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起亚 Kia 2014款 Soul |BLU2TH|AC|PWRLCKS&WNDW|LX|...

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品牌: Kia
车系: Soul
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出厂年份: 2014
变速箱: Automatic
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燃油类型: Gas
车门数: 4
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市内油耗: City8.1
高速油耗: Hwy6.5
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车身颜色: Silver

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重新设计的盒子拥有更好的质量,更多的乐趣。只是看起来四四方方的汽车消失了,新的2014款起亚Soul不仅继续,而且经过重新设计,比以往任何时候都更好。乘坐一个全新的平台,2014年起亚Soul是比其前身更长,更宽,更坚固,使乘坐更舒适,更安全。新的隔音和改进的声学工程使机舱更加安静。但最重要的是内部质量和设计的改进。平板,硬质塑料已经被弯曲的柔软触感材料所取代.Soul在整个机舱内都有一个独特的圆形主题,可以在中央堆叠中看到,并在通风口(顶部有漂亮的圆形扬声器)中呼应,驱动仪表组和换档环绕。在外面,与过去的直立饼乾盒相比,最明显的区别是更柔软的形状。毫无疑问,新的灵魂仍然是一个盒子;它保持相同的比例,但运动更複杂的线条,将弯曲和曲线融入一个仍然明确无误的方形轮廓。前端的微小上部格栅和巨大的网状覆盖下部格栅使Soul看起来接地并且蹲下。圆形的重音,像雾灯一样,与Soul的四四方形形成鲜明对比。两款直喷式四缸发动机继承了上一代起亚Soul。基础1.6升发动机的功率为130马力,扭矩为118磅 - 英尺。 6速手动变速箱或6速自动变速箱。燃油经济性是EPA估计的24/30 mpg城市/高速公路,或26 mpg组合,无论变速箱如何。大多数人都想选择2.0升直列4缸,这对于164马力和151磅 - 英尺的扭矩是有利的,并且仅适用于6速自动变速器.EPA估计的燃油经济性为23/31英里/加仑城市/高速公路,或26英里/加仑组合,显示更强大的2.0 -liter发动机颈部和颈部与标准的1.6-iter.Of note,所有版本2014年起亚Soul运行普通汽油,菲亚特500L和Mini Cooper Countryman需要Premium.In-car技术也在2014年更新了Soul.Cars配备导航使用由Android驱动的新系统,取代旧的微软system.Cars without nav继续使用微软支持的UVO语音识别和免提系统。我们发现2014款起亚Soul是一款有趣的汽车,非常适合在城市中使用,以及中途公路旅行。有很多对于紧凑型车辆而言,后座将适合两到三个相对舒适的驾驶状态。驾驶动力得到改善,但由于其适度的加速度,麻木的转向和相对刺耳的驾驶,灵魂不是你得到的车辆虽然从性价比低于15,000美元开始,但不要期望入门级价格。导航,高级Infinity音响系统和其他好东西等选项价格昂贵且加起来很快。所以期待一个装备精良的2014年起亚Soul接近2万美元大关。更多的人正在与其他小型车交叉购买起亚Soul。事实上,在更多的人正在寻找他们可以获得的东西,而不是在传统的细分市场购物,起亚是一个价格范围内的独特球员,不仅包括更多直接的旅行车型竞争对手,如菲亚特500L,日产立方和Mini Cooper Countryman,它也是购买紧凑型SUV的潜在竞争者。作为本田CR-V和丰田RAV4,以及包括福特嘉年华,本田飞度和马自达2在内的紧凑型掀背车。2014款起亚Soul有两种发动机和三种装饰级别可供选择.Trim级别写为符号;距离基础模型一步之遥的是灵魂+(加号)。顶级模特是灵魂! (Exclaim)。底座Soul仅配备1.6升发动机,可配备6速手动(14,700美元)或6速自动(16,700美元)。标准功能包括手动空调,织物内饰,电动车窗和门锁,六向可手动调节的驾驶员座椅,带音频控制的倾斜和伸缩式方向盘,行车电脑,蓝牙,带卫星广播功能的六音箱音响系统和三个月订阅,辅助音频插孔, USB端口,60/40折叠式后排座椅,带轮盖的16英寸钢轮.Soul Plus车型(售价18,200美元)由2.0升发动机提供动力,仅配备6速自动变速箱。附加功能包括遥控无钥匙进入,巡航控制,带储物箱和集成扶手的中控台,后座中央扶手,外后视镜转向信号指示灯,独特的外饰和17英寸合金轮毂.Soul Plus的选项包括音频套装(1,400美元)包括导航离子和8英寸触摸屏,带中置扬声器的Infinity音响系统,低音炮和外部放大器,高清收音机,多色扬声器灯,自动气候控制,皮革包裹的方向盘和换档旋钮,人造革(乙烯基)内饰和钢琴生态套装($ 400.00)在16英寸合金轮毂上增加了发动机停止/启动功能和低滚动阻力轮胎.Primo包装(3,000)包括皮革内饰,座椅加热和通风,加热后排座椅,加热转向车轮,按钮启动,带有腰部,全景天窗和雾灯的10向电动驾驶员座椅.UVO电子服务套装($ 500.00)增加了UVO远程信息处理服务,后视摄像头和自动大灯.Soul Exclaim车型(20,300美元)配备2.0 - 发动机和自动变速箱,增加皮革包裹的方向盘和换档旋钮,10路电动调节驾驶员座椅,腰部调节,高光钢琴黑色中控台,冷却手套箱体,自动调光后视镜,雾灯,投影仪前灯,前后LED重点灯,独特的外饰和18英寸合金轮毂.Soul Exclaim的选项包括带导航的太阳和声音套装(2,600美元),无限上述音响系统,扬声器灯,自动气候控制和全景天窗。整个Shebang套装(2,500美元)增加了Primo包装上的灵魂+,以及TFT彩色LCD驱动器显示屏和带LED重点照明灯的HID头灯。所有2014款起亚Soul车型都需要防晒和隔音包。所有2014款起亚Soul车型的安全功能包括双前置高级安全气囊,双前置式侧面安全气囊,全长侧帘式安全气囊,电子稳定控制,牵引力控制,ABS,电子制动力分配(EBD),制动辅助和坡道起步辅助。起亚Soul仍然是一个箱子,但它的线条在2014年软化。一旦非常直立的角度现在将弯曲和曲线融入其中设计师说,灵魂从一开始就设计成一个背着背包的野猪。因此,灵魂有着宽阔的下蹲外观。与即将离任的模型相比,2014年Soul的轴距增加了近一英寸,它的宽度超过半英寸。前端有一个微小的上格栅和一个巨大的网状覆盖的下格栅,使Soul看起来接地并蹲下。包括雾灯在内的圆形装饰与Soul的四四方形形状形成对比.Soul Exclaim模型有前牙,与野猪主题相呼应。从侧面看,过去的直立饼乾盒外观已经被更加空气动力学的设计所取代。挡风玻璃比以前更陡峭的倾斜,使得灵魂看起来更加悠閒前窗比垂直方向减小,侧窗的梯形形状保持不变,后侧方形也是如此。轮辋设计因装饰水平而不同。可选择的合金看起来比基本型号的塑料轮盖更好。在后面,Soul採用了新型长而高安装的尾灯。后门比之前的Soul加宽了2.4英寸,使其更加宽阔后端以及使其更加便于装载。底部的两个圆形尾灯与车顶线和举升门的直角形成鲜明对比。2014年起亚Soul的最佳之处在于内饰质量和设计的改进。平板硬质塑料已经被弯曲的柔软触感材料所取代.Soul在整个机舱内都有一个独特的圆形主题,可以在中央堆叠中看到并在通风口中呼应(顶部有漂亮的圆形扬声器),仪錶盘配有两个大型模拟仪表,中间有一个驾驶员信息屏幕。高端Exclaim装饰可以配备一个电子TFT显示屏。我们看到的所有变体都是contem虽然我们没有看到基本型号的例子,但是看起来很容易阅读,而且看起来没那麽准备未来。方向盘上的多个按钮可以改变站点,访问音频和拨打电话很方便,但是他们需要一些时间来适应。织物座椅质量很好。基座可提供适度的可调节性;我们的测试车升级了电动座椅,腰部支撑更舒适。几个小时后我们注意到,我们的下背部和后端都有点疼。我们的可选皮革内饰很硬,有蜡质,我们可能会不知道它是真的,如果我们没有嗅到它,以获得一个明确无误的牛皮气味。我们会选择面料,除非你希望你的灵魂满载Primo包装,自动包括皮革。存储前面的Plus和Exclaim车型很多,中央控制台有一个深储物箱。下侧门口很宽,可以容纳一个或两个大水瓶或咖啡杯。侧门把手也有一个可以容纳的小房间像手机这样的小物品,虽然当我们的驾驶伴侣注意到它的尺寸与他的iPhone 5的尺寸完全相同时我们感到很沮丧,因此,一旦它被楔入就很难找回它.Kia工程师说他们会解决这个问题。未来的问题新的Soul.Cars配备导航使用由Andriod驱动的新系统,取代旧的微软设置,虽然没有导航的车仍然可以配备可选的车载技术。微软支持的UVO语音识别和手机集成系统.Soul还首次採用潘多拉网络电台流媒体。配备导航功能的汽车受益于更宽,8英寸屏幕,使用电容式触摸,可让用户滑动和滚动,如一个智能手机或iPad。控制大多是直观的,屏幕明亮,易于阅读。我们的测试车配备了新的导航系统,语音识别似乎不喜欢我们。前几次我们试图设置方向,它不明白我们在说什麽,要么让我们再试一次,要么在屏幕上列出不正确的信息。随后的尝试更好。即使新系统据说可以使用更自然的语言,一个直到必须使用固定命令才能工作。从正面来看,触摸屏列出了一个可供选择的命令菜单,因此您不必猜测该说什麽.Kia似乎特别为其可选的Infinity音频系统感到自豪。增加了一个中置扬声器,低音炮和外部放大器,以及改变颜色的扬声器灯。卫星收音机和MP3文件的音乐听起来还不错,但没有把我们吹走。系统听起来不错,音量较低,但在然而,对于标准音响系统来说,这是一个很大的改进。感觉发烧友应该考虑购买这个选项,或者去售后市场。由于它的四四方方的形状,起亚Soul有足够的头部空间,无论是前后还是后面。 Soul的宽度为39.1英寸,而菲亚特500L只有33.8英寸,Mini Cooper Countryman只有32.3英寸。因此,起亚Soul更适合携带一个满车的朋友在城裡.Cargo space in the灵魂优于其cl屁股,宽敞的24.2立方英尺后座椅就位,可扩展到61.3立方体,后座椅折叠。菲亚特500L不远处有23.1立方英尺所有座椅都在位,但Mini Cooper Countryman相形见绌由于Soul的直立式座椅位置和大型挡风玻璃,前方能见度非常出色。后部,后门採用宽而短的玻璃,大型C柱在后角产生大量盲点。我们推荐使用后视摄像头以提高安全性。在明尼阿波利斯的试驾中,我们感觉宾至如归。舒适的驾驶室裡有2.0升的发动机。无论是在城市还是在城外的乡村小路上我们没有用1.6升发动机驾驶灵魂,但我们怀疑在城市交通中单人通勤会很好。如果你经常携带人或物,2.0值得投资,特别是因为,根据初步估计来自起亚的车型,更大的发动机在燃油经济性方面只有1英里/加仑的差价。儘管驾驶和操控性得到了提升,但灵魂仍然感觉就像一个箱子。角落周围有相当多的倾斜,这是典型的这些类型汽车。重新进行了改装,但仍然感觉有点奇怪。我们觉得我们有时甚至在长高速公路直道上打车。但是我们不得不积极地驾驶汽车,我们也觉得它不是每个灵魂都带有一个可调节的转向系统,起亚称之为Flex Steer。它允许驾驶员从三种模式中进行选择:舒适,普通和Sport.Sport似乎使转向感觉更加沉重,而舒适Flex Steer系统并没有改变其他车辆动力学,如油门响应或换档点。悬架在坚固的一面,但并不像Mini Cooper Countryman那样喋喋不休。灵魂表现得最好顺利铺平道路。坑洼不安汽车有点,但其修改后的悬架比上一代有所改进。它可能不像Mini Cooper Countryman那样运动,但它更舒适.Brakes工作正常,6速自动变速箱平稳移动。最后,起亚Soul更像是一种生活方式的车辆,我们怀疑大多数购买它的人都不会因为其卓越的驾驶动力而这样做。它很有趣,看起来很独特,并且在一个时髦的包装中注入了大量的实用性。2014年起亚Soul在充满经济的市场中,它是一个有趣,独特的选择。它提供了充足的空间和大大改善的内部空间,虽然价格可以通过包裹和选项快速增加.Laura Burstein在她的试驾后提交了这份NewCarTestDrive.com报告。明尼阿波利斯附近的起亚灵魂.Soul base manual(14,700美元);灵魂自动($ 16,700); Soul Plus($ 18,200); Soul Exclaim($ 20,300)。韩国Hwasung。音频套餐(1,400美元):导航,自动气候控制,Infinity音响系统,扬声器灯; Primo套装(3,000美元):皮革内饰,座椅加热和通风,加热后排座椅,加热方向盘,按钮启动,带有腰部的10向电动驾驶员座椅,全景天窗,雾灯;带电子服务的UVO(500美元):UVO远程信息处理服务,后视摄像头,自动大灯;舖有地毯的地板垫(115美元).Kia Soul Plus($ 18,200)。


