The Korean automaker Kia offered its Soul in the year 2008 for the first time in auto market. The second generation of this Kia car was launched in the year 2014. Over the years, this compact drive went through some upgradations in designing, engine and features so that it may appeal to its buyers. This compact vehicle is presented with some great features at exterior and interior both. A decent engine beneath the hood of this family drive makes it more desirable. Soul carries the DNA of Kia’s Rio which enhances its efficiency and performance. This entry level crossover SUV is counted among the affordable and efficient drives in Philippines while giving a tough competition to its rival brands.
Engine, Mileage and Variants
Kia Soul is engineered with a sole 1.6 litre CRDi 16V engine which has a capacity to deliver a maximum power output of 128 PS at 4000 rpm along with a maximum torque clocking at 260 Nm between the range of 1900 and 2750 rpm. The acceleration and pick up of this engine coupled with 6-speed automatic transmission is quite decent while racing from standstill to touching 100 kmph in 11.0 seconds with a top speed of 185 kmph. This mileage delivered by this drive is 18.5 kmpl on combined terrains which is pretty good for a family vehicle. The overall performance of this humble engine looks satisfactory for this compact Kia car.
The exterior of this compact drive gives an impression of a boxy crossover with sporty features. The sharp styling of Soul includes its narrow chrome plated upper front grille with a broad and distinctively visible dark lower front grille. This front is completed with the beautifully crafted headlamps. There are creases on the bodyline to add sportiness to it with high wheel aches which allow it to run on hilly terrains. Black is used for highlighting the features at exterior to make it look more appealing. The high mounted tail lamps not only enhance the looks but also ensure ample light for clear visibility during dark. The overall dimensions carried by this car are 4140 mm x 1800 mm x 1600 mm (L x W x H) along with a wheelbase standing at 2570 mm. 16-inch alloy wheel along with tires measuring 205/55 R16 complete the exterior in the most attractive manner ensuring a good grip and safe drive even during high speeds. Boot space measuring 354-litres is also provided at the rear which can be expanded by 60:40 split folding of all the rear seats.
Slipping inside Kia Soul, you would experience a lavish interior with some sporty features to attract you right at the first look. The leather wrapped multi-functional steering wheel comes with an intuitive command in hands for cruise control, audio system, Bluetooth and smooth steer. The instrument panel with trip computer and high-tech gauges provide all the information related with the driving for safe drive. The comfortable seats of this drive are wrapped with leather upholstery for enhanced interior looks and comfort. A high tech entertainment system including a 4.3-inch touch screen, CD, MP3, AM/FM, AUX, USB connectivity and iPod access are provided in the cabin. 6 speakers packed inside this drive completes this entertainment system and deliver clear sound to all the occupants.
Safety,Braking and Miscellaneous
Safety is among the major concerns while designing a family car and Soul has been blessed with some of the most trusted safety features to keep you and your loved ones safe. The safety features packed in Kia Soul are ventilated disc brakes at front and drum type brakes at rear which ensure efficient braking. Airbag is employed for the driver to protect him/her during a hit or collision. Rear Parking Assist is also featured in this crossover to assist you in parking your Soul safely. For safe and effective handling of this Kia drive, McPherson Strut with Coil Spring front suspension and coupled Torsion Beam Axle rear suspension are embedded.
Kia Soul is a drive with ample space for passengers and cargo. Its decent entertainment features and engine makes it a good family vehicle. The interior and exterior styling is also appealing which makes it stand apart from the crowd. This drive has very few safety features which is its only drawback.