Long term report: Kia Procee'd GT #7
Looks good, feels good – but still too thirsty...
I'd been handed the keys and was looking forward to seeing whether or not what I'd heard (both good and bad) was true over a week's motoring.
First off the bat, I like the styling. The alloys fill the arches well and, for the most part, the various grooves and slashes along the body make it look, dare I say it, like a hot hatch. So well done there, Kia.
The interior isn't a bad place to be either. I like the heavily-bucketed and bolstered Recaro seats and the steering wheel has a nice shape and size to it, considering it plays host to a variety of control buttons.
The one thing I would say is that you can't quite get the seat low enough or the steering wheel close enough, but then I do tend to sit like a bit of a boy racer. Trips to and from the office have been dealt with easily, albeit with a certain level of disdain while looking at the fuel gauge. Sub-35mpg just isn't acceptable for a 1.6-litre turbo, but the superb build quality of the car lets you brush over that.
A short blast in the New Forest showed itself to be quite capable on the bends – despite the torrential rain. The British summer, eh?
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: 429
This month's highlight:
Feeling snug inside the cabin while the rain poured down outside.