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Kia ProCeed estate review

"The Kia ProCeed drives more like a family car than a hot hatchback despite its sleek design, and a big boot means it’s surprisingly practical too"

Carbuyer Rating

4.0 out of 5

Price
£24,210 - £29,320

Pros

  • Arresting looks
  • Lots of equipment
  • Practical boot

Cons

  • Ordinary to drive
  • Tight rear seats
  • Poor rear visibility

It's all change for the Kia ProCeed and not just because the Korean brand has dropped the annoying apostrophe and underscore from its name. No, the changes are so complete that Kia could have been forgiven for coming up with a new model name entirely. The ProCeed has transformed from a three-door hatchback into a five door ‘shooting brake’ - the designer’s term for a cross between an estate car and a coupe.

The result is the range-topping model in the Ceed line-up. It’s actually longer than the Sportswagon estate, with almost as much boot space, but there’s a sharper focus on design and driver enjoyment. This makes it rather unique in its class, albeit with styling inspired by cars like the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake and even the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, despite the latter costing many times more than the Kia.

Kia sharpened up the ProCeed’s looks in 2021, tweaking the headlights, bumpers and grille. There are now more black trim pieces, giving a sportier look that suits the car’s shape. It’s fitting too, given that the ProCeed range only consists of GT-Line, GT-Line S and GT models.

It's a response to the decline in popularity of three-door cars and one which creates a desirable model that's better suited to families. Or at least, so Kia hopes. One of the biggest differences is the rear windscreen, which is very steeply raked for a more sporty appearance. Despite this, there's still an estate-car-rivalling 593 litres of boot space, dwarfing the standard Ceed.

There's good news in the front, too, because build quality and the materials used to upholster the interior look and feel good. It's a shame there are a few too many buttons but the main snag is in the back, where the stylish exterior means passengers over six feet tall will struggle to get comfortable, despite the back seats being lowered to help make up for the lower roof. It's a good job a rear-view camera and parking sensors are fitted as standard because rear visibility is rather like looking down the wrong end of a telescope.

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The engine lineup is pretty straightforward, especially since the facelift. There’s a 1.5-litre petrol with 158bhp, which is shared with the rest of the Ceed range, and a more potent petrol for keen drivers willing to spend a bit extra. A 1.6-litre diesel capable of 55mpg used to be available but didn’t really suit the car’s sporty style, while the 1.5-litre petrol replaced a less powerful 1.4-litre version.

Performance is pretty respectable, with all models hitting 0-62mph in under nine seconds, while the 1.5-litre petrol returns up to 48.7mpg so should prove cheap to run. With 201bhp, the GT is ‘warm’ without troubling ‘hot’ hatchbacks, but gets from 0-62mph in a brisk 7.5 seconds and returns 41mpg. This engine used to be available in the Ceed too but as of 2021 it’s exclusive to the ProCeed.

Engineers have also beefed up the chassis somewhat, lowering the ProCeed by 5mm and tuning its suspension for a more agile feel, while trying to retain the comfort of the standard Ceed.

MPG, running costs & CO2

Low running costs, despite the Kia ProCeed's sporty looks

Fitted with the 1.5-litre T-GDi petrol engine, the Kia ProCeed can return up to 48.7mpg when fitted with a manual gearbox, or 47.9mpg with a seven-speed DCT automatic. CO2 emissions of 131-139g/km also mean there's little in it for running costs, although its Benefit-in-Kind bands for company-car users are quite high; business users would pay much less tax on the plug-in hybrid Kia Ceed Sportswagon.

The high-performance ProCeed GT will be more costly to run, with a larger and more powerful 1.6-litre T-GDi engine returning 41.5mpg and emissions of 154g/km.

Engines, drive & performance

The Kia ProCeed is a competent performer, but it fails to live up to its looks

Now that the diesel model has been discontinued, every ProCeed model offers good acceleration. Choose the least expensive ProCeed - a 158bhp GT-Line with a manual gearbox - and you’ll get from 0-62mph in just 8.6 seconds. The automatic gearbox (optional on GT-Line and standard on GT-Line S) takes two tenths of a second longer, so you’re unlikely to notice the difference in the real world.

