Blaire V purchased this Kia Cerato used for $15,000 (including all on-road costs) in 2020. Blaire V would buy this car again because: “For its punchy engine, good tech and it’s easy to live with for a coupe.”
Hasn’t had a single fault other than a flat battery due to my dash cam not turning off at low voltage.
I have been really enjoying ownership, never fails to out a smile on my face.
Yes, for a $15,000 car I didn’t expect to have cruise control, auto folding mirrors, auto headlights, exterior LED puddle lamps, reverse camera, air conditioned glove box and much more!
The performance is decent, it has enough oomph to get you moving and overtake safely on country roads. For country roads I average around 6.5 litres of fuel per 100km, which is good although it suffers around town nudging 11L/100km.
For 2014 this car was really well equipped although compared to today’s standards it misses out on all of the driver aids (AEB etc.) but still gets six airbags, ESP, ABS and hill start.
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay is also missed out on – luckily mine had an aftermarket head unit installed which has this.
I believe the Koup excels here with a really good balance of handling and comfort. On a small hill run it felt planted and confident.
In town and on country roads the car is comfortable and soaks up bumps well. I could happily travel thousands of kilometres in it.
My only complaint would be that road noise is a little loud.
If you want a cheap, decently punchy, easy to live with coupe this is hard to beat. You will just need to live with coupe being misspelt!