Long term report: Kia Pro cee'd GT #5
Power to the people! And the styling scores highly, too...
I can't help but feel a bit sorry for our Procee'd GT. The general consensus among those who drive it seems to be that, while it looks sporty enough, with just over 200bhp on tap it just doesn't have the oomph to keep up with rivals like the Golf GTI and Focus ST.
Having just taken it on a very exciting road trip to (cough) Milton Keynes and back, I've decided it's time to go on record and defend the poor Cee'd and its apparent power deficit – largely because I don't think it's that badly endowed.
Okay, so a basic Golf GTI might be 10bhp up on the Cee'd, but it's also a whopping £5,000 more expensive. That's quite a premium for 10 extra horses, and frankly I'm not sure I'd miss them all that much.
What's more, you have to admit that Kia have put more effort into styling than VW. The Cee'd is very striking indeed – particularly in 3 door Pro_ Cee'd form – while the Golf looks... like a Golf.
I do have some gripes, mind. For starters there's no option of DAB radio, when rivals have offered it for at least five years now.
Then there's the engine note. Ford and VW manage to make their engines sound meaty and alive at full throttle, but Kia just haven't, and that's a shame. On the whole though, the GT still does it for me.
Don't listen to them, Cee'd, I still think you're powerful enough.
Model: Kia Procee'd 1.6 T-GDi GT
Price: £22,495 (as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre petrol
Max speed: 143mph
MPG: 38.2 (combined)
Mileage this month: 950
This month's highlight:
Having listened to everyone else, discovering for myself the Procee'd's sporty credentials.
Author: Jon Reay