Kia’s Proceed GT Is A Bit Of A Bargain


Boom! That was the sound of Kia landing firmly on the radar of Driving Spirit. Their first proper hot hatch is now on sale in the UK and its asking price makes a lot of the competition look decidedly expensive.

Kia Proceed GT

Kia Proceed GT

With a ticket of £19,995 the new Proceed GT is the cheapest C sector hot hatch on the market. Admittedly, a turbocharged 1.6 with ‘only’ 201bhp and 0-60mph in 7.4 seconds is a little short of the performance of most of the obvious rivals but what the GT lacks in pace it makes up for with looks and value.

Penned by ex-Audi designer Peter Schreyer, the Proceed GT features many of the design queues that make his previous employer’s cars so desirable. A sleek side profile with neatly sculpted panels, big wheels, gaping intakes, twin exhausts. It’s even got the requisite LED driving lights, but in a departure from the over-used strip lighting, Kia has gone for a 2×2 formation alongside the fog lights. It should make the GT easy to identify in your rear-view mirror.

Kit levels are impressive and give you all the luxuries you’d expect in a near £20k car. Highlights are the Recaro seats, a first for a Kia, and the ‘GT’ LCD display in the instrument cluster which can show speed, engine torque and turbo boost pressure in addition to all the other gubbins you’d expect.

For added creature comforts you can upgrade to ‘GT Tech’ for an extra £2,500. This gives you a seven-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation and a reversing camera, as well as heated front seats and steering wheel, start/stop button, keyless entry system, dual-zone climate, adaptive xenon headlights. That’s a lot of car for the money and don’t forget it comes with Kia’s 7 year/100,000 mile warranty.

There’s also a limited ‘GT 1st Edition’ model available for £23,995. Only 50 will be coming to the UK and the extra money buys you a GT Tech with added gloss black highlights, a tilt/slide sunroof, ambient lighting, fancy stitching, carpet mats and a number plaque. It comes with ‘Fusion White’ metallic paint as standard.

Personally I’d stay the right side of £20,000 and opt for a base GT, but then I like a bargain.

Kia Pro_cee'd GT Specs

Performance & Economy 
Engine1,591cc 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol
Transmission6-speed manual, front-wheel drive
Power (PS / bhp)204 / 201
Torque (Nm / lb.ft)265 / 195
0 – 62 mph (seconds)7.4
Top Speed (mph)143
CO2 Emissions (g/km)171
VED BandH
Combined Economy (mpg)38.2
Kerb Weight (kg)1,359
Price (OTR)£19,995


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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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