Kia Soul is a young-oriented model that catches the eye with its unconventional design but it surely fails to impress when it comes to comfort. The car lacks several important features in today's automotive industry and, even if some of them are available as options, it's still a setback especially because we're talking about a vehicle aimed at the young public.
First of all, there was no lumbar support. You wouldn't expect this from a car equipped with power and height-adjustable driver seat but the lumbar support, which is often available on a lot cheaper cars, missed on the Soul we tested.
We already mentioned the suspension configuration in the city driving chapter but we have do it again because this is certainly a drawback in terms of comfort. The main problem occurs when driving on uneven roads or when passing over speed bumps, which are exactly the kind of situation in which an advanced suspension system could ensure a smooth and comfortable ride.
As we said, the same setup was previously offered on the first cee'd, but the issue was resolved on the facelifted version of Kia's popular hatch. We're not sure which is the reason behind using the same glitchy configuration on this urban crossover, but a Soul driver will surely be disappointed. The 18-inch wheels are probably contributing to this problem, but the lion's share goes to the suspension settings.
Another curious and hard to understand fact is the use of a manual air conditioning system, in a market in which automatic climate control becomes a must-have. Furthermore, such an option is not even available, albeit fitting it on a vehicle intended for the young market would be great.
One of the good things however is the amount of interior space. Regardless if you're traveling as the front passenger or just sitting on the rear bench, there's enough room even for a two-meter (6 ft 6 in) tall guy. And our test fully demonstrated it.Continue reading