Kia Cerato Koup 1 (1)

Previewed a few months ago, the Kia Cerato Koup 1.6 T-GDI has officially gone on sale here in Malaysia, as revealed by various Kia dealers on social media. It’s priced at RM135,888 on-the-road with insurance, which is significantly lower than the estimated RM150k price bandied about earlier. Not bad for a coupe, right?

That’s still around RM15k more than the range-topping Cerato 2.0 sedan, but there’s a reason for that. In place of a 161 PS/194 Nm naturally-aspirated engine resides a 1.6 litre Gamma T-GDI (Turbocharged Gasoline Direct Injection) four-cylinder mill – the same engine as in the the Hyundai Veloster Turbo (albeit in a higher state of tune) and Kia cee’d/pro_cee’d GT – that delivers 204 PS at 6,000 rpm and 265 Nm from 1,750-4,000 rpm.

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As a result, with a six-speed automatic gearbox as standard, the Koup sprints from 0-100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds before hitting a top speed of 222 km/h.

While clearly related to the sedan, the Koup is differentiated through a slimmer upper grille, a large lower grille with faux carbon fibre trim, big round fog lights, gloss black wing mirrors and door handles, more angular tail lights and a diffuser-like design for the rear bumper, complete with twin tailpipes. The doors are longer to improve entry and egress, and the front seat belts can be extended for easier reach.

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Standard equipment includes xenon headlights with LED DRLs, LED tail lights, 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, a reverse camera, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone auto climate control with cluster ioniser, 4.2-inch LCD Supervision cluster, leather seats with front heating (the driver’s side also gets ventilation and electric lumbar adjustment) and a sunroof.

Safety kit includes six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, stability control, hill start assist and Isofix child seat anchors for the rear seats, the same as on the sedan. We’ve driven the Kia Cerato Koup T-GDI – read the full review.