Kia launches new range-topping pro_cee’d

The compact three-door hatchback – sibling to the larger Kia cee’d – has been given a new level of specification to sit above the current ‘3’ model in the pro_cee’d range.

As a result, the new trim level is called ‘4’, and adds 17" alloy wheels, black bezel headlamps and privacy glass to the exterior of the car.

The car boasts a facelift for 2011 but maintains the sporty styling of the pro_cee’d 3 courtesy of design chief Peter Schreyer, the man behind the successful design of the new Kia Sportage. The largest change comes at the front, where a new grille brings it in line with the newer models in the Kia range.

Inside, the pro_cee’d 4 adds leather upholstery, heated front seats and a leather trimmed steering wheel to the range.

Extra gadgets such as satellite navigation, a seven-inch colour touch screen, rear camera and Bluetooth are also included in the latest model in the range.

The Kia pro_cee’d 4 uses a 1.6-litre diesel engine developing 126bhp. Adding 13bhp over the current 1.6-litre diesel engine, it is capable of delivering a 0-60mph sprint time of 10 seconds and a top speed of 122mph.

Sitting at the top of the range, the Kia pro_cee’d 4 is also the most expensive model. The Kia pro_cee’d 4 costs £18,495 on-the-road and comes with Kia’s seven year, 100,000 mile warranty.

The warranty is available on all Kia cars, and is fully transferable if the car is subsequently sold. The new Kia pro_cee’d 4 is available to buy from Kia dealerships now.