Redesigned box boasts better quality, more fun.Just when it seemed boxy cars were going away, the new 2014 Kia Soul not only carries on, but is redesigned and better than ever.Riding on an all-new platform, the 2014 Kia Soul is longer, wider and more rigid than its predecessor, making for a more comfortable and safer ride.New sound insulation and improved acoustic engineering makes the cabin much quieter.Perhaps most significant, though, is the improvement in the interior quality and design.Flat, hard plastics have been replaced with curved, soft-touch materials.The Soul has a unique circular theme throughout the cabin, which can be seen in the center stack and echoed in the air vents (with nifty round speakers that sit on top), the driver instrument cluster and the gearshift surround.On the outside, the most noticeable difference is a more softened shape, compared to the upright cracker box of the past.There's no question the new Soul is still a box; it keeps the same proportions but sports more sophisticated lines, incorporating bends and curves into a still-unmistakable square silhouette.The front end's tiny upper grille and a giant, mesh-covered lower grille make the Soul look grounded and hunkered down.Round accents, like foglights, contrast with the Soul's boxy shape.Two direct-injected, four-cylinder engines carry over from the previous-generation Kia Soul.The base 1.6-liter makes a modest 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 24/30 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined, regardless of transmission.Most will want to opt for the 2.0-liter inline-4, which is good for 164 hp and 151 lb.-ft.of torque and is available only with the 6-speed automatic.EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23/31 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined, showing the more powerful 2.0-liter engine neck-and-neck with the standard 1.6-iter.Of note, all versions of the 2014 Kia Soul run on Regular gasoline, while the Fiat 500L and Mini Cooper Countryman require Premium.In-car technology has also been updated in the 2014 Soul.Cars equipped with navigation use a new system powered by Android, replacing the old Microsoft system.Cars without nav continue to use the Microsoft-powered UVO voice-recognition and handsfree system.We found the 2014 Kia Soul to be a fun car, great for tooling around in the city, and on mid-range road trips.There's plenty of room to carry gear, and the back seat will fit two or three in relative comfort for a compact vehicle.Driving dynamics are improved, but with its moderate acceleration, numb steering and relatively harsh ride, the Soul isn't a vehicle you get for its performance.Although it starts in the reasonable sub-$15,000 category, don't expect much at the entry-level price.Options such as navigation, the premium Infinity audio system and other goodies are expensive and add up fast.So expect a well-equipped 2014 Kia Soul to come closer to the $20,000 mark.More people are cross-shopping Kia Soul with other compact cars.In fact, in a time when more people are looking for what they can get for their money, instead of shopping in a traditional segment, the Kia is a unique player in a price range that includes not only more direct wagon-type competitors such as the Fiat 500L, Nissan Cube and Mini Cooper Countryman, it also is a potential contender space-wise for those shopping for compact SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, as well as sub-compact hatchbacks including the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Mazda2.The 2014 Kia Soul comes with a choice of two engines and three trim levels.Trim levels are written as symbols; one step up from the base model is the Soul + (Plus).Top-of-the-line models are the Soul ! (Exclaim).The base Soul comes only with the 1.6-liter engine and can be fitted with a 6-speed manual ($14,700) or 6-speed automatic ($16,700).Standard features include manually operated air conditioning, fabric upholstery, power windows and door locks, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, a trip computer, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio capability and three-month subscription, auxiliary audio jack, USB port, a 60/40 folding rear seat, 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers.Soul Plus models ($18,200) are powered by the 2.0-liter engine and come with the 6-speed automatic transmission only.Added features include remote keyless entry, cruise control, a center console with storage box and integrated armrest, rear seat center armrest, outside mirror turn-signal indicators, unique exterior trim and 17-inch alloy wheels.Options for the Soul Plus include the Audio Package ($1,400) which includes navigation and 8-inch touch screen, Infinity