• Introduction – The all-new, beautifully crafted Cerato Koup T-GDi raises Kia’s sporty appeal
  • Styling & Design – Increased sophistication highlighted by a dynamic and muscular design
  • Comfort & Convenience – Enhanced quality and new ‘high-tech’ premium features
  • Refinement – Improved NVH levels for a quieter and smoother driving experience
  • Engines & Transmissions – The new 1.6 Turbo GDi engine: exhilarating power and performance
  • Suspension & Running Gear – Improved handling, steering ‘feel’ and ride quality
  • Safety – Active and passive safety features reinforce Koup’s high safety standards

KIA Cerato

INTRODUCTION – The all-new, beautifully crafted Cerato Koup T-GDi raises Kia’s sporty appeal

The introduction of the new Koup follows the launch of the all-new third-generation Cerato sedan and five-door hatchback.

The trio (sedan, hatchback and koup) of Cerato cars has achieved more than 2.5 million global sales since its introduction in 2004, including 385,000 units in 2012 when these models accounted for almost 17% of Kia’s total annual sales.

Now, the all-new version of the compact and sporty Cerato Koup is beautifully crafted and features a sleeker profile with futuristic and dynamic styling. It is longer and wider than the current model, with a significantly extended wheelbase.

Beneath its distinctive exterior, the new Koup incorporates all the improved engineering originally developed for the Cerato sedan, with an all-new bodyshell structure, improved overall quality, upgraded equipment levels with a host of additional convenience and safety features, a more spacious cabin with enhanced refinement and a new 1.6 Turbo GDi powertrain that delivers exhilarating performance and competitive fuel economy.

“The Cerato family has become our brand’s biggest-selling export model, so the introduction of the exciting third-generation Koup is hugely significant for Kia,” comments Soon-Nam Lee, Kia’s Vice President of Overseas Marketing.


“We are raising our product standards to the next level with the all-new Cerato Koup, which adds emotional appeal to its established core values of design, quality and value,” adds Mr Lee.  “This all-new model will boost our competitiveness in the compact sporty coupe segment – known as the C-segment in many countries – which is one of the world’s most important and most competitive segments.”

While creating the all-new Cerato family of cars, Kia’s designers and engineers have listened closely to customer feedback.  The result is a bold demonstration of Kia’s determination to deliver models that exceed customer expectations and provide a rewarding long-term ownership experience.

“We are confident that the new Cerato Koup with its transformed appearance, broad range of new features, and the exciting new turbo engine will entice both existing and new customers to visit Kia showrooms”, comments David Sieff, Marketing Director, Kia Motors South Africa.



Increased sophistication highlighted by a dynamic and muscular design

Now with a bolder but more sophisticated design, the all-new ‘look’ of the third-generation Cerato Koup was inspired by European coupes and created at Kia’s American Design Centre in California. The design team was directed by Peter Schreyer, Kia’s Chief Design Officer and headed by Tom Kearns, Chief Designer, Kia Motors America. Except for the hood and front fenders, every exterior panel on the new Koup is unique to this model.

At the front, Koup’s stance is bold and athletic. The slimmer front grille and deeper, wider lower air intake, together with the voluminous bumper design gives this model a distinctive face. Furthermore, it features a dark chrome front grille, carbon-look bumper garnish and LED bordering fog lamps.

The profile of new Koup is enhanced by the adoption of frameless doors, flush side glazing, black-gloss door mirrors, door handles (with chrome inserts), added body-coloured side-sill mouldings and sporty 18-inch alloy wheels.

Koup’s rear view is simple and modern. The two-tone bumper features a carbon-look diffuser with dual exhaust pipes. The trunk lid is shaped to reduce aerodynamic drag and the LED rear combination lamps smooth the airflow while also reinforcing the Koup’s wide stance.

Compared to its predecessor, new Cerato Koup is 50 mm longer (4530 mm), 15 mm wider (1780 mm) and 20 mm higher (1420 mm). The wheelbase has been extended by 50 mm (to 2700 mm). The new Cerato Koup’s front overhang has been reduced by 15 mm, while the rear overhang is 15 mm larger. The swooping C-pillar design gives the latest model an eagerness to leap forward, presenting a truly sporty appearance.  Trunk capacity is 433 litres (VDA) – among the largest in class – and the trunk opening is 60 mm wider for improved access.

