- Great looks
- Level of tech including adaptive headlights
- Practical Hatchback
- Headroom can be limited
- Odd shaped steering wheel
Kia has certainly come a long way since they first arrived in Australia, and our 2015 Kia Pro_cee’d GT review will show you just how far that is.
The European designed, and Nurburgring tested Kia Pro_cee’d GT is a practical hot hatch with features that are still not standard in luxury car models. Powered by a 1.6litre turbocharged engine, the 150kW/265Nm engine accelerates the car from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds.
Our review model, the GT Tech, is the top of the range trim level and is the model you want. You’ll find 18inch alloy wheels fitted, a panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start, GPS navigation, and HID active headlights.
It’s not the fastest hatch on the market, but if you’re wanting some European elegance without spending too much, the $35k drive away and manual only Pro_cee’d GT Tech is well worth the look.
Whilst only available in three colour options, the Machine Silver, Black Pearl and Track Red paints all look great. We had Track Red, the only non-premium paint option, and it looks great but you do lose some of the red painted highlights that contrast really well on silver and black.
Thankfully, after launching without any genuine option to add navigation, it is now an option and compliments the digital display the driver gets to enjoy. The interior throughout is neat, tidy and doesn’t try too hard to be something it is not.
With the inclusion of Recaro sports seats, the driver and front passenger also get the added benefit of a super comfortable, and well supported experience. However, our only gripe on the inside, is with the oddly designed steering wheel, where you’re not quite sure where you should be placing your hands.
The Pro_cee’d GT, isn’t quite like any other Kia you have experienced. The performance and handling has not only been refined on the Nurburgring, but for Australia, the suspension received even further fine tuning to ensure the best possible feel on our roads.
With the 18inch alloy wheels wrapped in excellent Michelin tyres, and a six-speed manual gearbox, you have all of the ingredients you need for a lot of fun driving. You can also change the seven-inch display in the instrument cluster to show a special ‘GT performance’ mode. This mode shows you boost pressure, torque, digital speedo and engine temperature – compared to a traditional analogue look.
Despite only featuring a 7.7second 0-100km/h time, the Pro_cee’d feels swift, and the manual gearbox isn’t hard to master. The Recaro seats do an excellent job at holding you in, however if you’re a tall person, you might find that your head brushes the roof – not good if you’re worried about your hairdo.
As you probably won’t be visiting a track with your Kia Pro_cee’d GT, we decided to tackle some roads around Mount Tamborine, just south of Brisbane. Here, we found the gear ratios to be just perfect for the roads, with plenty of torque to play with – minimising the number of gear changes needed.
Even without a limited-slip differential, we found that once the tyres were warm, that there was huge amounts of grip to play with. It held tight corners nicely and managed to keep up with a number of cars in our group including a Nissan R32 GTR and a BMW 1M. But, to be fair, they weren’t pushing that hard – though it was still nice to not drop way behind in a $35k hot hatch by Kia.
We managed to do well with fuel economy, seeing a figure of 8.2L/100km across our 1000km spent in the car. It is higher than the 7.4L/100km figure claimed by Kia, however if you’re conservative – you shouldn’t have any issues getting closer.
The beauty of a hot hatch, is that not only is it a quick car, but it doubles as an easy car to live with. It fits easily into tight car spaces, you can fit 4 adults comfortably, and there’s plenty of boot space for your day-to-day tasks.
You will have to be careful of the large doors, as you can get into tight car spaces, but you then have to figure out how to climb out of the car. It’s not a new issue, and part of the deal when purchasing a 3-door hatch.
Apart from that, we found it pretty easy to live with. There were no sore necks, backs or unexpected purchases not fitting in the boot to report.
The 2015 Kia Pro_cee’d GT, in our minds, is an extremely affordable option if you want to own a hot hatch. At $34,990, the GT Tech model is a good buy. If you have more budget to play with, you might look at other options.
But, when other vehicles come out of their warranty – usually after 3 or so years – you can end up facing some expensive servicing costs. Kia however includes a 7 Year/Unlimited KM warranty, 7 Years of Capped Price Servicing, and 7 Years of Roadside Assistance. Talk about peace of mind.
It’s not the fastest hot hatch available on the market, but with the Pro_cee’d GT being the very first performance orientated vehicle they have done an extremely good job.
It delivers on much more than you would expect of a $35,000 car and the warranty, roadside assistance and capped price servicing shows that Kia are in it for the long haul.
Credit: Thanks to BWoodington Photography for helping us out with shooting the Pro_cee’d GT!