You might expect this Proceed’s cabin to exude similar levels of premium appeal to those of the compact Audis, Mercedes and BMWs you could otherwise spend your near-£30,000 on.

But the car doesn’t quite deliver against that expectation; there’s just not enough here to differentiate the Proceed’s cabin from that of the regular Ceed, or to allow it to mix at a fairly rarefied price point comfortably. The related Ceed’s cabin is, of course, generally well-built, ergonomically sound and well-equipped, and is certainly not wanting for adjustability in the driver’s seat or steering column. And the same is true of the Proceed’s.

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Matt Saunders

Road test editor
Sloping roofline does eat into rear head room fairly significantly, while leg room is far from abundant. The second row of a Proceed is not an ideal place for tall adults

At this price, however, it’s a touch disappointing to find that the car retains a number of hard-feeling, scratchy plastic mouldings; that its doorbins remain unlined; and that the only noticeable example of any design flair is some contrast stitching for the leather seats.

Opting for the Proceed’s handsome shooting brake profile means you’ll have to be prepared to compromise a bit on practicality, at least in one respect. Head room in the back has been reduced from 940mm in the Ceed to 890mm in the Proceed, while leg room has also taken a hit.

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In the regular hatch, we measured a typical rear leg room figure of 720mm, compared with 670mm in the shooting brake: most likely a function of the car’s lower hip point. However, what you miss out on in terms of passenger space, you gain back in luggage capacity. The Proceed comes with a 594-litre boot, which is plenty given its reasonably small overall footprint.

That storage can be extended to 1545 litres by folding the seats down, which might even be enough to give buyers of bigger wagons pause for thought. Useful underfloor storage compartments help the car to recover a decent, if not brilliant, outright score on practicality.

All Proceed models get Kia’s largest 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system as standard, as opposed to the smaller 7.0in unit fitted to lower-grade versions of the regular Ceed. The bigger screen size is welcome, but it’s worth pointing out that the upper-level system isn’t any more graphically sophisticated or responsive than the smaller suite.

Equipment on our mid-spec test car is plentiful, with DAB radio, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all coming as standard. There’s a wireless charge pad for compatible smartphones, too.

GT-Line S models feature an eight-speaker JBL premium sound system, although the sound quality isn’t particularly outstanding – and you would certainly expect better from a premium brand.

Those subtler sounds have a tendency to get washed out or lost in an abundance of road roar. We’ve heard better audio quality recently from Ford’s B&O Play premium system.

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