We, as European drivers who never got the chance to drive a Scion, smiled when we first saw Kia's Soul. A bulky design which Kia names “sporty” plus bold lines that manage to set the vehicle apart from the rest of the cars out there are the first things you'll notice when seeing it. Actually, it's a little hard to describe the overall shape of the car but, as compared to the xB and Nissan's cube, it looks a bit sportier, mostly thanks to the rounded (still boxy) rear side.
Funky is probably the best word to describe Soul and we strongly believe that such a car would fit great in one of the many Boxoffice-wannabe college/teenage movies out there, such as American Pie or Van Wilder. But regardless of how you describe it, ugly or beautiful, regular or unconventional, stylish or just coming from another world, Kia Soul is a serious head-turner, as it instantly catches the eyes of passing strangers. And we admit this was fun at the beginning, but the passing strangers we're talking about usually tend to stare at the driver which, in some situations, can be really embarrassing.
As we said, Soul's design is the result of a collaboration between Kia's design center in California and South Korea-based engineers and its name is actually a homophone of the region that currently hosts Kia's headquarters, Seoul, Korea.
Getting back to the exterior styling, the overall appearance denotes power and strength, but you might be surprised when getting behind the wheel of the car. The rear privacy glass, the rounded nose and the angled window design are all contributing to a somewhat sporty attitude – if we can really name it so taking into account that the car has only a few things (to say the least) in common with aerodynamics.
The rear side is dominated by the two large taillights placed on the D-pillar. The rear foglights are installed at the bottom of the rear which, in its turn, is divided into two parts, half of which holds the rear window.
It measures 4105x1785x1610 mm and has a trunk volume of 340 liters (with the rear seats in place) or 671 liters (with folded rear seats), smaller than Scion's xB (4249x1760x1643 mm) but slightly bigger than Nissan cube (3980x1695x1670 mm).Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
Come on, boys! You first asked me to testdrive that Bravo... ahem... thing and you're now expecting me to get into this... ahem... fridge?! I can't believe they call it a car, it's like taking a box, attaching four wheels and hoping to trick young and naive buyers...
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