Kia ProCeed interior
The Kia Proceed’s interior has plenty of sporty touches and loads of standard equipment that costs extra in most alternatives but there are more intuitive infotainment systems out there
The Kia Proceed’s cabin looks pretty much identical to the standard Ceed hatchback’s. That’s to say it’s pretty smart, everything’s neatly laid out and most of the surfaces feel pretty solid.
The dashboard is covered in a soft-touch plastic with mouldings that make it look like real stitched leather. And, you’ll find this same material on the top of the doors and on the armrests. The metal-effect door handles feel pretty plush too – as do the metal air vent trims and the brushed metal surround for the gear lever in models with an automatic gearbox.
You get plenty of glossy black plastic trim on the centre console and up around the infotainment display, but this 8-inch screen looks like a bit of an afterthought if you compare it to the slick integrated unit you get in a VW Golf. At least it’s easy to glance at when you’re driving and comes with some shortcut buttons that make it fairly intuitive to use.
The heating and ventilation controls are also fairly easy to get to grips with, but the temperature readouts within each of the two large rotary dials are very difficult to read in bright sunlight.
GT Line and Lunar Edition cars come with black cloth upholstery with grey faux leather inserts, while GT Line S versions come with black leather and faux-suede seats with a bit more padding for better support in tight corners.
Go for a faster GT version and you get the same seats as GT Line S cars with contrasting red stitching and a GT logo. This stitching also features on the doors where you’ll find a few faux-leather-trimmed inserts.
The Kia Proceed’s cabin doesn’t look dramatically different to what you get in many hatchbacks but high-spec cars come with loads of tech and plenty of neat sporty touches
Every Kia Proceed comes with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system mounted high up on the dashboard. It’s easy to glance at when you’re driving and the screen’s matte finish means you can read the screen in bright sunlight without any annoying glare.
The menu graphics aren’t particularly colourful though, so it’s a little tricky to tell which icon is which with just a quick look. Good thing there’s a neat row of physical shortcut buttons under the screen to help you quickly switch from one feature to another without taking your eyes off the road for too long.
Unlike the standard Ceed, you get built-in satellite navigation as standard along with Bluetooth connectivity and DAB digital radio. It’s easy to input an address for the sat nav using the on-screen keyboard and the system calculates a route quickly. It’s a bit of a faff to add a waypoint to your route, but once you’re on your way the map delivers clear directions on colourful maps with sharp graphics. You can’t pinch to zoom in like you can in most other systems which can make negotiating complicated junctions a little tricky.
You can’t get the Kia Proceed with a digital driver’s display, either. The standard instruments are easy to read and you can view upcoming sat-nav directions on the central 4-inch screen, but the Honda Civic Saloon’s much larger widescreen display feels far more futuristic.
At least the Kia Proceed comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard so you can mirror your phone’s navigation apps on the car’s built-in screen. These features are easy to set up and also let you use your favourite music-streaming apps in conjunction with the Proceed’s stereo.
Speaking of which, the Kia Proceed comes with a six-speaker stereo that’s reasonably loud and delivers fairly crisp bass notes. But, if you fancy something with added punch, GT Line S cars get an upgraded eight-speaker JBL stereo, along with a neat wireless charging pad for your phone.