The 1.6-liter gasoline engine is enough to set the wheels in motion but it's just a mediocre configuration that doesn't impress at all. And this is the main thing you'll notice during a longer trip when engine power is vital, especially if you're a sportier driver.
The Euro IV-compliant engine has a displacement of 1,591 cc and a compression ratio of 10.5. It develops a decent 124 horsepower at 6,300 rpm and 156 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm but all these figures mean nothing when stepping behind the wheel of a Soul.
The only way to experience a slightly sportier driving is to go for the “pedal to the metal” style and reach the red zone of the rev counter. This in turn means increased fuel consumption and fuel emissions, two things that are somewhat incompatible to the public the car is addressed to.
The 5-speed manual transmission is OK for most European drivers, although we reckon that an automatic configuration would increase comfort and fuel consumption figures. American buyers however can choose a four-speed automatic transmission.
Fuel consumption figures claim that Kia Soul achieves 7.9 l/100km in urban driving and 5.7 l/100 km outside the city, while combined ratings go around 6.5 l/100km. It releases 153 grams of CO2 every kilometer. The best you can get is a maximum speed of 177 km/h, while the 0 – 100 km/h sprint is done in 11 seconds.
There are no fancy (to be read top-notch and tree-hugger-friendly) technologies that would further reduce fuel consumption and emissions, such as start-stop systems, as Kia probably thought that young customers aren't looking for such things.Continue reading