2019 Kia Proceed verdict

The Kia Proceed is a svelte shooting brake which sits halfway between the regular Ceed hatchback and the Sportswagon estate – does it make any sense?...

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Doug Revolta
13 September 2017

2019 Kia Proceed rear sunset

The Proceed certainly carves out an attractive niche in Kia’s lineup. However, with a price that puts it above the slightly more practical Sportswagon it’s difficult to see the objective case for spending more money on less space. Plus, a Volkswagen Golf Estate and Skoda Octavia Estate both also offer a bit more practicality for similar money.

The Proceed is more of an emotional purchase, for those that like the prospect of a Ceed with a big boot, and could be tempted by parting with a bit of extra cash – likely on a monthly PCP finance deal – for some added visual pizzazz and exclusivity. And it may well work; Kia predicts the Proceed to outsell the Sportswagon, and we can see why buyers might be swayed by its looks.

The other reason you may be tempted by it is because of its range-topping 201bhp GT model – which gets an impressive engine that isn’t available in the Sportswagon. But, if you don’t need the space but want the pace, bear in mind that same engine is also available in the standard five-door Ceed, for less money.

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