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KIA Soul Electric Cars

A new kind of Kia

The all-new 2010 represents a big change for South automaker Kia. Known for their budget-priced cars, Kia is ahead into the world of styling and customization with new box on wheels. The 2010 Kia Soul is styled and priced, but can it play in the big

Read on. $13,995 base, as tested, EPA fuel economy 24-26 MPG city, 30-31 MPG

First Glance: Scion’s

They say that timing is Of course, they also say image is everything, and that is everything, and still others say money isn’t everything. My and I swear I used to have is that Kia’s timing for the new Soul couldn’t be much

It all comes back to the Scion xB.

A of years ago, Scion their little box on wheels a bigger box on wheels. one that was thirstier, and not quite as boxy. the record, I like the new and bigger xB, but not exactly on the cutting edge of taste.) All the young and young-at-heart to whom the original xB appealed so were basically left out in the until now. Gather things, young’uns; Kia’s to give you a ride.

Said ride is the 2010 and while comparisons to the original are inevitable, the Soul is hardly a The styling is just as daring, yet not so polarizing. But inside, the Soul more space and convenience the old xB could ever dream

The Soul’s biggest problem is the Kia badge on the nose. Kia has a well-earned for making cheap-looking, cheap-feeling known for their cheapness. I’m here to tell you Kia’s turned over a new

The Soul is a good deal substantial than any Kia in recent (with the possible exception of the Forte ). Perfect? No, but the Soul Japanese levels of niceness, if the price tag — $13,995 for rising up to just over — remains distinctly, cheap.

In the Driver’s Seat: Skin-deep

Soul offers several combinations depending on model; are well laid out

Photo Gold

Open the door, and you see depends on what model you’re driving. Base and + get a black dash, ! models get and the Sport gets black and My test car was black-and-tan ; it looked but the dash reflected in the windshield on days.

The materials looked high-class stuff at first — way better than I’m used to seeing in — although I soon that their beauty is skin deep. I accidentally the plastic around the handbrake my thumbnail and left a big, white scar. Closer of the door panel just the armrest revealed a bunch of nicks. though how those have occurred is beyond me perhaps a previous driver had his pierced?

Regardless, I figure that the Kia’s cabin looks when new, it might to look pretty ratty a few years.

Materials aside, I the interior a lot. The Soul’s driving position feels like a small SUV than a car. The comfy front are height adjustable, and all the buttons, and switches are easy to reach, to read, and easy to use.

The seat got the thumbs-up from of my kids. Andrew, the shorter found he could see out as well as in cars, and Robert, the taller said he had plenty of legroom. But I was a bit with the cargo bay.

At 19 feet it sounds good on but it’s not as well shaped as useful) as the Honda Fit (20.6 cu. or the Scion xB (21.7), though it wallops the Nissan Cube

KIA Soul Electric Cars

On the Road: Good, but with

The base-model Kia Soul gets a 122 1.6 liter engine and a 5-speed transmission, while the +. and Sport (no, really, that’s Kia calls ’em) get a 142 hp 2.0 with a stick or an old-tech 4-speed My automatic ! tester accelerated than adequately, although it was noisy. I’m sure the 1.6 Soul just does although EPA fuel economy aren’t that much — 26 city/31 highway for the 1.6 vs.

for the 2.0. I averaged 25.9 a little disappointing for such a car but acceptable considering the Soul’s aerodynamics. (For comparison, I 29.1 MPG in Nissan’s competing and 24.9 MPG in the Scion xB.)


I was at how well the Soul handled. no sports car, but the tires the road nicely and there’s little body lean in the which is especially important in a car feels this narrow and I found the Soul to be way more than the Nissan Cube, not as easygoing as the Scion xB.

The ride feels firm but not although my wife Robin it was way too rough on the freeway. And the steering back something awful on which was both surprising and

Safety-wise, the Soul comes a full complement of airbags, brakes, and standard electronic control (ESC). Crash scores have been — in fact, the Insurance of Highway Safety named the a Top Safety Pick for its combination of occupant protection and standard

Journey’s End: Kia’s

Boxy shape is both and utilitarian

Photo Aaron

Overall, I’m really with the Soul. I think the (attractive styling, roomy easy-to-use controls, good far outweighs the bad (cheap plastics, ride, steering kick-back), and if it just a bit more cargo I might seriously consider one.

Bottom line: The 2010 Kia is a car that has all the basics down and some. It’s innovative, to drive, packed with features, backed by an epic and priced to sell. Scion’s is Kia’s gain. — Gold

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