New Engines and Design Refresh For 2016 Model Year Kia Soul


The compact urban crossover Kia Soul of the second generation (someone calls it a hatchback, and someone even sees it as a compact car) did the world premiere in March 2013 at the car show in New York, and in the autumn of that year it took place European showrooms at the Frankfurt exhibition. Preserving recognizable proportions, the car in comparison with the predecessor has noticeably changed in appearance, grew in size and “overgrown” with modern equipment.

In addition, the “Soul” raised above the ground for an additional 0.4″, under its hood “prescribed” a new gasoline unit, while removing the turbodiesel, and the list of equipment supplemented with new options.

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Minor Exterior Update

In the summer of 2015, the Kia carried out a small update of the SUV, making minor changes to its exterior.

The characteristic and unconventional appearance of Soul provides him instant recognition – the car looks stylish, fervent and aggressive. The exterior of the crossover is distinguished by such fashionable attributes as LED lights in the front and rear lighting equipment, the proprietary “mouth of the tiger” and relief bumpers with integrated round-bars of the fog lamps.

Kia Soul 2nd generation get all the same cubic body, which is endowed with swollen wheel arches and decorated with chrome, and individualize it can be due to two-color painting and four types of rims with a diameter of 16 to 18 inches.

Fresh Looking Interior

Interior decoration Soul of the second generation is made in accordance with the family style of the brand, which reminds other models of Kia, although the original solutions in it are nevertheless interspersed. Directly in front of the driver – a large steering wheel with a scattering of control elements, and in the top versions also with heating. The combination of instruments can be of two types: in junior configurations, the scales are hidden in separate wells, in the senior there is a Supervision panel with strict dials and a 4.3-inch dashboard.

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The central console looks fresh and attractive, and a certain merit in this belongs to the “lacquered” design. It houses a standard audio system with a small screen (in expensive versions is replaced by an 8-inch screen) and the original unit of the climate system with a round monochrome dial. The interior is predominantly made of soft plastics, diluted with silver and glossy decor, and the seats are decorated with fabric or genuine leather.

In the arsenal of the second generation Kia Soul – comfortable front seats with elastic lateral support, dense fill and sufficient intervals of adjustments. The rear sofa is implicitly molded for two passengers, but the stock of space on all fronts makes it easy to sit three.

The luggage compartment of the Soul is small – only 354 liters in the marching condition. Under the floor – a 0.5 cu ft organizer with three compartments, and only beneath it is a compact spare wheel and a necessary set of tools. The back of the rear seats is formed by unequal parts (60/40), as a result of which the volume increases to 48.2 cu ft, but it is not possible to completely level the ground.

New Engine Options

Kia Soul second generation is offered with two petrol power units.

As a basic variant on the crossover, a four-cylinder petrol naturally aspirated with a volume of 1.6 liters with a distributed fuel supply and 16-valve timing DOHC, which generates 124 horsepower at 6300 rpm and 112 ft lb of torque at 4850 rpm, is installed on the crossover. He is in tandem separated 6-speed gearbox – manual or automatic, giving the whole moment to the front wheels. From zero to the first hundred, the SUV accelerates in 11.3-12.5 seconds, its top speed is 110-113 MPH.

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Next comes the gasoline atmospheric I4 GDI for 1.6 liters, which, unlike the “younger” motor is equipped with direct fuel injection into the combustion chamber. Its output has 132 “horses” at 6300 rpm and 118 ft lb of torque, which is realized from 4850 rpm. Together with him works only automatic transmission, as a result of which Soul is provided the acceleration to sixty after 11.7 seconds and the top speed of 112 MPH.

A “top” is a 2.0-liter gasoline naturally aspirated with a capacity of 150 hp at 6200 rpm and a torque of 141 ft lb (at 4000 rpm), which works in conjunction with a six-band automatic and provides Soul reaching a speed of sixty miles per hour in 10.2 seconds.

Soul of the second generation is based on the extended platform Kia cee’d of the current generation. Front mounted spring suspension with posts like McPherson, rear – torsion bar and hydraulic telescopic shock absorbers.
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