The Kia ProCeed GT gets a slightly bigger engine and 201bhp, for a 0-62mph time of 7.5 seconds. It’s only available with the automatic gearbox. Don’t expect the ProCeed to compete with estate versions of hot hatchbacks like the Ford Focus ST Estate and Skoda Octavia vRS, which both have more power and are quicker off-the-line.

There's room for improvement in the gearbox department, too. The manual has a vague throw and there's little feel through the clutch pedal, so not only does it feel less sporting, it can be hard to pull away smoothly. The automatic isn't the magical solution either, with slow shifts in automatic and manual modes.

Kia has made the ProCeed's suspension slightly lower and firmer than the hatchback and Sportswagon, giving it a fraction more composure when tackling a tricky section of road. The steering is light and telegraphs precious little information, but it's accurate.

Interior & comfort

The interior is undoubtedly well-appointed

In its efforts to make the ProCeed more exciting, Kia has kept its ride comfort intact. There's a small amount of pitter-patter at low speeds, but otherwise it's smooth and relaxed.

There are three trims to consider: GT-Line, GT-Line S and the performance GT model. Designed as an upmarket choice in the Ceed line-up, even the 'entry-level' GT-Line isn't really a budget choice, with an 10.25-inch touchscreen, sat nav, a rear-view camera, DAB radio, heated front seats and rear parking sensors.

GT-Line S has some impressive features, boasting wireless smartphone charging that's still absent from many luxury cars. There’s also heated rear seats, leather and suede upholstery, LED headlights, automatic parking, a panoramic sunroof, front parking sensors, a JBL stereo and a powered tailgate. Top-spec GT adds red exterior and interior detailing, plus a GT Performance display mode to the GT-Line specification.

Practicality & boot space

By changing the ProCeed formula, there's now lots more space for families

In the transition from a three-door hatch to a five-door shooting brake, the Kia ProCeed has certainly become more practical. In fact, its boot is half as big again as the standard Kia Ceed, measuring 594 litres. That's not far off the Sportswagon estate, largely because the boot is measured to the parcel shelf, below the more steeply raked rear windscreen. GT and GT-Line versions feature a 60:40 split and fold rear bench, while GT-Line S models get a 40:20:40 configuration with a lever in the boot to fold them remotely.

There are plenty of handy features to make life more convenient too, including a powered tailgate that can open automatically, a low loading lip for heavy luggage and a hidden underfloor storage area.

Reliability & safety

The Kia ProCeed has a long warranty and the latest safety technology

Based on the Kia Ceed’s underpinnings, the Kia Proceed is on a very good platform and should be reliable. A long warranty is reassuring and there's a comprehensive level of safety kit too.

Kia owners are generally a happy bunch, with the brand coming second out of 29 manufacturers in our 2021 Driver Power satisfaction survey. The Kia Ceed finished 17th in our list of the top 75 cars, far above the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Of all those who sent their feedback, nearly a fifth experienced a fault of some sort with their Kia in the first year, although given the Ceed and Kia Rio were in the top 10 for reliability and build quality, we can assume most faults were minor and sorted quickly. If something does go wrong, it should be addressed by the seven-year/100,000-mile warranty.

The ProCeed hasn't been crash-tested by Euro NCAP but the Kia Ceed hatchback on which it’s based scored four stars. Choosing the optional safety pack bumps it up to a full five-star rating. It's fitted with a long list of active and passive safety technology, including lane keeping assist, autonomous emergency braking and driver attention warnings.

Which Is Best?

Cheapest

  • Name
    1.5T GDi ISG GT-Line 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £24,210

Most Economical

  • Name
    1.5T GDi ISG GT-Line 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £24,210

Fastest

  • Name
    1.6T GDi ISG GT 5dr DCT
  • Gearbox type
    Auto
  • Price
    £27,925

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