Previously only available as petrol versions, the special edition line of cars, which adds extras such as new alloy wheels, reverse parking sensors and a new stereo system to the bottom-of-the-range ‘1’ specification, will now come with a 1.6 CRDi turbodiesel engine.
The engine comes with a manual six-speed gearbox and as expected of a diesel improves fuel economy to an impressive 65.7mpg.
CO2 emissions of 113g/km fall into band C of VED, making it one of the cheapest cars in the Kia range in terms of road tax.
However, it does come at a premium over the petrol versions, which were released in September to the tune of £13,220 for the three-door pro_cee’d and £13,420 for the five-door cee’d – nearly £1,500 more than the petrol alternative.
Like the petrol models, the diesel versions receive 16" alloy wheels and electrically operated, heated and colour-coded door mirrors to spruce up the exterior.
Inside, all models gain a leather finish to the steering wheel, gear know and handbrake lever as well as electrically operated windows.
The new entertainment system comprises a six-speaker CD/stereo complete with Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.
As with standard VR-7 models, the Kia cee’d VR-7 and pro_cee’d VR-7 come with a five-star EuroNCAP safety rating and both are fitted with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), break assist and a hill-start assist system.
Kia says this will save up to £815 over the standard ‘1’ trim five-door model the VR-7 edition is based on and all models will be eligible for Kia’s seven year warranty.
The Kia VR-7 cee’d and pro_cee’d can be ordered no from Perrys Kia dealers in the UK.