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Kia’s turbo-charged Cerato Koup promises cheap thrills in a sleek package

Kia logo21 Feb 2014

By TIM NICHOLSON

KIA’S first-generation Koup was all show and no go.

It was widely regarded as one of, if not the most visually appealing model the Korean car-maker had ever produced – and it is aging well – but it lacked the sporty performance that its sexy looks suggested.

Thankfully Kia addressed some of the performance shortcomings of its predecessor for the second-gen model that launched locally late last year, even going as far to fit it with the brand’s first ever turbo.

While it is not strictly a hardcore performance model, the Koup Turbo is expected to appeal to buyers wanting a sporty drive without parting with their life savings.

Does it give the Toyota 86 and Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo (it shares the latter’s engine) a run for their money in the lower end of the sportscar segment?

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Model release date: 1 October 2013

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