I think we’re at a point where everyone should stop being so shocked that Kia are capable of designing a good-looking car. At least once a week the ProCeed attracts positive comments from passers-by, but usually with the caveat of ‘I would never have guessed it was a Kia’. In truth, Kia are on a roll with the Stinger, Stonic, and Sorento, all being handsome designs. The up and coming crossover version of the Ceed, the XCeed, only serves to reinforce this point. This will fill a gap in the model line-up for customers that find the Stonic too small, and the Sportage too bulky.
However, there’s trouble in paradise, as the typically trouble-free Kia has been grinding my gears over the past few weeks. My first bone to pick comes in the form of the car’s lane keeping functionality… While there is nothing wrong with its core operation at all, the system’s over-sensitive warning for keeping both hands on the wheel is starting to drive me bonkers. Sometimes it’ll incessantly bong when I’ve removed a hand to change gear, or whinge at me for taking a second to put a window down – at times it will even bleat when both hands are firmly cemented to the wheel! This issue is intermittent, but can be incredibly frustrating all the same.
My second point of contention relates to the rear seatbelts and their occasional reluctance to retract correctly. A bit of investigation reveals that the shape of its dispenser can cause the belt to jam if the occupant leans across the car to reach something. This results in a slackened seatbelt until fettled with, which is less than ideal. Closer examination seems to lead me to believe it’s a design oversight.
Rant over, and it’s back to business as usual with the Kia clocking up plenty of motorway miles. Helping while away the sometimes-tedious hours behind the wheel has been the car’s seamless integration of Apple CarPlay functionality. Plugging an iPhone into the car’s USB socket projects Apple’s ergonomic interface onto the touchscreen display, allowing access to music playlists, mobile phone functions and navigation mapping. Using the Spotify app to stream podcasts on the go means that you can be listening to Stephen Fry one minute, and Gareth Jones the next.
The ProCeed’s pleasing ability to cover long distances without discomfort of the buttocks, or your bank balance, makes it a good companion for cross-country motoring. A full tank of diesel should net you around 570 miles, making trips to the pump few and far between. Fly-spattered and wearing a thin layer of road grime, this shooting brake was more than deserving of its wash and wax this week, having provided another month of faithful transport.
Date arrived 21st February 2019
Fuel economy 56.5mpg On Test 54.4mpg
The ProCeed’s practicality makes it a huge asset to family life.
Nobody is impressed by fake exhaust exits.