Kia Pro_Cee'd GT review

That’s not to say this car is not good, it really is. It’s comfortable, has a decent level of performance and can be a practical family hatch too when needed.

Exterior

Aimed at the enthusiast in all of us the Kia Pro_Cee’d GT comes with a more pronounced front end. It has a lower, broader bumper and airdam giving the Pro_Cee’d GT an aggressive stance.

Walk round to the rear and you’ll see that the sporty theme continues with the dual sports exhausts and the beefy looking rear diffuser.

Interior

Jump in and you’ll notice that the performance-oriented exterior continues with the Recaro sports seats that will keep you from sliding around the cabin when driving enthusiastically. The seats are made from leather upholstery while the red stitching makes it more striking.

The driver display has a high-defintition display showing important details including speed, engine torque, turbo boost pressure and trip information. There are also a few GT decals subtly placed around the car just to remind you that you are driving the flagship Cee’d.

Even though this car is a performance model there is a good level of practicality. There is a load space of 380 litres of load space and this can be expanded to 1,225 litres by folding the rear bench.

On the road

Under the bonnet the Kia Pro_Cee’d GT is powered by a 201bhp 1.6-litre turbo engine. The benchmark sprint can be completed in 7.4 seconds, which is a very respectable time and will go on to a top speed of 143mph.

The Ford Focus and Vauxhall’s Astra are quicker but this is a good base for Kia to enter the sector with. Drive the Pro_Cee’d GT enthusiastically and you will feel that the Kia is very grippy through the twisty stuff. The Kia lacks the engagement levels of a Focus ST and the steering could be better weighted.

Overview

Mixing performance with practicality and competitive running costs will mean that the Pro_Cee’d GT will be a popular choice for many.

There’s plenty of kit too. Highlights include dual exhausts, LED daytime running lights, 18-inch alloys, Recaro seats, leather steering wheel and gearknob, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod connectivity, electric windows, ESC, hill-start assist control, six airbags and a seat-belt reminder warning system.

Average economy looks good too – Kia claims the GT will return 38.2 while it emits 171g/km. That means it will cost £200 per year on road tax.

The Kia Pro_Cee’d GT starts from £19,995 in GT trim, and rises to £22,495 in GT Tech while the flagship and limited edition GT 1st edition is priced at £23,995.

Although it may not be a hot hatch, the Pro_Cee’d GT is a very good starting base and no doubt a proper hot hatch will follow.

You can order the Kia Pro_Cee’d GT now at your nearest Perrys Kia Dealership.