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First Impression: Kia Cerato Koup

Written by Fatihah Rashid. Published on November 25, 2013 12:09 pm ,

Ever since Peter Schreyer took over Kia’s designs, its cars have looked better than ever, and the upcoming Cerato Koup is no exception.

Kia hopes to improve on its young and sporty brand identity with the Koup, and we believe that the car does exactly that.

A two-door version of the Cerato, the Cerato Koup is just as sleek, with a dynamic and streamlined silhouette.

Design-wise, the front face and interior design is pretty much similiar to the Cerato that was launched in July this year, but with a sleeker, sportier look.

Although getting in the back may be more difficult for bigger-sized people such as ourselves, once in the back seats, it wass spacious with ample headroom and legroom, although perhaps not as spacious as the Cerato, and could fit two adults comfortably in the back.

The seat belt extension guides for the front seats were especially helpful, so the driver or passenger didn’t have to stretch out to reach for the seatbelt, as the extensions put the seatbelts within easy reach.

The front seats were comfortable with good back support for long drives, while the car also provided ample headroom and legroom as we drove for an hour on the country roads and highways of South Korea without suffering any pain or discomfort, which is a very positive point for a person who tends to suffer from back pain.

The model we drove was the turbocharged 1.6 Gamma T-GDI, which produces up to 201hp at 6,000rpm and 265Nm of torque from 1,750rpm to 4,500rpm, coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox.

The drive was a pleasant one, from both the driver’s and front passenger’s experience. Alas, the Malaysian market will receive the non-turbocharged variants only.

At every corner, we could feel that the car was well balanced and firmly planted, and when we pressed harder on the accelerator, it groaned a little but complied quickly, giving extra speed when we wanted it.

The cabin was also very silent, save for some tyre noise which intruded into the cockpit when driving on concrete.

Similiar to the Cerato, the Koup has warming and cooling functions for the front seats, and the version we drove also had a heated steering wheel, which was especially pleasant in the early autumn weather.

It is also equipped with several safety features: ABS with brake assist (BAS), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control system (TCS), hill start assist contro (HAC), vehicle stability management (VSM), front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera and six airbags.

If a sporty, more youthful demographic is Kia’s new target, then the Cerato Koup will most likely be a big boost in that direction.

The Cerato Koup will be coming to Malaysia early next year.

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Specifications of the Kia Cerato Koup

Engine: 1,591cc four-cylinder in-line DOHC Gamma T-GDI

Max power: 201hp @ 6,000rpm

Max torque: 209Nm @ 1,750-4,500rpm

Transmission: Six-speed automatic

Acceleration (0-100km/h): 7.4 seconds

Top speed: 222km/h

Fuel consumption (combined): 6.9L/100km

Safety features: ABS with BAS, ESC, TCS, HAC, VSM, front and rear parking sensors, rear view camera, dual front airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags

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