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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Kia Soul The Choice Is Yours

By Carltone Belaware

"You can get with this or you can get with that. This is a ride that looks different and move different, may be even smells different", these are the lines said for the new Kia soul, a new way to roll.

The Kia soul is a compact sized, mini vehicle that is designed at Kia's design center at California, launched in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show, produced in South Korea and marketed worldwide beginning with model year 2010. The soul uses the 'Tiger Nose' which is new corporate grille of Kia, and designed by Peter Schreyer design chief of Kia.

The Soul features somewhat stylish and more comfortable interiors that comprise two semi-bucket seats at the front.

There are two seats at the rear which are optional that means if they are not required they can be removed easily for that extra storage space. The car is available with a four-speaker stereo system that includes a USB port, CD player, and Satellite Radio. Additional features can be made available on demand for more ugradation like speakers, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth for hands-free connectivity. Many custom upgrades for the Kia Soul. These include 18" alloy wheels, cruise control, leather wrapped steering wheel, and racing stripes, "dragon" and "houndstooth" graphics, and LED turn indicators.

The latest version of the Kia Soul is available with one of two inline four-cylinder gasoline engines. The base model is powered by a 1.6 liter unit producing 122 bhp (91 kW) and associated exclusively with a 5-speed manual transmission.

Higher trim model features a 2.0 liter unit producing 142 bhp (106 kW) connected to a standard 5-speed manual transmission with a 4-speed automatic available as the only option. European models have the 1.6 liter diesel engine producing 128 bhp (95 kW) and 260 Nm (190 lbft) torque, associated with a manual five-speed gearbox.

Kia Soul received maximum five star safety ratings by Euro NCAP in 2009, which makes the Kia Soul among the safest B-segment family cars in the world. The New Zealand model of the Soul was awarded the maximum five star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program as well.

The Australian versions get 4 out of 5 stars. The Kia Soul was awarded 'Top Safety Pick' from The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the US.

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