Chipped at the least little road abrasion. Structure The driver space was maintained reasonably well, with maximum intrusion of the upper interior of 8-9 cm at the upper hinge pillar and instrument panel. Available in four trims, Soul, Soul+, Soul! The base model is powered by a 1. In 2018, reports linked a large number of fires to the Kia Soul in the United States. At the rear, Soul's suspension is sub-frame mounted with a transverse torsion beam axle with trailing arms, coil springs and gas shock absorbers for a smooth ride and minimum intrusion into the cargo space. In a class of quirky, boxlike cars, the Kia Soul stands out--mostly, because the quirks work in its favor, and give it a funky flair that's pretty absent in the Scion xB, Nissan Cube, and the like.
This wee puddle jumper is a hoot to drive- it has more hp than my old LotusElan+2 did, it's engine resonance rivals that of the Alfas!! I would recommend The Soul to anyone buying a car. Some optional upgrades for the include a power sunroof, a cargo area cover, a Premium Package a remote ignition and wheel locks. High beams On the straightaway, visibility was fair on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. The side curtain airbag did not deploy, leaving the dummy's head vulnerable to contacts with side structure and outside objects, and the driver's seat tipped forward and toward the B-pillar. Functional features include front and center iPod bins, a dual-shelf glovebox, fold-flush rear seats and a storage bin under the cargo area's floor. The Soul also has a double-decker glove box than can stow a 15-inch laptop, to go with armrest storage in the center console, and an iPod-sized bin atop its center stack, not to mention lots of cupholders and molded-in bottle holders.
Restraints and dummy kinematics Dummy movement was well controlled. Improving the Soul's interior look and feel, Soul features metal-finish accents that appear on the steering wheel, shift lever surround, air vents and speakers. This graph shows how the ratio varied as the test of this vehicle progressed. The Soul has improved safety for the new year, though it applies only to models with the navigation system. Tested vehicle specifications Tested vehicle 2012 Kia Soul wagon Weight 2,844 lbs.
The new Soul Flex delivers a 44% improvement in fuel efficiency compared with the existing gasoline model, as well as superior power and torque. Front-seat passengers get comfortable bucket seats with a half-foot of head room above, and just a little knee room trimmed out for the wide center console and its knobby, easy-to-use controls. Get some exclamation in the Soul! Front-seat passengers get comfortable bucket seats with a half-foot of head room above, and just a little knee room trimmed out for the wide center console and its knobby, easy-to-use controls. The compact hatchback already had six airbags, anti-lock brakes and stability control, and in the past those features earned it top scores from both safety agencies. The Kia Soul was redesigned for the 2014 model year. Under-the-Hood Options Soul offers a smooth and spirited ride.
The frontal barrier test simulates a head-on collision between two similar vehicles, each moving at 35 mph. The versatile, spacious interior makes the most of the tall roofline, in front and in back. The steering column was pushed back 15 cm toward the driver. Other standard safety features include electronic stability control, traction control and antilock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assist. Maybe it's the friendly, kicky sheetmetal or the hamster-driven marketing campaign, but the Soul colors your driving impressions before you even key it to life.
The Red Rock Special Edition rides on 18-inch alloy wheels. Beginning with 2012 models, structural improvements were made to improve occupant protection in frontal offset crashes. A rearview camera is standard now, as required by law, but it means the base touchscreen display now sizes up at 5. Tested vehicle specifications Tested vehicle 2014 Kia Soul wagon Weight 2,996 lbs. In other words, the roof must withstand a force of at least 4 times the vehicle's weight before the plate crushes the roof by 5 inches. A rugged X-Line trim will also be added to the Soul's trim options.
Every Soul comes with the kind of standard features that elude some more expensive mid-size cars. Of course, an impressive array of standard features, one of the most original and modern interiors in the segment and a price tag starting well below its competitors make the Kia Soul a tempting morsel indeed. We review every problem as we work to keep our roads safe. Maybe it's the friendly, kicky sheetmetal or the hamster-driven marketing campaign, but the Soul colors your driving impressions before you even key it to life. In addition, it was confirmed that the Soul will be offered with a 2. The cabin isn't as radical, unless smart functionality is a radical concept, with its big buttons and knobs, cheery gauges, and cheeky dashes of pizazz, like the lighted speaker frames that glow to the beat of the Soul's sound system. It automatically turns off the engine when you come to a complete stop and then seamlessly restarts the engine when you release the brake pedal.
The body and wheel arch crease line extends around the bumper for a tough, not rough, style matching the look of the front. Unique colors inside and out for you to choose from. Power for the front-wheel-drive Soul comes from an upgraded 1. The Soul also has a double-decker glove box than can stow a 15-inch laptop, to go with armrest storage in the center console, and an iPod-sized bin atop its center stack, not to mention lots of cupholders and molded-in bottle holders. It's hardly the stuff of enthusiast dreams, but the Kia Soul is an endearing performer, with frisky acceleration and steering. Driver injury measures In both tests, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.
The Side Pole Barrier test simulates a crash into a fixed object like a tree or utility pole. Steering is electric and quicker than the norm in the hatchback class except for the Ford Focus , and with a 2800-pound curb weight, the Soul feels eager to corner on its strut front and torsion-beam rear suspension. After seeing a television documentary on wild boars and learning of their importance in Korean culture, Torpey sketched a caricature of a boar wearing a backpack. The tall and boxy Soul packs a lot of useful space into a modest footprint. But there's an important footnote: The 2012-2013 Kia Soul is one of a set of vehicles found to have overstated fuel-economy numbers. I had to keep doing a factory reset to get it going. It's ready for custom touches.
The 2012 Kia Soul is available in four different models starting at the Base and extending to the Sport. You should think twice about the big 18-inch wheel and tire package, for those reasons. I would recommend The Soul to anyone buying a car. For a tall wagon with a short wheelbase, the Soul does its best to mitigate what could be a harsh ride on broken pavement. Soul still stands out from the crowd with modern, unique styling and for 2011 will offer consumers more personalization options than ever before. Tested vehicle specifications Tested vehicle 2014 Kia Soul Plus wagon Weight 2,985 lbs.