First Look Review: The Zeekr X is a stubby & quirky urban crossover

  • Designed at Zeekr’s Gothenburg studio in Sweden, slotting below the 001
  • Accelerates from 0 62 mph in under 4 seconds
  • Delivers a WLTP range of up to 277 miles
  • Priced from SEK 529,000 (USD 48,580) in Sweden

In late 2023, Zeekr expanded into Europe, introducing two models: the 001 large SUV and the X compact SUV. The Zeekr X, with its smaller size and lower price, is expected to be more appealing in the European market. In March, I had the opportunity to explore this new electric compact SUV, and I was keen to see how it measures up against its well-established global competitors. Here are my observations:


The Zeekr X features a bold front end with sharp ridges on the hood and distinctive LED lights, which include geometric shapes more aggressive than those on the Zeekr 001. The lower part of the front comprises a large rectangular section that integrates the grille and bumper. This area houses the electric vehicle’s air intakes, LED headlights, turn indicators, and a front-facing camera, all set against a panel that matches the body color. Personally, I don’t find the bug-eyed face that appealing.

Viewed in profile, the Zeekr X’s design seems familiar but still urbane with some contemporary touches. For instance, there’s a sharp kick in the belt line from the middle of the rear door. Near the same point where it stops rising, the roofline begins falling steeply. This reminds me of the Volvo EX40, especially when viewed from the rear three-quarter angle. The peculiar wheel arch trim and the sharp extension of the tail lamps onto the shoulder area further emphasize the distinctive styling of the Zeekr X on the sides.

This particular Zeekr X model features flush-fitted door handles similar to the European-spec version. In contrast, the versions sold in China come with small circular buttons on the B and C pillars. I find the flush handles not only more convenient but also safer for accessing the cabin.

The SUV sports a striking dual-tone color scheme with a black roof, enhancing its visual impact. Gloss black accents adorn the outside rearview mirror (ORVM) housings, wheel arches, sleek LED taillights, and rear bumper. The vehicle boasts a frameless door and mirror design, which enhances its sleek, modern look.

At the back, the Zeekr X has a relatively small rear windscreen and wiper, but the sloping roofline and compact spoiler give it a chic appearance. The tailgate features gloss black trim with backlit ‘Zeekr’ branding, adding a touch of style. Completing the rear design are vertical LED strips in the bumper and a stylish diffuser at the bottom.


The Zeekr X features a clean and minimalist interior, and while I think it looks upmarket and slightly futuristic, layout doesn’t strike me as unique. Sleek dashboard with hidden AC vents and few or no physical controls, floating screens, and a compact steering wheel have become the textbook recipe for EV interiors, and the Zeekr X just plays along with the trend. That said, the onus is upon bigger and more expensive models to innovate.

Zeekr X interior dashboard live image
Unlike in China, the Zeekr X sold in Europe doesn’t allow sliding the touchscreen from its default central position toward the passenger.

Considering the Zeekr X’s price and segment, it has a surprisingly premium interior. When I sat in it at the 2024 Bangkok International Motor Show, I liked the attention to detail with the indentations on the upper dashboard, door panels, and central armrest, the music equalizer-like ambient perforations in the door panels, the chic electronic door unlock buttons, and copper accents.

I found the center console’s design was also quite interesting, as it had a floating armrest with a wireless charging pad on the top and a covered storage box featuring a fold-out cupholder at the bottom.

Zeekr equips the X with features like an 8.8-inch driver information display, a 14.6-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, AR-HUD with a 24.3-inch projection area, a 13-speaker Yamaha sound system, etc. My only gripe with this interior is that almost every control is dependent on the touchscreen infotainment system.

I would’ve found certain functions more convenient to access if there were simple buttons, switches, or knobs. I also noticed that the switches on the door panels didn’t have any markings, something learning drivers may find confusing.

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Based on the SEA dedicated EV platform, the Zeekr X measures 4,432 mm (174.5 in.) in length, 1,836 mm (72.2 in.) in width, and 1,566 mm (61.7 in.) in height. It has a wheelbase of 2,750 mm (108.2 in.). It is available in Europe in a 200 kW (268 hp) single-motor RWD and 315 kW (422 hp) dual-motor AWD variants. A 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint takes 5.6 seconds in the former and 3.8 seconds in the latter, but the top speed is the same: 180 km/h (112 mph). Both configurations allow towing up to 1,600 kg or 3,527 lbs.

Zeekr X cargo area live image
The Zeekr X offers 362 liters (12.8 cu. ft.) of cargo space, expandable to 1,182 liters (41.7 cu. ft.) by folding the rear seat.

The Zeekr X has a 66 kWh lithium-ion NMC battery back, which operates at 400 volts. Charging it from 0 to 100% SoC using an AC charger takes as little as four hours. With a DC charger, charging from 10 to 80% SoC takes 28.75 minutes. On a full charge, the 66 kWh battery pack gives the Zeekr X a WLTP range of 445 km (277 miles) in the single-motor RWD variant and 425 km (264 miles) in the dual-motor AWD variant.


In Sweden, the Zeekr X is retailed at SEK 529,000 (USD 48,580) for the single-motor RWD variant and SEK 579,000 (USD 53,172) for the dual-motor AWD variant.

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