audio system with center speaker, subwoofer and external amplifier, HD radio, multi-colored speaker lights, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, leatherette (vinyl) interior trim and piano black accents.The Eco Package ($400.00) adds an engine stop/start feature and low rolling resistance tires on 16-inch alloy wheels.The Primo Package (3,000) includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated from seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, pushbutton start, 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar, panoramic sunroof and fog lights.The UVO eServices Package ($500.00) adds the UVO telematics services, rearview camera and automatic headlights.Soul Exclaim models ($20,300) are fitted with the 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission and add leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, high-gloss piano-black center console, cooled glove box, auto-dimming rearview mirror, fog lights, projector headlights, front and rear LED accent lights, unique exterior trim and 18-inch alloy wheels.Options for the Soul Exclaim include a Sun and Sound Package ($2,600) with navigation, the Infinity audio system described above, speaker lights, automatic climate control and panoramic sunroof.The Whole Shebang Package ($2,500) adds everything found on the Primo Package for the Soul +, plus a TFT color LCD driver's display and HID headlights with LED accent lights.The Sun and Sound Package is required to add this package.Safety features on all 2014 Kia Soul models include dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist and hill-start assist.The Kia Soul is still very much a box, but its lines are softened for 2014.Once very upright angles now incorporate bends and curves into its unmistakable silhouette.Designers say the Soul was designed from the outset to resemble a wild boar wearing a backpack.As such, the Soul has a wide, squat appearance.Compared with the outgoing model, the 2014 Soul's wheelbase is nearly an inch longer, and it's more than half an inch wider.The front end features a tiny upper grille and a giant, mesh-covered lower grille, making the Soul look grounded and hunkered down.Round accents, including foglights, contrast with the Soul's boxy shape.Soul Exclaim models have front tusks, echoing the wild boar theme.From the side, the upright cracker box look of the past has been replaced with a slightly more aerodynamic design.The windshield is more steeply raked than before, making the Soul look more laid back in front than upright.The decreasing, trapezoidal shape of the side windows remain, as does the squared-off rear.Wheel designs differ by trim level; optional alloys look better than the base model's plastic wheel covers.In back, the Soul sports a new version of its long, high-mounted tail lights.The liftgate has been widened by 2.4 inches over the previous Soul, giving it a broader-looking rear end as well as making it more convenient to load.Two round tail lights at the bottom contrast with the right angles of the roofline and liftgate.Perhaps the best thing about the 2014 Kia Soul is the improvement in the interior quality and design.Flat, hard plastics have been replaced with curved, soft-touch materials.The Soul has a unique circular theme throughout the cabin, which can be seen in the center stack and echoed in the air vents (with nifty round speakers that sit on top), the driver instrument cluster and the gearshift surround.The instrument cluster features two large, analog gauges with a driver information screen in the middle.High-end Exclaim trims can be equipped with an electronic TFT display.All variants we saw were contemporary and easy to read, without looking too quasi-futuristic, although we didn't get to see an example of the base model.Multiple buttons on the steering wheel make changing stations, accessing audio and making a phone call convenient, but are so numerous they take some time to get used to.Fabric seats were of fine quality.Basic seats offer moderate adjustability; our test car had upgraded power seats with a lumbar support that were more comfortable.We did notice after a few hours, however, that our lower backs and rear ends were a tad sore.Our optional leather upholstery was stiff and waxy, and we might not have known it was genuine if we hadn't sniffed it to get a whiff of that unmistakable cowhide smell.We'd opt for the fabric, unless you want your Soul fully loaded with the Primo package, which automatically includes the leather.Storage in front is plentiful on Plus and Exclaim models, with a center console that has a deep storage box.Lower side door pockets are wide and can hold one or two large water bottles or coffee cups.Side door handles also have a cubby that can hold small items like a mobile phone, though we were dismayed when our driving companion noticed the space was the exact same size as his iPhone 5, and as such, had great difficultly retrieving it once it was wedged in.Kia engineers say they will address this issue in future models that roll of the assembly line.In-car technology has also been updated in the new Soul.Cars equipped with navigation use a new system powered by Andriod, replacing