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Kia Soul with new strength — test drive SP

Squeeze all the juice out of the Kia Soul hatchback with two-liter aspirated.

Kia Soul Kia Soul 2.0 2.0

Capacious Soul — the car is unusual and popular. Until recently, he lacked strength, but with the update everything changed.

First there was Soul GT with a 1.6‑liter turbo engine capacity of 204 HP, but many took it warily: the boost and the seven-speed robot dictated the rather high price. And we are afraid of the turbo engine. But the Soul with a two-liter 150‑horsepower engine family Nu, which is familiar in Crete and other models of Alliance Hyundai/Kia has a more interesting perspective.

Nearly 120 HP per tonne — a power envied by many, including Creta, which is 200 kg heavier. But the dynamics of the 150‑strong Soul not dizzy. Maybe the reason “horseback riding” nature of the engine, do not give your 192 N·m up to 4000 rpm and setenvironment of a six-speed automatic contributes to the liveliness of nature.

Update Soul is freed from the devices of the previous generation Rio and gained a new corporate dashboard with white-lunar illumination and red arrow.Update Soul is freed from the devices of the previous generation Rio and gained a new corporate dashboard with white-lunar illumination and red arrow.

In “sport” mode the situation radically does not change. Two-liter Soul is accelerated only slightly better than the version with a 1.6‑liter GDI unit 132 of power. Yes, those two liters need to be fed: if the track consumption rarely exceeds 8 l/100 km in the city and you can walk for fifteen.

But the Soul has charisma. Designers were given carte Blanche, and they had a blast. Funny silhouette amplify the 18‑inch wheels with “duct tape” of 45‑th profile. These shoes have an effect on ride: Kia meticulously shoots every small bump on the driver’s seat.

Soul is not in size airy and spacious. Including back riders. But will have to go light: the trunk fell victim to the silhouette with a very short rear overhang.

Interior, woven from diversified one pleasant materials, increased entertainment center with an eight-inch screen navigation and other benefits. But all this have any Soul, regardless of performance. So is it worth a two-liter worth?

The motor is covered by a decorative cover. The hood support gas struts — a rarity in this class.The motor is covered by a decorative cover. The hood support gas struts — a rarity in this class.

Soul 2.0 is more expensive than the 132‑strong atmospheric version 1.6 only 20 thousand rubles. I wouldn’t overpay: there is no perceptible difference in the dynamics do not feel, and to pay for the extra liters of fuel and “horse” transport tax makes no sense. But for those who often travel with a full load, two-liter car is certainly preferable. And the magical “two liters of volume” are official. Because the two-liter Soul will find its hero.

Kia Soul 2.0

Length/width/height/base 4140/1800/1615/2570 mm

Trunk volume (VDA) 354 l

Unladen weight 1259 kg

Engine diesel, R4, 16 valve, 1999 cm3; 110 kW/150 HP at 6,200 rpm and 192 nm at 4000 rpm

Acceleration 0-100 km/h in 10.2

The maximum speed of 186 km/h

Fuel/fuel AI-92, AI-95/54 l

Fuel consumption: combined 8.0 l/100 km

Drivetrain front-wheel drive; the A6

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