Have you noticed the nights are drawing in? As our scorching summer of record temperatures and sunny bank holidays begins to release its grip on our green and pleasant land, nippy evenings and gusty winds set in. However, before we all reach for the hot chocolate, there comes an intermittent period of changeable weather – and it’s that climactic confusion that has tested the ProCeed this month.
Comfort during the 30+ degree heat of blue-sky days has been abundant within the confines of this Kia. Its dual-zone climate control kicks in attentively and can quickly create a somewhat Arctic environment that might give passengers a slight shiver. To the relief of those in the passenger seat, the temperature on their side of the car can be controlled independently, allowing for everyone to find ease. It’s also certainly worth commending Kia designers on retaining physical dials for such gizmos, with many rivals opting for less tactile (and more complicated) touchscreen controls.
Then came the rain… Lashing down upon the Dark Penta Metal paintwork for a solid week, the ProCeed’s automatic wipers acquitted themselves well while driving through the typhoon that once was the M27. Standing water is not a hazard to be taken lightly, but a combination of sensible driving and subtle stability control systems meant that the car always felt secure through this rather extreme weather. It’s a trait that is reassuring on the ProCeed, with some rivals lacking the surefootedness in inclement weather.
Besides the odd motorway jaunt, much of the ProCeed’s time this month has been spent in an urban environment. We’ve touched on the car’s less than stellar rear visibility before, but, generally speaking, the reversing camera makes up for any shortcoming. What is a little more irritating is how the touchscreen display that presents the camera’s view is a magnet for dust and fingerprints. It’s a similar story for the glossy surfaces around the cabin – I must get a cloth and place it in the glovebox, rather than using the sleeve of my top.
Now the evenings are beginning to deliver a colder bite as you leave the warmth of home, it’s time to make use of a few of the gadgets on our ProCeed, namely the heated seats and steering wheel. The ProCeed heats the cabin as quickly as it can cool it, and these standard luxuries will be most welcome if the ‘Beast from the East’ should return with its icy fury. Something else that these darker nights serve to highlight is the car’s distinctive rear lighting signature. There’s something very Audi about how the tail lights are interconnected via a horizontal light bar running along the boot lid, and we’d like to think that the association is no bad thing.
Date arrived 21st February 2019
Fuel economy 56.5mpg On Test 52.5mpg
Sensible 17-inch alloys keep the wheels safe from accidental kerb encounters.
Glossy surfaces look great when pristine, but they quickly highlight any dust.