The Proceed is a keenly priced three-door hatchback with a classy interior, a comfortable ride and sleek, coupe-like looks.
It’s not as good to drive as most rivals, the non-turbo petrol engine is weedy and rear visibility is limited. Refinement could be better, too.
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Kia Proceed performance
There’s a choice of three engines: a 1.6-litre GDi petrol, a 1.6 T-GDi petrol turbo and a 1.6 CRDi diesel. The non-turbo petrol feels pretty weedy and inflexible compared with similarly powerful turbocharged units available in rivals. Performance from the T-GDi is pretty brisk once the turbo has woken, while the diesel also needs more revs than you might expect – although it’s strong through the mid range.
Kia Proceed ride & handling
If you’re expecting sporty handling to go with the looks, you’re going to be disappointed. The steering is slow and the standard Flexsteer system, which lets you choose from three settings, doesn’t really help; select Sport mode and the only obvious change is that the steering gets heavier. The Proceed also leans more in bends than a Vauxhall Astra GTC or a VW Scirocco, but it isn’t overly sloppy, and ride comfort is generally good. The turbocharged GT model is more comfortable than fun, too.
Kia Proceed refinement
You need to rev the non-turbo petrol engine quite hard to extract any kind of meaningful performance, and when you do, it becomes vocal. The stronger low-rev pull of the diesel helps you minimise revs and mechanical clatter. There’s a fair bit of noise from the turbocharged petrol when you work it hard. You’ll have to put up with plenty of road noise as well, although wind noise isn’t too bad.