Turns out the incredibly good-looking Kia Pro Ceed GT is also good value. The Korean car maker has just revealed the prices and specs of the car for the British market, and it starts from £19,995. This hot hatch is also quite a performer, going form 0 to 60 in 7.4 seconds and topping 143 mph.
They could have made it faster by putting a bigger engine than the 1.6 liter turbo unit in it, but then it would become more expensive, and nowhere near as economical as it is right now. This engine results in a rather perfect comprise. You get 201bhp and 265 Nm of torque, and a fuel economy rating of 38 mpg.
The Range-topping Pro Ceed comes in two GT and GT Tech trim levels, and a limited launch edition called the GT 1st Edition. The exterior is full of sporty elements like sports bumpers, flared arches, large wheels, red accenting on the bumpers, and signature LED lights. The same theme continues inside with black leather and Piano black trimming, complement with red stitching. There is an awful lot of displays with red lights flashing at your face that may become a bit annoying though.
Highlights of the standard kit on the Pro Ceed GT (£19,995)include Recaro seats finished in leather and suede, air conditioning, cruise control and speed limiter, automatic lights, cornering lights, reversing sensors, Bluetooth phone connectivity with music streaming and voice recognition. You also get Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BAS), among the rich safety kit.
The GT Tech (£22,495) also benefits from a seven-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, European mapping and full UK postcode recognition, a reversing camera display integrated into the navigation screen, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, an engine start/stop button with a smart entry system, exterior door handle illumination, rain-sensing front wipers, dual-zone automatic air conditioning with an ioniser, an automatic de-fog system, an automatic-dimming rear-view mirror and xenon adaptive headlights with headlight washers and automatic levelling, in place of the cornering lights on the GT.
And finally, the 1st Edition (£23,995) gets 18-inch alloy wheels, high-gloss black door mirror casings, a tilting and sliding electric sunroof with an automatic roller blind, red ambient lighting with front footwell illumination, floor mats with red contrast stitching and ‘GT’ illuminated sill scuff plates