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The sportier, more upmarket version of the Ceed is of course this superb model. Taking those great Ceed looks even further, this car has a spec that includes parking sensors, Bluetooth connectivity, traction control, and dual projection headlights as standard. Call us today to find the Kia Pro Ceed contract hire and car leasing option that’s right for you.
In this improved second generation guise, Kia’s pro_cee’d further sharpens its proposition in the affordable coupe segment, with smarter looks, extra technology and the option of clever three cylinder petrol power. A more sharply-orientated top turbo GT flagship variant aims to snare performance people, but it’s the lower-powered pro_cee’d models that’ll make the numbers, cars blessed with reasonable running costs, spacious practicality and a very good after sales package.
Potentially then, there’s a lot to like here.
There are two kinds of pro_cee’d driving experience and it’s very much horses for courses. If you’ve opted for the top turbo GT version, you get a potent 201bhp 1. 6-litre petrol turbo engine that’ll power you to 62mph in just 7. 7s to the accompaniment of the rorty engine note that’s generated by the ‘electric sound generator’ that Kia has added to this improved model. This revised GT variant also gets more powerful brakes and a sportier suspension. Most pro_cee’d customers though, opt for one of the volume versions aimed at people who want the style of this car without the extremes of speed that could potentially come with it.
These people almost certainly won’t mind the relatively modest performance on offer from the five mainstream engines that Kia offered at the launch of this revised second generation model. By far the most interesting of these is the three cylinder 1. 0-litre eco Turbo petrol unit that’s offered with either 98 or 118bhp. At the launch of this improved MK2 model pro_cee’d, Kia also included two of its older petrol engines in the line-up, a 98bhp 1. 4 and a 133bhp 1. 6. Diesel drivers meanwhile are targeted by a 1. 6-litre CRDi variant with an output here boosted it 134bhp. It comes with the option of the Korean brand’s very first dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Stick to a manual shift in a CRDi derivative and the stats suggest you should be able to achieve 74. 3mpg on the combined cycle and 99g/km of CO2.
Time to take a seat at the wheel, where the changes made to this improved second generation model – things like chromed highlights around the airvents and the electric window switches - really are quite superficial. More significant are the enhancements to the bright centre-dash 7-inch colour infotainment touchscreen you get on top variants. Partnership with Tom Tom now enables the system to offer things like speed camera location warnings and live updates on traffic and weather.
Getting into the rear is made easier by front doors that are 270mm longer than those in the five-door cee’d – though that might be a problem in tight parking spaces. Once there, thanks to a wheelbase length identical to that of the five-door cee’d, space for a couple of adults is reasonable on all but the longest journeys.
Out back, there’s the same 380-litre boot you’d get on the five-door model. The 1210-litre total capacity you get when the seats are flattened is only 93-litres less than you’d have in a five-door cee’d.
In buying an affordable coupe, you might expect to have to select between style and practicality. In other words, a choice between a slightly smarter version of a three-door hatchback with decent space. Or a lower, slinkier model that’d be eye-catching in your driveway but pretty useless for either rear seat passengers or luggage. This pro_cee’d model though, has historically shown itself to be pretty adept at combining style with sensibility – and still is in this improved second generation guise.
In summary, this is, we hope, the start of a series of more sporting Kia’s; cars that can lift the brand clear of its bargain basement beginnings. One thing's for sure. It looks the part already.