2012 KIA Soul Review
The Korean auto manufacturer KIA is now producing interesting, affordable cars that young people want to purchase and drive. The 2012 KIA Soul is one of those cars. The KIA Soul is a small hatchback wagon that comes in four trim levels – base, +, !, and Sport.
While the 2012 KIA Soul is an affordable vehicle, it certainly does not skimp on features. The Soul includes standard options such as antilock brakes, air-conditioning, electronic stability control, power windows and door locks, satellite radio, and a USB port where drivers can connect an iPod or other MP3 device.
The higher (and subsequently more expensive) trim levels include 18 inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connection for mobile devices, a premium audio system, sunroof, and sport tuned suspension.
The base 2012 KIA Soul is powered by a 1.6 liter engine that makes only 122 horsepower. It is mated to a standard 5 speed manual transmission. All other KIA Soul models are powered by a 2.0 liter engine that makes a more potent 142 horsepower. This engine can be bought with a 5 speed manual or 4 speed automatic transmission. This engine powers the Soul from 0 to 60 in 8.8 seconds, while the base engine takes close to 10 seconds. While this may seem inadequate to some drivers, it is on par with other vehicles in its class.
It has been noted by experts that the steering in the 2012 KIA Soul has a numb feeling to it, but that it’s precise enough when it needs to be. The sport model’s tuned suspension improves the ride greatly when compared to the base model’s suspension. The ride quality in all models is satisfactory, and road noise is limited on the freeway.
The base KIA Soul starts at $13,900 and the top of the line Sport model will cost just shy of $20,000.