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Parkers overall rating: 3.8 out of 5 3.8

Sleek shooting brake is a worthy addition to the sensible Ceed range

Kia ProCeed Shooting Brake (19 on) - rated 3.8 out of 5
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PROS

  • Bold, sleek styling stands out from the crowd
  • Higher-spec than Ceed SW
  • Solid and easy-to-operate interior
  • Seven-year warranty

CONS

  • Very limited headroom
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Not as practical as a true estate
  • Uninspiring engine range

At a glance

New price £24,290 - £29,090
Lease from new From £218 per month
Used price £15,050 - £23,815
Used monthly cost £371 - £587
Fuel economy 45 - 67 mpg
Road tax cost £145
Insurance group 12 - 21 How much is it to insure?

PROS

  • Bold, sleek styling stands out from the crowd
  • Higher-spec than Ceed SW
  • Solid and easy-to-operate interior
  • Seven-year warranty

CONS

  • Very limited headroom
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Not as practical as a true estate
  • Uninspiring engine range

Kia ProCeed Shooting Brake rivals

The first two Kia ProCeed models (styled as pro_cee’d for some reason) were simply three-door versions of the Ceed hatchback. They were fine cars, but hardly exciting – even in their very spiciest GT form.

Now, though, the three-door Ceed is dead, but Kia was keen to still apply the ProCeed name to something a little more interesting than a mere five-door hatch. Enter the 2019 Kia ProCeed – no longer burdened with excessive punctuation, and now taking the form of a seriously slinky ‘shooting brake’ style estate car.

This gives buyers an interesting conundrum when choosing from the Kia Ceed range. Do they go for practical and capacious Ceed SW estate, the cheaper and still very neat Ceed hatch, the fashionable XCeed crossover or do they step up to the top of the range and opt for this new ProCeed? It’s not really pitched as a practical model in the same vein as the SW, though its physical size and pricing would see it cross-shopped with the likes of the Ford Focus Estate or Volkswagen Golf Estate.

Instead, Kia sees the ProCeed as the budget rival to cars like the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake. The ProCeed doesn’t have an estate boot to be practical – it has one to be stylish.

Efficient but uninspiring engine range

The ProCeed comes equipped with a choice of three engines. There’s an entry-level 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol with 140hp, which can be mated with either six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch gearboxes – but regardless of transmission, it feels slow and leaden in its response, albeit refined and smooth.

Much more interesting is the 1.6-litre turbo petrol, which boasts 201hp and gives the ProCeed rather more spring in its step. It’s not exactly hot hatchback-levels of performance – you’ll need to look to sister brand Hyundai and its i30 N for that – but it’s definitely the choice for keen drivers. It’s offered only with an automatic gearbox.

Penny-pinchers should look to the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, which offers the lowest running costs of the trio by far.

Practicality limited by styling

2019 Kia Proceed interior

The ProCeed’s estate body might lead you to believe it’s a more practical choice than the hatch – and in some respects, it is, with a longer load bay suitable for large, flat items and a large amount more load capacity up to the load cover (594 litres). The truncated roofline, however, severely impacts both upright space in the boot and headroom for passengers. Even front seat passengers will have to get used to ducking their heads as they enter if they don’t want to clout themselves on the door frame.

The bulbous rear end also results in a slightly odd-shaped boot opening, and a high loading sill.

Easy-to-digest trim structure

There are only three trims for the ProCeed, and they’re all high-end options. This clearly marks the ProCeed out from its Ceed SW stablemate, which is exclusively available with lower-end equipment. This means that all ProCeeds come with Kia’s sporty ‘GT-Line’ styling pack, giving them a more aggressive look, and plenty of equipment including dual-zone climate control, a reversing camera, heated seats, and a large infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality.

Unlike some manufacturers, Kia has very few optional extras to add, making choosing a ProCeed easy – and the price you see will nearly always be the price you pay, without any desirable equipment hidden behind an options list paywall.

Think the Kia ProCeed could be the car for you? Read on for the full review to find out.

Kia ProCeed Shooting Brake rivals

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