Soul Goes to the Heart of It: A Scenic Drive in the Kia Soul

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Kia Soul came on the American scene ten years ago. Soul basically has two forms, the X-Line and GT-Line. The GT-Line will be the focus for this review.

Soul comes in seven trims, offering a flavoring of the SUV range with each trim. This allows it to compete with vehicles like Nissan Kick and Toyota CVH-R.

Powering the Soul is a 1.6-liter gas direct injection turbo engine accompanied by a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Soul delivers 27-mpg city, 32mmpg highway for a 29-mpg combined.

Inside, Soul is comfortable though compact. Items like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Smartphone Integrated AM/FM/MP3 and Bluetooth wireless with touchscreen are examples of the standard technology.

2020 Soul GT-Line

Convenience and technology can be found in a well-balanced and cool streaming air conditioner, remote keyless entry and power windows up/down. Door locks and outside mirrors are all part of the Soul ensemble that invites comments about sound safety and flexible comfort.

The center console with arm rest and storage bin complements the tilt and telescopic steering. It also complements the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

After driving Soul in a large urban area and suburban landscape for a week, I had difficulty believing that so many features are found in my perky, flashy Soul. It’s loaded with superb technology, plus the Soul is really mobile and versatile even driving in such a busy and crowded environment. While the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price was only $28,000!

2020 Soul X-Line

Safety features like: Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Forward Collision Avoidance Assist technology are generally found in more expensive vehicles, but standard in Soul.

Soul stands tall in its SUV format while presenting a professional styling inside. At the same time Soul provides a fresh and lively personality. The appearance of extra interior space and clear visibility adds to the sunny Soul’s wholesomeness.

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