Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Kia with Soul

Kia used to be this bargain basement cars that nobody really wanted unless they really want something cheap and different from others. In the US, Kia has the longest warranty among car manufacturers, 10 years. Most people don't even keep their car longer than 5 years. However now Kia has changed their games and starting to produce cars that people actually want to have while maintaining a price advantage over the other rivals. Kia produces cars that can be sold all over the world instead of just producing a car for certain market, so you know the quality is going to be top notch. There is one car in particular that I absolutely want and will buy in the future. Its the Kia Soul. One look at it and most of us will wind up confused. What is it? A car? SUV? wagon?. Actually its a little bit of both. Its longer than a Myvi but shorter than a Gen2 but its wider. Its a tall car so sit up higher than you would in a regular car. It can come in a modest 15 inch rims riding on 65 series tires or an aggressive 18 inch rims riding on 45 inch tires. Hot!. There are 3 engines available according to each regions, a petrol 1.6, petrol 2.0 and a 1.6 diesel. Americans would favour the 2.0, while Europeans are all about diesels, while the 1.6 would be the default choice in Malaysia, although another new Kia in Malaysia called the Forte, has a 2.0 engine, so there could be a possibility of a 2.0 Soul. Check out the pictures below.

A confused looking car, looks like SUV but is smaller than a regular sedan.

2 petrol and 1 diesel engines to choose from. The 1.6 and 2.0 would be offered here, but there wishfull thinking for the diesel.

The interior is room to the occupants sitting up right. Normal for cars these days from the humble Perodua Viva to Volkswagon Golf Plus.

The boot is adequate and well shaped, while the seats fold to carry lots of stuff.

Looks like the rear of a van right?

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