After what feels like an eternity, the highly anticipated Kia pro_ceed GT is finally in Australian dealerships.
It’s the second Kia to be sporting a turbocharged engine, so the Kia Cerato Koup Turbo won’t be as lonely. It’s a three-door hatchback that has caught the attention of even the most passionate of car enthusiasts since its debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show.
The Kia pro_cee’d GT starts from $29,990 whilst the pro_cee’d GT Tech model starts from $33,490. This means that it sits just under its cousin the Hyundai Veloster which starts just over $30,000.
So what do you get for your money?
Well, first off you get a 1.6litre petrol engine that produces 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque. All of which is put through a six-speed manual transmission, no automatic transmission is available.
Your 0-100km/h time is 7.7 seconds with a top speed of 230km/h. Not that you should be seeing those speeds on a public road. Right?
Kia has also spent more time and effort than any other car to tune the suspension for our roads. This means better damper rebound and compression rates, stiffer springs and bushes, larger anti-roll bar with 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.
On the outside, there are some very nice looking athletic lines that make it look fast when standing still. Seriously, it does. There’s also some Mercedes-Benz A250 like red trim along the edges, high-gloss black inserts and the GT’s unique ice-cube LED daytime running lamps and foglights.
On the inside there are some seriously cool things. Firstly, there are Recaro sports seats. Secondly, there is a digital dash that you can adjust based on what driving mode you’re in. Three, there’s an organ pedal accelerator pedal (if you know what this is, you too will rejoice).
Unfortunately, an oversight in the cabin looks to be in the sense of the option for a big beautiful multimedia screen/navigation. Even in the tech model, the radio looks old already. We hope they update this at some point.
Back to cool things though. There’s a comprehensive safety list including Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill-start Assist Control, ABS with Electronic Brake-force distribution, Brake Assist, six airbags, and if you want there are two ISOFIX child-seat mounts.
The GT Tech pack adds to the list of equipment a panoramic sunroof, smart key with push button start and door handle lighting, active HID headlamps with washer, privacy glass and luggage net.
Finally all of this is protected with the excellent Kia 5 Year/Unlimited KM warranty and capped price servicing.
Apart from that we have had a quick drive in the car and fill you in on our thoughts shortly.
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