Kia Pro Cee'd

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Kia updated their Cee’d during the last quarter of 2015. The exterior received some very subtle changes and it would take the eagle eyed of you to choose the new from the old if they were both put in front of you. The front of the updated model has become slightly bulkier and wider, and some chrome trimmings now adorn parts of the vehicle. New engine choices also means that the 2016 cee’d is slightly more environmentally friendly.


The Cee’d has received two new engine choices. The first new engine is a three cylinder 1.0 litre T-GDI petrol which has been built by Kia themselves. This little engine offers a nice amount of poke and it competes well with Ford’s 1.0 litre EcoBoost range. The power output is 120 PS and it has a top speed of 185 km/h. It also offers maximum torque of 172Nm between 1,500 and 4,000rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. The other new engine is a 1.6 litre CRDi diesel. This is a complete upgrade of an old engine. A new high-pressure injection system and a continuously-controlled variable oil pump has been added to reduce friction loss within the engine. This engine is available with a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission and offers a top speed of 190 km/h. Also on offer to the Irish market is a 1.4 litre MPI petrol engine that offers 100 PS and a top speed of 183km/h. There is a slightly more powerful petrol offering 135 PS and a top speed of 195 km/h – this is also available with a six-speed automatic dual clutch transmission.

Ride & Handling

The suspension of the Cee’d is firm but it still soaks up bumps without too much effort. The ride is comfortable but sadly the sporty body is about as sporty as this machine gets. It looks great but it would be great if the drive was a little bit more exciting. To be honest the Cee’d ticks many of the right boxes when it comes to handling. It corners well and the grip is tight. It doesn’t suffer from body roll either.


Both the diesel and petrol models tend to make some noise while you’re trying to get to a comfortable cruising speed on the motorway. The petrol engine calms down once you get to a steady 100 km/h but the diesel maintains its grumblings. Road and wind noise is not terrible, but it’s still noticeable.

Quality & Reliability

The interior of the Cee’d has seen a few minor improvements. The quality of the materials used has been improved but being honest they weren’t terrible to begin with. The interior of most Kia cars are made of good quality materials. Entry level models will not be jam packed with high end touch screens, etc., but the systems are very easy to use.

Safety & Security

In 2012 Kia received a full five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests. The Cee’d scored 89% for adult occupancy, 88% for child occupancy and 61% for pedestrian safety. Apart from a myriad of safety systems, the Cee’d also comes with 6 airbags as standard.

Space & Practicality

The Cee’d is available as a five-door, a three-door (Pro-Cee’d), or as a sportswagen. All offer plenty of room to the front. The rear in all models is ample for at least two adults. The boot space of the Cee’d is generous too, offering 380 litres which would be more than the Ford Focus.

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Key Facts



Pro Cee'd
Pro_cee'd 1.6 EX Diesel
Car Category
Family Hatch
First year of model production
Engine (L)
Gearbox Type
6 Speed
Fuel type
Body Type
Price New
CBG Expert Rating

Running Costs

Tax Band
Average L/100 km
Average km/L
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
Fuel Tank Range
1325 km
Cost of filling a tank
Average Cost Per 200 km
CO2 emmissions
104 g/km
CO2 emmissions standard
EU5 g/km


Brake Horsepower
134 bhp
Max Power kW
Displacement - CC (Engine)
Engine Cylinders
Driven Wheels
Top speed
197 (km/h)
Acceleration(0-100 km/h)
10.8 s

Space & Practicality

Body Type
Boot capacity
380 L


All Components
7 Year warranty
Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
7 Year warranty
Car Body
12 Year warranty
5 Year paint warranty
Roadside Assistance
3 Year Roadside Assist


Euroncap Star Rating

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The three-door Kia Pro_cee'd blends sporty looks with almost as much ... Love our proceed but just experienced no start situation insert key etc
Top Gear
Kia's three-door hatch wants to rival the Focus and the Golf, and it's great to look at, but those wanting a chassis to match the design will be left wanting
What Car
The Kia Proceed has plenty of appeal, particularly if you value comfort over handling


Boot capacity
380 L
Tyre size front
225/45 R17 mm
Tyre size back
225/45 R17 mm

Technical Information

134 bhp