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2019 Kia Pro Cee’d Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2019 Kia Pro Cee’d

Soon as the year 2018 started, Kia introduced the third generation for Cee’d. But soon after the Geneva Motor Show, the Pro Cee’d along with a station wagon variant were introduced. Well, this Pro Cee’d date as old as the second generation of Cee’d. Initially, this was a 3-door hatchback and a shooting brake, a kind of station wagon, variant.

That is common among the automakers that they roll out the same model with a performance package with a slightly different title. And almost every other fella in the market uses this trick. Well, the simple phenomena are to get attraction and more customers which in turns is one of the best practices.

In a way, the Pro Cee’d used to be a performance variant for the actual Cee’d series. Alongside the 3-door hatchback, a 5-door model was even introduced. But that could only last for 5 years. The recent model from the third generation is only left as a 5-door station wagon or the shooting brake variant. While the three and five-door superminis have disappeared. And the credit goes to their lack of fame.

Well, the present model line includes three variants. The GT-Line opens the series, beginning at $31,230. A slightly refined GT-Line S sits in the middle with a price tag of $37,580. While the GT is considered to the sportiest variant among all but is a bit cheaper than the GT-Line S, available for $36,860. Certainly, a costly option but contains premium ingredients. But most of its competitors even offer premium stuff at a slightly lower price.

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1.4 – 1.6 L6 – speed manual

7 – speed automatic

134 – 201 hp178 – 207 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
9.6s122 mphStation Wagon24 city/ 29 highway


Hood of 2019 Kia Pro Cee’d

The Pro Cee’d got a different powertrain than the main Cee’d series. Performance is the core ingredient, while the economy has not been neglected. Instead, the Pro Cee’d is a performance packed the economical family car.

Well, the Pro Cee’d is available in a combination of gasoline and diesel drivetrains. All the gasoline machines are turbocharged, producing a performance rated power equaling the entry-level sports cars. While the diesel Pro Cee’d be a fine choice if you are just eyeing the economy and performance is not a major deal for you.

The base variant includes a 1.4 L 4-cylinder turbo engine with 138 hp of power producing 178 lb-ft of torque. And it comes mated with the 6-speed manual transmission. While a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission remains optional.

The performance edition is available with a 1.6 L turbocharged 4-pack engine running on 201 horses at 195 lb-ft of torque. And it is only available with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Well, this variant is in some way the continuation of the GT model that was included in the previous generation. Though they were much smarter. But this edition is even spectacular. You can expect a 0-62 mph launch within 9.6 seconds and a top of 122 mph could be attained.

Well, in the end, we have the diesel variant, containing a 1.6 L 4-cylinder naturally aspirated engine. Further, it gets 134 hp of power at 207 lb-ft of torque. Though lesser than all the gasoline variants, it is capable of boasting some decent performance.

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2019 Kia Pro Cee’d Exterior

What could be the main difference between a station wagon aka Shooting Brake Pro Cee’d and a hatchback Cee’d? Certainly the size of the car. The Pro Cee’d is 181-inches long with a total width of 71-inches. While it is 56-inches height from the ground. Further, the rear design is given a crossover style, making it fall under the Shooting Brake criteria. While cosmetics are quite similar to the standard series. Some of the accounted differences include the 18-inch sports alloy wheels, premium optional paint, and colored brake calipers.

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Interior of 2019 Kia Pro Cee’d

The Pro Cee’d feature a better interior setup compared to the standard models. Alongside, it is appointed for comfort and relaxing drive. Further, the leather seats are standard for all the trim levels. While the upper trim levels get the mixture of suede and leather seats. Ahead of that, heated steering wheel and the heated seats a prominent component for the cosmetic. And there are plenty of handy options available to make the interior convenient and more comfortable.

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Features of 2019 Kia Pro Cee’d

The 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes standard with the Pro Cee’d. It features the Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, telephony, Bluetooth streaming and plenty of other features. Further, the Pro Cee’d also get a 4.2-inch colored driver cluster display which comes with the GT Performance Mode for the GT model.

The multimedia segment contains radio, MP3 player and the AUX ports. Further, a 6-speaker audio system comes with the GT-Line and the GT models. While an 8-speaker JBL sound system comes with the GT-Line S.

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2019 Kia Pro Cee’d Safety

The safety column is the pure attraction for the Pro Cee’d. As everything available is standard for all the trim levels. Such as the airbags, adjustable headrest, ISOFIX, adjustable seatbelts and impact sensing auto door unlocking system. Further, the standard driving dynamic features include the lane keeping assistant, high beam assist, forward collision mitigation system, hill start assist and a few more. While some of the options include blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and road sign recognizer.

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Hyundai Veloster

The Hyundai Veloster is an equal competitor for the Kia Pro Cee’d. In a way, they are cousins and share some nominal difference such as the design, powertrain type, and the interior setup. While the rest is almost the same.

Consider Pro Cee’d over Cee’d make things different, especially if you need something that could easily suffice with the economy, performance, and comfort. But a hefty price tag might cause some trouble.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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