2014 Kia Cerato Koup Turbo Review

The second-generation Kia Cerato Koup is the car that many are saying will be the one that permanently changes the way Australians think of the Kia brand.

This will also be the first ever turbocharged petrol entry that Kia has delivered into the local market.

It’s a bold move by the Koreans, as the entry-level performance segment is one that is very heavily contested.

Powering Kia’s entry into the market is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that delivers 150kW of power and 265Nm of torque. Those familiar with the Kia brand will recognize it as the engine used in the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo.

A nicely calibrated control system quietly goes about its business to allow the Cerato Koup to deliver power to the road via 18-inch Nexen tires. Acceleration is great, going from 0-100km/h in just 7.4 seconds (7.7 in manual).

In order to get the most out of the turbocharged engine, you will need to run the car in the high revs range.

Peak power clocks in at 6000rpm, with torque hitting its stride between 1750 and 4500rpm. The growl that accompanies all that power is heard best at between 4000 and 5000rpm, a sound that is sure to be music to the ears of Cerato Koup drivers.

Drivers have the option of delivering power to the front wheels via a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, although the manual variant is optional.

Going with the auto version means having a pair of paddle shifters that help deliver relatively quick changes. The manual gear changer does an equally great job, coming complete with a lightweight clutch pedal that adds a real sporty touch.

When the 2014 Cerato Koup encounters corners, it does so in a style that is more grand tourer than boy racer.

Lovers of the latter will be able to get their kicks when the Pro’cee’d GT is released.

The addition of local tuning means that the Koup is adept at handling the mid-corner bumps that frequently appear on Australian roads. The tuning keeps the front end well-tracked throughout the cornering process.

Drivers get the option of choosing from three unique steering modes – comfort, normal and sport – and while the steering responds well, it does lack a little in the center position, making it perhaps a little less desirable than some of the sportier models currently on the market.

The 18-inch wheels that come on the Cerato Turbo model make it a little fidgety when smaller obstacles are encountered. It is better suited to bigger undulations, with the effect in the cabin during those moments being bot that noticeable.

The Turbo Koup is a car that works well for a number of different scenarios.

You will be just as comfortable driving to work as you will be opening it up a little for some excitement. With that functionality comes a furl return that is more than respectable at 7.7L/100km using standard unleaded fuel. The auto version delivers 8.0L/100km.

Some of the standard features include a 4.3-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, AC, tinted windows, cruise control and rear air vents.

Non-turbo Cerato Koup SLi

If all of the above seems like a little more than you need, you might also consider going with the base model Cerato Koup SLi.

Overall, this model is about 15% less powerful than the Turbo version, yet still manages to deliver a nice jolt of power through a direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine.

The unit that delivers 129kW and 209Nm is the same as the one found of the Cerato hatch and sedan models.

You can certainly still get your rev on in this model, and all while getting a nice fuel reading of 7.3L/100km.

The all-new Kia Cerato Koup SLi comes equipped with 17-inch wheels, which means a smoother, more comfortable ride without having to sacrifice performance.

The brake motors are 20mm smaller than the 280mm version found on the Turbo model. The SLi also sacrifices such features as LED lights, auto-dimming mirror, push-button start, twin exhaust pipes and a few cosmetic touches.

One of the biggest benefit of the Cerato Koup is that it has features that cater to a wide demographic.

The 2-door design is sporty, but the space inside is still plentiful. Much of that space is delivered via 60:40 split fold seats and an incredibly spacious boot. There is plenty of passenger space in the rear and a full-size alloy spare adds to the functionality of the vehicle.

The Cerato Koup is a well put together vehicle, with quality materials on display throughout and sound deadening used to keep the roar of the tires to a bare minimum.

If there is one sore point, it is the thick A-pillar design that is found on both models and which affects frontal vision. It’s a minor detail that does little to hurt the overall design.

Standard features on the Cerato Koup includes reversing camera, hill-start assist, electronic stability control, and front and rear sensors.

For an additional $2,200, drivers can opt for the Touring pack that includes dual-zone climate control, leather trim seats, satellite navigation system, and a 7-inch touchscreen.

Pricing starts at just $23,900 for the new Cerato Koup SLi, with an additional $2,200 for the automatic version.

The 2014 Cerato Koup Turbo starts at $27,900, with the $2,200 auto version also available. [Source: drive.com.au]

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