2015 Kia Cerato Koup Review

Simon Lai road tests and reviews the 2015 Kia Cerato Koup Review

As the name suggests, the 2015 Kia Cerato Koup is the coupé version of the Cerato hatch but comes out more as a cross between that and the Kia pro_cee’d GT.

The Koup comes complete with two doors, a tailgate and a body styling similar to the standard Cerato but sports a different grille – the now common Kia grille and absent feature.

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.

On the road the pro_cee’d GT makes good use of this generating a powerful zippy ride finding me a new favourite hot hatch. But it doesn’t equate to the same experience in the Cerato Koup.

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.

Being a coupé, rear passengers will have to climb into the back through the front and the doors are longer which I’m not a fan of; they’re heavier and need more space to open wide.

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

Origin: Korea

Price: From $30,490

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