the old Microsoft setup, although cars without nav can still be equipped with the optional Microsoft-powered UVO voice recognition and phone integration system.The Soul also features Pandora internet radio streaming for the first time.Cars equipped with nav benefit from a wider, eight-inch screen that uses capacitive touch, which lets users swipe and scroll, like a smartphone or iPad.Controls are mostly intuitive and the screen is bright and easy to read.On our test car equipped with the new nav system, the voice recognition didn't seem to like us.The first few times we tried to set directions, it didn't understand what we were saying, and either asked us to try again, or listed incorrect information on the screen.Subsequent tries were better.Even though the new system supposedly works with more natural language, one still must use canned commands for it to work.On the plus side, the touch screen lists a menu of commands to choose from so you don't have to guess what to say.Kia seems particularly proud of its optional Infinity audio system, which adds a center speaker, subwoofer and external amplifier, as well as speaker lights that change color.Music on satellite radio and from MP3 files sounded okay, but didn't blow us away.The system sounded fine at lower volumes, but became distorted at higher volumes.It's a big improvement over the standard sound system, however.Audiophiles should consider getting this option, or go aftermarket.Because of its boxy shape, the Kia Soul has plenty of headroom, both up front and in back.Rear legroom in the Soul measures a spacious 39.1 inches, compared with only 33.8 inches in the Fiat 500L and 32.3 inches in the Mini Cooper Countryman.As such, the Kia Soul is better suited to carrying a car-full of friends around town.Cargo space in the Soul is superior for its class, measuring a spacious 24.2 cubic feet with the rear seats in place, and expandable to 61.3 cubes with the rear seats folded.The Fiat 500L isn't far behind with 23.1 cubic feet with all seats in place, but the Mini Cooper Countryman pales in comparison with only 16.5 cubes.Front visibility is excellent thanks to the Soul's upright seating position and large windshield.In back, the liftgate has wide but short glass, and the large C-pillar makes for a substantial blind spot in the rear corners.We'd recommend the rearview camera for extra safety.Tooling around on our test drive in Minneapolis, we felt at home in the comfortable cabin.The 2.0-liter engine was perfectly capable, both in the city and on country roads far outside of town.We didn't get to drive a Soul with the 1.6-liter engine, but we suspect it would be fine for solo commuting in city traffic.If you'll be regularly carrying people or stuff, the 2.0 is worth the investment, especially since, according to preliminary estimates from Kia, the bigger engine only suffers a 1 mpg difference in fuel economy.Although ride and handling has been improved, the Soul still feels like a box.There is quite a bit of lean around the corners, which is typical for these types of cars.Steering has been retooled, but still feels a tad odd.We felt like we were fighting the wheel at times, even on long highway straights.But while we had to actively steer the car, we also felt like it wasn't the most responsive, either.Every Soul comes with an adjustable steering system that Kia calls Flex Steer.It allows the driver to choose from three modes: Comfort, Normal, and Sport.Sport seemed to make the steering feel more heavy, while Comfort made it feel more loosey-goosey.The Flex Steer system does not change other vehicle dynamics like throttle response or shift points.Suspension is on the firm side, but is not nearly as teeth-chattering as the Mini Cooper Countryman.The Soul behaves best on smoothly paved roads.Potholes unsettle the car a bit, but its revised suspension is an improvement over the last generation.It might not be as sporty as the Mini Cooper Countryman, but it's much more comfortable.Brakes worked fine, and the 6-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly.Ultimately, the Kia Soul is more of a lifestyle vehicle, and we suspect most who buy it won't do so for its superior driving dynamics.It's fun, looks unique, and infuses a big dose of practicality into a funky package.The 2014 Kia Soul is a fun, unique choice in a market filled with econo-cars.It offers plenty of space and a vastly improved interior, though prices can add up fast with packages and options.Laura Burstein filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after her test drive of the Kia Soul near Minneapolis.Soul base manual ($14,700); Soul automatic ($16,700); Soul Plus ($18,200); Soul Exclaim ($20,300).Hwasung, South Korea.Audio Package ($1,400): navigation, automatic climate control, Infinity audio system, speaker lights; Primo Package ($3,000): leather upholstery, heated and ventilated from seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, pushbutton start, 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar, panoramic sunroof, fog lights; UVO with e-Services ($500): UVO telematics services, rearview camera, automatic headlights; carpeted floor mats ($115).Kia Soul Plus ($18,200).

