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Kia pro_cee'd

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By Jonathan Crouch

The improved Kia pro_cee'd coupe offers strong build quality, good looks and the option of a pokey yet efficient 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine. Never fancied a Kia? That might well change. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 37

Kia look to have a strong package with this much improved three-door pro_cee'd coupe. It's well built, looks great, offers strong efficiency and there's a very good after sales package. It's up against some serious rivals though.

Backgroundword count: 200

Forget what you thought you knew about Kia. For years now, we've seen them as plucky triers, patted them on the head with patronising comments along the lines of 'a lot of metal for your money' or 'this is a company that's getting there fast'. Well, it's here now, in the big leagues and this improved pro_cee'd three door model is priced accordingly, right up there with the mainstream contenders like Vauxhall and Citroen. This brings with it some harsher judging criteria. The sort of gauche interior design and off-pace emissions that we used to forgive Kia for just won't wash now. In fact, expectations have been raised so high that the pro_cee'd is now a vehicle that needs to be excellent in order to achieve any sort of recognition. The first pro_ceed model in arrived in 2008 and the second in 2011, so it's clear that this is a car that's had a lot of budget thrown at it. Here, we're looking at the facelifted second generation version, a hugely important car for Kia, not just in terms of sales, it's also charged with raising the image of the brand. First impression suggest that it's right on the money.

Driving Experienceword count: 375

The pro_cee'd's underpinnings won't come as any great surprise. They're basically the same as the cee'd hatchback that has established itself well. Under the bonnet, as with that car, the key news here is the introduction of Kia's latest 1.0-litre T-GDI turbo petrol direct injection engine, offered in 98bhp and 118bhp outputs. We can't really see much point in opting for the pokier version as its pulling power - 171Nm of torque - is no better than that of the base unit. Either way, if you want a petrol engine in your cee'd, this powerplant offers a far more satisfying choice than the old 98bhp 1.4-litre petrol unit that's still offered on lower-order variants of this second generation model. At the top of the range, the 201bhp pro_cee'd GT model continues with a 1.6-litre petrol turbo unit that powers it to 62mph in just 7.4s. This variant now gets bigger brakes and a sound symposer to emphasis the engine note. Most pro_cee'd buyers though, want a diesel. There's an old-tech 89bhp 1.4-litre CRDi variant still available, but most buyers will want the more efficient, higher-tech 1.6-litre CRDi unit, offered with 134bhp. This gives buyers the option of a 7-speed dual-clutch DCT automatic transmission, one of those clever gearboxes able to seamlessly select the next gear before you've even left the last one. For this diesel variant, improvements in refinement have been prioritised, so additional sound-absorbing materials have been adopted for the carpet and ventilation system, while twice as much anti-vibration foam has been added to the dashboard panel to cut engine vibrations intruding on the calm of the cabin. Otherwise, things are much as before. So the driving dynamics still won't satisfy those for who see handling response as everything, despite the addition of a torque vectoring system, which reduces understeer by partially applying the brake to the inner wheel under cornering. You still get a supple multi-link rear suspension system, something that's still not the norm in this segment. And there's neat FlexSteer steering that allows you to alter feedback at the helm. Plus these models are as rapid as most owners will need them to be, the 134bhp diesel 1.6 making sixty two mph from rest in 9.5s on the way to 117mph.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-60 mph (s):

9.5

11.5

Boot capacity min (litres):

380

Boot capacity max (litres):

1225

Combined mpg:

46.3

74.3

CO2 (g/km):

100

Extra urban mpg:

57.6

78.5

... and 9 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: Family Cars

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