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2011 Kia Soul Base Hatchback

2011 Kia Soul Review

(3 Stars)  Cute, capable Scion-fighter

Reviewed by Automobile Magazine on

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 Base Hatchback Standard Equipment

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