Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Warranty Is a Key Feature

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Warranty Is a Key Feature

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Byline: Robin Roberts

MOST motorists hunt out a good deal when they buy a new car, but sometimes it's better to look at the other end of the purchase, particularly if it's the latest Kia procee'd 2.0 CRDi Sport.

It is sold with an industry-shaking seven years or 100,000 miles warranty while most makers offer just three years.

I believe the current buyers' market is going to make purchasers look very hard at total ownership costs and the security of seven years cover is very attractive.

There is more good news. The Kia procee'd 2.0 CRDI Sport is very keenly priced and specified so what more could you want?

Actually, it also gives you more because, and this is going to irritate many European makers, it is also a very good car to drive.

The powertrain is a well-designed and thought out package with the engine delivering smooth, strong and comparatively quiet power over a wide range while the light clutch and six-speed transmission match it perfectly - giving respectable pick up, long legged cruising and very good economy of over 50mpg.

The power steering has good feedback, tight turning circle and does not suffer from vibration or twitchiness.

Underfoot the brakes slow the car quickly and smoothly with minimum effort and the handbrake holds it easily on steep slopes.

For oddments most will find the pro cee'd generous at swallowing items throughout the cabin. The boot rises from 340 to 1,300 litres and there is a low lip over which to lift items but it is sensibly shaped and commodious.

Getting into the back seats needs a little dexterity but it's easier than on other threedoor cars and once seated the room is surprisingly good. Those in front have a lot of room and excellent seat adjustment.

The seats throughout are well shaped and supporting as you would wish in a car with sporting pretentions.

Ride comfort is very good over all surfaces, although you can hear how hard the system is working over bad roads. …

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