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QUIRKY KIA SOUL A TOUGH ACT TO BEAT!

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
After a major redesign last year, the Kia Soul continues mostly as is in 2015. Nowhere on the road would you miss the funky, tall and boxy look of this subcompact wagon, which has been one of the turnaround vehicles for the rapidly-growing Korean carmaker.
It is not a power house but the 2.0-liter gasoline-direct injection inline-4 cylinder engine is sufficient to get the job done. Mated to a smooth 6-speed auto gear box, the Soul develops 164 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 151 pounds-feet of torque @ 4000 rpm.
Clear-lens headlights flank the chrome grille up front as the high-mounted vertical tail lamps stand out in the rear. The 4.3-inch instrument cluster hosts deeply recessed gauges while an 8-inch touch screen displays navigation, radio and vehicle readings. Storage areas are abundant: there is the two-tier glove box, center armrest bin and best of all a huge under-floor cargo organizer. Air-conditioning, 60/40 split fold rear seat, 10-way power driver seat, tilt/telescopic steering column, remote keyless entry, and power windows and door locks are standard. 
Indeed, the affordable Soul is an attention-grabber that will stop anyone in their tracks. At the same time, the wagon delivers a decent amount of power to result in a comfortable and sophisticated ride quality. Plus, the Soul comes with noteworthy power train, basic and roadside assistance warranties. Now, that is a tough act to beat.

SOUL!
Tires: 235/45R18
Wheelbase: 101.2 inches
Length: 163 inches
Weight: 2,837 pounds
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, torsion beam rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 14.2 gallons
City: 23 mpg
Highway: 31 mpg
Base price: $20,790
Web site: www.kia.com

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