BACK in 2019 Kia introduced the handsome Proceed to its Ceed range and earlier this year it revamped the model with a new front look as well as changes to the lights, rump and interior.
TheProceedis the third member and flagship of the Ceed range and is a very attractive shooting brake that combines all the space and versatility of an estate in a five-door coupe like body.
Designed, engineered and built in Europe it is offered with a choice of engines, transmissions and trim levels.
It comes with all the latest safety and advanced driver assistance systems as well as its bold sporty body.
Longer and lower than themore traditional Sportswagon, theProceed features the iconic 'tiger nose' grille of its siblings but its striking looks make it stand out from the rest of the range.
Its rakedrooflineflows nicely downwards to the rear and really gives the car its sporting stance.
A wide rear bumper is combined with dual-tip exhausts and theProceedname isspelledout in bold letters below LED tail-lights that span the tailgate to give the car a unique light signature.
Good-looking alloys enhance the sense of sportiness and a lot of customers will buy this car for its looks alone.
This Proceed came with the 1.5-litre petrol engine combined with a six-speed manual gearbox.
It is a smooth and relaxed performer capable of 130mph and of reaching 60mph in 8.3 seconds.
With emissions of just 131g/km it is also a frugal performer capable of a claimed combined 48.7mpg and I averaged 48.1mpg over a mixed week of driving.
It has bags of power for overtaking and is excellent for munching motorway miles.
The cabin shares much with its siblings but that is no bad thing since it is well built and features good quality plastics and soft-touch finishes.
The instruments are well laid out and easy to read and use and there is plenty space for four adults.
The dash is dominated by a 10.25-inch touchscreen which is easy to operate and there is stacks of kit.
Standard equipment on this GT-Line version includes 17-inch alloys, LED rear lights, heated front seats and steering wheelas well as a reversing camera. It also has a good navigation system along with AppleCarPlayand Android Auto.
It also boasts all the creature comfort goodies you could want and that you would pay a lot for in many rival products.
The steering is sharp and accurate and the ride supple with bags of grip for twisting country roads.
It may be a cracking looker but theProceedis still very practical and versatile with a huge 594 litres of boot space. That is more than many estate cars offer.
Split folding rear seats increase the space when collapsed and an underfloor storage area is provided for smaller items to keep them safe and prevent them from rattling around.
The small rear window does reduce visibility and the interior of this car was fairly dark thanks to the black trim and privacy glass but it is still a car you will enjoy and it is a bit of a bargain, especially when you take into account Kia's 7-year warranty package.
All the latest Active and Passive safety and security systems are included to keep you as safe as possible