What's the new Kia ProCeed GT shooting brake like? [full review]
26 March 2019
Not all that long ago, if someone said a Kia model bore a resemblance to a Porsche, people in white coats may have rushed to the scene or, at the least, it might have been presumed that they’d been smoking something pretty strong. Fair enough, the front of the new ProCeed doesn’t look all that special even in most-potent 1.6-litre petrol GT guise with its chin strip, callipers and other stuff painted in red, but from the side and rear it looks like Germany’s finest shooting brakes and the Korean’s full-width LED taillights drip class. Sure, the full GT car’s alloys look sexy too, but GT-Line and GT-Line S variants of the new ProCeed carry the same overall chic. Nice work from Kia, proving that the Stinger wasn’t a one-off beaut’.
Is the Kia ProCeed GT 'estate' spacious and practical for families?
This, the currently most powerful version of the new ProCeed, has been given ‘warm’ hatch treatment on the inside too, with stainless steel-look pedals and sculpted sports seats in black leather and faux suede with red contrast stitching. The same needlework is carried on across the automatic gear selector and steering wheel to the door cards, and although the accompanying fake metal inserts are rather shiny, they and the other materials used throughout the cabin can’t be sniffed at quality-wise. Again, a great job by Kia.
Generous the ProCeed’s standard equipment list certainly is, with all versions getting heated front seats, dual automatic air conditioning, an 8-inch touchscreen for the sat nav, reversing camera and other functions, plus safety features like lane keeping assist and even high beam assist, and the standard heated steering wheel is most welcome. Only the 1.4 GT-Line S variant gets an electric boot, electrically adjustable front seats, wireless phone charging and the JBL premium sound system, but the 1.6 GT as tested comes with more or less most other creature comforts one would expect for this price-range or indeed posher cars.
Comfort is excellent on long journeys for front occupants especially, while all but the tallest of rear passengers will find all-round room adequate if not brilliant, but the steeply-sloped roofline along with the inability to specify a light-coloured interior do make the ProCeed feel a bit snug sat in the back. Three kids will fit without any grumbles, though.
Boot space from Kia’s shooting brake is excellent, the low-slung and wide opening leading the way to 594 litres with the seats up and 1,545 when they’re (almost flatly) folded down 60:40, which isn’t a far cry from the Ceed Sportswagon’s 625 litres, and trounces the Megane Sport Tourer’s 521 litres, while the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake offers just 495 litres. The hidden under-floor storage is really handy, too. Any boot is better with square sides, but many other manufacturers are equally guilty of wheel arches and whatnot limiting usability somewhat, just like they are of no longer offering full leather and lighter interior shades. Overall, the ProCeed’s interior quality beats French cars hands down and is definitely chomping at German brands’ heels.
Is the ProCeed in GT guise a driver's performance car?
Performance, which has got to be the main motivation for choosing the 1.6 petrol ProCeed GT over the slightly more highly-equipped and more economical 1.4 petrol GT-Line S, certainly isn’t hot but its 201bhp makes it warm enough to interest anyone upgrading from something more humdrum. Press the start button, switch into Sport mode and the exhaust note turns naughty, which is a nice touch and produces a suitably adrenaline-coaxing soundtrack at times, even if its artificialness is pretty obvious at others. Mash the go pedal into the carpet from a standing or rolling start and the rogan josh level of acceleration is reasonably exciting even if its 7.2-seconds 62mph sprint time is tame in practice; but the ProCeed GT’s most noteworthy turn of pace is when booting it on the motorway and it kicks down a couple of cogs.
Gear-shifts from the 7-speed ‘automatic’ DCT gearbox are lovely and smooth during all types of driving, Kia has made a good effort when it comes to the car’s steering, which in Sport model particularly is direct, consistent and accurate even if still slightly detached, and the standard-fit fully-independent suspension makes zestfully brave cornering quite good fun, while the ride quality on the UK’s abysmal roads is acceptable on the GT’s 18-inch shoes. Combined fuel economy/consumption under the new, more realistic WLTP test system is down on paper as 39.3mpg and after around 350 miles of mixed driving including a high proportion of pushing the car hard, our average weighed in at 34.3mpg, which is promising with only 850 miles on the engine.
Would we recommend leasing a Kia ProCeed in actual GT form?
Priced at £28,135, other estates on the market are undeniably cheaper, but many of them don’t look half as pretty, and there are plenty of very tempting personal contract hire (PCH) or ‘lease’ deals and offers out there for the ProCeed GT, Car Leasing People currently pricing it with 6 payments upfront and with annual mileage set at 8,000 for just £292.79 including VAT.
Take the new Kia ProCeed shooting brake estate in GT guise for what it is and it makes quite a case for itself. True, its part-synthesised bark isn’t matched by the bite on offer and a manual gearbox isn’t currently offered for driving purists, while the car’s style-over-substance approach unsurprisingly means its cabin and boot aren’t quite as spacious or practical as a true estate. But with stunning styling from the rear and sides, impressive interior quality, an extremely generous equipment list, and handling that’ll put a smile on family drivers’ faces, it’s a car for people with good taste and once again shows what a roll Kia is on.