Heated Black Cloth Seats w/ Soul Logo, Power Sunroof, Front Log Lights, 60/40 Split-Folding Rear Seats, AM/FM/CD+MP3+Sirius, Tweeter Speakers, Air Conditioning, Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Mounted Controls, Power Windows, Power Door Locks & Power Mirrors, Bluetooth, 18” Alloy Wheels, 2.0L I4, 4-Speed Automatic and ONLY 119,650 km
Pardon the pun, but this thing’s actually got some soul. As such, this commuter-friendly hatchback is a game-changer and a fun-to-drive small car.
Kia set out to make the Soul appear to be something more than just another box, so the Korean automaker’s designers created a greenhouse with an eye-catching reverse-wedge shape, pushed the wheels out to the corners, and wrapped them in wide rubber. Out front, the Soul’s big, round nose and tiny grille has become known as Kia’s new “bulldog styling” cue.
The pushed-out wheels lend the Soul a wide stance and sporty presence. Inside, there’s plenty of space for you and your guests. Legroom is more than adequate for passengers in front and rear, and there’s plenty of head and shoulder room for taller passengers.
Drop the 60/40-split rear seats, and the Soul actually becomes a capable hauler at 53.4 cu ft. Up front, you’ll find plenty of cubbies for stashing cell-phones and iPods and the like, along with a glovebox deep enough to hold a laptop computer.
In addition to its wallet-friendly fuel economy and array of gizmos, the Soul also offers a full portfolio of safety features. The Soul packs just about every electronic safety system you could think of, including ABS, Brake Assist, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. It also features dual front airbags, side airbags for the front seat passengers, active headrests on the front seats and full-length side-curtain airbags. The 2010 Kia Soul has outstanding safety credentials. The National Highway Traffic Safety Admin (NHTSA) gives the 2010 Soul five stars and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awards it a “Top Safety Pick” designation.
We think the 2010 Kia Soul is a compelling new entry in the economy car market: one with a pleasant driving character, lots of space, good build quality and loads of features. There are other choices to consider, naturally, none however, offers the Soul’s particular hip brand of style and character. And that’s certainly something we’ve never uttered about a Kia before.
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The Bottom Line: The 2010 Kia Soul outsmarts urban wagons like the Nissan Cube with uniquely kicky styling, more room, and an easygoing attitude. Granted, the styling of the 2010 Kia Soul is not for everyone, but don’t be surprised to see a lot of thumbs-ups flashed your way if you happen to be driving one.
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