You know those times where you agree to do something without thinking it through? Well, I found myself in that situation when kindly offering to give a colleague a lift from his home to a business meeting. Times and dates were set in stone, only for me to recall that he lives in Peterborough – or about 140 miles from where I live. Too late to backtrack, I was in for a long haul there, followed by an immediate 120-mile trip to said meeting. Thankfully the train was his mode of transport home again, but my generosity had landed me six hours of almost non-stop driving.
I’m fortunate enough to have a couple of cars in my arsenal, and so I decided that the Kia ProCeed was the most suitable candidate for the job. Sizeable boot for bags, efficient diesel engine, and the modern essential of cruise control. An added bonus is that our ProCeed looks rather executive in its Dark Penta Metal paint. Setting off in the small hours of the morning, it wasn’t long before the cabin was a comfortable temperature thanks to the dual-zone climate control. The ProCeed has a slightly more sports-oriented suspension setup than your typical estate car – sorry, shooting brake – and so trudging through town at low speeds results in a bit of jiggling over road imperfections. However, at faster speeds this soon irons out. With the DAB radio tuned into the breakfast show, I joined the motorway for an incredibly dull northbound drive.
Nobody likes doing a long stint on the motorway. This automotive tedium is not only mind-numbing, but also filled with the trepidation of accidentally setting off one of the many average speed cameras that line our British roadways. Thankfully, with the cruise control set, that wasn’t really a worry with the car maintaining the prescribed speed. Collecting my passenger, it was interesting to hear fresh remarks on the Kia from someone less familiar with how far the Korean marque has come over the past decade. High praise was given to the way it looks, even going as far as to say that it could be mistaken for a premium German brand.
A brief stop to grab some breakfast as we headed southbound marked an arrival time of just over two hours, with four hours already logged. Considering that lengthy period already spent sat in roughly the same spot, it’s fair to say the bolstered GT-Line seats are well equipped for such endurance events. A few tweaks of the electric lumbar support soon had me settling in for the remainder of the journey.
The ample torque from the 1.6-litre CRDi engine made passing the morning dawdlers easy enough, before eventually leaving the motorway. I arrived at the meeting not feeling too drained considering the six hour trip, with some excess road noise being my only real criticism. An average of 62.4mpg for the journey was another example of why the Kia was the right car for the task.
Date arrived 21st February 2019
Fuel economy 55.3mpg
The Dark Penta Metal paintwork looks fantastic when clean. It really highlights the ProCeed’s sporty yet premium design.
While the divided underfloor boot storage is very useful, a lack of soft lining means items rattle around.