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重新设计的盒子拥有更好的质量,更多的乐趣。只是看起来四四方方的汽车消失了,新的2014款起亚Soul不仅继续,而且经过重新设计,比以往任何时候都更好。乘坐一个全新的平台,2014年起亚Soul是比其前身更长,更宽,更坚固,使乘坐更舒适,更安全。新的隔音和改进的声学工程使机舱更加安静。但最重要的是内部质量和设计的改进。平板,硬质塑料已经被弯曲的柔软触感材料所取代.Soul在整个机舱内都有一个独特的圆形主题,可以在中央堆叠中看到,并在通风口(顶部有漂亮的圆形扬声器)中呼应,驱动仪表组和换档环绕。在外面,与过去的直立饼乾盒相比,最明显的区别是更柔软的形状。毫无疑问,新的灵魂仍然是一个盒子;它保持相同的比例,但运动更複杂的线条,将弯曲和曲线融入一个仍然明确无误的方形轮廓。前端的微小上部格栅和巨大的网状覆盖下部格栅使Soul看起来接地并且蹲下。圆形的重音,像雾灯一样,与Soul的四四方形形成鲜明对比。两款直喷式四缸发动机继承了上一代起亚Soul。基础1.6升发动机的功率为130马力,扭矩为118磅 - 英尺。 6速手动变速箱或6速自动变速箱。燃油经济性是EPA估计的24/30 mpg城市/高速公路,或26 mpg组合,无论变速箱如何。大多数人都想选择2.0升直列4缸,这对于164马力和151磅 - 英尺的扭矩是有利的,并且仅适用于6速自动变速器.EPA估计的燃油经济性为23/31英里/加仑城市/高速公路,或26英里/加仑组合,显示更强大的2.0 -liter发动机颈部和颈部与标准的1.6-iter.Of note,所有版本2014年起亚Soul运行普通汽油,菲亚特500L和Mini Cooper Countryman需要Premium.In-car技术也在2014年更新了Soul.Cars配备导航使用由Android驱动的新系统,取代旧的微软system.Cars without nav继续使用微软支持的UVO语音识别和免提系统。我们发现2014款起亚Soul是一款有趣的汽车,非常适合在城市中使用,以及中途公路旅行。有很多对于紧凑型车辆而言,后座将适合两到三个相对舒适的驾驶状态。驾驶动力得到改善,但由于其适度的加速度,麻木的转向和相对刺耳的驾驶,灵魂不是你得到的车辆虽然从性价比低于15,000美元开始,但不要期望入门级价格。导航,高级Infinity音响系统和其他好东西等选项价格昂贵且加起来很快。所以期待一个装备精良的2014年起亚Soul接近2万美元大关。更多的人正在与其他小型车交叉购买起亚Soul。事实上,在更多的人正在寻找他们可以获得的东西,而不是在传统的细分市场购物,起亚是一个价格范围内的独特球员,不仅包括更多直接的旅行车型竞争对手,如菲亚特500L,日产立方和Mini Cooper Countryman,它也是购买紧凑型SUV的潜在竞争者。作为本田CR-V和丰田RAV4,以及包括福特嘉年华,本田飞度和马自达2在内的紧凑型掀背车。2014款起亚Soul有两种发动机和三种装饰级别可供选择.Trim级别写为符号;距离基础模型一步之遥的是灵魂+(加号)。顶级模特是灵魂! (Exclaim)。底座Soul仅配备1.6升发动机,可配备6速手动(14,700美元)或6速自动(16,700美元)。标准功能包括手动空调,织物内饰,电动车窗和门锁,六向可手动调节的驾驶员座椅,带音频控制的倾斜和伸缩式方向盘,行车电脑,蓝牙,带卫星广播功能的六音箱音响系统和三个月订阅,辅助音频插孔, USB端口,60/40折叠式后排座椅,带轮盖的16英寸钢轮.Soul Plus车型(售价18,200美元)由2.0升发动机提供动力,仅配备6速自动变速箱。附加功能包括遥控无钥匙进入,巡航控制,带储物箱和集成扶手的中控台,后座中央扶手,外后视镜转向信号指示灯,独特的外饰和17英寸合金轮毂.Soul Plus的选项包括音频套装(1,400美元)包括导航离子和8英寸触摸屏,带中置扬声器的Infinity音响系统,低音炮和外部放大器,高清收音机,多色扬声器灯,自动气候控制,皮革包裹的方向盘和换档旋钮,人造革(乙烯基)内饰和钢琴生态套装($ 400.00)在16英寸合金轮毂上增加了发动机停止/启动功能和低滚动阻力轮胎.Primo包装(3,000)包括皮革内饰,座椅加热和通风,加热后排座椅,加热转向车轮,按钮启动,带有腰部,全景天窗和雾灯的10向电动驾驶员座椅.UVO电子服务套装($ 500.00)增加了UVO远程信息处理服务,后视摄像头和自动大灯.Soul Exclaim车型(20,300美元)配备2.0 - 发动机和自动变速箱,增加皮革包裹的方向盘和换档旋钮,10路电动调节驾驶员座椅,腰部调节,高光钢琴黑色中控台,冷却手套箱体,自动调光后视镜,雾灯,投影仪前灯,前后LED重点灯,独特的外饰和18英寸合金轮毂.Soul Exclaim的选项包括带导航的太阳和声音套装(2,600美元),无限上述音响系统,扬声器灯,自动气候控制和全景天窗。整个Shebang套装(2,500美元)增加了Primo包装上的灵魂+,以及TFT彩色LCD驱动器显示屏和带LED重点照明灯的HID头灯。所有2014款起亚Soul车型都需要防晒和隔音包。所有2014款起亚Soul车型的安全功能包括双前置高级安全气囊,双前置式侧面安全气囊,全长侧帘式安全气囊,电子稳定控制,牵引力控制,ABS,电子制动力分配(EBD),制动辅助和坡道起步辅助。起亚Soul仍然是一个箱子,但它的线条在2014年软化。一旦非常直立的角度现在将弯曲和曲线融入其中设计师说,灵魂从一开始就设计成一个背着背包的野猪。因此,灵魂有着宽阔的下蹲外观。与即将离任的模型相比,2014年Soul的轴距增加了近一英寸,它的宽度超过半英寸。前端有一个微小的上格栅和一个巨大的网状覆盖的下格栅,使Soul看起来接地并蹲下。包括雾灯在内的圆形装饰与Soul的四四方形形状形成对比.Soul Exclaim模型有前牙,与野猪主题相呼应。从侧面看,过去的直立饼乾盒外观已经被更加空气动力学的设计所取代。挡风玻璃比以前更陡峭的倾斜,使得灵魂看起来更加悠閒前窗比垂直方向减小,侧窗的梯形形状保持不变,后侧方形也是如此。轮辋设计因装饰水平而不同。可选择的合金看起来比基本型号的塑料轮盖更好。在后面,Soul採用了新型长而高安装的尾灯。后门比之前的Soul加宽了2.4英寸,使其更加宽阔后端以及使其更加便于装载。底部的两个圆形尾灯与车顶线和举升门的直角形成鲜明对比。2014年起亚Soul的最佳之处在于内饰质量和设计的改进。平板硬质塑料已经被弯曲的柔软触感材料所取代.Soul在整个机舱内都有一个独特的圆形主题,可以在中央堆叠中看到并在通风口中呼应(顶部有漂亮的圆形扬声器),仪錶盘配有两个大型模拟仪表,中间有一个驾驶员信息屏幕。高端Exclaim装饰可以配备一个电子TFT显示屏。我们看到的所有变体都是contem虽然我们没有看到基本型号的例子,但是看起来很容易阅读,而且看起来没那麽准备未来。方向盘上的多个按钮可以改变站点,访问音频和拨打电话很方便,但是他们需要一些时间来适应。织物座椅质量很好。基座可提供适度的可调节性;我们的测试车升级了电动座椅,腰部支撑更舒适。几个小时后我们注意到,我们的下背部和后端都有点疼。我们的可选皮革内饰很硬,有蜡质,我们可能会不知道它是真的,如果我们没有嗅到它,以获得一个明确无误的牛皮气味。我们会选择面料,除非你希望你的灵魂满载Primo包装,自动包括皮革。存储前面的Plus和Exclaim车型很多,中央控制台有一个深储物箱。下侧门口很宽,可以容纳一个或两个大水瓶或咖啡杯。侧门把手也有一个可以容纳的小房间像手机这样的小物品,虽然当我们的驾驶伴侣注意到它的尺寸与他的iPhone 5的尺寸完全相同时我们感到很沮丧,因此,一旦它被楔入就很难找回它.Kia工程师说他们会解决这个问题。未来的问题新的Soul.Cars配备导航使用由Andriod驱动的新系统,取代旧的微软设置,虽然没有导航的车仍然可以配备可选的车载技术。微软支持的UVO语音识别和手机集成系统.Soul还首次採用潘多拉网络电台流媒体。配备导航功能的汽车受益于更宽,8英寸屏幕,使用电容式触摸,可让用户滑动和滚动,如一个智能手机或iPad。控制大多是直观的,屏幕明亮,易于阅读。我们的测试车配备了新的导航系统,语音识别似乎不喜欢我们。前几次我们试图设置方向,它不明白我们在说什麽,要么让我们再试一次,要么在屏幕上列出不正确的信息。随后的尝试更好。即使新系统据说可以使用更自然的语言,一个直到必须使用固定命令才能工作。从正面来看,触摸屏列出了一个可供选择的命令菜单,因此您不必猜测该说什麽.Kia似乎特别为其可选的Infinity音频系统感到自豪。增加了一个中置扬声器,低音炮和外部放大器,以及改变颜色的扬声器灯。卫星收音机和MP3文件的音乐听起来还不错,但没有把我们吹走。系统听起来不错,音量较低,但在然而,对于标准音响系统来说,这是一个很大的改进。感觉发烧友应该考虑购买这个选项,或者去售后市场。由于它的四四方方的形状,起亚Soul有足够的头部空间,无论是前后还是后面。 Soul的宽度为39.1英寸,而菲亚特500L只有33.8英寸,Mini Cooper Countryman只有32.3英寸。因此,起亚Soul更适合携带一个满车的朋友在城裡.Cargo space in the灵魂优于其cl屁股,宽敞的24.2立方英尺后座椅就位,可扩展到61.3立方体,后座椅折叠。菲亚特500L不远处有23.1立方英尺所有座椅都在位,但Mini Cooper Countryman相形见绌由于Soul的直立式座椅位置和大型挡风玻璃,前方能见度非常出色。后部,后门採用宽而短的玻璃,大型C柱在后角产生大量盲点。我们推荐使用后视摄像头以提高安全性。在明尼阿波利斯的试驾中,我们感觉宾至如归。舒适的驾驶室裡有2.0升的发动机。无论是在城市还是在城外的乡村小路上我们没有用1.6升发动机驾驶灵魂,但我们怀疑在城市交通中单人通勤会很好。如果你经常携带人或物,2.0值得投资,特别是因为,根据初步估计来自起亚的车型,更大的发动机在燃油经济性方面只有1英里/加仑的差价。儘管驾驶和操控性得到了提升,但灵魂仍然感觉就像一个箱子。角落周围有相当多的倾斜,这是典型的这些类型汽车。重新进行了改装,但仍然感觉有点奇怪。我们觉得我们有时甚至在长高速公路直道上打车。但是我们不得不积极地驾驶汽车,我们也觉得它不是每个灵魂都带有一个可调节的转向系统,起亚称之为Flex Steer。它允许驾驶员从三种模式中进行选择:舒适,普通和Sport.Sport似乎使转向感觉更加沉重,而舒适Flex Steer系统并没有改变其他车辆动力学,如油门响应或换档点。悬架在坚固的一面,但并不像Mini Cooper Countryman那样喋喋不休。灵魂表现得最好顺利铺平道路。坑洼不安汽车有点,但其修改后的悬架比上一代有所改进。它可能不像Mini Cooper Countryman那样运动,但它更舒适.Brakes工作正常,6速自动变速箱平稳移动。最后,起亚Soul更像是一种生活方式的车辆,我们怀疑大多数购买它的人都不会因为其卓越的驾驶动力而这样做。它很有趣,看起来很独特,并且在一个时髦的包装中注入了大量的实用性。2014年起亚Soul在充满经济的市场中,它是一个有趣,独特的选择。它提供了充足的空间和大大改善的内部空间,虽然价格可以通过包裹和选项快速增加.Laura Burstein在她的试驾后提交了这份NewCarTestDrive.com报告。明尼阿波利斯附近的起亚灵魂.Soul base manual(14,700美元);灵魂自动($ 16,700); Soul Plus($ 18,200); Soul Exclaim($ 20,300)。韩国Hwasung。音频套餐(1,400美元):导航,自动气候控制,Infinity音响系统,扬声器灯; Primo套装(3,000美元):皮革内饰,座椅加热和通风,加热后排座椅,加热方向盘,按钮启动,带有腰部的10向电动驾驶员座椅,全景天窗,雾灯;带电子服务的UVO(500美元):UVO远程信息处理服务,后视摄像头,自动大灯;舖有地毯的地板垫(115美元).Kia Soul Plus($ 18,200)。

