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.

Kia Cerato Koup Side - Surf4cars

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.

Kia Cerato Koup Rear - Surf4cars

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.

Kia Cerato Koup Circle - Surf4cars

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.

Kia Cerato Koup Front - Surf4cars

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.