2012 Kia Soul 2012 Kia Soul First Drive Review Road & Track

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KIA Soul Electric Cars

By Carter Jung August 29,

Not many models can credit success to anthropomorphic hamsters an eclectic playlist, but that’s what has happened with the Kia Kias, for once, are actually cool. Introduced as a 2010 the Soul sells almost as as the Kia Sorento.

That would be the Scion xB landing in the number two for Toyota, right after the

Although the Soul has been on the for only two years, Kia saw fit to refresh it for Aesthetic changes include new mirrors with turn plus a sculpted hood, head and taillights and new bumpers. The vent on the front bumper now visual cues with the sedan.

Overall length has grown by a by 0.6 in. but all other dimensions remain. trims are available Soul, and Soul! (Soul Sport has dropped) of which the premium comes with projector with LED lighting and LED taillights.

The also sees a few tweaks. A and telescoping steering wheel is now as is Vehicle Stability Management, Assist Control and additional insulation. The center stack and area have been and a new 4.3-in.

UVO voice-activated touchscreen system by Microsoft) is now standard on the Soul. as is a 7-speaker Infinity sound which is optional on the Soul+.

Kia beyond cosmetic changes for the mid-cycle update. Although the remain the same, both have been improved. The new is now direct injected, producing 138 bhp and 123 of torque (the same in the new 2012 Kia Rio).

The older 1.6-liter made 122 bhp and 115 of torque. The revised 2.0-liter (standard on the Soul+ and Soul!) receive direct injection, but it see an increase in oomph it now makes 164 bhp and 148 of torque. The 2.0-liter in the previous Soul produced 142 bhp and 137 lb.-ft. of


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Along with power, efficiency has also been The 1.6-liter Soul has EPA fuel of 27 mpg city/35 mpg highway. The 2.0-liter achieves 26 mpg city/34 mpg highway. a loss of one mpg in each department compared to the new 1.6-liter, but with 26 bhp I fully appreciated driving the Soul up the Seorak Mountains on the seaboard of South Korea.

It’s not exactly a Porsche S, but it made its way through the hilly without problem.

Not all of the efficiency were due to engine upgrades; the 6-speed automatic transmission (a is available) deserves some of the Shifting was smooth and sharp, a improvement over the 4-speed in the 2011 Soul. For more at the pump, an Eco Package is available for the and Soul+, which swaps the for low-rolling resistance ones and Kia’s new ISG technology (idle

The refreshed 2012 Kia Soul at $13,900 for the manual and $15,700 an automatic transmission.

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