Kia has added two completely new GT models to its European lineup. Before this, there hasn’t really been any performance-focused Kia models in Europe. The two new models are 5-door Kia cee’d GT and 3-door Kia pro_cee’d GT. We took a test drive with the Kia pro_cee’d GT, which is the tastier looking of these two. Technically the cars are identical.
The 2014 Kia pro_cee’d GT is powered by a new turbocharged version of Kia’s four-cylinder, 1.6-litre GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine. With the twin-scroll turbocharger integrated into the exhaust manifold and the new internal components, the maximum power output is up by 51 per cent and torque by 61 per cent compared to the naturally aspirated version. This new 1.6-litre T-GDi engine delivers 150 kW (204 hp) and 265 Nm.
The engine’s power is delivered to the front-wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. There is no automatic transmission available, but I don’t think anyone would even want one. The manual gearbox is the right and only choice with a small displacement turbocharged engine if you’re are looking for a maximum driving enjoyment.
With its 200 hp engine, the Kia pro_cee’d GT doesn’t feel quite as fast as you might expect, but it still is well worthy its GT name. The pro_cee’d GT can sprint from zero to 100km/h in 7,7 seconds and reach top speed of 230 km/h. The engine delivers all the 150 kW at 6,000rpm, so you have to give it some revs to if you want it to reveal its best performance.
Considering your daily driving needs, more important than the maximum power is the engine’s torque. 265 Newton metres of torque is delivered between 1,750 and 4,500 rpm, which makes this turbocharged engine much more enjoyable to drive compared to its naturally aspirated version. This much bigger torque makes the new GT model interesting even if you don’t need a car that can sprint from zero to hundred in less than eight seconds.
On the highway the average fuel consumption is around 6,0 l/100km but in the city the consumption easily increases close to 10 litres, so it isn’t quite as economical as you might expect considering the small engine displacement of 1591cc and the direct fuel injection. The official combined fuel consumption is 7,4 l/100km and the CO2 emissions are 171 g/km.
- 150 kW (204 hp) / 6000rpm
- 265 Nm / 1750-4500rpm
- 6-speed manual
0-100km/h / 0-62mph
- 7.7 seconds
- 230 km/h
- 7.4 l/100km
- 171 g/km