The new Cerato Koup’s larger external dimensions together with careful attention to surface detailing and airflow-smoothing panels beneath the vehicle reduces the Kia coupe’s aerodynamic drag to Cd 0.30 (down from 0.31) – boosting both performance and economy of high speeds.

The new Cerato Koup is available in a range of eight exterior colours, including: Clear White and Racing Red (solid), Snow White and Aurora Black (pearl), plus Bright Silver, Metal Stream, Planet Blue and Abyss Blue (metallic).


COMFORT & CONVENIENCE – Enhanced quality and new ‘high-tech’ premium features

The interior design of the new Koup concentrates on sportiness and adopts nature’s ebbs and flows as a motif. The driver-focused cockpit places all the major and minor controls within easy-to-operate reach, while the sweeping curve of the centre stack creates a voluminous feeling.  The sweeping appearance is re-enforced by carbon-look trim on the vertical band each side of the stack that incorporates the adjustable air vents.

For enhanced elegance, the new Koup features plush leather seats, while soft-touch materials are applied to the upper door trims, dashboard, door armrests, door centre trim panels and the centre console.

Because the new Koup is wider and higher than its predecessor, its ability to provide generous space for passengers and cargo has been enhanced.  While the front seats continue to offer excellent comfort, space in the rear of the cabin is improved, with increased headroom (up 28 mm), legroom (up 51 mm) and shoulder room (up 15 mm).

Like the Cerato sedan, driver comfort in the Koup has been enhanced by fitting an organ-type accelerator pedal which more closely follows the natural movement of the user’s foot, while the steering wheel features ‘tilt & telescopic’ adjustment over a 40 mm range.

Because the B-pillars are further back than in the 4-door model, the front seat belts are fitted with extended guides to put them within easy reach of the front seat occupants for easier fastening.

Both Koup front seat occupants will enjoy the wider seats and deeper bolsters on both cushion and backrest for increased support during enthusiastic cornering.  Both front seats are fitted with a simple to operate tilt-and-slide ‘walk-in’ device for easy access to the rear seats that have a centre folding armrest, cup-holders in the side panel trim and a 60/40 spilt folding backrest.

The Koup features a Supervision TFT colour LCD cluster with a built-in 4.2-inch centre screen resulting in an improved and ergonomically designed GUI (graphics user interface).

Several storage areas are provided for Koup’s cabin.  The size of the glove box is increased by 30% to 8-liters, each front door pocket holds a 700 ml bottle, while a cup holder is built into the rear side trim of the cabin.  Along the car’s centre line, there is a sunglasses holder, covered 2-liter console multi-box (ahead of the gear lever), twin cup holders (behind the gear lever) and a 5.6-liter centre console box between the front seats.

REFINEMENTImproved NVH levels for a quieter and smoother driving experience

Driver and passenger comfort is not just dependent on a vehicle’s interior space and convenience features – it can be enhanced or undermined by the level of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).  Consequently, Kia’s engineers worked hard to ensure that the latest Koup delivers an improved driving experience compared to the previous model.

The Koup’s stiffer structure and new vibration-damping front sub-frame mountings are an excellent foundation for minimizing NVH.  Additional measures taken to reduce NVH even further included lining the engine bay bulkhead with a new, three-layer, HMP3 noise-lowering pad, fitting new dual-frequency engine mounts and applying a new 700 g/m2 EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) sound insulating coating to the cabin floor.

Further NVH reduction measures resulted in the rear parcel shelf and cargo bay side trims incorporating a thinsulator filling, while the rear wheel arches are covered with sound insulation material and a breathable film is adopted within the cabin headliner.  The front side chassis members, A-pillar and side sills are filled with foam.  A dynamic damper is fitted to the shorter of the two front drive shafts.

Kia’s NVH improvement program has achieved a significant effect.  Depending on model, idle vibrations through the steering wheel and cabin floor have been reduced by 2 dB, while idle noise level in the cabin is down 1 dB to 38 dB and noise during acceleration is cut by 1 or 2 dB.  Interior noise during a 110 km/h cruise is cut to 65 dB


ENGINES & TRANSMISSIONS The new 1.6 Turbo GDi engine: exhilarating power and performance

The all-new Cerato Koup is manufactured in Korea and features the new high-performance 152kW turbocharged 1.6-liter Gamma T-GDI engine.

