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The New Kia Soul

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On: Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 2:50PM | By: Karen Cook


The New Kia Soul

Kia has proclaimed that the 2014 Soul has been completely redesigned, but at first glance you might not notice. They look very much the same. The new Soul is .8 inches longer, .6 inches wider, .4 inches taller, and has a nearly 1-inch longer wheelbase. Not much of a difference…

…until you get inside. That extra inch on the wheelbase improves the handling of this little subcompact and the twin tube shocks make it much more comfortable taking on bumps and rough roads. The cargo space has been enlarged from 19.3 to 24.2 cubic feet without taking away any leg room for the back seat passengers. The front seat is more comfortable too, since Kia has copied the instrument panel from the Rio and the Forte to keep it farther out of the front seat. The driving position feels higher, even though it’s not, which gives a greater feeling of control to the driver. They’ve also reduced outside road noise so your music will sound better than ever on those long commutes. And, of course, the Soul is now equipped with all the latest necessities in technology so you don’t have to rely on your phone for GPS.

The body structure has been redesigned even though it doesn’t show on the outside. This new structure should raise the safety ratings for the Soul which were in need of a little improvement. All this space inside while maintaining its subcompact outside is a bargain starting at $14,700, and Kia is also offering some options never seen in a subcompact before, such as cooled front seats, heated back seats, and heated steering wheel. Of course, these cost a little more.

On the down side the boxy shape, which did not change, affects gas mileage. It gets about the same mileage as a small sedan and comes in with a combined efficiency of 27 mpg, which is the same as the 2013. It doesn’t accelerate very quickly either, but then it’s not a sports car.

Whether you choose a great deal on a 2013 or upgrade to the latest design in Souls, Kia has produced another dependable, comfortable subcompact ideal for family needs.


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