Ob­vi­ous sporty in­ten­tions with a dash of prac­ti­cal­ity

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

KIA’S first high-per­for­mance model, the pro_cee’d GT, has now been joined by a five­door ver­sion, the cee’d GT, of­fer­ing the same styling and equip­ment as the three-door but with a dash of prac­ti­cal­ity.

Euro­pean de­signed, en­gi­neered and built, the cee’d GT car­ries a price tag of £20,495, while the higher spec­i­fied cee’d GT Tech starts at £22,995.

Both are pow­ered by a tur­bocharged ver­sion of Kia’s 1.6litre di­rect-in­jec­tion petrol en­gine de­liv­er­ing 201bhp at 6,000rpm. Of­fi­cial tests put the zero to 60mph time at 7.4 sec­onds and top speed at 143mph.

With per­for­mance in mind, the sus­pen­sion has been re­tuned with in­creased damper re­bound and com­pres­sion rates, stiffer springs and bushes and the ad­di­tion of a larger rear anti-roll bar. The brakes - 300mm ven­ti­lated discs at the front and 262mm at the rear – are the most pow­er­ful ever fit­ted to the cee’d range. De­spite its ob­vi­ous sporty in­ten­tions, those with a cau­tious right foot can aim for the of­fi­cial com­bined fuel con­sump­tion of 38.2mpg, with CO2 emis­sions at 171g/km.

Aes­thet­i­cally, the cee’d GT closely re­sem­bles the pro_ cee’d GT, but with a lower, broader bumper and air dam plus a wide, lower air in­take to sup­ply additional cool­ing air to the tur­bocharged en­gine. This is un­der­scored by a red trim line which em­pha­sises the wide and sporty track. The lower air in­take is flanked on ei­ther side by high-gloss black in­serts hous­ing ‘ice-cube’ LED day­time run­ning lamps and fog lights. The high-gloss black theme is con­tin­ued on the graphite chrome-framed main ra­di­a­tor grille which in­cludes a GT badge on the black high-gloss mesh.

At the rear there are dual sports ex­haust out­lets with the rear num­ber plate framed in high-gloss black and there is a GT badge on the tail­gate.

Stan­dard GT spec in­cludes 18-inch graphite grey al­loys with red brake calipers, Re­caro seats fin­ished in leather and suede, air con, cruise con­trol, re­vers­ing sen­sors, Blue­tooth and voice recog­ni­tion.

GT Tech adds a seven-inch touch­screen with satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, Euro­pean map­ping and full UK post­code recog­ni­tion and a re­vers­ing cam­era dis­play.

EURO­PEAN DE­SIGN: The cee’d GT, of­fers the same styling and equip­ment as the three-door ver­sion

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