Redesigned box boasts better quality, more fun.Just when it seemed boxy cars were going away, the new 2014 Kia Soul not only carries on, but is redesigned and better than ever.Riding on an all-new platform, the 2014 Kia Soul is longer, wider and more rigid than its predecessor, making for a more comfortable and safer ride.New sound insulation and improved acoustic engineering makes the cabin much quieter.Perhaps most significant, though, is the improvement in the interior quality and design.Flat, hard plastics have been replaced with curved, soft-touch materials.The Soul has a unique circular theme throughout the cabin, which can be seen in the center stack and echoed in the air vents (with nifty round speakers that sit on top), the driver instrument cluster and the gearshift surround.On the outside, the most noticeable difference is a more softened shape, compared to the upright cracker box of the past.There's no question the new Soul is still a box; it keeps the same proportions but sports more sophisticated lines, incorporating bends and curves into a still-unmistakable square silhouette.The front end's tiny upper grille and a giant, mesh-covered lower grille make the Soul look grounded and hunkered down.Round accents, like foglights, contrast with the Soul's boxy shape.Two direct-injected, four-cylinder engines carry over from the previous-generation Kia Soul.The base 1.6-liter makes a modest 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 24/30 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined, regardless of transmission.Most will want to opt for the 2.0-liter inline-4, which is good for 164 hp and 151 lb.-ft.of torque and is available only with the 6-speed automatic.EPA-estimated fuel economy is 23/31 mpg City/Highway, or 26 mpg Combined, showing the more powerful 2.0-liter engine neck-and-neck with the standard 1.6-iter.Of note, all versions of the 2014 Kia Soul run on Regular gasoline, while the Fiat 500L and Mini Cooper Countryman require Premium.In-car technology has also been updated in the 2014 Soul.Cars equipped with navigation use a new system powered by Android, replacing the old Microsoft system.Cars without nav continue to use the Microsoft-powered UVO voice-recognition and handsfree system.We found the 2014 Kia Soul to be a fun car, great for tooling aroun nd in the city, and on mid-range road trips.There's plenty of room to carry gear, and the back seat will fit two or three in relative comfort for a compact vehicle.Driving dynamics are improved, but with its moderate acceleration, numb steering and relatively harsh ride, the Soul isn't a vehicle you get for its performance.Although it starts in the reasonable sub-$15,000 category, don't expect much at the entry-level price.Options such as navigation, the premium Infinity audio system and other goodies are expensive and add up fast.So expect a well-equipped 2014 Kia Soul to come closer to the $20,000 mark.More people are cross-shopping Kia Soul with other compact cars.In fact, in a time when more people are looking for what they can get for their money, instead of shopping in a traditional segment, the Kia is a unique player in a price range that includes not only more direct wagon-type competitors such as the Fiat 500L, Nissan Cube and Mini Cooper Countryman, it also is a potential contender space-wise for those shopping for compact SUVs such as the Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4, as well as sub-compact hatchbacks including the Ford Fiesta, Honda Fit and Mazda2.The 2014 Kia Soul comes with a choice of two engines and three trim levels.Trim levels are written as symbols; one step up from the base model is the Soul + (Plus).Top-of-the-line models are the Soul ! (Exclaim).The base Soul comes only with the 1.6-liter engine and can be fitted with a 6-speed manual ($14,700) or 6-speed automatic ($16,700).Standard features include manually operated air conditioning, fabric upholstery, power windows and door locks, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with audio controls, a trip computer, Bluetooth, a six-speaker audio system with satellite radio capability and three-month subscription, auxiliary audio jack, USB port, a 60/40 folding rear seat, 16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers.Soul Plus models ($18,200) are powered by the 2.0-liter engine and come with the 6-speed automatic transmission only.Added features include remote keyless entry, cruise control, a center console with storage box and integrated armrest, rear seat center armrest, outside mirror turn-signal indicators, unique exterior trim and 17-inch alloy wheels.Options for the Soul Plus include the Audio Package ($1,400) which includes navigation and 8-inch touch screen, Infinity audio system with center speaker, subwoofer and external amplifier, HD radio, multi-colored speaker lights, automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, leatherette (vinyl) interior trim and piano black accents.The Eco Package ($400.00) adds an engine stop/start feature and low rolling resistance tires