A new Kia Sorento Plug-in Hybrid will join the range in Ireland in February. It will be powered by a 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged petrol engine paired with a high-capacity 13.8 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack and a powerful electric motor. Together the petrol electric hybrid powertrain in the Sorento will produce up to 265 hp and 350 Nm torque. The plug-in hybrid Sorento will come with a 6-speed automatic and will be all wheel drive exclusively. The boon for this model with urban users is a pure electric range of up to 56 km and low emissions of just 50 g - meaning motor tax of just €140!

Did you like it?

The new 2021 Kia Sorento is a serious sign of intent from the Korean brand. Kia has a great track record in Ireland selling SUVs, and the Sorento will continue the fine tradition in the large family SUV category. All things considered it is still remarkably good value, considering the space on board the new Sorento, and the level of equipment and technology.

Buyers will have more options now when it comes to powertrain. While we are yet to test the Sorento hybrid, we can confirm the diesel is a star performer. The new diesel engine is more refined and has plenty of power and torque to make the Sorento drive effortless and something to be enjoyed. Towing capability is strong but buyers may lament the loss of four wheel drive from the Sorento diesel range. That will be reserved for hybrid models.

The biggest recommendation for the Sorento is the space inside the vehicle and the living room feel. It's more and more like a luxury hotel on wheels. Who could believe we would be saying these things about a Kia? But times have changed and the Sorento will woo buyers from other brands, no problem.

This is a truly impressive SUV and one of our favourite cars of the past year.

The stunning new Kia Sorento raises the game in design and quality for the Korean brand
The stunning new Kia Sorento raises the game in design and quality for the Korean brand

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Kia Sorento 2.2 diesel K4
Price: 
€56,500
Engine: 2.2-litre turbo diesel
Power:
202 hp
Torque: 440 Nm
0-100km/h: 
9 seconds
Top speed: 202 km/h
Economy (WLTP):
6.1-6.4l/100km
CO2 emissions (WLTP): 
165 g/km
Motor tax: 
€420 per year


The new Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, now on sale in Ireland

Kia Ceed SW Plug-in Hybrid Goes On Sale

The new Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, now on sale in Ireland
The new Kia Ceed Sportswagon PHEV, now on sale in Ireland

Kia Motors Ireland is extending their plug-in hybrid range with the arrival of the new Kia Ceed SW (Sportswagon) PHEV, which will be in Kia dealerships when they reopen next month. Based on the practical Kia Ceed SW estate model, the new plug-in hybrid version will use a petrol electric plug-in hybrid powertrain to offer buyers a lower CO2 emitting vehicle.

The new Kia Ceed SW plug-in hybrid will go on sale from €28,450, including the SEAI grant. It uses the same technology as the recently launched Kia XCeed plug-in hybrid, which we reviewed earlier this year on Changing Lanes.

The car is powered by a combination of 1.6-litre petrol engine, 8.9 kWh battery and an electric motor to produce 141 hp and 265 Nm. The powertrain is paired with a six-speed double-clutch automatic transmission. With the ability to charge, buyers can drive the Ceed SW on electric power alone for up to 47 kilometres (WLTP). CO2 emissions are rated at 33 g meaning that the new Ceed SW will qualify for motor tax of €140 in Ireland from January.

Cosmetically, the Ceed PHEV is distinguished by a new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille at the front of the car to aid aerodynamic efficiency. The charging port is integrated into the left front wing of the car. It comes as standard with 17" aluminium alloy wheels as well as 8” infotainment screen, push button start, electronic parking brake, wireless phone charging and smart cruise control.

The Ceed SW PHEV was engineered from the start to accommodate its new hybrid powertrain, which means that there has been minimal impact on packaging. The 8.9 kWh battery pack is located alongside the 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench, so that it does not take up valuable cargo space. The SW provides 437 litres of luggage space, and up to 1,506 litres with the 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats folded down and a dedicated space beneath the boot floor to store the charging cable when not in use.

The new Kia Ceed SW PHEV will join Kia's growing line-up of electrified vehicles, including the all electric e-Niro and e-Soul, the XCeed plug-in hybrid, the Niro plug-in hybrid, and soon to arrive Kia Sorento plug-in hybrid.

