Kia pro Cee’d


Kia pro Cee'd

Kia pro Cee’d

KIA’S SLEEK pro Cee’d coupe is distinctive  not just because of the odd mixture of letters and apostrophe in it’s name but because it is arguably the best-styled, best value sports coupe in its sector.

Beautifully designed to the point where  it looks as if it is moving even when parked, the Kia pro Cee’d makes an equally strong statement when you get behind the wheel. A well-balanced chassis, perfect suspension set-up and intuitive steering feel all combine to give you great confidence, and driving enjoyment.

Add a lot of standard kit which would be an expensive option on rivals such as the VW Golf and you quickly see that this Kia comes across as an irresistible package, especially when you take into accounts its seven-year 100,000 mile warranty.

The three-door coupe range starts at £14,500 and all models get air-con, Bluetooth, power front windows, remote locking and audio system with iPod facility among standard features.

Petrol and diesel engines are available and my test model came with the 126 hp 1.6 litre diesel unit, mated to a slick 6-speed manual gearbox. The 0-60 mph time is 10.5 seconds, top speed 122 mph and neither are exceptional by class standards but it is the smooth responsive manner in which this Cee’d drives which immediately wins you over.

I felt instantly at home in the car and my first drive was over 200 miles non-stop, proving the car was quiet, comfortable and relaxing. Part of the drive was urban, a big chunk of it was on the motorway and my average fuel figure was 55 mpg without any special effort at economy. The official combined figure is 65.7 mpg and most would get closer to that with a lighter foot.

Head-turning from the outside, this Kia also looks the part inside with a smart, functional cabin which is quality-trimmed and nicely detailed. There is decent room for front and rear occupants, though rear seat passengers will need agility to climb in. Boot space is very good – 380 litres, boosted to 1,320 with the seats folded.

Equipment on my SE Tech Eco model, costing £22,795,  included eye-catching alloys, sat-nav, reversing camera, cruise control, climate control, hill-start assist, front and rear parking sensors, powered and heated seats, leather upholstery, traction and stability controls, and a panoramic sunroof.

My overall view is that this is the best-looking, best-kitted sports coupe in the sector.  OK, it may not be the fastest – but it looks as if it might be!

FOR: Charismatic styling, outstanding warranty, equipment levels, fuel economy.

AGAINST: Rear seats tight to access in coupé form.

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