Kia has given its 2022 XCeed crossover a mid-life update, which includes sharper styling, more mild-hybrid technology, and a more powerful GT-Line trim at the top.

The Ceed high-rider gets new LED lights, bumpers, and a lowered grille for a more aggressive design. The rear LEDs, gloss black diffuser, and optional 18-inch wheels are all new (16s are standard).

The XCeed replaces the existing Kia hood logo with brand-specific letters, like the Ceed and Proceed did last year.

But the new GT-Line trim goes even further. The front has a slimmer grille surround and bigger air intakes in the bumper. The back has hexagonal LED lights and a body-color diffuser.

Inside, there are more GT-specific changes, like a flat-bottom steering wheel, a black headliner, a perforated leather gear shifter, and sporty GT-Line seats.

The most powerful engine option for the rest of the XCeed lineup is a 1.5-liter T-GDi four-cylinder with 158 hp (160 PS), but the new GT-Line crossover gets the same 201 hp (204 PS), 196 lb-ft (265 Nm) 1.6 as the Ceed GT and Proceed GT hot hatches.

The bigger engine can go from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 7.5 seconds. It has a seven-speed twin clutch transmission and only drives the front wheels.

Drivers who don't mind taking a little longer to reach the same speed can choose a 1.0-liter T-GDI with 118 hp (120 PS) / 127 lb-ft (172 Nm) and MHEV technology, or a mild-hybrid 1.6-liter diesel with 134 hp (136 PS) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) when paired with a seven-speed paddle-shift transmission.

If you choose the six-speed manual version of the MHEV diesel, you lose 30 lb-ft (40 Nm), but you get Kia's clever iMT manual, which has an electronically controlled clutch that lets the car coast at speeds up to 77 mph (125 km/h) when it makes sense and saves fuel.

XCeed has the same 1.6-liter combustion engine and electric motor as the car from last year. A six-speed dual-clutch transmission sends 139 hp (141 PS) and 196 lb-ft (265 Nm) to the front wheels.

The battery is only 8.9 kWh, so the PHEV is only rated for 30 WLTP miles (48 km), but Kia says it should give around 38 miles (60 km) of zero-emissions city driving.

Most of the changes to the interior are improvements to connectivity, like adding the latest version of Kia Connect, which integrates Google and Apple calendars

Lets drivers plan trips ahead of time, send navigation data from their smartphones to the car, or use their smartphones to find their cars if they forget where they parked them in a huge long-stay airport parking lot. There are also USB-C charging ports for both the front and back seats.

Depending on the market, the base cars have a DAB radio with a small 5.0-inch screen, and the mid-range cars have an 8.0-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Top-of-the-line models, on the other hand, have a 10.25-inch infotainment system with Bluetooth multi-connection, which lets two people connect their phones at the same time, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument pack.

The new XCeed also has more safety features because it has navigation-assisted cruise control. This control uses information from the navigation system about speed limits to automatically slow down the vehicle in "safe zones" and before corners.

The XCeed is built on the same platform as the Ceed hatchback and has the same wheelbase and front doors. However, it has softer suspension for a smoother ride and an extra 1.7 inches of ground clearance.

The updated XCeed will start to be made at the Slovakia plant this summer, and sales in Europe will begin in September. Like the last XCeed, though, this Kia won't be coming to the United States.