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Kia pro_cee'd GT

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By Jonathan Crouch

Kia's pro_cee'd GT has been upgraded, but not beyond recognition. This 201bhp hot hatch still has the power to surprise. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Reviewword count: 69

Whether you see it as a smart coupe or a sleekly-styled three-door hatch, Kia's second generation pro_cee'd offers a sensible spin on sporty motoring that offers extra bite in this revised GT form where it gets bigger brakes, a smarter look and a sportier engine note. It's also well built, aggressively priced and comes with a bullet-proof warranty deal. Still sensible then, but with a little sexiness thrown in.

Backgroundword count: 197

Has there even been a properly regarded Korean sports car? We've seen some cars down the years that were vaguely sporting in tone, if not in ability. Cars like the Hyundai Coupe offered a glimpse of what was potentially available but there was never the corporate will to really press on, despite high-profile rallying campaigns with no sports products to sell off the back of them. Kia seemed particularly reticent to step up to this particular plate, preferring instead to major on meek and mild. That changed to a degree with the introduction of the pro_ceed model in 2008. Here was a three-door Kia cee'd that looked good, had a willing chassis but just needed a bit more engine than the 138bhp turbodiesel that was the flagship motor. We got an improved pro_cee'd model in 2011, but here the most powerful engine was a 126bhp turbodiesel. Not promising for sports fans. They had to wait until the unveiling at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show of the pro_cee'd GT. With 201bhp, it was the first performance hatch that Kia had ever built. Now the brand has upgraded this GT model so that it looks, stops and sounds better.

Driving Experienceword count: 218

Buyers of humbler pro_cee'd models always knew that there was the kernel of a really good car in there. Through the turns, there's a reassuring amount of front end grip, the ride/handling compromise is well judged and there's a nice consistency of control weights. All the sorts of stuff that keen drivers look for in other words. And the engine? Well you'd think that most hot hatch buyers would be satisfied with the 201bhp turbocharged four-cylinder 1.6-litre petrol unit on offer, good for a hefty 265Nm of torque. You can now hear it better in this revised model too thanks to the addition of an 'electric sound generator', one of those sound symposer gadgets that emphasises the engine note in the cabin as you accelerate. It makes quite a nice noise as you accelerate to 62mph in 7.3 seconds. And you'll be able to scrub off that speed a little more easily now thanks to the installation of larger brakes, the bigger callipers for which peep out from between the spokes of the smarter 18-inch alloy wheels. As before, the steering is still a little lighter than really committed enthusiasts will want but it's direct and allows the car to change directlion sharply. The ride's good for a hot hatch too and the six-speed manual gearbox feels slick.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

7.4

Boot capacity min (litres):

380

Boot capacity max (litres):

1225

Combined mpg:

38.2

CO2 (g/km):

171

Extra urban mpg:

46.3

... and 9 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Family Cars

Performance
80%
Handling
80%
Comfort
80%
Space
70%
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