KIA

KIA PRO CEED SHOOTING BRAKE 1.6T GDi ISG GT 5dr DCT

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2163 g/km

Once a small coupe, Kia's Proceed is now a small estate - but a very stylish one. The brand has chosen to supplement its existing Ceed SW station wagon with this swoopier Proceed 'shooting brake' model to create a 'Fastback' look with that 'want one' factor. The brand promises that the drive dynamics will match the aesthetic promise too.

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If you're torn between a coupe and a hatch and prioritise style in a compact family car, Kia's Proceed could fit the bill. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

Once a small coupe, Kia's Proceed is now a small estate - but a very stylish one. The brand has chosen to supplement its existing Ceed SW station wagon with this swoopier Proceed 'shooting brake' model to create a 'Fastback' look with that 'want one' factor. The brand promises that the drive dynamics will match the aesthetic promise too.

Background

Kia calls this Proceed a 'Shooting Brake'. Isn't that just another word for an 'estate car'? Well no, not really. A Shooting Brake, in contrast, is more of an occasional and much more stylised load-lugger, loved by sportsman - and especially shooting parties (hence the name) - from the 1950s and 1960s, particularly here in Britain. A kind of 'estate coupe' if you like, which is why virtually all 'shooting brake' designs from the last century had only three doors. Princess Anne's Reliant Scimitar GTE from the Seventies was one of these, with similar cars like the Lancia Beta HPE, the Jaguar XJS Lynx Eventer and the Volvo 1800ES dating from the same era. In more recent times, the 'Shooting Brake' concept has made a comeback with designs like Ferrari's FF. But you'll know it better perhaps from two Mercedes models, 'Shooting Brake' versions of that Stuttgart brand's CLS and CLA models. It was the CLA Shooting Brake that prompted Kia to produce this stylish Ceed derivative.

Driving Experience

Gone are the days when Kia was content to merely try and reach a minimum class standard when it comes to drive dynamics. Ex-BMW M-Chief Albert Biermann, Kia's Head of handling development, spent six months with his team fine-tuning this Proceed and the brand promises that you'll feel the difference, even on a very short test drive. There are three engine choices - a 134bhp 1.6 CRDi diesel and a couple of T-GDi petrol units, a 138bhp 1.4 and a 201bhp 1.6. Engine noise is enhanced by a soundtrack emphasised through flaps in the exhaust and delivered into the cabin through the stereo speakers. There are firmer shocks and springs for the all-independent suspension than you'd get on a mere ordinary Ceed. But the roadway demeanour's kept from being too brittle by the adoption of softer anti-roll bars than you'd get on that shopping rocket variant. Transmission-wise, there's a choice of either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed DCT dual-clutch auto with alloy paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. You have to have that DCT 'box with the top petrol engine.

Design and Build

If you're going to sell on style, you have to make an effort and, sure enough, the Proceed shares only the front wings and bonnet with other Ceed body styles. The roof line is 43mm lower than on an ordinary Ceed SW estate and 5mm longer, plus the windscreen is 1.5-degrees more steeply-raked and the rear window is slanted 65-degrees off the vertical. There's more aggressive styling to the front bumper than you'd see on any ordinary Ceed. And what the designers call a 'coast to coast' look for the rear that unites the LED tail lamps with the double exhaust pipes. There are 17-inch wheels with 'GT-Line' trim - or 18-inchers with the GT model. Inside, it actually feels quite special, especially in a top 'GT' model, which features leather and Alcantara sports seats with red-stitching and GT badging. There's a sporty flat-bottomed steering wheel and black roof lining. Unfortunately, rear vision out of the sloping rear window isn't great though. Rear legroom is much as you'd find it on a more ordinary Ceed model. Headroom though, as you might expect from a 'Fastback coupe', is slightly more limited. There's a 594-litre boot, which is just 31-litres less than you'd get in the ordinary Ceed SW estate.

Market and Model

Proceed pricing sits about £1,500 above what you'd pay for an equivalent hatch model. But it only comes with Kia's premium sporty trim levels, 'GT-Line' and 'GT'. That means figures that start at around £24,000 for the base 1.4 T-GDi 'GT-Line' variant. There's an £1,100 premium for the auto gearbox. For the diesel version, you'll need to be looking at a £25,000 budget. The 1.4 T-GDi derivative also comes in slightly plusher 'GT-Line S' form but for that you'll need around £27,000. If you want the top 1.6 201bhp T-GDi petrol engine (which comes only in auto form), you'll need top 'GT' trim, which will require a £28,000 budget. As standard, the ProCeed 'GT-Line' comes with a six-speaker audio system, with DAB radio and MP3 compatibility and USB and AUX ports for connection of a media device. Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming is provided, too, along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for easy smartphone connection. An eight-inch touchscreen satellite navigation system with European mapping and traffic messaging channel (TMC), as well as Kia Connected Services featuring TomTom Live is included and is combined with a 4.2-inch colour supervision cluster display and trip computer. A reversing camera with dynamic guidelines is integrated into the centre fascia screen, as well as the fitment of rear parking sensors.

