15th November 2021
Following on from last week’s tribulations with trying to charge the MG 5 EV estate, it was a relief to see this Kia ProCeed roll on to the drive. While I support the addition of EVs to the UK’s vehicle make-up, they are by no means the whole answer, as my experience proved. Which company driver can spend four hours chasing around to charge up a car? Rant over, so let’s see how the Kia fares.
The ProCeed might be aiming a few notches higher than last week’s MG in the style stakes, but that doesn’t mean it’s abandoned practicality. Quite the opposite, in fact, as the Kia musters a healthy 594-litres of boot space with the rear seats up and 1545-litres with the 60-40 split and fold back seat tipped flat. With some rubbish to take to the dump today, it’s been very easy to shove it in the back of the Kia.
Sticking with the estate car credentials of the Kia today, it’s proved very handy again. After a meeting, I decided to do a bit of shopping in Edinburgh. Not wanting to carry my laptop around with me, the ProCeed has a usefully large underfloor storage compartment in the boot, so I can stash the computer out of sight. There’s another storage cubby in the middle section of the floor and the fold-up floor also acts as a means of keeping the shopping in place on the way home.
This particular ProCeed is a GT-Line model with the 158hp 1.5-litre petrol engine. I love the looks of it, but I do find the ride edges just a little too much towards the firm side for many of the roads I use on a daily basis. On the motorway yesterday, it was ideal and comfortable, but today’s coarser surfaces throw up a bit of road rumble and the occasional wince as we go over bumps and dimples in the road.
Even if the Kia cannot quite match the acceleration of the MG from last week, it’s no sloth with 0-60mph in 8.3 seconds. For a family bus, that’s plenty and the 1.5-litre engine is plenty willing to work through the six-speed manual gearbox, and what a treat it is to have a sweet-shifting manual in a car for a change. It might not be on-trend, but this combination is hard to beat for simple driver involvement and enjoyment.
Back in the harness as chauffeur to the kids for their weekend activities. It is a cold and miserable morning for my son’s football heroics – a 5-2 victory for his team and Man of the Match for my boy. He’s soaked to the skin by the end, but a quick change out of the boot of the ProCeed sorts this, while the heated front seats are like furnaces. There’s also a heated steering wheel, which is impressive for a car of this price.
Kia claims 48.7mpg combined economy for this ProCeed. Guess what? It turned in 48.6mpg, so was within a whisker of this in the real world. That’s way better than the two-thirds of range you get with most EVs, and I didn’t once have to think about filling up or seeking out some far-flung charge point and then hang around while the tank filled up. Be in no doubt, you can proceed very well in this ProCeed.