MY15 Kia Cerato Koup Turbo Review


First thing I set out to do and the biggest problem I had with this review was trying not to make it sound like an ad for the Kia Cerato Koup Turbo, because for some reason I absolutely love this car from the moment I jumped into.
One of the big changes Kia made to the 2nd Generation of the Koup was the addition of the 1.6L Turbo charged 4 cyl that sits under the bonnet of the Hyundai veloster Turbo which means the Koup now has some decent performance to match it’s fantastic 2 door looks.
On the inside the Koup shows it’s Cerato origins which means you get cabin that’s well laid out nd exceptionally roomy.
The seats are supportive and comfortable, the leather bound steering wheel is comfortable to hold, the instruments are easy to read in any light and the lcd screen between the dials lets display various functions of the trip computer.
The dash is well crafted and the centre stack is trimmed with a carbon fibre like appearance which just adds to the look.
Centre contains the 4.3inch touch screen for the multimedia and while it works well the size of the screen looks small and out place but you can get the Koup with an optional technology pack which add’s the 8.1 inch touch screen and few other features as well as leather seats.
The aircon controls seated in the middle of the centre stack are easy to use the aircon is nice and cold and doesn’t take long to cool the car down.
Being a 2 door coupe you would expect entry to the rear seat to be a painful affair but in fact it’s the dead opposite and even didn’t have an issue hopping in there.
Like the Cerato Hatch I tested recently the Koup has decent amount of leg room and boot space is a health 424L.
The outside is blessed with curvy coupe body style that think looks unreal, the front end feature a blacked out grill, fog lights and carbon fibre like trim in the centre of the front bar, follow the swooping coupe lines to rear and you find LED tails, rear diffuser and dual chrome exhaust tips, the Koup rides on an attractive set of 18 inch alloys that enhance the look and gives the Koup a muscular aggressive stance on the road.
Under the bonnet the Koup is powered by the same 1.6L GDI Turbo 4cyl engine as the Hyundai Veloster with 150Kw of power and 265nM of torque the Koup really has some get up and go.
The Koup is extremely tractable and will get along easily with traffic but will put a smile on your face when you give some right foot. Partly due to the fact that the max torque is developed low down in the rev range.
Fuel economy was great I averaged 9.7L/100km for the week which was better than the Kia Rio and Cerato I’d previously tested over the same trip, which is what I suspected the case would be as I thought the extra torque and power from the turbo 1.6 would handle the constant 0-80km/h acceleration that happens on my trip now.
Backing the wonderful turbo engine is Kia’s wonderful 6 speed auto which seemed to be perfectly matched to the engine and shifts were smooth. The should you choose to shift gears yourself the sport shift function works perfectly and the paddle shifters behind the steering wheel seem to add to the fun for me and meant I never needed to take my hands off the wheel.
Handling wise the Koup handles rather well indeed it’s a touch more firmly sprung then the Cerato hatch but that also meant the Koup was better through the corners where it felt nice and composed.
Despite the firmer suspension the Koup seemed to soak up the bumps really good you do feel some of the sharp bumps but it doesn’t upset the car.
The Koup is fitted with the Kia’s flex steer system which allows you to choose from the 3 settings comfort, normal and sport via the steering wheel button.
I pretty much drove around mostly in the normal setting as I thought comfort was a bit light, but I did change it to comfort every time I parked the car as the lighter setting made it extremely easy to park. I only used the sport setting a few times but it added a bit of weight to steering.
Safety wise the Koup has received a 5 Star ANCAP rating which means it is loaded with safety features such as ABS, EBD, ESC, HAC (Hill-start Assist Control). Driver & front passenger, side and Curtain SRS airbags, Impact sensing auto door unlocking, High-mounted rear stop light,
LED daytime running light (DRL), Dusk-sensing automatic headlamps, Front & rear fog lamps, Projection type front fog lamps with LED surrounds. The Koup get bonus points for having front & rear parking sensors & even more bonus points for having a rear view camera with in audio screen display.
Ok so I pretty failed in trying to make this not sound like an ad for the Koup Turbo, but I really did like it a lot during the week I had it the real downside was the fact that I had to give it back to Kia when the week was over.
This car was fun to drive, rides and handles well, is full of safety features, excellent on fuel, the turbo engine is extremely tractable, did I mention it was fun to drive.
The one downside was the small touch screen which I though that looked out of place, but that can be fixed with adding the technology pack the only problem with that to me is it adds leather seats and I am truly over leather seats.
Never the less the Kia Cerato Koup Turbo was really one car I could see parked in the garage next to my Captiva, for those of you not wanting the extra poke of turbo engine the Koup also comes with the 2.0L naturally aspirated 4 cyl you get with the rest of the Cerato range and being a Kia you also get Kia fantastic 7 year unlimited km warranty which means many years of piece of mind motoring.
So anyone looking for a fun car to drive and doesn’t mind the 2 doors should really have the Koup Turbo near the top of your list. .
Massive thanks to Kia for the loan of the car for more info on the Koup turbo or the rest of Kia’s range of vehicles check out their website

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