As we said, Kia Soul is a vehicle intended for city cruising and, although going on a trip with a couple of friends is a regular weekend activity, there are a few things that makes the car lose some ground versus the rest of the players in the industry.
Unfortunately for Kia, the open road chapter is the one in which the engine counts the most and, after several hours spent behind the wheel of Soul, we were more than disappointed. The 1.6-liter gasoline engine develops 124 horsepower but trust us, you won't get the chance to enjoy this amount of power. Mostly because the engine is not at all as powerful as it sounds and is difficult to achieve the official performance figures Kia mentions in the press papers.
If we are to trust these figures, the powerplant generates 124 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 156 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. This helps the car sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 11 seconds and reach a maximum speed of 177 km/h when equipped with the 18-inch wheels.
As we said, this amount of power is almost unnoticeable and the weight of 1245 kilos (2744 pounds) seems to overwhelm the engine performance. We've heard the diesel configuration is a bit more powerful, but we can't guarantee for that as official specifications are pointing to similar figures.
The trunk capacity is again a major setback and since we're talking about long trips, a scenario in which you're going on a journey with three other passengers plus their luggage is nearly impossible. The thing we missed the most was cruise control, a must-have feature that makes a vehicle “more” appropriate for long trips.
As for fuel consumption figures, we're again unsure how much fuel the car burns every kilometer due to the lack of fuel consumption ratings provided by the on-board computer. However, if we are to make an estimation, we would go for 7.8-7.9 l/100km (30.1-29.7 mpg), once again very different from the official figures of 5.7 l/100km (49.6 mpg).Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Oh... my... God! This is far from the car I've always dreamed about. I mean, honestly, do you ever see Ken driving a box like this while telling love poems to Barbie?
The exterior is just... blah! A weird combination that's just inappropriate for a princess like me. What do love, ladies and a car like Soul have in common? I'm telling you, nothing! It's like going to McDonald's and order soup. Seriously, there's something wrong with this car, but I still can't figure out what...
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