KIA Soul

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KIA Soul EV  2018 2022
2018 2022

The 2020 Kia Soul EV has evolved from a niche electric car to a downright best-seller.
And it evolved to a range of EV-variants for the Soul, even if an electric motor used to be the single option.

The 2020 Soul might look like a facelift, but it is a brand new car. The outside is still a two-box body with short overhangs, great for the city’s tight parking spots. The front bumper is bigger now, with the headlights smaller and positioned higher, to avoid hitting them during parking. Its overall size still places it in the small-segment category: it’s 4195 mm (13.7 ft) long, 1800 mm (5.9 ft) wide and has a height of 1605 mm (5.2 ft). But the biggest changes are on the technical side.

There is a new 64 kWh battery installed under the floor, in the middle of the car. Now it is liquid-cooled, which means it can last more and charge faster. On the rear, Kia has finally installed an independent suspension for a better ride and handling. The cabin was improved with a better infotainment unit and a 10.25” screen, which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

To power-up the vehicle there are two options available: 100 kW and 150 kW motors. While the base model is equipped with a smaller, 40 kWh battery, the latter can have the 64 kWh unit and have a bigger range, subsequently.

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KIA Soul
KIA Soul   2018 2022
2018 2022

The new KIA Soul was revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018.
The eccentric subcompact had been a success in the US market and the Soul reached its third generation.

Its boxy design was kept for the new model, however, the KIA Soul came with newly sculpted lines and futuristic lighting elements. The exterior design included refreshed daytime running light and turn signal indicator, a larger two-tone front grille, roof rack mounting points, C Pillars that were designed to create the visual sensation of airplane wings and others.
The cabin was equipped with wireless charging, dual auto climate control, and other nice features.

The KIA Soul was offered with 2 engines, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder delivering 147hp mated with either a 6-speed manual or the KIA’s in-house IVT. KIA also released a sportier version of the Soul, with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder offering 201 hp, mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The car could be ordered with a front-wheel-drive or an all-wheel-drive system.

The new KIA was equipped with the ultimate safety systems, such as the FCA (Forward Collision Avoiding), LKA (Lane Keeping Assist), LCA (Lane Changing Assist), DAW (Driver Attention Warning), BCW (Blind-spot Collision Warning), RCW (Rear Cross Collision Warning), SCC (Smart Cruise Control) and HBA (High Beam Assist).

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KIA Soul
KIA Soul   2013 2018
2013 2018

With the 2014 model, the Kia Soul keeps its instantly-recognizable design while upgrading its comfort, handling and visuals.
Riding on a new, longer, stiffer and wider chassis, the 2014 Soul will allow more passenger and cargo room while offering a nimbler handling, perfect for the urban environment. The more upscale look, makes good use of soft-touch materials, leather seats and high-gloss piano black trimmings inside. The interior will also be more quieter and it will be suited with standard features like power windows, heated mirrors, tilt/telescopic steering wheel and a six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system. Apart from the minor visual enhancements on the outside, the European-spec Kia Soul can be equipped with the all-new “SUV Styling Pack” that includes blackened-out lower fascias, wheel arches, A and B pillars, side skirts as well as new alloy wheels options.

In 2014, Kia also introduced the Soul EV. Same quirky looks, about the same practicality but zero emissions and a decent range for urban roaming.

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KIA Soul   2008 2013
2008 2013

A vehicle designed for urban traffic, the Kia Soul was unveiled to the public in 2008 at the Paris Auto Show and started selling in 2009.
The concept car was presented earlier in 2006 at the North American Internation Auto Show in Detroit.

With its unusual boxy design, the Kia Soul could’ve been either loved or hated, no in-between.

Based on the Hyundai i20’s platform, the Kia Soul was a lot taller and more rigid, offering a tough ride. While within city limits the small crossover did well, motorways were not its favorite place to be.

Offered with a choice of two engines both developing 126 hp, the Diesel was the most desired option, as the gasoline engine was a little lazy. A 5-speed manual transmission was standard, with the 1.6-liter diesel powerplant could be mated with an optional automatic gearbox.

The 5-door hatchback was available with a front-wheel drive system only and it offered great passenger space due to an unusual long wheelbase. While most vehicles in its class did not offer great storage capacity, the Soul’s trunk had a capacity of 340 liters, the same as the Kia C’eed.

Safety wise, the standard Kia Soul was equipped with optional electronic stability program, traction control, brake assistance, ABS, EBD and even a rear parking assist system.

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