Kia Cerato Koup 1.6 T-GDi Review
Fast learner, accomplished graduate

Story and photos by Wong C W
22 Jul 2014


Much has been said about the exponential rise of Korean automotive brands in the last few years, which have been especially aggressive in improving their quality and appeal to consumers. Kia is one of these players, and it is no understatement to say that many, if not most, Korean cars today seem more in tune with modern good design than Japanese cars.

When the two-door Forte Koup was first launched in December 2009, its edgy design, commendable drivetrains and functional interior really marked the first shift in consumer perception. The fact that the niche but appealing manual gearbox was available as an option appealed to those who wanted a practical coupe that had some fire in its belly.

Building upon that, the newly renamed Cerato Koup is now moving even further up the desirability scale, incorporating a look and feel that adds a polish to the overall package. A major change is also its 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which officially gives the Cerato Koup serious sports car pace to deliver on its visual promise.

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Engine Capacity 1591cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Bore x Stroke (77 x 85)mm
Power 201bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 265Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 144.8 bhp per ton


Acceleration 7.4s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 222 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 12.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric


Body Type Coupe
(L x W x H)
(4530 x 1780 x 1420) mm
Wheelbase 2700 mm
Turning Circle 5.8 metres
Kerb Weight 1388 kg
Boot Capacity 378 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 50 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs