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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Kia pro_cee’d GT

Overall verdict
A well-considered first effort from Kia: a hot hatch nicely suited to the everyday real world.


Rides nicely, tidy handling, well-priced


Lazy engine, dull noise, lacks the precision of the very best


What is it?

Only Korea’s first-ever hot hatch! After building its reputation with straight-laced, reasonably priced cars for straight-laced, reasonably priced buyers, Kia has finally decided to let its hair down and take on the fast kids.

The GT follows the tried-and-tested hot hatch formula to the very letter, with a 201bhp 1.6-litre turbo four driving the front wheels through a six-speed manual. That puts it some way south of the unholy triumvirate of Renaultsport Megane (261bhp), Ford Focus ST (247bhp) and sofa-chewing Astra VXR (276bhp), but just a few measly horses behind the MkVII Golf GTI, which makes 217bhp. But the GT starts at a modest £20,000 – a hefty six grand less than the Golf GTI…

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6T GDi GT 3dr
7.3s 170g/km 38.2 201 £22,955
The cheapest
1.6 GDi ISG 2 3dr
9.8s 124g/km 52.3 133 £17,940
The greenest
1.0T GDi ISG GT-Line 3dr
10.7s 115g/km 57.6 118 £19,865
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