Subcompact hatchback cars are becoming increasingly common. They offer roomy interiors in a small, fuel-efficient package, often representing a good value. The 2011 Kia Soul is a five-door subcompact hatchback that is worth considering if you are purchasing a car in this class.
The Kia Soul is offered in four trim lines: Base, Plus (+), Exclaim (!) and Sport. The Soul Base is the only trim to offer the less powerful 1.6-liter 120 horsepower four-cylinder engine. The other Soul trims have 2.0-liter engine producing 142 horsepower. Standard safety in all Souls includes electronic brake assistance, ABS brakes, traction control, and a vehicle stability control system. The Soul earned a top safety pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The Soul Base is only offered with a five-speed manual transmission, which returns fuel economy of 26-mpg city and 31-mpg highway. It has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $13,300. At this price, the Soul is one of the top ten cheapest 2011 cars.
Standard features in the Soul Base include air conditioning, tachometer, tilt steering, tilt steering column, tire inflation/pressure monitor, trip computer, and CD player. To add more features, buyers will need to move up in trim lines. The Soul Base weights 2,560 pounds.
The Soul +, !, and Sport trims offer an optional four-speed automatic transmission, along with a variety of other features. Starting MSRPs for these trim lines are $15,495, $18,495, and $18,495, respectively. Fuel economy is 24-mpg city and 30-mpg highway with the automatic, which is below average for its class. For example, the new 2011 Ford Fiesta, which has a 1.6-liter 119 horsepower f-our-cylinder engine, offers an optional six-speed automatic transmission that helps it get mileage of 30-mpg city and 38-mpg highway.
The Soul seats five passengers, although it will be pretty tight for three adults in the rear seats. It does offer a spacious 39” of rear legroom, which is excellent for its class. Front legroom is 42.1”. Total interior cargo room for the Soul with the rear seats folded flat is 53.4 cubic feet and 19.3 cubic feet with the rear seats up.
In short, the Soul’s positives are that it offers a spacious passenger area, useful and well-designed interior and bold exterior color choice. Its negatives are its below average fuel economy for its class, weak acceleration, and outdated four-speed automatic transmission, which is not even offered on the base trim.
The 2011 Kia Soul has been marketed to younger buyers that offers the practically to suit drivers of all ages. It offers a sporty, more desirable look than boxier, more spacious competitors, the Scion xB and Nissan Cube. The Soul is unchanged in 2011, having made its debut in 2010. It is assembled in South Korea. Competitors to the Soul include the Honda Fit, Dodge Caliber, and Nissan Versa hatchback.
Originally posted 2011-03-27 09:27:06. Republished by Blog Post Promoter