We’ve got a bright new addition to the fleet in the shape of Kia’s pro_cee’d. Ryan Dixon puts it through its paces with promising early results.
After the car arrived, I immediately went out for a spin and was very quickly impressed by the variety of ways to customise the dashboard, such as adjustable illumination levels for the dials and Kia’s Flex Steer system, which allows drivers to personalise the level of assistance given by the power steering. These little touches make it feel like this car was careful considered in its manufacture to really create a pleasant driving experience for the owner, and even after only having driven it for around a month now, I feel that I’ve barely even scratched the surface.
Another invaluable feature that this new pro_cee’d has is the reversing camera, integrated within the satellite navigation. The rear windscreen and rear side windows are both small in size and the privacy glass which is fitted affects visibility when reversing, and so the seven-inch display, mounted in the centre console, is a godsend. Without this feature, parking would be exceptionally difficult, so only time will tell if this feature is reliable.
The satellite navigation system itself is useful, meaning that I no longer need to have trailing wires from the windscreen to the 12V power socket, however there have been some instances where this system has been less than perfect. Whilst driving on major roads, in particular motorways, the navigation system helpfully indicates which lane you need to be in at junctions, which is something that can often be unclear on other navigation systems. However, in more built-up urban areas, there have been a few occasions when the satellite navigation has advised taking very strange routes rather than those that are more direct. Perhaps the system is set to default to the most economical route, but if this is indeed the case, the option to amend this is not at all obvious. When choosing a route, I always select the shortest one, but at times my local knowledge trumps the car’s system.
Within the first month, my girlfriend and I have racked up an impressive number of miles on journeys carrying a varying numbers of passengers. We have found the seats of the pro_cee’d comfortable enough for the two and a half hour journey to Manchester, and the spacing within the interior more than ample to carry five people and their luggage with ease. This spacious interior makes this a very comfortable car to travel in for the passengers, too, which is a bit of a running theme here. The difficulty with traveling with someone else is invariably you want the heating on at different levels and we are no different – my girlfriend seems to think the interior of a car should be akin to a sauna, and I vehemently disagree. Luckily, with the dual-zone climate control system in this car we don’t have to argue; her side can be hellfire hot, and mine can be a more sensible temperature.
We have received a lot of positive comments about the pro_cee’d since its arrival about a range of features, from its colour, through its design, to the smoothness of the drive. But overwhelmingly the comments have fallen into the category of ‘I never realised just how nice Kias are’. Here’s to the next six months, and seeing how much we can change people’s minds and perceptions – and how much this Kia appeals to us.
|Whats Hot:||The projection headlights give a clean, bright, even light and the cornering lights add that little extra just when you need it.|
|Whats Not:||The dirt seems to be attracted to the body of our Techno Orange coloured car.|
|Date arrived:||17th March 2014|
|Mileage to date:||3,334 miles|
|Fuel consumption:||65.7mpg (official combined)
47.1mpg (on test)