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The 2009 Kia Soul: The Gamer’s Wet Dream

Posted in auto industry, Concept Cars, Kia by Suzanne Denbow | July 28th, 2008 | 15 Responses |

Although it bears an uncanny resemblance to the Scion xB, the Kia Soul is definitely…weirder. Apparently catering to the custom-ride-on-a-budget demographic, the Kia Soul boasts a list of features that by themselves are impressive, but together just seem like overkill.

Graduating from the “kitchen sink” school of digital entertainment, Kia Soul engineers created a technology package that makes even the most jaded gadget aficionado stop and say, “Well, damn.”

In addition to Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, the Soul comes equipped with a notebook computer and built-in multi-purpose video game monitor. The computer is mounted on a retractable arm attached to the center console that neatly folds into a slot underneath the glove-box and provides easy access for both the front and rear seat passengers. Although no official word yet, decals from the photographs lean towards a Windows-based operating system – victory for anyone who just can’t get enough of “Vista” at home.

Relying heavily on the “wow” factor to see it through, the Kia Soul isn’t especially remarkable under the hood: standard 2.0L 4-cylinder in-line engine, 5-speed automatic transmission (with manual overdrive capability), and standard front wheel drive. The Kia Soul’s performance on the street is bound to be mediocre at best. Kia attempts to make up for this notable flaw (and simultaneously distinguish itself from the Scion XB of aforementioned similarity) with it’s subtle exterior design application. Described by Kia press releases as an “upscale, limousine-style” crossover utility vehicle, the Kia Soul features a Ford Flex-ish vista-style roof and rear-hinged “freestyle” rear-passenger doors.

Photos of the Soul were leaked months ago, but its official debut is scheduled for October 2 in Paris followed by its showroom release in Spring 2009. Expected to be overheard in Summer 2009: “Officer I’m sorry, I didn’t see that sign, you see I just entered the Warsong Gulch battleground and the Alliance was about the capture my flag…”

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15 Responses

  1. Hako says:

    I think the Soul’s performance will be mediocre at worst. The 2.0 will also come with a five speed manual, coupled with 142 hp, it should equal or exceed the performance of the other sub-compacts. I don’t think most people are looking for high performance with this car, but they should get a spirited and lively drive with the manual at least. The appeal of this car is it’s quirky looks and many gadgets and fun features.

  2. adry says:

    it’s a modern and elegant crossover, i like it

  3. Connie Hummel says:

    I love the looks of the Kia Soul and I would definitely buy it except that it’s only a 4 cylinder.
    Need something with some power (6 cylinder) for when I go on the road.
    So disappointed that this won’t be it.

  4. marvin ruiz padilla says:

    This is the best model kia has ever shown in the market and i believe it’s perfect for every occasion ; family use , go to work or simply own it as a source of transport . I would definately buy it if i was ready to do so …

    Way to go Kia

  5. Kathy says:

    I “LOVE” the new Kia Soul. It’s cute and funky!!! What is the price on this car??? I live in Winnipeg MB. Can you please tell me where there’s a Kia Dealership here???

    Thanks Kathy

  6. Kathy says:

    Is it true that the Kia only comes in a 4 cylinder???


  7. Kathy says:

    What is the starting price of this car????? I really like it, but I would need a 6 cylinder. I like the “FUNKY” look of it!!!

  8. Mary says:

    I live in Moncton, NB Canada
    How much can I expect to pay for 2010 Soul?
    The soul is a look of its own – out of the ordinary
    love it.


  9. Jerald says:

    I had heard about the “Soul” but I rode in one and viewed another and was blown away the open feel and was exciting on top of the ride.

  10. Jerald says:

    open feeling like no other, good ride for the money.

  11. indira salimi says:

    could you tell me the price of the soul

    • Kurt says:

      Well, my soul’s not for sale, and yours is worth whatever price you can negotiate with the buyer…

      In the U.S. market, Kia Souls range in price from $13,300 for a base model with no options, up to $20,765 for the Sport version with every option added in.

  12. elaine mead says:

    Do you have any NEW 2009 Kia souls to be bought? If not what is best price on Kia Soul 2010 NEW with air conditioning and automatic
    not black, red, white yellow. Green, greys Ok.

  13. Mad Jack says:

    That Ride is Phat….an that’s Dat…:-)

  14. António José says:

    Só Angolano, quanto é q custa kia soul.