2010 Kia Soul

15 Dec 2009 | 1,282 views | No Comment
2010-kia-soul SPECIFICATIONS Model: 2010 Kia Soul Engine: 2.0-liter DOHC I4 Horsepower/Torque: 142 hp @ 6,000 rpm/137 lb.-ft. @ 4,600 rpm Transmission: 4-speed automatic Wheelbase: 100.4 in. Length/Width/Height: 161.6 x 70.3 x 63.4 in. Tires: P225/45R18 Cargo volume: 19.3/53.4 cu. ft. (second row seat backs up/down) Fuel economy: 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/22.3 mpg test Fuel capacity: 12.7 gal. Sticker: $18,595 (includes $695 inland freight and handling charge) The Bottom Line: Of the "box cars," the Soul is definitely the best-looking. It is obvious that Kia benchmarked the Scion xB, Nissan cube and Honda Element in designing and putting together the Soul, and it shows in that many of the better features from the competition are addressed. Kia is a late-comer in the "box car" segment. "Box cars" may be defined as compact or sub-compact cars that are "two box" designs (one for the engine compartment and one for the passenger compartment - like a van). The design offers the benefits of economy and a large cargo capacity for the overall size. For example, we met a man who was in the process of moving his belongings from one area to another in a Scion xB. He claimed that he could put more stuff in the Scion than in the Lexus RX that was his other car. The Soul is just such a car. With the rear seat backs up and seating for four, the rear cargo area holds 19.3 cubic feet, bigger than almost any sedan on the market today. But with those seat backs down and seating for two, the cargo capacity explodes to 53.4 cubic feet. All this in a car that's only 13 1/2 feet long. Under the cargo floor is a segmented storage compartment, with the space saver spare located under that. The compartment has six compartments of various sizes, and they're all hidden under the floor. Under the hood is a 2.0-liter DOHC inline four that delivers 142 horsepower through a 4-speed automatic transmission. This is decent power for a relatively lightweight car, although I'd still be reluctant to merge onto a highway if there was a semi bearing down on me. The engine is not too noisy for a small four, but as is the case with most fours, it's buzzy when provoked. In normal driving it isn't bad at all. Handling is okay for a small car with a high aspect ratio (you can wear top hats in this one). There's some lean in hard corners, but it isn't too bad. The front seats are very comfortable with good side support. Even my wife noticed the comfort, even though she wasn't thrilled about the houndstooth upholstery itself. However, I'm certain that the design would hide dirt over time, much in the same way a chef's pants hide stains. The rear seats have decent knee room and a flat floor. However, the Soul is too narrow to consider putting a third adult back there. It might work for three children, however. The rear seat backs fold flat if you're interested in carrying all that extra cargo. The instrument panel consists of large nacelles, with the speedometer flanked by a tachometer and a combined fuel level/water temperature gauge. The smart wheel has cruise control, audio and Bluetooth switches. The audio system (AM/FM/CD/SAT/AUX and iPod) is good, even with the orange backlighting. The AUX, iPod and USB connections are located ahead of the shifter. There's a switch on the dash to control a light show in the large speakers in the front doors. This is definitely NOT my demographic, but you can turn it off if you choose. Interior storage areas include two cup holders in the center behind the shifter, pockets in the doors with water bottle holders, and a nice cubby above the audio system that is deep and 2-3 inches thick. This is good for a cell phone, for example. There's also a small tray ahead of the shifter that's small-phone size. The glove box is medium sized, with a literature shelf. I liked the clips behind the visors which hold papers, turnpike tickets, etc. The Soul has interesting styling that seems more "together" than some of the competition. Many people commented on the styling, saying they liked it. Many also said they liked the color - Alien - which is a light green. Overall, the Soul is at or near the top of its segment in both styling and what it delivers. © 2009 The Auto Page Syndicat

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