Ceed SW PHEV offers buyer a lower CO2 emitting vehicle and the ability to drive on electric power alone
Ceed SW PHEV offers buyer a lower CO2 emitting vehicle and the ability to drive on electric power alone

The Sorento diesel provides a reliable source of power and economy for long distance or rural users

Kia Sorento (2020) Arrives In Ireland

The new Kia Sorento has arrived in Ireland!
The new Kia Sorento has arrived in Ireland!

The new Kia Sorento has arrived in Ireland and will go on sale priced from €49,800.

The new large 7-seater SUV is being launched in two phases with the diesel model being the first to arrive here. A new Sorento plug-in hybrid (PHEV) will arrive in early 2021.

This is the 4th  generation of the Kia Sorento, which was first launched in 2002. Along with the Sportage, it brought the Kia brand to prominence both here in Ireland and throughout Europe.

The Sorento now has sharper lines, high-tech details, and elongated proportions for 2020 for a more confident and mature presence on the road. Inside, we are told the cabin introduces premium-quality materials, cutting-edge infotainment technologies, and new design.

The 2020 Kia Sorento is the first vehicle to be based on Kia’s new-generation midsize SUV platform. Paired with a larger body to maximise cargo and luggage space, the platform ensure the Sorento is one of the most versatile and spacious three-row SUVs on the market.

This will be Kia’s most high-tech car ever, thanks to its progressive connectivity, driver assistance and infotainment technologies. Twin digital displays deliver advanced graphics, new telematics features and full wireless smartphone connectivity. In Ireland many of these features will be standard.

The first models to arrive here are powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine with 202 hp and front wheel drive.

Inside the new Kia Sorento
Inside the new Kia Sorento

The K3 model model comes with 18” alloys, 10.25” navigation screen with telematics, rear view camera,12.3” TFT monitor, leather upholstery with heated front seats, and charge ports on all three rows of seats. Other standard features include Bind Spot Detection, Front Collision Avoidance, Lane Keep Assist, Lane Follow Assist, Smart Crusie Control, Highway Drive Assist, Smart Cruise Control and front and rear parking sensors.

The K4 model is priced from €54,500 and adds more comfort and safety features including panoramic sunroof, driver and passenger power seats, 12 speaker Bose sound system, rear heated seats, power opening/adjustable tailgate, Blind View Monitor, Around View Monitor and Parking Collision Avoidance.

The PHEV which arrives in early 2021 will be available in the same trim levels but with all wheel drive as standard .Pricing for the hybrid will follow closer to launch.

Ronan Flood, Managing Director of Kia Motors Ireland, said:

“The Sorento story echoes that of the Kia brand as a whole. In 2002 Sorento was a very utilitarian all-terrain vehicle but this fourth-generation Sorento has been transformed into something altogether more desirable. It is an important model for Kia, particularly now that it also represents, with the impending arrival of Sorento PHEV, the first use of electrified power in our flagship SUV.”

2020 Kia Sorento diesel on sale now, with hybrid to follow in 2021
2020 Kia Sorento diesel on sale now, with hybrid to follow in 2021

The new Kia XCeed PHEV on test for Changing Lanes

Kia XCeed Plug-In Hybrid (2020) Review

The new Kia XCeed PHEV on test for Changing Lanes
The new Kia XCeed PHEV on test for Changing Lanes

Caroline drives the 2020 Kia XCeed.

Earlier in the year we tested the Kia XCeed diesel; now it’s the turn of the hybrid.

The Kia XCeed plug-in hybrid (PHEV) comes to market with fashionable crossover style and an equally on trend hybrid powertrain. It’s a stylish piece of design for the compact segment but how successful is the hybrid powertrain?

Kia has astounded us over the last few years with a range of exciting and innovative models that puts them ahead of some even more established brands.

The Korean brand has not only stepped up quality and design but has also been an enthusiastic adopter of electrification into their range. The brand already sells two popular electric vehicles in Ireland, the Kia e-Niro and the Kia e-Soul, Irish Car of the Year 2020.

Fashionable crossover style for the new XCeed
Fashionable crossover style for the new XCeed

What's so special about the Kia XCeed Plug-In Hybrid?

Hybrid is also a key feature of the range, debuting here in the Niro range back in 2016 and now extending to the XCeed range and next Kia Sorento.

The brand has had great success in Ireland with its SUVs like the Sportage and moved into the crossover market with the Stonic and now the XCeed. A derivative of the Ceed is a good place to start for the XCeed and it inherits the same underpinnings and interior with some modifications. The XCeed in my opinion is the most desirable of the range with its crossover-style makeover.

