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The Soul exactly desperate for a new look, we understand Kia’s desire to it up to date. Hence, we have a refreshed Kia Soul for 2012. The body style remains the with just a few minor to the exterior and interior.

The biggest can be found under the hood; the now boasts two new engines, both of help to improve fuel by 10 percent over the previous And out go the old transmissions, replaced by more and more modern six-speed

Leading by design, and backed by a warranty, Kia has created a buzz their products. The Soul was the out of the gate, but this refresh it has the strength to go the distance.

What’s to

The unique look of the Soul disappeared, just evolved, and the design continues to appeal to an that takes pleasure in a distinct looking vehicle. The engine is a good balance of and efficiency. Eco packages can boost economy to 36 mpg highway.

Ingress and egress is fantastic. The new are a big improvement.

What’s Not to Like

The bump absorption isn’t more road feel through than we’d And that goes for road too, a hallmark of most this shape. The 1.6-liter is vastly underwhelming. There are cheap materials in the cabin, and the feel flat.

A center storage area and armrest doesn’t come standard on the model.

Driving Impressions

Our source of complaint with the had always been its transmissions, were outdated four- and units. The addition of two new six-speed makes for improved efficiency and shifting. At highway speeds the engines don’t rev as high, but unfortunately there’s noise coming from the road. Due to its the Soul feels a little top in corners, but not enough to stop it being fun on the road.

If performance is your thing, opt for the new engine, which provides acceleration without knocking too mpgs off the bottom line. The is too small of an engine to deliver power for passing and climbing hills efficiently, but it does the everywhere else. The highlight of the is its vast interior space, for a compact.

The cabin feels and the lifted ride height you don’t need an SUV to get a good of the road.

Engine and Drivetrain

A GDI four-cylinder engine comes in the base model and produces 138 and 123 lb-ft of torque. Both the and Soul! make use of a new 2.0-liter engine with a more 164 horsepower and 148 lb-ft of torque. both engines, a choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed transmission is available.

Green Evaluation/Gas Mileage

We to preface this by noting the of the Soul it’s one that lend itself to superior That’s why we’re pleasantly with the 1.6-liter’s 27 mpg city and 35 mpg and the 2.0-liter’s 26 city/34 highway, are considerably better than Nissan Cube’s 31 mpg highway. improve by one or two mpg across the board the addition of Idle Stop and Go a system that turns off the when the car is idle.

It’s in an ECO package that also the Soul out with low-rolling-resistance

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Features and

KIA Soul Electric Cars

Appealing to all of the techies out there, Kia has set radio capability and USB/auxiliary as standard. The base system integrates connected mp3 players but the base model is truly down in most other Creature comforts can be found in the and Soul! (the Plus and respectively), like Bluetooth, entry, a sunroof, leather steering wheel with and an adjustable six-way driver’s

Other options we’d a 350-watt Infinity audio and the navigation system with camera for improved visibility backing up.

Due to its shape, the Soul spectacular head and legroom for all and its ride height makes in and out a breeze. The rear seats down for added cargo too. The instrument panel is looking and a little funky, the Soul’s nature, and optional seat inserts give it personality.

A tilting/telescoping steering comes standard to improve comfort.

While a new front and rear hood, and headlights and taillights the Soul, it’s lost of the quirky styling cues. Big with LED bulbs on the Soul. a belt line, bold arches, and blacked out A- and B-pillars it a distinctly cool look. paint colors like and a variety of wheel choices are available.

Market Segment and

The Soul’s direct competition from the Nissan Cube at $14,740), launched in the U.S. the year, but cross-shops can be found in a of segments. The Honda Fit. Juke. and even the Mazda5 are a look.

MSRP start at for the base and $15,700 with an The Soul+ jumps to $16,300 $17,300 A/T and the Soul! starts at

What We Think

Kia’s is clearly a niche vehicle for people who are drawn to a car with a unexpected design. And Kia could stopped there. Instead, added some great to the boxy Soul, improved economy, and actually made it fun to drive.

It’ll never bring in the big numbers they have models for that but it fits the for a selective group of buyers.

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