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KIA SOUL GETS AN ALL-NEW TURBO ENGINE!

By NITISH S. RELE - motoringtampabay@gmail.com
As if 161 horsepower was not enough, the Kia Soul now gets a bump to 201 hp @ 6000 rpm, thanks to an all-new 1.6-liter gas-direct 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. Also receiving a boost is torque of 45 to 195 @ 4500 rpm. And out goes the previous 6-speed auto to be replaced by a seamless 7-speed gearbox. Regardless of these and other changes, nowhere on the road would you miss the funky, tall and boxy look of the subcompact wagon. Indeed, it has turned out to be one of the turnaround vehicles for the rapidly-growing Korean carmaker.
Redesigned clear-lens headlights and fog lamps flank the chrome grille surround up front as the high-mounted vertical tail lamps stand out in the rear. For the first time, the Soul gets dual chrome twin-tip exhaust. The 4.3-inch instrument cluster hosts deeply recessed gauges while an 7-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. Auto a/c, 60/40 split fold rear seat, 10-way power driver seat, D-shaped leather tilt/telescopic steering wheel, remote keyless entry, push-button start and power windows and door locks are standard. 
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag for both rows, four-wheel antilock brakes, vehicle stability and traction control, rearview camera, front seatbelts pretensioners, hill start assist, front/rear crumple zones, side impact door beams and tire pressure monitoring come at no extra cost.
The reasonable Soul is an attention-grabber. At the same time, the wagon delivers a decent amount of power to result in a comfortable and classy ride. Plus, the Soul comes with notable power train, basic and roadside assistance warranties. Beat that, competitors!

SOUL!
Tires: 235/45R18
Wheelbase: 101.2 inches
Length: 163 inches
Weight: 3,232 pounds
Suspension: MacPherson strut front, torsion beam rear
Steering: electric power
Fuel capacity: 14.2 gallons
City: 26 mpg
Highway: 31 mpg
Base price: $22,650
Web site: www.kia.com

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