Kia has boosted the diesel line-up of its cee'd model range by introducing a new VR-7 special edition of the cee'd and pro_cee'd. A new top-of-the-range version of Sorento has also been launched.
Initially launched as a 1.4-litre petrol version in September, the VR-7 special edition is now available with Kia's 1.6 CRDi turbodiesel engine in both the cee'd and pro_cee'd family hatchbacks.
The VR-7 special edition adds a host of extra equipment, as well as offering a cost saving of up to £815, over the entry-level '1' trim 5-door model it is based upon.
Bluetooth, iPod connectivity and reverse parking sensors add extra convenience whilst 16-inch alloy wheels and body-coded, heated and electrically operated door mirrors enhance the exterior looks. Inside, a 6-speaker CD/stereo, leather finish to the steering wheel, gear knob and handbrake lever and 'one-touch' electric front windows complete the list of additional equipment.
Powered by Kia's 1.6 CRDi engine, and mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, the VR-7 versions deliver 89bhp at 4,000rpm and peak torque of 173lb/ft from just 1,750rpm. The 0-60mph dash takes 13.5 seconds and a comfortable motorway cruise is ensured by a 107mph top speed. CO2 emissions of 113g/km (VED band 'C') and a combined cycle economy of 65.7mpg.
The VR-7 1.6 CRDi pro_cee'd is priced at £13,220 OTR and the VR-7 1.6 CRDi cee'd at £13,420 OTR (both prices include VAT at the new 20% rate). As with every new Kia, a seven year warranty comes as standard.