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2011 Kia Soul Hatchback

2011 Kia Soul Review

(3 Stars)  Cute, capable Scion-fighter

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

Overview
The Kia Soul, who shares its chassis with the Kia Rio, is Kia's entry into the "cool" economy car market. Entering the same market with such models as the Scion Xb and the Nissan Cube, it follows their formula of taking an economy car chassis and wrapping it in a cooler exterior, which has proven more desirable to younger buyers. This new styling was done under the supervisor of Peter Schreyer, who designed the Audi TT and is now Kia's Design Chief.

Both engines available on the Soul are very fuel efficient options. The base engine is a 1.6 liter four cylinder rated at 122 Hp with the upgrade engine making 142 HP from its 2.0 liter four cylinder. Transmission choices are a 5 speed stick or 4 speed auto, regardless of which engine is selected.

The Soul has many of the modern expected features such as standard traction control, stability control, and six airbags. Some of the features are themselves designed to lure the younger crowd, such as a hounds tooth interior and lights on the speakers which pulse to the beat of the music.

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2011 Soul Base Hatchback Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.6L in-line four-cylinder DOHC with variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: EPA (08):, 26 MPG city, 31 MPG highway, 28 MPG combined and 355 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
12.7gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 122 hp @ 6,300 rpm; 115 ft lb of torque @ 4,200 rpm

'11 Kia Hatchback Standard Equipment

  Braking and Handling  
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Four Wheel ABS
  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Auto On Headlights
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Passenger Air Bag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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Satellite Radio
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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