Another week, another hot hatch – but one quite different from last edition’s Alfa Guilietta.
It’s a car with a Korean badge that’s built in Slovakia and, perhaps inevitably a dash of Euro style.
The 1.6 turbo engine delivers warm rather than hot performance, but the GT’s glued-to-the-track cornering ability ensures there’s still bucketloads of fun to have.
The GT runs on the cheapest 91 RON petrol. Six-speed manual is the only transmission available, but it’s a sweet-shifter.
Really sharp exterior styling with ice cube-style LED day-lights is matched by an interior featuring leather trim, Recaro sports seats and an electronic speed with a choice of digital or analogue displays.
The standard spec is good but an optional Tech version adds sun-roof, key-less ignition and HID headlights.
There’s a lot to like about the pro_cee’d GT (except the name). It looks great, drives well, is well equipped and will save a bundle for drivers who don’t need the benchmark hot hatch, Volkswagen Golf GTi.
From $29,990 plus on-roads | Quick hatch
1.6 litre turbo-petrol | 150kW/265Nm
FOR: Handling, style
AGAINST: 3-door only
VERDICT: A little cracker