I have a three year old Kia Forte Koup which I bought second hand and I absolutely love it, but now the new Cerato coupe has come out and I find myself looking at it online almost every day.
This is made worse by the fact that I can afford it and a friend of mine is eyeing my Forte Koup.
What I’d like to know is whether the powerful new engine is worth it, and whether there are any other nice coupes out there for the same price that I should also consider?
Reply: Affordable coupes are something of a rarity here and the Kia Cerato Koup is the only one of its kind that can be bought new. If you lower the bar a little and open the door to hatchbacks, you will find a handful of options but I get the impression that you desire a proper coupe body shape.
With that in mind, the Cerato Koup is the sole option but that does not mean it is without its merits. Exterior wise, it definitely looks the part and the curvaceous lines are easier on the eyes over its slightly more angular predecessor; the Forte Koup.
As you have mentioned though, the biggest change is the turbocharged engine and in that respect, the Cerato Koup is a bargain. The direct-injected four-cylinder makes 201hp and 265Nm of torque, respectable figures that will make it a zippy daily driver.
The transmission is a conventional six-speed automatic and is more than up to the task of urban, highway and spirited driving. However, the Cerato Koup is not a proper performance model like some of the hot hatches in its price bracket such as the Ford Fiesta ST or Peugeot 208 GTI that are more performance-oriented.
Nonetheless, the Cerato Koup is a better all-rounder and the coupe silhouette is hard to overlook unless you want the performance and handling of the hot hatches.
I say go ahead and get yourself the Cerato Koup, you will not be disappointed with it. Do head to the showroom first and get behind the wheel of a test unit to be sure before putting pen-to-paper.