This engine, which features cast aluminium cylinder blocks and aluminium cylinder heads, is equipped with an offset crankshaft (to reduce friction), a low-noise timing chain, mechanical lash adjustment, variable intake valve timing and exhaust valve timing. Furthermore, the Koup features a unique exhaust system with transversely mounted free-flow muffler and dual tail pipes set into the black diffuser.  The exhaust sound is tuned to produce an especially sporty tone between 1,000-to-4,000 rpm.

Every all-new Cerato Koup model will feature a six-speed transmission as Kia continues to upgrade the specification of its products to match customers’ ever-rising expectations.  Drivers are offered a choice of manual or multi-mode automatic gearboxes.

These features (together with the upgraded transmissions) enable the new Cerato Koup to deliver a highly competitive combination of exhilarating power and performance with modest fuel consumption and lower emissions.

Acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h varies from 7.4 seconds to 7.7 seconds between transmissions, while top speed is up to 222 km/h.

To reduce fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions when cruising at speed, both the six-speed transmissions feature high top-gear ratios and low first-gear ratios that enable drivers to fully enjoy the new Koup’s off-the-line performance.

The automatic transmission in the new Koup features two operating modes – fully automatic or ‘Sport’ engaged by moving the lever towards the driver when in D mode.  For city driving, fully automatic mode is ideal, while ‘Sport’ mode allows for clutch-less sequential manual gear changes for greater driver involvement


SUSPENSION & RUNNING GEAR – Improved handling, steering ‘feel’ and ride quality

The specification of the new Koup’s fully independent MacPherson strut front suspension and CTBA (coupled torsion beam axle) rear suspension is unchanged, but both systems are developed to improve handling agility, enhance shock absorbance and deliver greater refinement.  To ensure supple ride comfort and high-speed stability, gas-filled dampers are fitted front and rear.

At the front, the Koup’s suspension is mounted on an all-new, stronger subframe.  The suspension’s lower arms have larger diameter bushes, the steering rack is moved forwards by 15 mm (closer to the axle line) and the geometry is modified to deliver improved on-centre steering feel.


The CTBA rear suspension is a particularly compact design that ensures minimum intrusion into the Koup’s cabin and trunk space, and also maximizes under-floor space to accommodate the fuel tank and spare wheel.

For the latest Koup, the steering wheel features ‘tilt & telescopic’ adjustment up/down and in/out over a 40 mm range.  The turning circle (with the 50 mm longer wheelbase) is still compact, measuring 10.6 meters and requiring just 2.96 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock.

To ensure a responsive steering ‘feel’ and precise vehicle control, every new Koup comes standard with Kia’s MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering) system.  The electric power assisted steering delivers significant fuel savings – up to 3%.

Kia’s new FlexSteer™ system is also standard on the new Koup.  It provides three different settings (or weights) for the steering to match customer preference with Normal, Sport and Comfort modes.  The effort required to turn the wheel varies with mode, but the gearing (the number of turns lock-to-lock) remains the same.

For maximum stopping power, new Koup models are equipped with an all-disc braking system featuring large diameter ventilated front discs (300 mm) and 262 mm solid discs at the rear, backed up by ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) with built-in EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)

SAFETY Active and passive safety features reinforce Koup’s high safety standards

To maximize occupant protection, Kia makes the safety of people using its products and other road users a top priority – and invests heavily in safety-related R&D.

Now incorporating a much higher percentage (63%) of high-tensile strength steel than many competitor’s cars, the Koup bodyshell features new engine bay bulkhead bracing linked to two new longitudinal chassis members each side of the central tunnel.  New connections are fitted between the B-Pillar and roof rail, while 60 kgf steel is used for the anti-intrusion door beams and 150 kgf ultra high-tensile strength steel for the B-pillars.

Hot stamping is used to manufacture the Koup’s B-pillars.  This method heats steel to 900º C, then rapidly cools the steel, while simultaneously pressing it into immensely strong components with greatly enhanced crashworthiness – without adding weight. The Koup’s new structure also benefits from additional cross members linking the front suspension towers, rear suspension mounting points and under the rear parcel shelf.

Torsional rigidity of the new Koup bodyshell is increased by 37% (over the previous model), bringing the added benefits of improving refinement and creating a stronger foundation for the suspension and steering – in turn enhancing ride comfort and steering precision.