on 16-inch alloy wheels.The Primo Package (3,000) includes leather upholstery, heated and ventilated from seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, pushbutton start, 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar, panoramic sunroof and fog lights.The UVO eServices Package ($500.00) adds the UVO telematics services, rearview camera and automatic headlights.Soul Exclaim models ($20,300) are fitted with the 2.0-liter engine and automatic transmission and add leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift knob, 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with lumbar adjustment, high-gloss piano-black center console, cooled glove box, auto-dimming rearview mirror, fog lights, projector headlights, front and rear LED accent lights, unique exterior trim and 18-inch alloy wheels.Options for the Soul Exclaim include a Sun and Sound Package ($2,600) with navigation, the Infinity audio system described above, speaker lights, automatic climate control and panoramic sunroof.The Whole Shebang Package ($2,500) adds everything found on the Primo Package for the Soul +, plus a TFT color LCD driver's display and HID headlights with LED accent lights.The Sun and Sound Package is required to add this package.Safety features on all 2014 Kia Soul models include dual front advanced airbags, dual front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), brake assist and hill-start assist.The Kia Soul is still very much a box, but its lines are softened for 2014.Once very upright angles now incorporate bends and curves into its unmistakable silhouette.Designers say the Soul was designed from the outset to resemble a wild boar wearing a backpack.As such, the Soul has a wide, squat appearance.Compared with the outgoing model, the 2014 Soul's wheelbase is nearly an inch longer, and it's more than half an inch wider.The front end features a tiny upper grille and a giant, mesh-covered lower grille, making the Soul look grounded and hunkered down.Round accents, including foglights, contrast with the Soul's boxy shape.Soul Exclaim models have front tusks, echoing the wild boar theme.From the side, the upright cracker box look of the past has been replaced with a slightly more aerodynamic design.The windshield is more steeply raked than before, making the Soul look more laid back in front than upright.The decreasing, trapezoidal shape of the side windows remain, as does the squared-off rear.Wheel designs differ by trim level; optional alloys look better than the base model's plastic wheel covers.In back, the Soul sports a new version of its long, high-mounted tail lights.The liftgate has been widened by 2.4 inches over the previous Soul, giving it a broader-looking rear end as well as making it more convenient to load.Two round tail lights at the bottom contrast with the right angles of the roofline and liftgate.Perhaps the best thing about the 2014 Kia Soul is the improvement in the interior quality and design.Flat, hard plastics have been replaced with curved, soft-touch materials.The Soul has a unique circular theme throughout the cabin, which can be seen in the center stack and echoed in the air vents (with nifty round speakers that sit on top), the driver instrument cluster and the gearshift surround.The instrument cluster features two large, analog gauges with a driver information screen in the middle.High-end Exclaim trims can be equipped with an electronic TFT display.All variants we saw were contemporary and easy to read, without looking too quasi-futuristic, although we didn't get to see an example of the base model.Multiple buttons on the steering wheel make changing stations, accessing audio and making a phone call convenient, but are so numerous they take some time to get used to.Fabric seats were of fine quality.Basic seats offer moderate adjustability; our test car had upgraded power seats with a lumbar support that were more comfortable.We did notice after a few hours, however, that our lower backs and rear ends were a tad sore.Our optional leather upholstery was stiff and waxy, and we might not have known it was genuine if we hadn't sniffed it to get a whiff of that unmistakable cowhide smell.We'd opt for the fabric, unless you want your Soul fully loaded with the Primo package, which automatically includes the leather.Storage in front is plentiful on Plus and Exclaim models, with a center console that has a deep storage box.Lower side door pockets are wide and can hold one or two large water bottles or coffee cups.Side door handles also have a cubby that can hold small items like a mobile phone, though we were dismayed when our driving companion noticed the space was the exact same size as his iPhone 5, and as such, had great difficultly retrieving it once it was wedged in.Kia engineers say they will address this issue in future models that roll of the assembly line.In-car technology has also been updated in the new Soul.Cars equipped with navigation use a new system powered by Andriod, replacing the old Microsoft setup, although cars without nav can still be equipped with the optional Microsoft-powered