Kia Pro_cee’d GT first drive Review

Kia pro_cee’d GT

Kia pro_cee’d GT
Kia has finally released the Pro_cee’d GT in Australia. The unusually badged cee’d GT is a sports coupe/hatch that is aimed at those that appreciate a sporty drive rather than a pure sports car. The Pro_cee’d GT has been eagerly anticipated and has created quite a buzz.

I had the opportunity to evaluate the Pro_cee’d GT on both a race way and on some stretches of the roads that are used for the Targa Tasmania over the last few days and my first impressions were very positive. There are two models in the range the cee’d GT for a MLP of $29,990 and cee’d GT Tech from $34,490 MLP. The Pro_cee’d GT is built alongside the rest of the cee’d range at the company’s European manufacturing facility at Žilina in Slovakia.

Externally the Pro_cee’d GT is ubiquitous like many other 2 door hatches yet at the same time it has striking styling from all angles. The unique front-end treatment introduces a lower, broader bumper and air dam and a wide central lower air intake to supply additional cooling air to the high-performance turbocharged engine. The front end also houses the unique cube LED daytime running lights that add a sense of the dramatic to the styling.

From the side and rear the Pro_cee’d GT looks low and sleek with the frontal overhang, dual shaded 18 inch alloys, Michelin Pilot Sport 3 225/40ZR18 92Y tyres, red calipers front and rear and dual exhaust pipes all assist in extenuating the sporty appearance.

Kia pro_cee’d GT

The sporty theme continues when you jump inside with leather and suede Recaro seats with red stitching and both Recaro and GT logos. The red contrast stitching on the seats extends to the steering wheel, gear shifter and door trims. Both front seats are comfortable, manually adjustable with electric lumbar support.

Kia pro_cee’d GT

In front of the driver is a height and reach adjustable leather clad steering wheel with a multitude of controls inserted in the spokes. It feels great in the hands.

The instrument cluster consists of Kia’s familiar three-dial sporty instrument layout, enhanced by a TFT LCD multi-function high-definition display which allows the driver to switch between analogue or GT performance digital information. The latter shows the car’s speed, engine torque, turbo boost pressure and water temperature as well as important trip information. A button on the steering wheel allows the driver to change the display without taking a hand off the wheel. My prediction is that the dash will remain in GT performance mode.

Kia pro_cee’d GT

I actually learned a new marketing word on this launch – Haptics. . Haptics – how things feel and move – and ergonomics, the placement of controls and inter-relation between them, were of paramount importance and played a large part in the design. It has worked because when diving everything simply worked without thought. That is the essence of great design.

The centre stack and console layout is again typical Kia with plenty of storage areas and the added bonus of a chilled glove box. Unfortunately there is no Sat Nav option until Q3 2014 and buyers are left with a somewhat dated looking audio control display. Given the history of similar delays if an integrated Sat Nav display is important, you would be well advised to wait. However as I believe Kia will sell every car they can get their hands on I would put your order in now.

So the Pro_cee’d GT provides a very comfortable front seat interior for two people. To be absolutely honest I was having so much fun on the drive that I forgot to even look in the back seats, so I can’t even comment on room or comfort. There is however an abundance of boot space and the rear 60/40 split seats fold almost flat to extend the area to similar volumes to the popular Cerato hatch.

Standard safety feature include ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) to keep the car stable when accelerating or braking on roads with different levels of grip from left to right. Six airbags –¬ twin front, side and side curtains. The braking system features anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BAS) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC). The ABS and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) have been subtly retuned to complement the choice of tyres and the suspension revisions.

Kia pro_cee’d GT

The heart of the new Pro_cee’d GT is a new turbocharged version of Kia’s 1.6-litre ‘Gamma’ engine. The T-GDi engine develops its 150kW at 6000rpm, but what really gives the GT its instantaneous response and rapid acceleration is the 265Nm of torque available without interruption from 1750rpm to 4500rpm. The Pro_cee’d GT accelerates from 80-120km/h in fifth gear in 7.3 seconds. More than 80 per cent of maximum torque is available from less than 1500rpm. The GT’s combined fuel consumption is 7.4 L/100km, while CO2 emissions are 171g/km.

The engine drives through a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission featuring revised ratios and a lower final drive to allow the GT to make the most of its torque with minimal fuel consumption. The manual transmission is a gem, easy to use, well weighted shift and the gear knob fits in the hand again allowing use without thought.