Cost of Ownership

This Proceed needs to be reasonably affordable to run to interest likely buyers and the figures seem to stack up acceptably well. The base 1.4 T-GDi petrol model achieves 45.6mpg on the combined cycle and 132g/km of CO2. Or 44.8mpg and 130g/km in auto form. Go for the 1.6 CRDi diesel engine and you're looking at 56.5mpg and 111g/km of CO2. Or 54.3mpg and 110g/km in auto form. The top 1.6-litre T-GDi petrol model (which comes only in auto form) manages 39.3mpg and 142g/km. All the figures just given are WLTP-rated for fuel and NEDC2-rated for CO2. As usual with Kia, there's a 7 year or 100,000 mile warranty which, since it can be passed from owner to owner, should help the impressively strong residual values. You might want to note that roadside assistance cover is limited to one year, but you do get a long 12 year bodywork warranty. Maintenance costs can be kept down by opting for Kia's 'Care-3' or 'Care-3 Plus' servicing packages, which offer a fixed-cost and inflation-proof servicing plan for the first three or five years, something which can also be passed on to subsequent owners.

Summary

You probably won't have started out wanting a Proceed in searching the market for something a bit more stylish and interesting that suits your family needs. Now that you know about this model though, it's possible that it might ideally suit a desired combination of desirability and sensibility in a relatively affordable versatile compact family car. We'd still have hesitated to recommend it a few years ago though, given the vanilla way that Kias back then tended to drive. But that's all changed now. This model's 'shooting brake' concept may be a nod to past hunting wagons of the landed gentry but the concept here is very much of our time: a compact yet spacious estate that doesn't drive like one, that's nicely finished, practically configured and relatively affordable to run. It's very much an estate for people who wouldn't normally buy such a thing. And that makes it quite a tempting prospect.

  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Heated rear window with timer
  • Privacy glass (rear side windows and rear screen)
  • Rain sensing front wipers
  • Automatic defog system
  • All-round Electric Windows with Front Auto Up & Down Function
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Windscreen Washer Level Warning

  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) and vehicle stability management (VSM)
  • ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Red brake calipers
  • Traction control

  • Bluetooth with Voice Recognition & Music Streaming
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Drive mode selector
  • Smart park assist system (SPAS) with parallel/perpendicular/reverse with front/rear parking sensors
  • Motor driven power steering
  • Driver attention warning
  • Reversing camera with dynamic guide lines

  • Kia connected services featuring TomTom live
  • 4.2" supervision cluster colour display with GT performance mode
  • 10.25" touchscreen satellite navigation including telematics
  • Trip computer

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • High gloss black door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors with LED Indicators and Kerbside Lights
  • Wide view drivers door mirror

  • Satin Chrome Fascia Trim

  • Intelligent Stop and Go

  • DAB Radio with MP3
  • USB Fast Charger in Front Centre Console
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • Illuminated USB & aux ports
  • USB & AUX Ports for Connection of a Media Device
  • 6 speaker audio system

  • Exterior front door handle illumination
  • High gloss black and chrome with red insert radiator grille
  • High gloss red side sill mouldings
  • Air intake with red accent lower lip
  • Rear bumper with diffuser trim and dual exhaust
  • Body Colour Exterior Door Handles
  • Body coloured rear spoiler with high gloss black trim
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome window surround

  • Puddle lights
  • High beam assistant
  • Headlamp levelling
  • Automatic headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • LED rear fog light
  • LED rear lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED Bi-Function headlights
  • LED High-mounted Brake Light

  • Rear Air Ventilation
  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning

  • Tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel
  • Cupholders in rear armrest
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Black headlining
  • Load area cover
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Leather gearshift
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Luggage hooks
  • Centre console storage and sliding armrest
  • Satin chrome interior door handles
  • Premium centre console with sliding cupholder cover
  • Black High Gloss Front Console Tray garnish & door trim
  • Part leather/faux suede upholstery
  • 3 x passenger assist grips
  • Front and rear door storage
  • Luggage area parcel shelf
  • Interior door lock/unlock function
  • 2 x 12V Power sockets (Front centre console)
  • Faux leather door centre trim with red stitching
  • Leather D-Cut steering wheel with red stitching
  • Paddle shifter
  • Dual Height Luggage Area Floor

  • Luggage area light
  • Dash illumination dimmer switch
  • Front map light with sunglasses case
  • Illuminated ignition key hole

  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Dual horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Dual front side airbags
  • Impact sensing auto door unlocking
  • All round 3-point seatbelts
  • Twin front airbags
  • Seatbelt reminder warning
  • 12.3" Supervision cluster display
  • Twin Curtain Airbags

  • All-round height adjustable headrests
  • ISOFIX Child seat top tethers and anchor fixings
  • Front Passenger Seat Height Adjuster
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver's seat height adjuster
  • Front seatback pockets
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat

  • Alarm system
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Engine Immobiliser & Deadlocks
  • Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking

  • Driver & Front Passenger Sunvisors with Vanity Mirror Illumination & Ticket Holder

  • 18" Alloy wheels with red centre cap

  • Tyre mobility system

  • CO2 (g/km): 142
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.359
  • HC: 0.018
  • NOx: 0.008
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 163

  • Engine Code: G4FJ-6
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • CC: 1591

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 39.8
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 49.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 28.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 39.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.2

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 201
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 21A
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Coin Series: GT
  • Coin Description: GDi

  • Engine Power - KW: 150
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 195
  • Engine Torque - NM: 265
  • Engine Power - BHP: 201
  • Engine Power - PS: False
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): True
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.2
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: N

  • Height: 1422
  • Length: 4605
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2650

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1438
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1900
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1410
  • Max. Loading Weight: 462
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 594
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1545

  • Cruise control + speed limiter: Included
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) - City: Included

  • Premium paint: £570
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Advanced Drivier Assistance Pack - Ceed: £750

  • Solid - Track red: £0

  • Premium paint - Dark penta metal: £570
  • Premium paint - Phantom black: £570
  • Premium paint - Fusion white: £570

  • Leather/faux suede - Black with red stitching: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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