Kia’s latest, and turbo charged Cerato Koup, hints at solid performance metrics together with a sense of style.
Options are available for both a naturally aspirated 2.0 litre engine, or a 1.6 litre turbo that is likely to get you salivating. Value wise the Turbo is more than reasonable hovering around the 30k mark, and that includes an automatic transmission.
This price point puts it into a similar bracket as the Toyota 86 GT, Clio RS, and Fiesta ST, while being significantly cheaper than Veloster Turbo Auto.
Standard inclusions are as follows: Bluetooth audio and phone, reversing camera with sensors both at rear and front, proximity keys, heated wing mirrors, LEDS front and back, 4.3 inch touch screen, 18 inch alloys and even cloth seats. Add-ons include leather trim, sat nav with seven inch screen and climate control.
In regards to design
Externally, the overall look, underpinnings and driveline are not dissimilar to the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, although the Cerato Koup has a slightly longer coupe body. Inside, there are major similarities with both the Cerato sedan and hatch. This means you can expect decent comfort for three in the back together with boot, that 430 Litres, will surprise you with its size.
Economy and safety
The Cerato Koup 1.6 Turbo engine pumps out 150kw/ 265 Nm and consumes around eight litres of fuel per 100 km with the 6 speed auto. The vehicle has no problem running on unleaded fuel and purchase includes kia’s five year warranty and fixed price service plan for five years. The car has a five star ANCAP rating, and includes airbags, ABS, stability control and EBD.
The Koup performs well on the road for the class of vehicle. You can expect a refined drive with a nice mix of performance. 0-100 km/h is achieved in just over seven seconds. The maximum torque provides a great sensation for the driver when the foot goes to the floor. The six gear automatic transmission syncs beautifully with the Cerato Koup and sounds good out of the twin exhausts. In general the steering is not as responsive as you may hope when pushing the envelope and fuel conservation figures will take a hit when in race driver mode. On bumpy terrain the Cerato Koup Turbo is more comfortable than expected, while highway driving is smooth to the touch.