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Kia Pro_ceed GT 2014

by John Ewing,reviewed August 2014

Calling Kia's Pro_ceed GT a ‘hot hatch’ might be overselling it, but it’s certainly the Korean maker’s most sporting offering to date and well worth considering.

It’s not exactly a VW Golf GTi, but then it’s significantly cheaper, selling for about the same money as the smaller Polo GTi. 

But the Kia, available as a three-door hatch only, is more akin to the Golf in size.

The turbo four’s performance is strong and responsive, thanks to a nice spread of torque and well-chosen ratios in the slick, six-speed manual box (there’s no auto). 

It’s not super sprightly off the line, but quickly musters enthusiasm for the task. With suspension locally tuned, it impressed us dynamically, feeling responsive and securely planted on the road with plenty of grip from the standard 40 series Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres. 

It changes direction with fluidity, has a nice balance and good mid-corner stability. 

Inside the cabin, the controls are well laid out, while the Recaro front seats with their red contrast stitching and embroidered GT logo do a good job of supporting the occupants.

Visibility through the smallish rear window is restricted, though the park sensors and rear-view camera help compensate. 

An integrated navigation system won’t be available until around the third-quarter of this year. Kia told us it won’t be able to be retro-fitted to earlier cars.

Kia_Proceed GT

For

Price, dynamics, performance, long warranty.

Against

Navigation still coming, rear visibility, road noise.

Key features

ACCD, AL, AW 18”, CC, LT (leather and suede), PS (rear), RC, RSW, Recaro front seats, front/rear fog lights, static cornering lamps, alloy sports pedals, auto-dim interior mirror, CD with media inputs, bluetooth.

Safety

ABS, BA, DFSCA, DRL, EBD, ESC, TC, HSA, SBPT.

Car Details

Vehicle make Kia
Vehicle model Pro_ceed GT
Vehicle type Sports Cars Under $50,000
Year 2014
Price when new $29,990
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars
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Engine 1.6-litre, turbo-petrol, 4-cyl.
Max power 150kW @ 6000rpm.
Max torque 265Nm @ 1750-4500rpm.
Acceleration to 100 km/h 7.7 seconds (claimed).
Driving wheels FWD
Fuel type ULP
Economy ADR 7.4 litres/100km.
Emissions rating
5 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.