Cool Car! Cool Colour!
The Kia Soul is one bright car, literally. As I was picking up the Kia Soul, it’s presence in the parking lot was very visible. The Kia Soul in Solar Yellow was a standout in the parking lot and along the streets of Winnipeg. I was actually expecting the Kia to arrive in the Alien Green colour that I’ve normally noticed on the streets. Solar Yellow is just as bright, colourful and very visible.
The Kia Soul is very comfy with a spacious interior for a 5-passenger hatchback. It offers an extremely smooth ride and just sitting in the driver’s seat, an interior and dashboard that is packed with features.
The Kia Soul was extensively re-designed for 2014 and the features are impressive. Let’s start with the cooling glove box and air conditioned cooling seats which are welcome features with the hot summer days we’ve been experiencing in Winnipeg. The soft touch plastics on the dash feel great including those on the padded arm rests. Piano black trim gives the interior of the Kia Soul an upgraded classy look.
The Infiniti audio system with cool disc shaped speakers looked pretty neat as well. I kind of felt like a DJ rather than a driver with a “flying saucer” styled tweeter in the middle of the front dash board. The panoramic sunroof opens up beautifully and for Manitoba summers, the sun can shine for both front and rear passengers.
Powering the 2014 Kia Soul SX Luxury edition is a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder DOHC engine providing 164hp and 151lb-ft torque. Energuide fuel efficiency is rated at 8.8L/100kms in the city and 6.5L/100kms on the highway.
The Kia Soul comes in equally colourful names such as Inferno Red, Polar White, Alien Green and Fathom Blue. Base price as tested for the 2014 Kia Soul SX Luxury model is $27,195. Add taxes ($100) and freight ($1665), total price of the media tester is $28,960.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal