Very sexy body, lovely inside too
January 2, 2012
I have the 2010 Copperhead Koup SX. This is a smashing orange color that no one else quite does this well! The SX is the best, this one with 6 speed manual.
I get better mileage than the EPA rating, recently drove from Raleigh, NC to Northern Virginia and got 34.5 MPG averaging 65 MPH, not bad at all!
Had my adult kids in the car, all three, and no one complained of the rear seat room, in fact they were surprised at the room. The trunk is adequate, I didn't expect more than that.
I love the exterior styling and have read that the designer is formerly of Audi, which would explain the great looks. I de-badged the car, put a stylized K on the front and rear in place of the KIA badge. I'm retired military, KIA means "killed in action" and I just could not look at that all the time. :-) I also put Koup wheel inserts on the car, and a shark fin antenna makes a nice touch. I get a lot of people asking what kind of car it is. :-)
The ride is actually pretty good for a sporty car although I'd like to have independent rear suspension. That would make a huge difference in the car's ability to handle bumps in corners. The steering is very quick, only 2.4 turns lock to lock. That adds to the quick feel of the car and makes parking lots easier. It also has a good turning circle since it's so short.
The engine, the 2.4L, is peppy for sure although the manual transmission coupled with traction control makes getting full use of the power difficult. If you want to really get on it, turn off the traction control since wheel spin is almost inevitable and will trigger the reduction in power. Shifts are a bit notchy, and I have trouble with 2nd gear when the car is cold. I also find the run-on between gears bothersome, others have mentioned this too. I may look for a fix.
What I really like about the Kia is the added features for the money. This model has heated side view mirrors, wiper blade defroster!, heated seats, red lighting on the instruments, excellent Bluetooth technology (but would like to have A2DP for streaming music (available in the 2012 models)) and fast electric windows. Navigation was not included, and I prefer that since I use my iPhone for that.
The only issues so far, from a reliability standpoint, have been a leaky passenger headlight (being replaced under warranty of course) and the aforementioned transmission shifting issue which I'll get looked after.
Great car, I want the colored inserts for the 17" wheels to become available in my color!