As I was sat in my seat at the cinema, waiting to catch up on the latest geek fest of an action film, I was confronted by a sensory overload centred around three hamsters trying to lose the bulk and eventually turned into desirable red carpet walking super models. It turned out that this was an advert for the Kia Soul.
This, along with the strapline of ‘The Power To Surprise’ reminded me of another Kia advert I’d seen earlier that day, this time on the televison and with far less rodents, boasting about how over 10,000 customers have posted their honest reviews online. Now I’m one of those people that doesn’t buy anything these days without reading lots of online reviews, so I thought now would be a good time to jump online and see what people have been saying about the pro_cee’d, and how it compares to my first few months with the car.
The Kia UK website hosts a wealth of reviews – partnered with Reevoo, the independent review company – and at the time of writing, there are 1,043 reviews that fall under the cee’d banner, all of which add up to a nine out of ten overall rating. Unsurprisingly features and specification comes out tops, with build quality coming in a close second. I’ve noticed from my point of view, the onboard gadgets and equipment have become invaluable. I often find myself using the cruse control without giving it a second thought, and the more time I’ve spent with the satellite navigation, the more I’ve learnt it’s a valuable day-to-day tool with traffic updates and nice little alternative routes to get off the main roads. One thing that I have noticed though, since the weather has improved, is that a lot of the interior trim is framed with a highly glossed mirror-like edging which has a tendency to catch the sun. It makes wearing sunglasses a must, even on slightly cloudy days.
Predictably, considering my own experiences, there are very few negatives listed, with most users stating that they can’t find any at all. Although there are a fair few with minor complaints like choice of colour, or the fact that they didn’t get any floor mats for free. However, there were a few that I noticed that I had to agree with. While the six-speed gearbox provides a very smooth driving experience, and has nicely spaced ratios on all kinds of roads, I’ve noticed on more than one occasion that I’ve struggled to get it into reverse on my first attempt. Releasing the clutch slightly fixes the problem, but now that I know that other owners are having similar issues, perhaps there’s an issue that needs looking over.
Minor complaints of poor positioning of the handbrake are also things I’ve noticed. The recess it rests in is just a little too close to the driver’s seat, while other owner’s concerns about the low profile tyres mean that the alloy wheels are susceptible to damage have been proven, thanks to some pretty tight parking spaces, and we have a minor scrape to prove it.
From conducting my research, I did uncover a small gem of information and learn that in the additional under floor storage in the boot, there’s another power socket – ideal for keeping those cool boxes at the correct temperature in the summer months.
The onboard computer provides a wealth of information. My favourite being the fuel range, letting me know when I need to make a pit stop to fill-up.
One of the door mirrors doesnít seem to fold away as smoothly as it used to, with a few clicking sounds as it reaches its closed position.
|Date arrived:||17th March 2014|
|Mileage to date:||7,115 miles|
|Fuel consumption:||65.7mpg (official combined)
48.2mpg (on test)