Sue Cooke gives us the lowdown on the new Kia ProCeed.
The road test cars that I like the most are those where I don’t expect a lot, but by the end of the week I am totally awestruck and it does happen in reverse too. Kia’s strapline is ‘the power to surprise’ and when the third generation ProCeed arrived on my drive I was stunned. With the DNA of a coupe, the shooting brake, in blue exterior paintwork is gorgeous, with a raked back silhouette which is unlike anything else in the family car segment.
Low, lean and lithe – the ProCeed is 5mm longer than the Ceed Sportswagon. The roofline sits 43mm lower and ground clearance is reduced by 5mm. Ice cube LED front daytime running lights and LED tail lights which span the width of the tailgate, give the car a unique light signature.
The interior is spacious, with deep footwells and a feeling of openness. I was equally surprised at the quality and luxury of the soft touch surfaces and metallic trim, as I slid behind the wheel. There is a ‘floating’ 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system with navigation system powered by TomTom so it is very simple to use.
A long list of standard technologies includes a useful front wiper de-icer and electrically folding adjustable and heated door mirrors and heated steering wheel. The very clear reversing camera with rear parking sensors enabled me to cleverly back into a very tight parking space.
When I approached the rear of the GT-Line S model, fully laden, the Smart Key was at the bottom of my handbag somewhere. The tailgate detected the smart key and surprised me by opening automatically. With no boot lip and a lower ride height, the ProCeed is so easy to load and unload. The 594 litres capacity is 50 per cent more capacious than the hatchback. On the GT-Line S model, the 40:20:40 split fold rear seats fold with a single touch of a lever. There is an underfloor storage area to stow smaller items and a useful bag hook to prevent groceries rolling around.
The five door has comfortable seats and suspension, ideal on my long distance drive to a car launch and is pin drop quiet in the cabin. I was amazed at how extremely easy the ProCeed is to drive with agile and immediate handling responses, precise steering control under hard cornering and unwavering stability. Marvellous.
There are two engines to choose from. The GT-Line S model comes with the 1.4 litre petrol, paired with a seven speed auto Dual Clutch transmission. The petrol option will account for the highest proportion of sales but for fleet customers there is a new 1.6 litre diesel engine. Kia says the Ceed family will get the 48V mild hybrid technology later in 2019.
There is always a long list of innovations with every new car I drive, to make life easier, more comfortable and safer. The ProCeed has many but as someone who likes to be in control I did not appreciate the Lane Following Assist. This system detects road markings to help keep the ProCeed in the centre of its lane on the motorway, so I constantly felt a slight tug of the steering wheel. The system will also use external sensors to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front and control acceleration, braking and steering.
My week with the new Kia ProCeed has been a constant journey of surprises. And far surpasses the first generation model I road tested in 2008.
Facts at a Glance
Model: Kia ProCeed GT-Line S
Price: £28,690 otr
Engine: 1.4 litre T-GDi petrol
Performance: 0-60mph in 9.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 127 mph
CO2 emissions: 133 g/km
Combined fuel consumption: 42.8mpg (WLTP)