UVO voice recognition and phone integration system.The Soul also features Pandora internet radio streaming for the first time.Cars equipped with nav benefit from a wider, eight-inch screen that uses capacitive touch, which lets users swipe and scroll, like a smartphone or iPad.Controls are mostly intuitive and the screen is bright and easy to read.On our test car equipped with the new nav system, the voice recognition didn't seem to like us.The first few times we tried to set directions, it didn't understand what we were saying, and either asked us to try again, or listed incorrect information on the screen.Subsequent tries were better.Even though the new system supposedly works with more natural language, one still must use canned commands for it to work.On the plus side, the touch screen lists a menu of commands to choose from so you don't have to guess what to say.Kia seems particularly proud of its optional Infinity audio system, which adds a center speaker, subwoofer and external amplifier, as well as speaker lights that change color.Music on satellite radio and from MP3 files sounded okay, but didn't blow us away.The system sounded fine at lower volumes, but became distorted at higher volumes.It's a big improvement over the standard sound system, however.Audiophiles should consider getting this option, or go aftermarket.Because of its boxy shape, the Kia Soul has plenty of headroom, both up front and in back.Rear legroom in the Soul measures a spacious 39.1 inches, compared with only 33.8 inches in the Fiat 500L and 32.3 inches in the Mini Cooper Countryman.As such, the Kia Soul is better suited to carrying a car-full of friends around town.Cargo space in the Soul is superior for its class, measuring a spacious 24.2 cubic feet with the rear seats in place, and expandable to 61.3 cubes with the rear seats folded.The Fiat 500L isn't far behind with 23.1 cubic feet with all seats in place, but the Mini Cooper Countryman pales in comparison with only 16.5 cubes.Front visibility is excellent thanks to the Soul's upright seating position and large windshield.In back, the liftgate has wide but short glass, and the large C-pillar makes for a substantial blind spot in the rear corners.We'd recommend the rearview camera for extra safety.Tooling around on our test drive in Minneapolis, we felt at home in the comfortable cabin.The 2.0-liter engine was perfectly capable, both in the city and on country roads far outside of town.We didn't get to drive a Soul with the 1.6-liter engine, but we suspect it would be fine for solo commuting in city traffic.If you'll be regularly carrying people or stuff, the 2.0 is worth the investment, especially since, according to preliminary estimates from Kia, the bigger engine only suffers a 1 mpg difference in fuel economy.Although ride and handling has been improved, the Soul still feels like a box.There is quite a bit of lean around the corners, which is typical for these types of cars.Steering has been retooled, but still feels a tad odd.We felt like we were fighting the wheel at times, even on long highway straights.But while we had to actively steer the car, we also felt like it wasn't the most responsive, either.Every Soul comes with an adjustable steering system that Kia calls Flex Steer.It allows the driver to choose from three modes: Comfort, Normal, and Sport.Sport seemed to make the steering feel more heavy, while Comfort made it feel more loosey-goosey.The Flex Steer system does not change other vehicle dynamics like throttle response or shift points.Suspension is on the firm side, but is not nearly as teeth-chattering as the Mini Cooper Countryman.The Soul behaves best on smoothly paved roads.Potholes unsettle the car a bit, but its revised suspension is an improvement over the last generation.It might not be as sporty as the Mini Cooper Countryman, but it's much more comfortable.Brakes worked fine, and the 6-speed automatic transmission shifted smoothly.Ultimately, the Kia Soul is more of a lifestyle vehicle, and we suspect most who buy it won't do so for its superior driving dynamics.It's fun, looks unique, and infuses a big dose of practicality into a funky package.The 2014 Kia Soul is a fun, unique choice in a market filled with econo-cars.It offers plenty of space and a vastly improved interior, though prices can add up fast with packages and options.Laura Burstein filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after her test drive of the Kia Soul near Minneapolis.Soul base manual ($14,700); Soul automatic ($16,700); Soul Plus ($18,200); Soul Exclaim ($20,300).Hwasung, South Korea.Audio Package ($1,400): navigation, automatic climate control, Infinity audio system, speaker lights; Primo Package ($3,000): leather upholstery, heated and ventilated from seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, pushbutton start, 10-way power driver's seat with lumbar, panoramic sunroof, fog lights; UVO with e-Services ($500): UVO telematics services, rearview camera, automatic headlights; carpeted floor mats ($115).Kia Soul Plus ($18,200).

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