Simon Lai road tests and reviews the Kia pro_cee’d GT.
I drove the Kia pro_cee’d GT earlier in the year at its Australian launch on the apple isle and I was thrilled to hear I was getting back behind the wheel of this Kia.
Back then we pushed it to its limits around Hobart and the Huon Valley countryside as well as a race track but no luck this time - just regular suburban driving.
I averaged about 9.2L/100km compared with the official combined consumption 7.4L/100km.
Like I said before, I like this car because it’s attractive both inside and out.
The manual 3-door hatch has a sleek design which comes in red, black, white and silver and the consensus is the white looks best on the pro_cee’d.
Dual chrome exhausts, low-profile tyres, red callipers and a red line under the grille accentuate the exterior.
The red theme continues on the inside with red stitching and red lights on the dash, glossy trims and the cool digital speedometer is surrounded by torque and turbo meters enhancing the sporty feel.
The reversing camera ingeniously pops up on the rear-view mirror when you shift into reverse which does make sense but may take some getting used to.
However, the info screen and navigation buttons are unexpectedly average and doesn’t come with satellite navigation although Kia has promised to add the feature later in the year.
The upper spec, the GT Tech, also comes with brighter head lamps, push button ignition and a sunroof.
But on the road is really where the GT earns its points.
The gearbox is smooth and personally suited my style of driving with easy, seamless changes through all six gears and pedals that aren’t overly sensitive.
The turbo gives the 1.6L engine a lot more get up and go and has remarkable handling and grip.
The pro_cee’d GT may not have any fancy features but if you’re looking for a pleasurable, and zippy, driving experience for around 30 grand, this is the way to go.
After driving this for the second time, I’m as much a fan of it as I was before and the Kia pro_cee’d GT still gets an 8 out of 10.
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 1.6 litre turbo-petrol producing 150kW and 265Nm
Transmission: Six-Speed Manual (only)
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: 5yrs/unlimited kilometres
Price: $29,990-GT base, $33,490-GT Tech