Thursday, August 6, 2009

In The Driveway: 2010 Kia Soul


A four-wheeled house guest has arrived for review: A Molten Red Kia Soul. This particular vehicle has the 2.0-liter, 142 hp engine with a five speed, the 18'' wheels, and is basically fully loaded.

First impressions are good: I like the looks, the interior seems really well put together, and it's loaded with features.

A short jaunt to Kinkos yielded what seems to be decent in-city performance. And low and behold: I don't hate the shifter. It's the first Korean-made manual transmission that I have found decent.

The Soul is with me for a week; more updates later.

2 comments:

sleeksilver said...

You can call me jealous...

I test drove a Soul for fun about a week ago and enjoyed every minute of that 20 minute drive.

I agree, the interior is outstanding for an inexpensive vehicle and the shifter isn't that bad! It doesn't match the smoothness of the Fit but it isn't terrible either.

Thirty-Nine said...

"...and the shifter isn't that bad! It doesn't match the smoothness of the Fit but it isn't terrible either."

That's what I think, too. I think it shifts better than the manual in the Accent/Rio, but it's not as smooth as the Fit/Yaris/SX4. It is, however, very easy to shift, and the clutch uptake is good.