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A quick look at the KIA Soul

The KIA Soul was first revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2008. It began production the same year for the Asian market but it wasn’t until the 2010 model year that the global community got a taste of the KIA Soul. Conceptualized in KIA’s California design center, the Soul is a five-door hatchback compact MPV designed by Mike Torpey to bring KIA Automobile Designs to a new level. The sloping roof line and the “trunk” on the Soul was a result of Torpey taking inspiration from a powerful boar with big and wide shoulders in front and a back that slopes to its hind legs. The boar is wearing a backpack as well for purposes of utility. Peter Schreyer, the new Corporate Design Chief for KIA, is responsible, on the other hand, for the finishing touches on the concept car that was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show.

Pros

Because it is tall and cut to a square, the KIA Soul offers more interior space while taking on an appearance like that of an SUV though it follows the same footprint as many oversized superminis today. There’s also a fashion and personalization factor built into the Soul because it comes in a range of colours and accessories that will allow anyone to come up with a vehicle that is strictly theirs. But more than just looking pretty, the Soul touts of being current since special-edition models are launched every year.

As for design, there is still debate whether or not the Soul was able to pull off a good one. However, it does offer visible toughness thanks to the high body sides, the way side windows are sectioned with blacked-in screen pillars, and its thick roof with corrugated reinforcements. There are also hints of SUV tendencies because of the Soul’s rear lights and fake skid plates at the front and back valances.

Inside, the KIA Soul is able to provide a fully dramatic cabin experience only if you are getting one of the special editions for the car. But whatever kind of Soul you have, you can expect high-quality textures and top-notch plastics that are made well and fitted well. Smaller compartments and displays also follow the same theme as the rest of the interiors for continuity.

In terms of space, there’s a lot inside the Soul. For starters, there’s plenty of headroom because of its high roof and there’s more than enough legroom at the back to keep passengers comfortable. Get a top-spec model and you’ll enjoy a removable false floor that can match how high folded seats can go.

The Soul has also improved in the engine department, now offering keener response for throttle and intense thrusts from coming from low-rev mode although torque is high. With smoother engine performance, going through fast bends on a hilly terrain should also be more pleasurable. And if it can do that on hilly terrain, then the Soul is more than capable of taking on flatter surfaces. Official figures show the Soul can go from 0 to 62mph within 11 seconds. Reviews have to disagree though—it can achieve than in a significantly better 9.7 seconds.

Cons

Technically speaking, none. Most faults found tend to be biases for certain personal preferences.

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A History of the Kia Soul

The Kia Soul was first unveiled during the 2008 Paris Motor Show and was commercially released in 2010. The unique design of the Soul is attributed to its Tiger Nose which was crafted by Peter Schreyer. The Kia Soul belongs to the compact MPV class and has a body style of a five door hatchback. The 2009-2011 model of the Soul used different engines such as the 1.6L Gamma I4 122 horse power and 2.0L Beta II I4 142 horse power engines. And the newer 2012 models used a 1.6L Gamma GDI I4 138 horse power and 2.0L Nu I4 164 horse power engines.

The Soul used different transmissions for various drivers. The Soul used a five speed manual and four speed automatic transmission for its 2009-2011 models. The 2012 models used a six speed manual and automatic transmission. To deliver an emotional attachment to the models, Kia decided to offer the Soul with specific design options and themes for each owner. Owners can customize the wheels, wrap the steering wheel in leather, use cruise control features, houndstooth graphics, Bluetooth connectivity, additional sound systems and other sorts of customization.

The Soul has different concepts to meet the needs of different markets. The company provided car enthusiasts with the Soul Burner, Searcher, Diva, Soul’ster, Denim, and Hybrid. The Soul is similar to other models such as the Hyundai i20 and Kia Venga.

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