Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • 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.

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.

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Publish: October 21, 2022

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_Cee’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.

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_Cee’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.

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_Cee’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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Servicing:
6 months/7500kms

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

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.

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.

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.

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