Test Drive: 2014 Kia Soul | Fox News

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Kia Soul

Test Drive: 2014 Kia

When it comes to funky boxes on wheels, only one has the goods.

Since its introduction in the Kia Soul has trounced rivals the xB and Nissan Cube and become the second best-selling vehicle the Optima sedan, moving 100,000 units last alone.

Its formula of low price and style stuffed into a practical package has proved popular among bargain who are looking for a cool ride, but are confident or nerdy enough to not the whole embarrassing dancing association.

So successful it has become that Kia want anyone to think it a thing this year, though the 2014 model is an car. It refers to the design as a word typically applied to like the Porsche 911, not generation subcompact crossovers, hey, no reason to fix what’s not

Nevertheless, the new Soul is updated in significant and welcome ways. slightly lower, longer and and gets a more refined than the old car, with far detail work on its exterior any vehicle with a starting of $15,495 has a right to.

There’s bits of chrome, inserts and a very prominent bumper insert for doing in the urban parking arena. colors include Latte and Kale Green, because

Three trim levels are available, Base, +, and. that’s really what Kia them. A 130 hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual is standard, while + and. come with a 164 hp 2.0-liter and six-speed automatic.

Oddly, they both the same combined fuel at 26 mpg, but you can wring out a smidge with the Eco package and stop/start available on + models.

Inside, the has been dialed way up, with a soft-touch dash, floating on top of it, optional heated and ventilated a panoramic sunroof and, of mood lighting rings the door speakers, another Soul feature.

Navigation an 8-inch touchscreen that like a jumbotron in a car this is available, as is HD and satellite radio and cloud-connected Uvo telematics feature, offers automated crash via your Bluetooth-connected smartphone.

Kia Soul

The cabin is less claustrophobic the Soul’s tidy exterior would suggest, and the upright provides plenty of legroom all but five-passengers remain a tight The rear cargo compartment is now a 24.2 cubic feet, five more than Boxes are all about space after all.

Although its styling tweaks are on those from a concept the Track’ster shown a couple of ago, the Soul is still far a sports car. I does great body control, a ride on bumpy urban and surprisingly sharp handling through a chunky steering but is only as quick as a commuter car is to be.

Over the past few years, probably recommended the Soul to more than any other thanks to the good value it is. Lucky for me, every one of them who that advice has been pleased with their As it turns out, I’ve no time recommending the 2014 and, after taking him for a one of my previous victims is already on rolling his 2012 into one of

Icons, apparently you can live them.

Especially when you can them.

2014 Kia Soul +

Price: $18,995

As Tested:

Type: 5-door, 5-passenger

Engine: 2.0-liter 4-cylinder

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