After his first public tour of the 2018 Montreal Auto Show, the Continue to Kia is ready to go through the European routes for which it is destined. Designed by a Frenchman in Germany and produced in Slovakia, the Ceed series plays an important role in the European map. Proceed is the third body in a family with four declinations. Within a year, a compact SUV developed on the same platform will complete the line.
The Proceed is a shooting brake that bears the name of a coupé (Kia Pro-cee & d; d) whose 3-door bodies are no longer in the heart of the general lines. With her, Kia hopes not only to increase its market share, but also prominence, brand image and margin. After a thorough investigation of the behavior of upper-end buyers (spending on average at least 10,000 euros more than for a "standard" model), Kia hopes not only to position itself as an alternative to traditional breaks Peugeot 308 SW or the Renault Megane Estate, but also more exclusive cars like the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake, much more expensive, but is the only one of a body of the same type.
Switching from Pause to "Brake"
The Kia Proceed uses the K2 platform, that of Ceed and Ceed SW and logically shows the same wheelbase: 2.65 m. However, it fulfills other proportional criteria. The Proceed has only the bonnet and the front fenders of the 5-door Ceed (length 4.31 m) and has the same length and width as the SW break (4.60 m and 1.80 m). but its roof is much lower: 1.42 m compared to 1.47 m. His cantilevers seem to be bigger, and his pace is more dynamic.
On the other hand, it has a trunk that is less livable and practical (less usable height) than the SW version: from 594 to 1545 liters, when the conventional station wagon provides 625 to 1694 liters of cargo. Equipped with a modularity that varies by design – 60/40 bench in GT Line and 40/20/40 in other versions – the Proceed is certainly not a real break, but offers good-level livability with a touch of exclusivity.
Kia Proceed Award
The Kia Proceed is offered from 26.590 € with the 1.0 T GDI engine with 120 hp (3 cylinders) and a manual transmission and costs 1,000 € more than the SW version. Something about the 1.4 T GDi engine with 140 hp (4 cylinders) is available for 27,590 euros. the GT line ready, this is the entry level, is pretty well equipped (see page prices and equipment). Directly above the paint GT Line Premium, requires a considerable financial effort: 3,800 € regardless of the engine, for this time features (panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery and steering wheel heating, audio system JBL …) and in fact only a few options.
The Proceed 1.6 T-GDi, subject of our test, reaches 204 ch For a price of 34.990 €, the series DCT 7 (and other versions with 1.500 €). Everything is included in this price and only one option appears in the catalog: The mother-of-pearl color for only € 100. A very curious marketing choice and certainly a gift that the retailer will gladly offer its customers.
With Diesel the Proceed starts with 29 990 € with only one engine: 1.6 CRDi 136 hp. It is well placed against the competition, also for France. For example, a Peugeot 308 SW HDi 130 GT Line costs € 31,400, and a Renault Megane 1.6 1.6Ci 130 Intensi wagon costs € 31,100 with the GT Line package. If you look at Mercedes, the sensation CLA Shooting Brake 180 is charged with 109 hp 109 hp Renault-origin 38.525 € and with a superior engine more than 40.000 €.
Driving the Kia Proceed 1.6 T-GDi
By pressing the start button, we start the 1.6 Turbo, whose sound is more evocative than the prototype we took on a few months ago. And in a time when sports versions sometimes try to minimize the noise of their mechanics, the Proceed takes on its sportiness through a sound that was previously unseen. And we have to admit: it feels good! For once, we do not have the impression that the mechanics are being mutilated by environmental standards, which diminishes the character of the glittering mechanics. Then it's time to take the road to check it.
The first few kilometers are covered in urban areas, so we can see that the car is firmly depreciated. Despite an 18-inch wheel, the comfort of a dynamic car remains. In short, the Kia Proceed GT makes fun at low speeds, especially since its automatic transmission follows the movement perfectly.
Escaped from the urban area, the good mechanical precautions are confirmed. A sporty touch that activates a valve in the exhaust and changes some parameters that relate to the consistency of the steering or the mechanical reactivity, increases the feeling. However, when the pace accelerates, the transmission has more problems. It has a mechanical inertia, the manual mode and the pallets do not change anything. This is not unacceptable, but promotes more thoughtfulness and anticipation.
In terms of handling the Proceed offers a healthy, ground-oriented tail. The front is about overriding torque and power, and without differential self-locking, the exercise is sometimes difficult. The management is perceived as consistent and offers good road accuracy and correct road measurement.
Apart from a slight stickiness (tendency to shoot straight in sharp turns, characteristic of the trains) and the tendency to extend the trajectories as it starts, this colorful version of the Proceed is satisfactory. Thanks to a very solid mechanics and homogeneous services.
Then, to address the chapter of consumption … homologated with 6.2 l / 100 km in the mixed cycle and 7.1 l / 100 km in the urban area, our Proceed consumed 8.4 l / 100 km during our first round, which mixed the city center and the surrounding streets, but climbed on mountain roads and in intensive driving to over 12 l / 100 km. Depending on the driving style, an average consumption of 8 to 10 l / 100 km can be taken into account.
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Kia Proceed GT review
In addition to its well-positioned price, this hunting car uses its style and good equipment to be an alternative to conventional brakes through some concessions in terms of breast volume and habitable space. A little back to couples with young children who are more likely to be seduced by the practical "real" break, the Proceed remains an honest proposition for a small family that would like to attract attention. Waiting for the Ceed-based SUV, which should quickly make up most of the revenue between the four corporations that are being developed on the same basis, will also enhance the attractiveness of a brand whose revenue is exceeded for the first time. In 2018, the 40,000 units were in the French market.
- His style that changes
- The sound of his 1.6 T-GDi engine
- His equipment level
We regret it
- The transmission sometimes slow
- The counter block, a bit dated
- No handle to fold the seats out of the trunk