Kia Pro_cee’d GT
(2013 - 2015)

  • Gorgeous European influenced looks.
  • Excellent levels of performance and reliability from the 1.6-litre turbocharged.
  • Locally tuned suspension and steering still feels superb.
  • Genuine practicality for a small
    car/coupe.
  • Many simply cannot pass the fact it’s a Kia.
  • Few available on the used market.
  • Some examples have been abused or poorly modified.
  • Not hot enough to challenge true hot hatches.
Overview

Featuring a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and sharing the same base platform (short of a different rear suspension setup) with the Hyundai Veloster, the Pro_cee’d GT is regarded as being not only Kia’s first hot hatch but the company’s first performance oriented car, and it acted as a halo model for the 2nd generation ceed range.

Although mechanically identical, here in Australia the Pro_cee’d GT has been available across two trim levels as purely as a 3-door hatch from 2013 although other markets also received a 5-door hatch variant from 2014.

The Pro_cee’d GT also represents something of a transition period for Kia. The company once commonly being associated with manufacturing inexpensive, basic and what some would regard as underwhelming cars attempted to shift its image and reputation with the likes of the Pro_cee’d GT.

Visually this was achieved through superb design with the Pro_cee’d GT, receiving accolades from critics and consumers alike and this was largely thanks to former Audi and Volkswagen design boss Peter Schreyer styling the vehicle.

Kia’s attempts to prove a point also resulted in the Pro_vee’d GT being filled to the brim with features and technology (for the time) while the ride, handling and steering were all tuned specifically for local markets, resulting in not only a highly entertaining and enjoyable driving experience, but even when used, a completely resolved one.

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What goes wrong

In terms of the exterior, there have been a few sporadic reports of the keyfob/keyless entry system draining the car battery. Whenever the keyfob is within a certain range it will “wake the car up”. Kia themselves actually stated that the recommended distance to keep the keys from the car is 10 metres.

Short of very few and extremely sporadic reports, there are no “common” problems or faults with the interior.

Mechanically very little goes wrong with the Pro_cee’d GT.

Tuned examples have reported slipping clutches however this is to be somewhat expected and there are reports of isolated cases of oil dilution however, this is not a common problem.

Regardless of the condition of the Pro_cee’d GT you’re looking at, it is critical to have a full pre-purchase inspection carried out as many examples have been tuned and driven over enthusiastically.

Model range, pricing & features

GT

  • Price when new: $29,990
  • Price used: $9,000 - $20,000

Released in Australia in October 2013, the JD pro_cee’d GT was “entry-level” model that came standard with a 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 6-speed manual.

As the entry-level GT model was already considered to be a “luxury-sports” orientated model (based on Kia’s model naming convention), the GT came standard with comprehensive array of exterior, interior, safety and comfort features, however the GT-Tech was also offered as slightly dearer tech-orientated model.

Standard features:

18-inch alloy wheels
Body coloured bumper bars
Body coloured side mirrors
Chrome exhaust tips
Tinted windows
Centre-mount stop light
Electric sterring system
Multi-link front suspension
Dual exhaust
5-star ANCAP safety rating (tested 2014)
6 airbags: driver and front passenger, front side impact and full-length curtain airbags,
3-point (lap sash) seatbelt for all occupants
Height adjustable seatbelts for driver and front passenger
Seat pretensioners and load limiters for for driver and front passenger
ISOFIX points for rear outboard seats
Child seat anchor points
Seatbelt reminder for all seats
Headrests for all occupants
Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
Electronic brakeforce distribution (EBD)
Brake assist
Electronic stability program (ESP)
Traction control
Vehicle stability management
Hill start assist (HSA)
Rear parking sensors
Reversing camera with grid lines
Electrochromatic rear vision mirror
Electric side mirrors
Electrically folding side mirrors
Electric windows – front only with auto up/down function for all windows
Cruise control
Headlights with low and high beam
Projector headlights
Front fog lights
Rear Fog Lights
Side indicators integrated into side mirrors
Automatic headlights with coming/leaving home function
High-mounted stop light
Daytime running lights (DRL)
Interior lights – front and rear
Intermittent wipers
Rear wiper
Remote central locking with boot release
Engine immobiliser
Alarm
Speed sensitive door locking
Tachometer
Fuel gauge
Multi-functional trip computer
Manual handbrake
Power steering
Steering wheel – tilt (up/down) and telescopic (reach) adjust
Leather steering wheel
Leather gear knob and handbrake
Dual-zone climate control
Pollen filter
Black interior trim
Recaro sports seats
6-Way electrically adjustable driver’s seat
Electric lumbar support adjustment for driver
6 speaker sound system
AM/FM radio
CD player
MP3 compatibility
Bluetooth connectivity – phone and audio streaming
AUX (3.5mm) input
iPod connectivity
USB connectivity
2x 12V power outlets
2x cup holders – front
2x cup holders – rear
Centre console storage
Glovebox
Front seat map pockets
Sunglasses holder
Vanity mirror for driver and front passenger
60:40 rear folding seats

GT-Tech

  • Price when new: $33,490 - $33,990
  • Price used: $11,000 - $24,000

The GT-Tech added tech related features such as an electrically operated panoramic sunroof, privacy glass, proximity entry with push-button start, HID headlights with washers, door handle puddle lamps, an additional 12-volt power outlet located in the luggage area and a luggage net.

September 2014 units also saw the GT-Tech model an infotainment system with satellite navigation included as part of the standard equipment.

Additional features:

Electrically operated panoramic sunroof
Privacy glass
Proximity entry
Push button start
HID headlights
Headlight washers
Door handle puddle lamps
12V power outlet – luggage area
Luggage net

September 2014 update:

Infotainment system
Satellite navigation

Should you buy it?

The Pro_cee’d GT looks fantastic, it’s practical, reliable, safe, loaded with features and in terms of driving, sure it’s not the hottest of hot hatches but it avoids many of the compromises that come with more focussed performance cars.

It’s even pretty rare so in its own way, it’s exclusive.

We’d go as far as saying that if the Pro_cee’d GT were wearing a European manufacturers badge, it would have sold like crazy.

The only reason you wouldn’t buy a Pro_cee’d GT is if you’re stuck in the past, holding onto the opinion that Kia’s are a manufacturer of inexpensive, basic and what some would regard as underwhelming cars, because even when used and after having travelled many thousands of kilometres, the Pro_cee’d GT shows just how far Kia have come.

The Pro_cee’d GT is a superb car and it’s a massive yes from us, you should buy one.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

5 years/unlimited kms
7 years/unlimited kms (from 1st October 2014)

Servicing:

6 months/7500kms

Tech specs

Body style:

3-door hatchback

Engines:

1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol (GT, GT-Tech)

Power:

150kW – 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol (GT, GT-Tech)

Torque:

265Nm – 1.6 litre turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol (GT, GT-Tech)

Transmission & drivetrains:

6-speed manual, front wheel drive (FWD)

Fuel consumption:

7.4L/100kms

Length:

4310mm

Width:

1780mm

Height:

1430mm

Kerb Weight:

1448kg

Disclaimer

Information correct as of October 21, 2022.

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