Advertising is all about accepting people’s attention. Friends still allocution about the hamsters agitation out in a Kia Soul in the average of Super Bowl commercials aback in 2010. Hundreds of hamsters active on cage auto while the air-conditioned gangster/hamsters cruise by in a new red Kia Soul was a ablaze aid. Ten years later, Kia has upped the aggregate aloof a bit with avant-garde administration and alike electrification in the 2020 Soul EV.
Autowriters Jim Powell and Vince Bodiford anniversary spent a anniversary in the new Kia Soul GT-Line. Bodiford activated the Soul with the 1.6 liter turbo in aerial distance winter active in the Rocky Mountain region, and Powell activated a 2.0 liter Kia in Southern California.
For a abate belvedere and brand, there are abounding choices for buyers. The Soul is accessible in six trim levels – LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, “EX Designer Collection” – additional the all-new Soul EV.
Exterior updates accommodate new headlights with slimmer daytime active lights and about-face signals. There is a beyond advanced grille and flared advanced fenders. The vertical rear window and taillights accept been adapted and best will admit the angel as a “Cool Soul.” On the applied side, the new belvedere and anatomy will abutment some weight on the roof, and engineers accept included roof arbor ascent points.
Jim’s Soul had the 2.0-liter gas engine. “There is added achievement in the revised 2.0-liter gas engine, but the constant-variable “IVT” chiral aggregate would not be my aboriginal best in drivetrains. All the new ability is transferred through a mileage-oriented dispatch agent administration software, which takes some of the fun out of the arbitrary Soul. Enthusiasts who adulation to drive should opt for the 6-speed chiral transmission,” Jim said.
Vince’s had the 1.6-liter Turbocharged gas engine: “The turbo absolutely compensated for the aerial distance testing. The little powerplant is active and puts out affluence of power, but my analysis archetypal suffered from a abrupt dart which followed a abrupt but apparent turbo lag on harder acceleration. I anticipate the gearing and chiral are fine, but I doubtable the normally-aspirated 2.0-liter that Jim collection was smoother through the powerband,” Vince said.
The iconic appearance and contour assume actual agnate to the first-generation Soul, yet it rides on an all-new platform. The new “GT-Line” and “X-Line” models add some achievement cues but the car is still a reliable commuter. The administration for the 2020 Soul is added defended and ashore to the pavement during high- acceleration lane-changes. Braking is added authentic and council is added precise. Kia has added a new akin of composure to the 2020 Soul with bigger active dynamics. Yet, Kia did not balloon to accumulate the 2020 Kia Soul blue abundant to be fun.
The new 10.25-inch advanced blush affectation is intuitive. Like all Kia vehicles, the controls are analytic and accessible to reach, alike for beneath drivers. There is an flush feel to the abstracts acclimated on the central of the cabin, and additionally a new Head-Up Affectation [HUD] is alternative on the college trim levels. The seats are added admiring upfront and the berth is a nicer abode to be for alley trips. Some anticipate this adapted Soul is added “mature” but I feel the Kia Soul is added accessory to best road-trips.
They additionally accommodate their host of assurance appearance alleged “Kia Drive Wise” on all models. The driver-assist appearance accommodate Forward Collision Avoidance with banal detection, Lane Befitting Assist, Lane Changing Assist with council inputs, Blind-spot Collision Warning, and Rear Cross Collision Warning. Accessible artery assurance is added with their Smart Cruise Ascendancy and Aerial Beam Assist.
Nice touches accommodate accessible wireless charging, bifold auto altitude control, and added speakers on the aerial trims. Soul continues to show-off their signature tweeters in the advanced and bumps up the affection lighting options. Customizable lighting emits a bendable afterglow from the centermost aperture panels and a different 3D arrangement apparent on the aerial aperture panels. It can additionally be synchronized with the music arena through the audio system. This can be appealing air-conditioned or appealing distracting, depending on your altruism and akin of fatigue one adventures while active at night. It can additionally be angry off if your arch is anguish appropriate forth with the ample subwoofer bass.
Unique to Kia/Hyundai/Genesis is a Driver Absorption Warning arrangement that monitors the driver’s face for signs of apathy or distraction. I begin this arrangement did not accept some “head-banging” rock-n-roll music, driver-seat dancing, sing-along moves that fabricated me acclaimed in aerial school. The readout warned me and capital me to booty a breach abundant eventually than needed!
Jim Powell: “There is consistently a accommodation back alteration a blue fan admired to accommodated the needs of the masses, aiming to allure buyers of the Boomer Generation with the best affairs power. Kia has done a acceptable job of befitting the 2020 Soul beginning and aspersing the compromises while carrying an adapted ride and interior, and still befitting some hamster alarm and fun. They accept done this all while befitting the 2020 Kia Soul affordable.”
Vince Bodiford: “The all-new Kia Soul is air-conditioned as ever. It has backbone and personality like few added cars out there. If I could beachcomber a abracadabra baton and get annihilation abroad on the Soul, it would be all caster drive and added power. If it had AWD, I’d buy one – I like it that much. If you don’t charge AWD (and not everybody does) it’s a abundant agent that offers some of the better blast for the buck, not to acknowledgment the air-conditioned and fun factors.”
Pricing starts at MSRP $17,490. Soul GT Line appraisement is $27,498 additional a few account and shipping. Fuel abridgement ranges from 27-mpg to 32-mpg. For added information, see your bounded Kia dealer, or appointment www.Kia.com.
Vince Bodiford is the automotive editor of the nationally-syndicated auto feature The Weekend Drive, and Jim Powell is the automotive editor of Driven By, based in Southern California. Both are associates of the Motor Press Guild.
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