The Kia Cee’d GT, the five-door follow up to the three-door Procee’d GT launched last year, is on sale now with prices starting from £20,495.
The five-door Cee’d GT is powered by the same 1.6-litre direct-injection turbocharged petrol engine, developing 201bhp at 6,000rpm and 265Nm of torque from 1,750 to 4,500rpm.
That’s enough to propel the GT from 0-62mph in 7.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 143mph.
It’s no slouch between gears, either, with 37-60mph in 4th gear despatched in 5.4 seconds and 50-75mph in 7.3.
Keeping that power in check are specially tuned springs and dampers, revised bushes and a larger rear anti-roll bar.
Larger 300mm ventilated front brake discs and 262mm rear discs peek out from behind 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.
The steering, too, has been tweaked for greater feedback, while the Flex Steer system that provides three levels of assistance has been removed.
Economy is respectable, at 38.2mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 171 g/km placing it in VED Band H.
Externally, the five-door retains much of the styling of its three-door brother, with a more muscular front bumper complete with ‘ice cube’ running lights, rear diffuser and roof spoiler.
Inside, the GT features Recaro part-leather seats, red stitching on the steering wheel and gear knob, black headlining and gloss black trim.
Two trim levels are available: GT and GT Tech. Both are fitted with air conditioning, cruise control, automatic lights, reversing sensors, Bluetooth, and other goodies.
The GT Tech model adds satellite navigation with seven-inch colour touch-screen, reversing camera, heated front seats and steering wheel, smart entry system with engine start/stop button, automatic wipers, dual-zone climate control, dimming rear-view mirror, and Xenon headlights.
Prices start at £20,495 for the GT, with the GT Tech priced at £22,995. Both are covered by Kia’s seven-year, 100,000-mile warranty.