What is it?
The three-door version of the Cee’d five-door, with an equally silly name and an A-pillars-aft restyle that has produced a very good looking car – and one that bears a striking resemblance to the Audi A3. Which isn’t a total surprise when you consider that Kia’s design boss Peter Schreyer came from the Ingolstadt company.
Kia is claiming a more athletic drive from this sportier-looking three door, whose overall length is greater than the five door’s to emphasise the sleeker look that comes with a lower roofline. The suspension now features nitrogen-filled gas dampers, a thicker rear anti-roll bar and tweaked power steering in the quest for greater agility too.
The engine choice will include an entry-level 103bhp 1.4 petrol later this year, while a 123bhp 1.6 petrol, a 1.6 turbodiesel of either 88- or 112bhp and a 136bhp 2.0 turbodiesel make up the rest of the range. Pick of the bunch, though, is the 1.6 diesel, which in its higher output tune provides enough go – just – to suit this Pro_cee’d’s sportier demeanour.
What’s it like?
The Pro_cee’d looks decidedly sportier than the Cee’d and the impression is maintained when you climb inside, because the roofline is lower and because there’s so much less glass to the rear of the ‘B’ pillars.