Electric power steering is standard on the Kia pro_cee'd which helps a little with fuel economy (3% over engine powered steering) whilst delivering maximum low-speed assistance.
How It Drove - Ride and Handling
Electric power steering is standard on the Kia pro_cee'd which helps a little with fuel economy (3% over engine powered steering) whilst delivering maximum low-speed assistance. It's relatively high gearing allows for just 2.7 turns from lock to lock and a reasonable 10.8 meter turning circle which makes it easy to park.
Whilst most cars in this class have to put up with a solid beam rear axle that compromises both ride comfort and road-holding (forces affecting one rear wheel are transmitted to the other) the Kia pro_cee'd family has fully independent suspension all round.
Where we have no complaints about the handling there is little bit more body lean than we would have liked. The ride quality was pretty much as we had experienced with the 5-door Kia cee'd hatchback - not exceptional, but perfectly acceptable.
Ease of Use
Getting in and out of the Kia pro_cee'd is an easy affair, you just need to watch out for the swooping roofline. As with the hatchback Kia cee'd, the front doors of the pro_cee'd open in stages, making it easy for passengers to get in and out whilst minimising the chance of banging doors with neighbouring cars in car parks. The door stops at 25- and 50-degrees, holding the door firmly in check, while at their maximum the doors swing open to a 70-degree angle to give an extra-wide opening.
The Kia pro_cee'd's steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach and the driver's seat for reach and height so that you can find the ideal driving position.
Rear access is fairly easy for those who are nimble the front seats have a top-mounted handle which can be used to tilt the backrest. The whole seat slides forward in one action and the mechanical memory function ensures that the seat reclines to the exact position it was previously in. It does feel a little cramped in the rear and a little difficult to look out through the thick rear pillars.
The rear seats fold down flat on a 60/40 split, the rear backrest has been engineered so that it is easy to release and simply folds down onto the cushion, without the need to remove the headrests. With the seats up you can accommodate 340 litres of luggage (the same as the 5-door hatchback Kia cee'd) when you lower the seats you lose 90 litres offering 1210 litres.
Kia ceed Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Kia pro_cee'd|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||10.8 seconds|
|Top Speed||119 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||52.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||7 years / 100000 miles|
|Price (when tested on the 05/06/09)||£13,740|