It’s ‘big game’ day for our Kia ProCeed… The family day trip. Undoubtably one of the most stressful tests for both car and driver, this spontaneous visit to Swanage on the south coast involved transporting four adults, a dog, and various picnic paraphernalia. The potential for a heavy shower of expletives was high.
Kia claims you can have your cake and eat it with the sporty looks and practicality of this Shooting Brake model, something I immediately put to the test when loading the car. Now, everyone thought I was a bit mad when I suggested putting all the food in the boot with the dog, especially as Zac is well known for being indulgent. However, there was a method to my madness as I made good use of the ProCeed’s underfloor storage. Neat compartments easily accommodated a broad spectrum of Tupperware containers, large bottles, and those tartan blankets that are inexplicably traditional on British picnics.
One of the many justifications people have for jumping on the SUV bandwagon, besides the obvious style statement, is that they afford a little more space for the family pet. This is certainly true in some cases, but an SUV can often be a double-edged sword for man’s best friend. While a young pup will happily jump in and out of your high-riding vehicle, in their advancing years this can be more difficult. In this regard an estate car, or a Shooting Brake in this case, is a far more practical prospect.
My main concern wasn’t getting Zac into the boot, but just how much ‘real world’ space he would have with the Kia’s sloping roofline and raked rear screen. The ProCeed has 594-litres of boot space, which is a lot, but dogs aren’t measured in litres. With the lid shut, it turned out that he had plenty of room and appeared perfectly happy. It’s true that he would have had a bit more freedom in the squarer Ceed Sportwagon, but for the purpose of one dog, the ProCeed gives you enough practicality while retaining those handsome looks.
With the car also loaded with people, we set off. Now you’ve likely read on these pages before what the Kia is like behind the wheel, but I wanted to take the opportunity to quiz those in the second row, one of which was my girlfriend’s dad at 6ft 3in. He’s obviously taller than most of us, but the reports from the back were of adequate space, with headroom a little tight. For those of a more average size, the sloping roofline doesn’t actually have much of an impact.
The journey itself was pleasingly uneventful, and comfortable thanks to dual-zone air conditioning. I didn’t hear any complaints from my passengers about the car, but that wasn’t the same story for our very changeable British weather.
Date arrived 21st February 2019
Fuel economy 55.3mpg On Test 52.8mpg
The GT-Line seats look great and have proven to be comfortable on long journeys.
The navigation system loves to talk over your favourite radio show and annoyingly mutes the hosts.