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The improved 2014 Kia Soul with hordes of premium features

2014-02-20 00:50:15
The improved 2014 Kia Soul with hordes of premium features
The improved 2014 Kia Soul with hordes of premium features

The new 2014 Kia Soul from the Korean automakers is a serious version of its old hatchback, which was referred as a hamster car and had weird features such as speakers that change colors. The new model Kia shows that it has gone through revamping and has matured greatly. The earlier hatchback was upright and comical whereas the new model offers an aggressive stance with square shoulders and round fenders. The car might look familiar to buyers because it has stolen features from Track’str concept such as improved tiger nose grilles and the large lower air intake. Though it is very much a Soul in the front the back projects a different outlook and it is visually better. 

From the inside the car looks even better and the interior has been enlarged widthwise by 0.6” and a wheelbase of 0.8”. There is more space for legs, heads and shoulders for a comfortable long drive and the storage space has also been increased by half cubic feet making it 24.2 Cu ft overall. But with folded seats the space increases to a tremendous 61.3 Cu ft and you can put in quite an amount of luggage. Peace prevails in the interior with added padding and the road and wind noise is greatly reduced. A layered carpet helps reduce the noise further down. The large sunroof affords panoramic view of surroundings adding an airy sensation inside. Entry and exit have been made easier by reducing the step-in height by 0.2”.

Other premium features include Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel mounted controllers, telescopic steering wheel with tilt and additional $1,400 packages that offer 8-inch screen navigation, audio package and automatic climate control, and the Primo Package that provides fog lights, push button start, cool/heated seats front and rear, rear view camera and panoramic sunroof. The top trim with additional options such as leather seats, shiny wheels, Power driver’s seat and LED light strips are same as the basic model except the above mentioned.

Coming to power the 2014 Kia Soul is fitted with a 2.0 L I-4 that utilizes the technology of gas direct injection and works up 164hp and 151lb-ft. In the midrange the car really moans after its initial pickup and uphill is pain. It is front wheel drive with 6-speed auto transmission with unobtrusive gear shifting. The earlier soul hit 0-60 in 906 seconds but the new 2014Soul makes it effortlessly in 8.4.compared to its predecessors this car is a better ride and has improved quite a lot. The braking department has decreased more than 10ft which is 126 vs 114 and the soul achieves the 8 a shade quicker at 0.50 seconds and at a better average.

The 2014 Kia Soul is not all that great in fuel economy and it is rated 23mpg in the city and 31mpg on highways by EPA. However, these figures may go awry in reality.  Overall, it is all improved soul than the Kia Soul that was a probable burnout. With a highly cleaned out appearance, hordes of premium features the Soul will prove to be a better rider than what one would anticipate. 

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Kia Sorento
Kia Spectra
Kia Forte
Kia Sedona
Kia Sephia
Kia Soul
Kia Borrego
Kia Quoris
Kia Rondo
Kia Amanti
Kia Cadenza
Kia Rio
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