The XCeed PHEV has a new closed ‘tiger-nose’ grille to aid aerodynamic efficiency and the charging port is integrated into the left front wing. In Ireland it retails from €28,350 including grants and VRT relief. It is available in just one high specification. Standard equipment includes 18” alloy wheels, dual zone automatic air con, 8” touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, rear privacy glass, rain sensing wipers, lane keep assist and forward collision avoidance.

Inside the 2020 Kia XCeed PHEV
Inside the 2020 Kia XCeed PHEV

Inside the Kia XCeed PHEV

Inside, the XCeed PHEV is comfortable with a well-laid out cabin and good finish. There are some new features for the plug-in hybrid including a charging indicator on top of the dashboard to signal visually to the driver the state of the battery (charging or fully charged).The instrument cluster also displays remaining charge levels, anticipated electric-only range and the flow of energy between the battery pack, engine and electric motor. The ‘Driver Only’ heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system is a handy feature to reduce the draw on battery energy from the ventilation system.

There is good space inside the vehicle for a compact with decent legroom in the rear. The Ceed model line-up was engineered from the start to accommodate new hybrid powertrains so the battery pack doesn't interfere with passenger space. The 8.9 kWh battery pack is located alongside the 37-litre fuel tank beneath the rear bench. However the boot is on the shallow side with luggage capacity in the hybrid down to 291 litres, less than the pure combustion engine versions.

How does the hybrid work?

The 2020 Kia XCeed plug-in hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine combined with an electric motor and 8.9 kWh battery pack to produce 141 hp and 265 Nm of torque. There is a pure electric range quoted up to 54 km by the brand, though in real world driving this will be a little less. But it does allow buyers to experiment with driving an electric vehicle and means that short commutes or errands can be run on battery power alone, with little dip into that petrol tank. It can take less than 3 hours to charge the battery to full capacity.

Luggage capacity in the new XCeed hybrid
Luggage capacity in the new XCeed hybrid

Kia says that the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid has been engineered exclusively for European roads, with European buyers in mind. The ride and handling characteristics have been tuned for dynamism and driver engagement, with some special tweaks to suspension and steering over the diesel and petrol XCeed range.

The powertrain is paired with a six-speed double-clutch transmission, while regenerative braking technology also comes as standard to recuperate energy typically lost during coasting or braking.

Driving the 2020 Kia XCeed PHEV

On the road the Kia XCeed PHEV impressed for its smooth, refined drive. Handling is quite neutral so the car behaves predictably on the road but there isn't much dynamic spirit to it. There are two modes to switch between – Sport and Eco - and both are worth acquainting yourself with.

In Eco mode there is a bias towards efficiency with a duller throttle feel ensuring you optimise your fuel economy. To that end we averaged between 5.0 and 5.5 litres per 100 kms across mixed roads - urban, rural and motorway. That is an impressive return and motor tax is just €170 per year, accounting for the reduced CO2 emissions from the hybrid powertrain.

When you need more throttle response and quick acceleration, for example when overtaking or joining the motorway, the Sport mode is a must.

Kia has invested to bring plug-in hybrid technology to the compact class, and the brand is offering buyers in Ireland an attractive package of price, equipment and fuel sipping hybrid technology in the compact class.

The XCeed occupies a sweet spot of the market right now with styling that is right on point for current trends for crossovers. Adding hybrid to that creates a very appealing prospect. While the hybrid carries a small premium over the entry level petrol XCeed, in return I think buyers will be impressed with the fuel economy and refinement of the vehicle.

The Kia XCeed PHEV offers buyers a fuel sipping hybrid crossover
The Kia XCeed PHEV offers buyers a fuel sipping hybrid crossover

Caroline Kidd

Model tested: Kia XCeed plug-in hybrid
Price: 
€28,350
Engine: 1.6 litre petrol electric hybrid
Power: 
141 hp
Torque: 265 Nm
0-100km/h:  
7.8 seconds
Top speed: 225 km/h
Fuel economy: 4.2 l/100km
CO2 emissions: 109 g/km
Motor Tax:  €170 per year


The new Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid!

Kia XCeed PHEV On Sale Now

The new Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid!
The new Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid!

As dealerships around the country reopen this week, Kia Motors Ireland has confirmed the arrival of the new Kia XCeed PHEV to Ireland.

The XCeed is based on the Ceed hatchback and arrived in Ireland in 2019 with petrol and diesel engine availability. Now the arrival of the new plug-in hybrid XCeed will complete the range.

How much is the new Kia XCeed PHEV?

The Kia XCeed PHEV will go on sale in Ireland now from €28,945, inclusive of grants and VRT relief. It will be available in just one high specification with 18” alloy wheels, dual zone automatic air con , 8” touchscreen with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, rear privacy glass, rain sensing wipers, lane keep assist and forward collision avoidance.

The XCeed PHEV combines a 1.6-litre petrol engine with a battery pack and electric motor to produce 141 hp and a pure electric driving range of up to 54 km. This capability can allow drivers to complete the majority of daily drives and short commutes on electric power alone. The powertrain is paired with a six-speed double-clutch transmission, while regenerative braking technology also comes as standard to recuperate energy typically lost during coasting or braking.

Kia says that the XCeed Plug-in Hybrid has been engineered exclusively for European roads, with European buyers in mind. The ride and handling characteristics have been tuned for dynamism and driver engagement, with some special tweaks to suspension and steering over the diesel and petrol XCeed range.

Anything else?

The new Kia XCeed Plug-in Hybrid is produced at Kia’s European manufacturing facility in Žilina, Slovakia. The new model is built alongside other Ceed models on the same production line and is covered by Kia’s 7-Year, 150,000 km warranty as standard.

Kia has already enjoyed success with the Niro PHEV, Ireland’s bestselling plug-in hybrid, and the all-electric e-Soul and e-Niro. A new Kia Sorento SUV is expected in Ireland before the end of 2020 and will include a new plug-in hybrid variant.

The XCeed petrol range is available from €26,345 and we recently reviewed the Kia XCeed diesel for Changing Lanes.


Kia Ireland has announced a warranty extension

Kia Warranty Extension For Customers

Kia Ireland has announced a warranty extension
Kia Ireland has announced a warranty extension

Kia Motors Europe has announced a further extension to its ‘Kia Promise’ warranty extension programme today. Just a few weeks ago, it was reported that the Kia warranty on vehicles would be extended to the end of June for cars registered in February, March and April 2013. This accounts for about 1400 Kia cars in Ireland registered between Feb 1st and April 30th 2013.

Now according to a spokesperson for Kia Ireland, vehicles registered in May 2013 are covered by the warranty extension. Just under 300 cars in Ireland will be covered by this action.

Kia warranty extension, the 'Kia Promise'

The Kia Promise is designed to help customers who may be unable to visit a workshop during the Coronavirus pandemic. It is said that worldwide, about 500,000 Kia customers will be able to avail of this warranty extension.

At the start of the crisis, vehicles with original Kia warranties due to expire between 1 February and 30 April 2020 were covered. Now the Kia Promise is being extended further, covering all customers whose cars’ original manufacturer warranties are due to expire during May 2020. The Kia Promise extends warranty cover for all eligible vehicles to June 30, 2020.

With many countries and businesses taking precautionary measures to counteract the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kia Promise aims to help customers whose movements may be limited because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The program also helps customers who are not able to bring their car in for free servicing (or pre-paid maintenance as part of a Kia servicing package) during the nationwide lockdown.

Sangdae Kim, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Customer Experience Division at Kia Motors Corporation, commented: “By extending Kia’s comprehensive warranty cover to customers who may be affected by the pandemic, Kia Motors hopes they have one less thing to worry about during this time. Our goal is to help to alleviate any concerns our customers have about vehicle maintenance during periods of social distancing.”

The brand offers a 7-year/150,000 km warranty on new cars sold in Ireland and Europe.

Anything else?

Kia Motors Ireland are hopeful that technicians in the dealer network can get back to work as soon as possible to carry out necessary maintenance work on customer cars, with all necessary precautions for staff and customer safety in place.

The brand is currently enjoying success in Ireland with the Niro and Soul electric models. A new Kia XCeed PHEV has also just arrived. Kia's SUV range will be bolstered by the arrival of an all-new Sorento SUV before the end of 2020, joining the popular Stonic and revamped Sportage.


The Kia Telluride has just won World Car of the Year 2020. But what is it?

What is the Kia Telluride? All You Need To Know

The Kia Telluride has just won World Car of the Year 2020. But what is it?
The Kia Telluride has just won World Car of the Year 2020. But what is it?

