New Kia ProCeed GT evaluate
The ProCeed follows on from the idea of the identical identify unveiled a 12 months in the past on the Frankfurt Motor Present. In addition to dropping the ungainly underscore and apostrophe from its predecessor’s identify, it has remodeled from three-door coupe into five-door capturing brake; comparisons with the Mercedes CLA Capturing Brake are unavoidable.
• Kia ProCeed teased forward of 13 September reveal
Kia has carried out a good bit of quantity crunching to understand folks spend extra on their CLA Capturing Brakes than common A-Class fashions. So with the temptation of upper margins, the ProCeed will solely be out there in high-spec GT-Line trim with a alternative of 118bhp 1.zero and 138bhp 1.four petrol engines, a 134bhp 1.6 diesel or the 201bhp 1.6 GT mannequin we’ve examined.
Entering into the ProCeed you’ll discover it not solely sits decrease than the common Ceed, however the roof is decrease, too. You slip into cozy sports activities seats, however aside from a couple of bits of crimson trim, the cabin is rather like the Ceed hatch – a reasonably spectacular place to be on the equipment and high quality entrance.
Headroom was a bit tight, however extra of a difficulty was the letterbox view out of the again by way of the steeply raked rear display screen. All that’s the worth you pay for such model, although, and this can be a actually handsome automobile that drives nicely, too. Entrance and rear springs have been stiffened, with different tweaks to the suspension and electronics to present the automobile an actual GT really feel. It rides comfortably for essentially the most half, though you’re nonetheless very conscious of bumps within the street, whereas the steering is correct, if not stuffed with really feel.
The 1.6-litre engine gives a good quantity of energy, however it’s undoubtedly a GT not a GTi. Throttle response is a bit tardy, although, however we’re informed that might nonetheless be labored on earlier than the automobile will get to showrooms in January subsequent 12 months. Our automobile had an impressively clean and fast seven-speed twin clutch auto, however a six-speed guide may also be supplied.
There’s a flap within the exhaust plus a intelligent sound actuator within the automobile that gives an fascinating, however buzzy exhaust observe that appears like a couple of baritones take part if you happen to hit the game button. That additionally corporations up the steering and makes a slight alteration (though nonetheless not sufficient) to the throttle response.
That low, smooth form does look incredible within the flesh, although, notably from the again the place the ProCeed’s full-width LED lights had been hidden behind the camouflage. There are some pretty particulars, too, like the most recent interpretation of Kia’s ice dice LED entrance lights and the shark blade function behind the rear doorways.
Again inside, and the entering into the again is a bit like moving into a chilly swimming pool – it’s all proper when you’re in. Headroom is marginally higher than within the entrance, whereas legroom is okay – as it’s within the hatch, which shares the identical 2,650mm wheelbase. That decrease, sloping roofline makes getting out and in a little bit of a chore for adults, although.
The boot has 594 litres of house with the seats up, greater than you’d get in a Megane or Astra property and never far off the brand new Ceed Sportwagon’s 625 litres. The rear seats break up and fold with the tug of a lever, however there’s a brief drop over the boot sill and the powered boot door reveals a gap that’s a bit slender.
Costs for the ProCeed are anticipated to begin at round £21,000 rising to £29,000 for this auto GT mannequin – virtually as enticing because the automobile itself. On the similar time, a GT model of the five-door Ceed hatch arrives – it drives simply in addition to the ProCeed, nonetheless seems to be fairly cool and may prevent a very good couple of grand at an anticipated worth below £27,000.