A taking pictures brake property within the Kia vary would have been fairly the eyebrow raiser a number of years in the past. But now such a mannequin, on this occasion the Kia Proceed, which will properly have grabbed the headlines for the model within the desirability stakes takes maybe even fourth or fifth billing within the firm’s vary behind the likes of the Kia Stinger GT, Kia EV6, and – sure – even the brand new Kia Sorento.
The Proceed has now had a mid-life refresh that focuses primarily on beauty modifications and it arrives in our palms as the bottom petrol mannequin, one in every of two choices within the petrol-only vary.
This 1.5-litre turbocharged unit comes with a six-speed handbook gearbox as examined right here or a seven-speed dual-clutch computerized. The vary is topped by a headline-grabbing 201bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged unit shared with the Hyundai i20 N and is obtainable solely with an computerized gearbox.
What’s it like?
Mood any concepts of sportiness when driving this model of the Proceed, nevertheless racy it would look in profile. That is heartland household automobile transport, designed to be as straightforward to drive and stay with as it’s on the attention.
A nice sufficient automobile it’s to drive, too. A snug driving place is straightforward to seek out, and visibility and a common sense of airiness aren’t compromised as a lot as you would possibly assume by such a slim glasshouse and tapered rear. All the foremost controls are properly weighted and laid out logically and sensibly.
All that’s hardly set-your-trousers-on-fire stuff, however it issues in making a automobile foible free so you possibly can merely get on with driving it. And there’s pleasure to be derived from driving it, most notably from its agile dealing with.
It feels fleet of foot, and the willingness to alter route and reply positively to a driver’s inputs isn’t on the expense of a very agency experience. Certainly, the Proceed manages to combine a cushty, refined experience with alert dealing with in a means that is close to spot on for a household automobile. It feels Volkswagen Golf-like in that respect.
The reward is much less effusive for the engine, although. I needed to double-check the specs after driving it, as a result of 157bhp and 187lb ft of torque ought to really feel like a lot in a automobile of this measurement and weight and with a handbook gearbox. Nonetheless, it simply feels fairly gutless, and a bit flat in its energy supply.