On the inside there is plenty to like. The seats, although not Recaro’s as you get in the GT, are sculpted and visually appealing, with a cross-stitch pattern and contrast stitching. The dials grab the driver’s attention by being bold and bright. The steering wheel has gloss black trim and features a host of buttons, and the sides are perforated which is a subtle sporty touch. In the centre of the dashboard is the 7-inch media screen and the start button. A dark headlining is typical of a sporty car, and the interior plastics are of the usual high-quality expected of Kia. The last little touches I like are the leather handbrake and door card trims, which showcase Kia’s commitment to build quality.
Handling/Performance – 8/10
The pro_cee’d is a bigger car than you might think, and this becomes apparent when you stick it into some corners. There’s a little bit of lean as you turn in, and it just doesn’t feel nimble. It doesn’t help that the non-Recaro seats are borderline sufficient when it comes to lateral support. What I do like is the adjustable electric power steering. There’s 3 modes; normal, comfort and sport. I found comfort useful on the motorway, when responsive steering isn’t high on your priority list. Sport drops the level of electric assistance to give a weightier feel. Steering response doesn’t feel as sharp as, say, a Fiesta, but the driving position is good and overall the drive is involving.
Economy – 10/10
Practicality – 9/10