Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quickie Used Car Review - Kia Soul (2009-2014)

2009-2014 Kia Soul

The Good: Stylish, spacious

The Bad: Ride isn't that good, rear visibility

The Say: Funky looking vehicle that has problems.

Go For: 1.6 LX
Avoid: 2.0 EX

Price Range: P350,000-P480,000
Our Rating: ***

Full ReviewUsed Car Review - Kia Soul (2009-2014)
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Vehicle Overview
Marketed as a crossover SUV, the Soul targeted young buyers due to its bold styling and had attracted buyers to the Korean marque. Locally, it slotted above the Rio but positioned together with the Forte, another compact from the brand.

First model releases have a 2.0 engine which are available in both manual or automatic transmissions which offers decent city driving acceleration but driving at highway speeds will reward you with a noisy engine. Replacing it is a 1.6 engine that has the same characteristics of the larger engine but on a fuel efficient package but is only available with an automatic. Since this vehicle is heavy, handling through corners and suspension capability defies the weight. Ride quality isn't great and road imperfections make things worse and rear visibility is poor due to the exterior design.

1.6 and 2.0 LX models wear a black interior scheme while 2.0 EX have their's which match the exterior color. Controls are within the reach of the driver, a good thing since it is elevated. Another plus is a roomy cabin for all passengers.

What Should I Get
Launched in August 2009, the Soul was first available with a 2.0 engine. The base model is the LX that has the 142hp 2.0 engine, dual airbags, ABS brakes, fog lamps, rear spoiler, 60/40 fold rear seat, all power features, CD player with auxiliary and USB, alarm, keyless entry, and steering wheel audio controls. The top end EX adds roof rails, sun roof, stability control, and rear parking sensors. An updated model arrived in May 2010 which sported a different door handle design and a 1.6 engine that had the upper engine being discontinued in the same year. Apart from a smaller engine (122hp from 2010 to 2012 while June 2012 to later get 128hp), it is downgraded as items such as a driver's airbag, all power features, rear parking sensors, 60/40 fold rear seat, CD player with auxiliary and USB, alarm, and keyless entry. June 2012 had an upgrade to a six speed automatic and telescopic steering wheel, apart from a power increase.

How Much Would It Cost Me
Not much problems were reported especially that this vehicle didn't sell much so expect this vehicle to be reliable. A 2010 recall was issued for EX models regarding the wiring system of the speaker lights, which must be inspected if that inspection had been done.

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