There are just two common body panels between the three and five-door Cee’d models: the bonnet and front wings. Everything else is new.
With a lower roofline and slimmer glasshouse, the Procee’d has a noticeably sleeker profile, which if nothing else gives a clear differentiation between it and the regular hatch. It’s a visual trick helped by redesigned bumpers units, both front and rear, adding 15mm to the overall length. To our eyes, the cleaner pre-facelift design had more appeal, but even post-style tweaks the Pro Cee’d is a good-looking car.
Like most of its competitors, the Cee’d has lost weight in its conversion to three doors, but the Kia sheds a meaningful 84kg, good for both economy and performance.
The standout point worth recapping is the presence of independent rear suspension. Although the suspension architecture is the same, Kia has strived to give the Procee’d a keener drive, thickening the anti-roll bar and, on models fitted with 17-inch wheels, uprating the dampers. Similarly, the electric power-assisted steering has been reprogrammed to give more feel and quicker response.