posted 2 years ago
The Pro'Ceed GT offers most of the fun of a full-fat hot hatch, all the practicality, stunning looks, and enough comfort to use everyday.
There is a fantastic amount of space inside the sleek three-door body, with a capacious boot and enough space for adults in the back. The sat-nav interface is quick to respond and easy to use, providing clear guidance. Likewise, the bluetooth system works flawlessly, and the stereo is surprisingly good considering it is a standard fit system.
When you're driving around from A to B, the controls and comfortable and easy to use, and the ride is pliant. Refinement is generally strong as well, apart from engine drone creeping into the cabin beyond 80mph. The engine's twin-scroll turbo kicks in all the way down at 1250rpm, so a surge of torque is always available, making progress as easy as a slight depression of the throttle. A rumble from the twin exhausts accompanies the prod forwards.
When you decide you want to really go for it, you discover another side to the GT. Keep the engine about 4500 rpm and you remain in its lively top powerband, allowing for rapid progress. The synthesised engine note from GT mode does help liven up the sound inside the cabin a bit, but cracking the window open offers the best treat for the ears, where the pops and crackles of the exhausts can be heard in full splendor.
Throw the GT into a corner and you discover just how much grip there is, despite a lack of trick suspension or a LSD. Lean on it a little too hard and understeer gently creeps in to remind you to ease back a bit. If you're feeling particularly lairly though, there is an easily controllable dose of lift-off oversteer to play with.
Make no mistake, the GT will not keep up with a modern hot hatch. However, it also offers significantly more comfort, kit and practicality than most, and at a significantly lower price. It's also likely to be much cheaper to run, with the claimed average MPG of 38 genuinely achievable, tyres in a reasonable size and comfortably priced servicing.
In short, if you want a good looking, practical, comfortable and fun to drive daily drive, look no further.