Reduced running costs and lower tax rates are only part of the story. Find out why Kia’s new PHEV models make the perfect business partners.
Electrification is becoming increasingly important in the automotive world – particularly for businesses, where reduced running costs and tax savings are vital – but it’s also crucial that your vehicle can handle everything your business needs it to. So, to make sure you can choose a car that meets your business needs, Kia has expanded its Eco range with the addition of two plug-in hybrids – the XCeed PHEV and Ceed Sportswagon PHEV.
An efficient plug-in powertrain
Both the XCeed PHEV and Ceed Sportswagon PHEV have an advanced, low-emission plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines an 8.9 kWh battery pack, a 44.5 kW electric motor and an efficient 1.6-litre GDi petrol engine. That means that both cars can travel 36 miles on battery power alone – more than enough to cover the UK average commute of 10 miles – thus reducing emissions and running costs. It takes just two hours and 15 minutes to recharge the battery pack to 100 per cent using a 3.3kW AC charger. When you’re on the road, our advanced regenerative braking technology allows the new plug-in hybrid models to recharge their battery packs while coasting or braking, further improving efficiency and reducing wear on the brakes.
Tax savings from April 2020
Plug-in hybrids have a big advantage when it comes to tax. From April 2020, cars with an electric range between 30-39 miles attract just 12% BIK tax – for context, a car that produces 105g/km CO2 is taxed double that at 24%. Furthermore, because these vehicles are plug-in hybrids and produce fewer emissions, therefore you pay significantly less on first year VED and pay less each year too.
Clever telematics with UVO Connect
Both cars offer a brand-new 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment and navigation system with Kia’s UVO Connect telematics. The system has its own dedicated internet connection, bringing you live traffic updates, parking availability and speed camera locations – particularly helpful for getting you to your destination stress-free. The system can also connect to your smartphone so you can access information about the vehicle, check its location and send pre-planned routes from your phone. It also allows you to check the remaining petrol range and electric range – so there are no inconvenient surprises when you leave for work.
UVO Connect can help locate nearby available charging points or add one en route to your navigation destination. It can also show remaining charge levels and energy usage graphics to help you get the most from the powertrain. Drivers can even schedule when the vehicle should charge, so you can take advantage of cheaper energy at night.
Engineered for practicality
The XCeed and Ceed Sportswagon were engineered from day one to accommodate new hybrid powertrains. This means, unlike many other plug-in hybrid vehicles, the battery pack doesn’t take up lots of valuable boot space. As a result, the Ceed Sportswagon PHEV provides 437 litres of luggage space, and a massive 1,506 litres with the 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats folded down. In the Kia XCeed PHEV, the boot offers 291 litres, growing to 1,243 litres with the rear folded down. Both will be available with a Towing Pack for towing trailers as standard – so there should be plenty of cargo capacity to meet your business needs.
Well equipped for a relaxing drive
If, like most business users, you spend plenty of time in your car, you’ll no doubt want it to be comfortable, easy to drive and keep you connected when you’re on the move. Both the XCeed PHEV and Kia Sportswagon PHEV are equipped with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM, and offer Bluetooth® that can connect to two mobile devices at once for hands-free phone calls and music streaming, so you never miss an important call.
To keep things comfortable, each car is fitted with dual-zone automatic air conditioning and the XCeed is available with heated front seats and steering wheel. To take the stress out of driving, there’s also cruise control functionality with a speed limiter, a reversing camera with dynamic guidelines and rear parking sensors.
Advanced safety technologies
Kia has equipped both the XCeed PHEV and Ceed Sportswagon PHEV with an extensive suite of advanced safety technologies to help keep drivers safe and your car out of the workshop. Safety equipment includes six airbags, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with city and pedestrian detection, Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High-Beam Assist (HBA) and Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC). The XCeed PHEV ‘First Edition’ adds extra systems including a Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Intelligent Speed Limit Information Function (ISLIF) and Lane Following Assist (LFA).