Review: Kia ProCeed (2019)
Now a 'shooting brake' with a big load deck, similar to a Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake. Very well equipped as standard.
Not a lot of rear legroom.
Kia ProCeed (2019): At A Glance
Kia's expanding its popular Ceed line-up. You can get a regular five-door hatch, simply badged the Ceed. You can also buy an estate, dubbed the Sportswagon, while there's also a crossover SUV called the xCeed.
Then there's this. Slotting between the hatch and the estate, the ProCeed is a sleek, five-door shooting brake. With a 594-litre boot, it's almost as practical as the Sportswagon, yet it's more fun to drive and arguably easier on the eye.
With little in the way of a boot lip and a lower ride height than the estate, loading bulky items into the ProCeed is a piece of cake. We discovered that a mountain bike can easily be manhandled into the boot, with the rear seats splitting 40:20:40 (on GT Line S models) and dropping entirely flat.
The standard ProCeed engine line-up is made up of a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol, named the T-GDi, producing 140PS and available with a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. High-mileage drivers are catered for with a 1.6 CRDi producing 136PS and up to 320Nm of torque, capable of returning 56.5mpg when combined with the manual gearbox.
Those wanting close-to-hot-hatch performance are catered for with the ProCeed GT. This uses a 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol engine with 204PS and 265Nm of torque. It'll cover 0-62mph in 7.2 seconds.
While the ProCeed GT isn't as outright thrilling as the Hyundai i30 Fastback N, it sounds the part, and a selectable sport mode (standard on all automatic ProCeeds) adds extra weight to the steering.
In typical Kia fashion, the ProCeed offers excellent value for money. The cheapest models start at less than £24,000 - not bad for a car that looks like a budget Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo - while the hot GT is around £28,000. While it fills a gap in Kia's line-up we didn't realise was there, it's a car that ticks all the boxes - especially when you consider its generous seven-year warranty.
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Kia ProCeed (2019): What's It Like Inside?
As with the rest of the Ceed range, the ProCeed impresses with the quality of materials used. It feels every bit a rival to the likes of the Volkswagen Golf, while standard equipment is generous too.
If you regularly carry bulky items, you'd be better catered for with the Ceed Sportswagon. While the ProCeed's boot is only 31 litres less than the estate's, an element of versatility is lost because of the car's sleek shape. With the parcel shelf left in place, the boot is quite narrow - although this is, obviously, easily removed if you need to carry big items. There's some useful storage under the floor, too - split into small compartments to prevent luggage rolling about.
There's a reasonable amount of space in the back for two adults, although the rising window line does make it feel slightly dark and gloomy back there.
Standard equipment (August 2019):
GT-Line features 17-inch alloy wheels, high gloss black door mirrors, chrome window surrounds, privacy glass (rear window and tailgate), projection headlights, LED daytime running lights (front and rear), automatic headlights, front and rear fog lights, full-width LED brake light, rain-sensing front wipers, electrically-folding door mirrors with LED indicators, rear wiper/washer, heated rear window with timer, black cloth and light grey faux leather seats, drive and front passenger seat height adjuster, power lumbar support (drive and front passenger), heated front seats, heated steering wheel, tilt and reach adjustable steering wheel, D-cut steering wheel with grey stitching, electronic parking brake, centre console with storage box and sliding armrest, rear centre armrest, aluminium pedals, dual automatic air conditioning, steering wheel moutned controls, all-round electric windows, cruise control with speed limiter, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, engine start/stop button with smart entry, 60:40 split folding rear seats, space-saver spare wheel, six-speaker audio system, DAB radio with MP3 compatibility, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, eight-inch touchscreen navigation, reversing camera, rear parking sensors, 4.2-inch colour cluster display, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, paddle shifters (DCT), ISOFIX child seat fixings.
GT-Line S adds 18-inch alloy wheels with grey centre caps, wide sunroof with tilt/sliding function, LED headlights, black leather and faux suede seats with grey stitching, 10-way power adjustable driver's memory seat, heated outer rear seats, all-round electric windows with auto up and down function, smart cruise control with stop and go functionality, smart power tailgate, 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with remote folding, luggage rail system, eight-speaker JBL premium sound system, wireless phone charger, smart park assist system, blind-spot collision warning, speed limit information function, drive mode select.
GT features 18-inch alloy wheels with red centre caps, radiator grille with red insert, red side sill mouldings, red brake calipers, rear bumper with diffuser trim and dual exhaust, black leather and faux suede seats with red stitching, faux leather door centre trim with red stitching, power lumbar support (driver and front passenger), steering wheel with red stitching, 60:40 split folding rear seats, tyre mobility kit (in place of spare wheel).
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