At the front, new ‘crash boxes’ are fitted to the longitudinal engine bay side members, reducing low-speed impact damage and the rear chassis side members are strengthened – minimizing distortion and reducing repair costs.  At the rear, an additional benefit of the CTBA rear suspension layout is that its robust structure provides the under-seat fuel tank with added protection during a rear impact.

Active safety technologies standard on the new Koup include active headrests, Isofix child seat anchors, ESC (Electronic Stability Control), HAC (Hill-start Assist Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), front and rear parking sensors, HID (High Intensity Discharge) Xenon headlamps with built-in LED daytime running lights and front LED bordered fog lamps.

Inside, the new Koup is equipped with six airbags: dual front, side and curtain airbags. Active headrests are standard on the driver and front passenger seats.


Cerato Koup standard and optional features

Kia continues to follow its philosophy of producing cars that present excellent value for money and the new Koup carries over the generous levels of standard specification found on the previous model, while also offering buyers a number of new premium options.

Exterior features

  • LED bordered front fog lamps
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED high mounted stop light
  • LED rear light clusters
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Puddle lights
  • Door pocket lights

Convenience features

  • Cruise control
  • Smart key and start button
  • Escort lights (remain illuminated for 15 seconds after engine shut down)
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Windscreen auto-defogging system
  • Cabin rear-ventilation
  • Chilled glove box
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat backrest
  • Paddle shift for automatic transmission
  • Electronic chromic mirror

Comfort features

  • Black monotone seats and cabin trim
  • Dual-zone climate control air-conditioning
  • 4.3-inch colour touch-screen audio system (Radio/CD/MP3) with six speakers
  • Electric front windows (auto up and down)
  • Leather seats
  • Powered lumbar support for driver’s seat
  • Folding rear seat centre armrest with twin cup-holders
  • Bluetooth® hands-free system
  • Supervision instrument cluster
  • Optional powered sunroof

Safety features

  • ABS with BAS (Brake Assist)
  • EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution)
  • ESC (Electronic Stability Control)
  • TCS (Traction Control System)
  • HAC (Hill-start Assist Control)
  • VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Dual front airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags


2014 Kia Cerato Koup T-GDi

Body and chassis

Two-door, five-seater coupe with all-steel unitary construction bodyshell. A transversely-mounted four cylinder turbo GDi petrol engine driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.



  • Name: Gamma T-GDI (turbocharged)
  • Type: (4-in-line), DOHC, four-cylinder, with CVVT
  • Capacity: 1591 cc (1.6-litres)
  • Power: 152 kW @ 6000 rpm
  • Torque: 265 Nm @ 1750-4500 rpm
  • Fuelling: Direct injection

Transmissions 1.6 T-GDI                     

  • Manual 6-sp
  • Automatic 6-sp

Suspension and damping

  • Front – Fully independent by MacPherson struts, with coil springs and twin-tube gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar
  • Rear – CTBA (coupled torsion beam axle), with separate coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar


  • Type – Electric motor driven power-assisted rack and pinion
  • Steering ratio – 15.1:1
  • Wheel turns – 2.96 lock-to-lock
  • Turning circle – 10.6 meters


  • Power – Single 10.0-inch booster
  • Front – 300 x 28 mm ventilated discs
  • Rear – 262 x 10 mm solid discs
  • Assistance – ABS anti-lock

Wheels and tires

  • Standard, alloy 18 inch x 7.5J 225/40 R18 tires
  • Spare – Full-size spare wheel

Dimensions (mm)


  • Overall length: 4530
  • Overall width: 1780 (excluding door mirrors)
  • Overall height: 1420
  • Wheelbase: 2700
  • Front overhang: 880
  • Rear overhang: 950
  • Front tread: 1545
  • Rear tread: 1558
  • Ground clearance: 150


  • Fuel tank (litres): 50.0
  • Luggage (VDA): 433 litres

Weights 1.6 T-GDI MT/AT

  • Kerb weight (kg): 1269 / 1296
  • Maximum (kg): 1366 / 1393


  • Top speed (km/h): 224 / 222
  • 0-to-100 kph (sec): 7.7 / 7.4

Economy and emissions*

  • Litres / 100 km): 7.2 / 7.9
  • CO2 (g/km): 170 / 187

*combined cycle tests (based on strict testing conditions conducted at KMC’s R&D Centre in Korea)

  • Warranty: 5-year/150 000km
  • Service plan: 5-year/90 000km
  • Roadside assistance: 3-year/unlimited