Kia Showcases the Cee\'d at the Geneva Motor Show This Week
|   Friday, March 22, 2013
Kia has showcased the three door variant of the Cee'd - the Procee'd - at the Geneva Motor Show. This is the second generation model of the vehicle and has been styled ingeniously as compared to the hatch back design of the original Cee'd. The ride height has been lowered by 40 mm while the general dimensions have been decreased except for the roof height which remains the same.

The A Pillars on the Cee'd and Procee'd are almost of the same height and this makes the vehicles identical in terms of their body structure underneath.
Kia places the Cee'd over the Procee'd in its vehicle lineup and has provided the vehicles with S and SE spoke trims. The vehicle is powered by a diesel engine displacing optional 133 BHP and 126 BHP. The engine is mated to a six speed transmission system with automatic dual clutch functionality.

This Cee'd drives like its predecessor as there are not many mechanical changes to the vehicle. The vehicle functions well and the low revs make this vehicle easy going. Driving the Cee'd is a completely new feeling as compared to its predecessor and this is mostly due to the change in ergonomics and dimensions. The timing is however slower by 0.6 seconds till the 60 MPH mark.

The ride height has been well balanced and three door hatch backs do not look any better or meaner than this vehicle. However, the Kia Procee'd is a good car but it is definitely not class leader standard. The finesse and overall build of this vehicle is not at par with many of its rivals although Kia makes up for it in terms of performance.

The Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus are better vehicles when it comes to overall performance and Kia needs to keep these points in mind while designing vehicles in the future. Sporting a top speed of 121 MPH, Kia claims a fuel efficiency of 52.3 MPG. The engine is mated to a six speed transmission system which optimizes performance on a whole.

The suspension setting on the Cee'd have been done brilliantly and this gives the driver complete confidence while driving the vehicle around corners. The adaptive dampers are well placed too. Power distribution is optimum around 133 BHP and 121 ft lb of torque. Kia has made some ground breaking modifications to its original creation to design the current version of the Cee'd. The interior has also been done up in a different manner and features smart upholstery along with minor technical details.

The seating capacity is quite comfortable and the vehicle provides optimum thigh support beneficial for long rides. Leg, head and shoulder space is also adequate and this means that passengers can travel without much difficulties. The comfort zone is quite high inside and this translates directly to optimum demand for the vehicle. The Kia Cee'd failed to gain maximum market share. However, the new model could be narrating a different story altogether. Final sales volume needs to be seen.
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