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2010 Kia Soul Overview
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Based on 39 reviews
The Kia Soul, a five-seat crossover SUV based on a stretched and stiffened Kia Rio platform, debuted at the LA Auto Show in 2008 and will be offered as a 2010 model. With its five-door hatchback design, front-wheel-drive drivetrain and fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, it seems slated to tackle the urban youth market in a move that will endlessly be compared to Scion. Four trim levels - Base, Soul+, Soul!, and Soul Sport - stretch across two engines, a 1.6- and a 2.0-liter inline four.
Neither engine offers blistering performance - 122 hp for the 1.6 and 142 for the 2.0 - but the 2.0 at least seems to offer sufficient power and pep for around-town driving, if not highway passing or hill climbing. As the engine is pushed, it becomes ragged and harsh tones penetrate the cabin, and while no test drives could be found for the 1.6, one can only assume this will be exacerbated with its loss of displacement and power.
As with Scions, the major points of attraction for the Soul come in the form of extreme affordability and unique customizability. Even the top-tier Soul Sport is estimated to fall below twenty thousand dollars, and a long list of options coupled with many standard high-tech features are slated to attracted younger audiences. If high performance isn’t much of a concern, the Soul seems a likely candidate to make a lot of noise in its debut year.
by Michael Perkins
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