I must admit the first thing that attracted me to the Kia Cerato Koup was its eye catching sporty exterior teamed with the added bonus of a reasonable price tag. When approaching the car you’ll notice its tough looking front bumper with an open air dam, supported by large fog lights either side. It also has a mesh-like radiator grille which adds to its sporty image.
Once in the cabin I was just as impressed with the interior, as in some cars this can put a dampener on the great exterior. It is made up of different blacks, which vary from the piano black radio surround to the soft vinyl material on the dashboard. The bucket style seats are a suede material completed with a red stitching which add to the sporty feel of the car and I’ve been told by various passengers are extremely comfortable.
The leather steering wheel also has the same finish as the seats, bringing
the overall look together nicely.
There is significant room for passengers as well, with head and leg room proving sufficient, ensuring a comfortable drive for all. Storage space is adequate with an unexpectedly large boot and the back seats can be dropped for extra space if needed.
Finally the drive. What a pleasant surprise that was. I think Kia should definitely market this car more heavily as if more people experienced the drive you would definitely see more Cerato Koups on the roads – although I must say the small number you see on the road was another pull factor of this car for me. It’s a little different.
With the 2.0 litre engine I wasn’t expecting it to take off like a rocket, but that wasn’t a problem, as it’s a car built for an enjoyable driving experience. There’s a gentle sound when accelerating so you don’t feel you’re putting too much strain on the engine, and it is very easy to handle on the road. The size ensures it’s a great city car but with 4 star ANCAP safety rating and 6 airbags it’s more than capable for longer journeys (and the bucket seats ensure maximum comfort for those long journeys!)
The extra features and functions are all very easy to use and the best bit is they all come as standard. They include but are not limited to, cruise control, climate control, multi function trip computer, iPod connectivity with an in-dash display, auto on headlights and rear parking sensors. The heated side mirrors are a really clever addition as they keep a clear view, even on the colder days. The only drawback I can find is that Bluetooth is not standard in this car, which is a really handy feature to have.
The Kia Cerato was awarded the 2009 New York Motor Show’s ‘Best in Show’ award and represents excellent value for money. I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a sporty car without the exorbitant price tag.
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