On the drive we happily cruised along in 6th gear at 60 km/h without fuss with some acceleration available. This is a truly flexible petrol engine with none of the expected turbo lag thanks to the twin scroll technology and almost diesel like flexibility. On top of that flexibility and performance the exhaust has a clearly audible burble that sings for the sporty driver.

Kia pro_cee’d GT

The front suspension is MacPherson struts with coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar. Rear suspension is Multi-link with trailing arm, telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar. The Australian tuning of the handling dynamics also include hundreds of hours and thousands of kilometres resulting in refinement of the damper/springs calibrations and relationships as well a specific steering mapping for a result Kia Motors Australia believes is sportier yet more compliant.

So to the driving performance. Initial acceleration is smooth, with very little torque steer and with a 0-100Kmh of 7.7 seconds it won’t win many drag races. However outright performance is not the purpose of the Pro_cee’d GT. Find a tight twisty mountain road where the dynamic handling Australian tuned suspension and torque of the engine excel and you will find its purpose.

Kia pro_cee’d GT

On the tight twisty Tasmanian roads where outright speed comes second to flexibility and handling the Pro_cee’d GT provides an engaging and fun driving experience. The steering is weighted just right allowing you feel the road. The road holding kept tight throughout rough corners and bumps although it did become a little skittish on gravel, again at speeds that wouldn’t normally be driven.

Kia pro_cee’d GT

On the track quite exceptional roadholding was experienced for a standard road car. Under brakes all day there was absolutely no evidence of brake fade and we were constantly slowing from 165Kmh within 50 metres of the corner along the back straight of Baskerville raceway. The Pro_cee’d GT has 300mm x 28mm discs at the front and 262 x 10mm discs at the rear. The result is a confidence-inspiring braking performance with the ability to pull up to a full stop from 105km/h in less than 37 metres.

Kia pro_cee’d GT

Believe me the cars were spared no leniency by the gathered journalists. Tyres also showed no sign of scrubbing nor chipping the edge. At speed into the corners there was a slight degree of understeer, but that was at limits way beyond what normal, even enthusiastic drivers would experience. For the most part the handling was neutral and stable under heavy braking into the corners. Steering response was positive and again neutral.

The result of the day’s drive on the twisting roads and on the track was a huge smile. The Pro_cee’d GT is all about fun and it has that in bucket loads. The Pro_cee’d GT is designed not as a track car but as a sports coupe for everyday use.

Kia believes that they will sell all they can get their hands on and I believe they will.

Kia pro_cee’d GT

What’s Good
• Torque and engine flexibility
• Sporty Dynamic Handling
• Value for money

What’s Not
• No Sat Nav yet
• Questionable GT Tech Value
• No Tiptronic Transmission

Model Kia Pro cee’d GT
Model Price $29,990 MLP
Engine 1.6L T-GDI 4 CYL
Drivetrain FWD 6 speed manual
Power 150 Kw @ 6,000 rpm
Torque 265 Nm @ 1,750 – 4,500 rpm
Safety 5 Star NCAP (Euro)
CO2 Emissions 171 g/km
Green Vehicle Rating 4 Star
Economy (ADR comb) 7.4 L/100km
0-100 Km/h 7.7 secs
Top Speed 230 Km/h
Servicing Capped price
Warranty 5yr/Unlimited with 12mth roadside assist

Overall AnyAuto Sports Car Guide Rating 85/100
Behind the Wheel 9
Comfort 9
Equipment 8
Performance 8
Ride 9
Handling 9
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
Street Appeal 7
Value for Money 9

SPECIFICATION

‘GT’

‘GT Tech’

EXTERIOR DESIGN & LIGHTING

 

 

18″ Alloy Wheels with Graphite Grey Ground-Effect Finish (225/40ZR18)

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Body Coloured Bumpers, Door Mirrors and Exterior Door Handles

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Chrome Window Surrounds

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Panoramic Sunroof

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Rear Spoiler

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Tinted Glass

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Privacy Glass (Rear Windows & Tailgate)

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Projection Headlights

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Headlights Levelling Device

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HID Adaptive Front Lighting System with Automatic Levelling

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Cornering Lights

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Automatic Headlight Control

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Headlight Washers

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Welcome & Follow-me-home Light Functionality

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Front & Rear Fog Lights

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Signature LED Rear Tail Lights

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LED High-mounted Brake Light

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Aero Blade-type Front Wipers

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Rain Sensing Front Wipers

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Electrically Folding, Adjustable & Heated Door Mirrors with LED Indicators and Kerbside Lights

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Exterior Door Handle Illumination

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Rear Wiper/Washer

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Heated Rear Window with Timer

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GT Exterior Styling Features

 – Red Brake Calipers

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 – GT Graphite Chrome Grille Surround with Black High Gloss Mesh

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 – Black Lower Grille with Red Trim

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 – Side Sill Mouldings

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 – Dual Exhaust

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 – Black High Gloss – Front & Rear Fog Light & LED DRL Housings & Number Plate Surround

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 – GT Badge (Front & Rear)

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 – ‘Ice Cube’ LED Daytime Running Lights

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INTERIOR DESIGN & COMFORT

 

 

Recaro® Front Seats & Part Leather / Part Suede Upholstery

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Red Stitching – Steering Wheel, Gear Shift, Black Door Centre Trim & Seats

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Premium Sport Steering Wheel with Perforated Inserts & Overstitched GT Logo

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Premium Trimmed Gear Shift

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Black Centre Fascia, Black High Gloss Console Tray Garnish, Air Vent Surrounds & Door Trim

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Driver & Front Passenger Seat Height Adjuster

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Power Lumbar Support (Driver & Front Passenger)

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Tilt & Telescopic Steering Wheel Adjustment

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Premium Trimmed Handbrake

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Black Headlining

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Chrome Finish Interior Door Handles

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Chrome Instrument Cluster Rings

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Centre Console Armrest

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Alloy Sports Pedals

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Alloy Door Scuff Plates

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Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning with Ioniser

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Automatic Defog System

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Steering Wheel Mounted Controls

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Front Electric Windows with Auto Up & Down Function

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Cruise Control & Speed Limiter

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Auto-dimming Rear-view Mirror

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Sunvisors with Vanity Mirrors & Ticket Holder (Driver’s side)

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Vanity Mirror Illumination (Driver & Front Passenger)

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Remote Central Door Locking with Fold-away Key

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Engine Start/Stop Button with Smart Entry System

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STORAGE, VERSATILITY & INTERIOR LIGHTING

 

 

60:40 Split Folding 2nd Row Seats (Back Only)

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3 x Passenger Assist Grips

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2 x 12V Power Sockets (Front Centre Console)

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Rear Coat Hooks

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Cooling Glovebox with Door Damper & Illumination

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Front Seatback Pockets

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Front Door Storage

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Centre Console Storage Box

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Dash Illumination Dimmer Switch (Rheostat)

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Ambient Lighting – Front Centre Console Tray Illumination

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Ignition Keyhole Illumination

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Front Cabin Map Light with Sunglasses Storage

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Temporary Spare Wheel

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Luggage 12V Power Socket

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Luggage Area Light

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Luggage Area Load Cover, Luggage Hooks and Under-Floor Storage Tray

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Luggage Net

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AUDIO, COMMUNICATION & INFORMATION

 

 

6-speaker System

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RDS Radio/CD Audio with MP3 Disc Compatibility

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USB & AUX Ports for Connection of an Audio Media Device (iPod, Memory Stick etc.)

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Bluetooth® with Music Streaming

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Reversing Sensors

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Reversing Camera System

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Speed & Multifunction LCD Full Colour Display with GT Performance Mode

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Trip Computer (Distance, Fuel Consumption, Average Speed)

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Display (External Temperature, Door Open, Clock & Date)

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Washer Fluid Level Warning

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ACTIVE SAFETY & DRIVING DYNAMICS

 

 

Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)  

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ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) & Brake Assist System (BAS)

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Emergency Stop Signalling (ESS)

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Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

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Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

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Gear Shift Indicator

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Motor Driven Power Steering

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PASSIVE SAFETY

 

 

Twin Front Airbags

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Twin Side Airbags (Front)

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Twin Curtain Airbags

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All-round Height Adjustable Headrests

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ISOFIX Child Seat Top Tethers & Anchor Fixings

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All-round 3-point Seatbelts

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Seatbelt Reminder Warning

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Impact Sensing Auto Door Unlocking

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Grab-type Exterior Door Handles

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SECURITY

 

 

Alarm System

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Engine Immobiliser

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Interior Door Lock/Unlock Function

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Speed Sensing Auto Door Locking

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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.