With world-class new powertrains, a sporty new appearance and major additions to connected car systems, the new version of Kia’s stylish and sporty three-door mid-sized European hatchback, pro_cee’d, is ready to build on the strengths which have made it a huge success.
Sleek, long, low and lithe, the pro_cee’d brings an added sense of emotion and dynamism to the cee’d family. It has the same length (4,310mm), width (1,780mm) and wheelbase (2,650mm) as the five-door cee’d, but is 40mm lower at 1,425mm-1,430mm, and the B-pillar has been moved back by 220mm.
The side doors are 270mm longer than those at the front of the five-door cee’d, allowing easy access to the rear seats while contributing to the sleek and rakish profile. This is further emphasised by a rising beltline, low roofline and narrow glasshouse framed by a chrome surround.
Kia hallmarks like the ‘tiger-nose’ front grille, sleek profile and wrap-around headlights remain largely untouched except for a new oval-shaped grille mesh. This has a chrome or graphite chrome surround.
The controls and switchgear are ergonomically arranged and intuitive to use, with the temperature, airflow and infotainment switches easily accessed by the driver or front-seat passenger. The controls are clearly grouped and reveal total attention to detail.
Fin-style door grab handles, an asymmetric centre console surround framing a deep storage area, bright chrome highlights on the interior door handles, instruments, window switches and air vents, soft-touch surfaces and padded door trims and storage boxes all attest to the attention to detail and quality.
|Combined Fuel Consumption|
mpg / (l100)km
|Combined CO2 Mass Emissions (g/km)||Max Engine Power (BHP at RPM)||Transmission|
|Petrol 1.6 GDi ISG (133bhp)||52.3 (5.4) (16" wheels)||124 (16" wheels)||133 / 6,300||6|
|Petrol 1.0 T-GDi ISG (118bhp)||57.6 (4.9) (17" wheels)||115 (17" wheels)||118 / 6,000||6|
|Petrol 1.6 T-GDi (201bhp)||47.9 (5.9) (16" wheels)||170 (18" wheels)||201 / 6,000||6|
|Diesel 1.6 CRDi ISG (134bhp)||74.3 (3.8) (16" wheels)||99 (16" wheels)||134 / 4,000||6|
|Diesel 1.6 CRDi ISG (134bhp)||72.4 (3.9) (17" wheels)||102 (17" wheels)||134 / 4,000||6|
|Diesel 1.6 CRDi ISG (134bhp)||72.4 (3.9) (17" & 18" wheels)||103 (16" & 17" wheels)||134 / 4,000||6|
European driving conditions impose different challenges to those found almost anywhere else on earth. Highway speeds are generally higher. Towns and cities often have narrow, bumpy streets. And in-between there are winding country roads, mountain passes and twisting lanes. To cope with this eclectic mix a car must be both agile and supple.
From the outset Kia demanded that the pro_cee’d should not only look and feel European but should also behave European. That is why it has the comparative rarity in its class of an expensive fully independent rear suspension system in place of the more commonly used and cheaper twist beam, and a wheelbase that is one of the longest in class.
The pro_cee’d will be available with a 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol engine and the 133bhp 1.6-litre direct-injection GDi unit. Kia’s ISG (Intelligent Stop & Go) engine stop/start system is standard with 1.0-litre and 1.6-litre engines. By shutting down the engine when the car comes to rest and the driver puts the gearlever into neutral and releases the clutch, it ensures that no fuel is used and no CO2 is emitted while stationary in traffic. The engine restarts as soon as the clutch is pressed.
New connectivity features advance the already comprehensive safety systems of the pro_cee’d. The level of connectivity is the highest ever found in the cee’d family, and not only adds to convenience but also helps to reduce driver stress and distraction.
Navigation turn-by-turn instructions are now displayed in the instrument cluster, reducing the amount of time drivers need to avert their gaze from the road. Through the stylish, modern-looking 7-inch central touchscreen, drivers gain access to European mapping, a Traffic Messaging Channel, full UK postcode entry and the choice of fast, short or economical route-planning, while TomTom® Connected services provide additional and valuable driver information, including speed camera locations, live traffic updates and local search and weather details. The 7-inch touchscreen is linked to a colour reversing camera.
All the essentials for avoiding accidents, or at the very least minimising the effects of them, are standard in the pro_cee’d. There is Electronic Stability Control (ESC) to control skids even before the driver can react, and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to keep the car stable when accelerating or braking on roads with different levels of grip from left to right. Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) prevents the car from rolling backwards when setting off on steep gradients by holding the brakes for up to two seconds.
|pro_cee'd '2'||pro_cee'd 'GT-Line'||pro_cee'd 'GT-Line S'|
Additional to pro_cee'd '2'
Additional to pro_cee'd 'GT-Line'
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