Review Kia Koup
Timing is everything in the car industry. That means the arrival of Kia’s Cerato-based two-door coupe – called Koup – is expected to take over where the three Hyundai Tiburon and Holden Astra have left.
Koup will also slip into a long-abandoned segment by the beloved Honda Civic coupe, Lancer coupe and Toyota Celica. Kia Australia’s national marketing director Steve Watt says the car fills the void with a starting price of $ 23,690 and a more responsive handling that will attract buyers looking for something more.
Like the handsome car based on it, the coupe was designed by Kia’s global design director, Peter Schreyer. However, the two frameless doors have a stronger grille and fenders to complement the sportier look.
The coupe shares the sedan’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, 5-speed manual and base but the only common exterior indicator is the bonnet. With many rivals turning to the six-speed manual, Kia is also working on an additional gear.
A six-speed automatic is expected to arrive by the end of next year, but meanwhile, a four-speed automatic, expected to account for the bulk of sales, has been reworked for sharp changes. sharper.
In the US, two doors are available with a more powerful 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine but this engine is not available for the right-hand drive market. The original Showcar also boasts a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, 216kW / 390Nm, which according to watts, would love to have, but it still hasn’t.
“Development of more rigid, high-performance engines and cores is not in our product line at the moment, but we certainly know those technologies are being implemented,” he said. “We know direct injection is underway.” We will definitely develop attractive engine packages in the future. “Watt believes there is a place for a cheap coupe in the small car segment.
Equipment and equipment
Koup takes features from the open-top SLi, including six airbags, stability control, sports seats, parking sensors, air-conditioning, cruise control, alloy pedals and trip computer. .
To distinguish it from its four-door sibling, Kia has added 17-inch five-spoke alloys, alcantara-style seats, sports exhaust, black grille and vertical fog lamps.
Compared to the sedan, the Koup sits 10 mm lower, 50mm shorter and has a roof lower than 60mm but retains the sedan’s wheelbase of 2650mm. This means that cabin space and boot are equivalent. The boot has room for luggage of 358 liters. The lower roof, shortened boot and wide sweeping shoulders provide a strong presence on the road and from all angles, Koup looks okay.
Because of the competitive price, Kia Australia’s national sales manager, Alan Crouch, is expected to have some leaks from SLi buyers because the two doors are just over $ 500. A special edition package, with leather and sunroof, is expected early next year.
Sales and market
Watt said Kia research shows that many hatch buyers and coupe buyers are similar. “We really think we can conquer sales from people looking for a hatch replacement,” he said. “There are not many competitors in this market.” Like Soul, Watt expects Koup’s sales to be modest. “But like the Soul, it’s a bold statement for the brand,” he said.
After a quick glance at Koup, we suspect Kia Australia will have to revise its sales forecast. After driving it, we put money into the company that sells more than 600 expected a year. Not only does it look good, but the suspension and steering adjustment will win over enthusiasts who have never even considered a Kia before.
It will also provide a place to go for people hanging on their old Celicas and Lancer coupes. On the road, the humble tweaks to Koup’s suspension and steering systems transform its on-road behavior. The car has been developed for Australian conditions and changes to the suspension have improved ride handling and steering feel.
There is a thicker front stabilizer bar, firmer damping and a faster steering rack ratio for better turning. You can throw Koup into the corners and it will remain flat and safe. Steering is more meaty and feels better connected to the road. The tighter body also feels significantly more although it is 20kg lighter than the sedan.
The 2.0-liter Theta engine, shared with some of the Hyundais, is attractive and capable of surprisingly capable of two cleverly packed doors. Within the higher revs, the new sports exhaust brings a deeper note than the sedan. Although the engine outputs are still like sedans, the 2.0 doesn’t feel discounted and most owners will appreciate the compromise between power and economy.
However, we suspect the much talked about turbocharged engine will add some icing on performance gear. Because Koup shares the sedan’s wheelbase, there are plenty of cabin room and presentation, quality and standard equipment will confuse some rivals.
The large doors open and both the front seats tilt and slide in one motion to allow easy access to the back seat. Due to the body shortening, the boot opening is narrower than the sedan but the throughput flexibility is still useful.
The cabin’s piano black panel is very smart and the car is well equipped with MP3 compatibility and A / USB input with iPod compatibility. The sports seats are comfortable, supportive and once again upgraded for refinement and quality. Like the sedan, it has 60/40 folding rear seats to increase luggage space.
Koup also benefited from upgrading the 2010 model year to this model, with better trim and fabric details on the door. Perhaps the only complaint is that even in the lowest mode, the driver’s seat cushion still feels too high. Like the sedan, the five-speed manual is a bit unclear and the clutch action is too light for a car with such sporty pretensions. Nonetheless, the Koup is a strong indicator of where Kia is going – making particularly competent cars with great appeal.
Price: from $ 23,690 (automatic $ 25,690)
Engine: 2.0-liter CVVT four-cylinder, front-wheel drive
Capacity: 115kW at 6200 revolutions
Torque: 194Nm at 4300 revs Five-speed manual (four-speed automatic)
Savings: 7.8 liters / 100km (combined), 6.1 liters / 100km (highways), 10.7 liters / 100km (cities)