The Kia Telluride is the car you have never heard of that's just won 2020 World Car of the Year. At Changing Lanes, we thought it would be a good idea to discover a little more about this motoring obscurity that impressed the WCOTY jury so much.

So what is the Kia Telluride?

For Irish and European audiences the reason you have never heard of it is that the Telluride is not sold in Europe. It's built primarily for the North American market. We can say the Telluride is part of Kia's global SUV range, which includes the Seltos (we don't get that one either), Stonic, Sportage, and Sorento. But the Telluride is clearly the big daddy of them all.

Trivia: Telluride is a town in Colorado, USA!

A few weeks ago, we brought you the story of the new Kia Sorento, at present the largest Kia SUV you can buy in Ireland and Europe. With seven seats, it's what we in Ireland consider 'big'. But when the photos were revealed a few weeks ago, there had clearly been a new deviation in styling. Check out the vertical split taillights. Now we can see where the inspiration came from!

Read 10 Things To Know About The 2020 Kia Sorento.

The history of the Kia Telluride

The Telluride has a relatively short history in that it was first unveiled as a 'full size SUV' concept in 2016 at the North American International Auto Show. At that time it was pitched as a 'premium SUV positioned above the current Sorento'.

The 2016 Kia Telluride SUV concept
The 2016 Kia Telluride SUV concept

In 2019, the production version of the Telluride was revealed. It was designed specifically for an American audience at Kia’s design studio in California, and assembled in Georgia, USA. The Korean company declared that the new SUV was all about 'big skies, desert roads, mountain passes, shady forests, smooth highways, and long coastal drives'. It was designed to convey the presence associated with original legendary SUVs – big, bold and boxy – and a go-anywhere, do-anything attitude. The interior of the car was touted as more 'luxe living room' than 'utility vehicle'.

It's the largest Kia ever built, is 5 metres in length and can seat up to eight. It has T E L L U R I D E spelt out in big letters across the bonnet and the rear of the car.

What's under the big bonnet?

The Kia Telluride is clearly not a car for Europe. Why? Because it's powered by an old fashioned 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine with 291 hp and 355 Nm of torque! There's no diesel, no electric, no plug-in hybrid! It has an 8-speed automatic transmission and is available as front wheel or four wheel drive. In America, the Telluride is available from $31,890, which is about €29,000 in Ireland! It's available in 5 exterior colours including 'Sangria', 'Ebony Black' and 'Everlasting Silver'.

Motortrend reports how the Kia Telluride is selling exceptionally well in the US. In the US, the Kia Telluride competes against the Volkswagen Atlas, Toyota Highlander and the Ford Explorer.

Will the Telluride come to Ireland now?

A spokesperson for Kia Ireland has confirmed to us that there are no plans to launch the three row, extra large Kia Telluride in Europe or in indeed Ireland. It's clearly not suitable for this market. Console yourself with the fact that we will see a new 7 seat Kia Sorento in Ireland before the end of the year.

The interior of the Kia Telluride
The interior of the Kia Telluride

How did it win the award?

The winners of the World Car Awards are decided by an independent international jury comprising 86 experienced automotive journalists from 24 countries around the world. The Kia Telluride beat off competition from two other finalists - the Mazda3 and the Mazda CX30 - two superb new cars. The Kia Telluride was rewarded by the judging panel for its "distinctive design and impressive practicality".

The Telluride has already won more than 70 awards since its introduction in 2019. These include North American Utility Vehicle of the Year and MotorTrend SUV of the Year.

For the record, the Kia e-Soul won Urban Car of the Year at the World Car of the Year Awards. The e-Soul is no stranger to awards. It went home with three at the 2020 Irish Car of the Year Awards. It won Irish Green/Efficient Car of the Year, Irish Compact Car of the Year and the big one - 2020 Irish Car of the Year!

The World Car Awards have been running since 2004. They aim to reflect the reality of the global marketplace, and recognise, reward and inspire excellence, leadership and innovation in a rapidly changing motor industry. According to the organisers, the awards are intended to complement, not compete, with existing national and regional Car of the Year programmes. Ireland has one judge on the WCOTY panel - Eddie Cunningham, Motoring Editor of the Irish Independent.

The Telluride is describes as 'rugged luxury' and was designed for the American market
The Telluride is described as 'rugged luxury' and was designed for the American market