Kia's gadget department should be really proud of what they did on Soul, as the car is above average from this point of view. And there's nothing wrong about it because, in order to attract young buyers, you have to offer them the things they like the most. In our case, gadgets.
The first thing you'll notice inside the Soul is the audio system. A large speaker on the console, plus two tweeter speakers on the outer edges of the dashboard, two rear-door mounted speakers and a subwoofer inside the trunk are all there waiting to bring music to your ears. MP3 files are obviously supported but the most important thing is the iPod connectivity port that lets you connect any Apple device and play your favorite music. An USB port with folder browsing support is also offered.
Getting back to the enhancements of the audio system, we must mention what we consider to be the funkiest feature of the whole car: the so-called Sound Sensitive Mood Lighting system. In short terms, it is a LED surrounding of the front speakers that pulses on music rhythm, with four available modes: on, mood, music and off. And yes, such a feature could be very eye-catchy during your night-cruising sessions, but after an hour or two we found it pretty boring and disabled it completely.
Another “toy” on Soul is the rear-view camera that increases visibility when driving in reverse mode and displays the images on an LCD screen integrated into the interior rear-view mirror. Coupled with parking sensors, the whole assembly makes parking a piece of cake.
Other features that could be included in the gadgets category are ESP (controllable through a button placed in the left side of the steering wheel), foldable power exterior mirrors, heated front seats, audio controls mounted on the steering wheel, exterior thermometer and 12V laptop outlet.Continue reading