KIA CERATO KOUP AUSTRALIA
Replacing the first Koup that hit Australia in 2009, the new model benefits from the same curvaceous redesign gifted to the sedan and hatch, while adding some unique styling elements of its own.
The new Koup range opens at $23,990 for the manual 2.0 petrol, but stepping into a 1.6 turbo model will kick the price up to $27,990 plus on-roads.
“Since the Koup’s first generation launch the car has been praised as having the look of a genuine sports coupe,” Kia Australia Chief Operating Officer Tony Barlow said this week.
“There had also always been the question mark over whether the performance of the Koup matched its exciting looks. The arrival of the new 1.6-litre Turbo with 150kW makes that question redundant.”
The new Koup is available in three forms, opening with the Si and moving through to the Turbo and Turbo Touring grades.
Kia's 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine powers the Koup Si, and with 129kW and 209Nm, it's got 14kW and 15Nm more than the current Koup's atmo 2.0.
Moving up to the Turbo models gives you a 1.6 litre direct-injected turbo engine - the same as in the Australia-bound Pro Cee'd GT and the Hyundai Veloster - with 150kW at 6000rpm and 265Nm between 1750 and 4500rpm.
Both engines are available with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Fuel use with the 2.0 engine is listed at 7.3 (manual) and 7.4 l/100km (auto), while the turbo engine lists fuel use at 7.7 (manual) and 8.0 l/100km (auto).
The 0-100km/h run is covered in 8.9 seconds for the non-turbo model, and 7.8 seconds for the Koup Turbo in auto form (quicker even than the manual, which lists 7.8 seconds).
The new Koup also features Kia's user-selectable FlexSteer electronic power steering system, allowing drivers to customise the level of steering assistance at the push of a button.
To boost cornering performance Kia has gifted the new Koup with its own unique suspension tune, however the basic MacPherson strut front and torsion beam rear suspension layout are shared with the Cerato.
Braking is managed by 280x23mm vented front discs with the 2.0 litre non-turbo model, and the Koup Turbo gets 300x28mm vented discs. Rear brakes are 262x10mm solid discs on both models.
Kia says it has also given the Koup Turbo an enhanced exhaust system, with sound tuned to produce a more sporting note between 1000 and 4000rpm, around 10 to 15db louder than the non-turbo model.
Regular Si models get 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, cloth seats, six-way manual driver’s seat adjustment, 60:40 split fold rear seats, electric door mirrors, cruise control, power windows, MP3 compatible CD player and radio, six speakers, Bluetooth connectivity, manual air-conditioning, electric folding mirrors, UV window glass, rear air vent, paddle shifts on automatic.
Safety features include ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA, VSM, HAC and ESS, six airbags, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera.
Stepping up to the Turbo adds the high-tech 1.6-litre Turbo GDi engine, 18-inch wheels with full-size alloy spare, enhanced 16-inch brake package, LED rear combination lamps, LED daytime running lamps, alloy sports pedals, cooling glovebox, electrochromic rear view mirror, cloth seat with artificial leather bolsters, smart key with push button start and welcome lights.
Styling enhancements for the Turbo models include a dark chrome grille, gloss black door mirrors and door handles (with chrome inserts), carbon-look bumper garnish, front fog lamps, and colour-coded skirts.
An optional Touring Pack will also be available for the Turbo with leather trim seats, satellite navigation, DVD player, seven-inch touch colour LCD screen, dual-zone climate control air-conditioning, clean air module and auto defog system.
The wheelbase has been extended by 50mm (to 2700mm) - matching the Sorento SUV.
Front overhang is reduced by 15mm, and rear overhang has grown by 15mm. Rear storage capacity is listed at 433 litres, and the boot opening has been widened by 60mm for easier loading access.
Space in the rear of the cabin is improved with headroom (up 28mm), legroom (up 51mm) and shoulder room (up 15mm), all increased.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- 2.0-litre GDi SLi - $23,990 (M/T) $26,190 (A/T)
- 1.6-litre T-GDi Turbo - $27,990 (M/T) $30,190 (A/T)
- 1.6-litre T-GDi Turbo Touring - $30,190 (M/T) $32,390 (A/T)