The Kia Cerato Koup established itself as a striking and affordable alternative to the pricier premium players. Now in its second iteration, the two-door Korean benefits from sleeker styling and a turbocharged engine.
Its 1.6-litre engine with four cylinders produces 152kW and 265Nm of torque. You can have it with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. And Kia says it’ll make the standstill to 100km/h dash in about 7.4 seconds. So not quite close to that of something like a Volkswagen Golf GTI. But still quite respectable.
Except for the bonnet and front fenders, the Koup shares no exterior panels with the rest of its Cerato siblings. Up front it sports a slimmer grille and a bigger air intake. You also get mock-carbon embellishments and LED strips surrounding the fog lamps. Frameless doors should be a good selling point too.
Gas-filled dampers in the front and rear promise a more supple ride character. And the Koup sits on an all-new subframe. The steering rack has also been place further forwards, purportedly improving on-centre feel. It has Kia’s new FlexSteer system with three different weight settings: Normal, Sport and Comfort. Disc brakes are fitted all-round.
As with the rest of its offerings, the standard specification is much to get excited about. LED daytime running lights, 18-inch wheels, cruise control, keyless-entry, dual-zone climate-control, leather upholstery, Bluetooth, a cooled cubbyhole and air-conditioning for rear passengers are all included. But you do pay extra for a sunroof. The Koup also includes a five-year/150 000-kilometre warranty and a five-year/90 000-kilometre service plan. The manual model costs R334 995 and you’ll pay R346 995 for the automatic.