Long term report: Kia Procee'd GT #6


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A bit noisy, a bit thirsty and perhaps a little bit annoying in other ways too. But that's enough about me. That's what I'd been told about our long-termer Kia Procee'd before I was given the keys for a weekend stint with the car.
As it turned out, LG64MPF and I were together for a little bit longer than that, and I must say that after our time together, I would probably agree with the first of the two points made above.

The fuel gauge does seem to go down a little too hastily (I know I'm not the first person to have pointed that out in these pages) and the 1.6- litre petrol unit perhaps isn't as refined as it could be – particularly when worked hard – but in truth, they would be my only two gripes.

I particularly like the front-end appearance of the car with the distinctive 'ice-cube' daytime running lights a particularly appealing touch. And the cabin is a nice place to be too, the tone of the interior matching the car's sporty credentials and with first-class build quality throughout.

One thing I hadn't been expecting is the level of practicality afforded by the car. Four adults really can be accommodated in comfort, with space for bags and belongings too.

And two of those adults were my daughters, who after expressing misgivings about a long-ish journey in it, emerged with smiles on their faces at the end of the trip. (They're the ones who find me annoying, by the way...)

The knowledge

Model: Kia Procee'd 1.6 T-GDi GT
Price: £22,495 (as tested)
Engine: 1.6-litre petrol
Power: 201bhp
Max speed: 143mph 0-60mph: 7.4 seconds
MPG: 38.2 (combined)
Mileage this month: 1,054
This month's highlight:
Delivering my daughters for a weekend with their auntie – she's welcome to them!

Author: Dave Brown
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