Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Kia Cerato Koup Review
A sportier version of the Cerato, the 3-door hatch has a bigger heart and a few more features including side skirting, black mirrors and door handles (with puddle lamps) and 18” alloy wheels to enforce that look.
Under the hood, it wields the same engine at the sporty Kia pro_cee’d GT – a 1.6 litre turbo capable of 150kW and 265kW.
Lacklustre by comparison, the Koup seems to be missing something which could be put down to the automatic transmission.
Having said that, it still is capable of fast acceleration and quick overtaking with more pep than the run of the mill Cerato. Once it gets up a head of steam it’s a good performer.
The interior is a carbon copy of the Cerato from the steering wheel and shifter to the gauges and dash bar the 4” centre display which is much smaller and more basic.
However, the Koup does come fitted with push button start, DRLs, auto headlights, some leather trim, auto dimming rear view mirror, cooling glovebox, sports pedals and daytime running lights.
The design also caters for a tailgate that afford easier access much like a hatch, to the decent sized boot.
All in all a well put together car with a flavours of the straight Cerato and performance similar to the pro_cee’d GT, the 2015 Kia Cerato Koup may still struggle to find a market while having a foot in both camps.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Kia Cerato Koup Review
Engine: 1.6 litre petrol producing 150kW and 265Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Warranty: 7 year Unlimited km
Safety: Five Stars
Price: From $30,490