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Kia updates its popular Soul for 2012

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Kia updates its popular Soul for 2012

The 2012 Kia Soul is equipped with a UVO voice-activated “infotainment” system with a seven-inch touch screen with satellite navigation and an Infinity sound system.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED January 18, 2012 10:12 p.m.

The Kia Soul received some slight styling updates for 2012.

Take the headlights and front grille: both are designed bigger. Ditto that for the fog lights.

Gone is the funky hatchback of the earlier design, with side profile looking similar to that of the previous models but with a new bumper and taillights.

According to some of the latest reviews, the Soul may be more of an entertaining drive. Take the optional voice-activated UVO “infotainment” system, for starters.

Equipped with a seven-inch screen, UVO has satellite navigation along with an Infinity sound system with AM/FM/CD/MP3.

Listed as a small station wagon, the Soul featured at Kia Country, 1515 N. Main St., Manteca, is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC continuous variable valve timing, four-cylinder engine that’s capable of producing 164 horsepower.

Based on one’s driving habit, the Soul gets an estimated 26 miles per gallon, city, and 34 mpg, highway.

As for safety, Kia maintained the dual front advance airbags coupled with front seat-mounted airbags and the three-point seatbelts for all seating positions.

The Soul also has the front active head rest.

All told, the 2012 Kia Soul is still that distinct “funky urban commuter” vehicle – according to www.autoguide.com – but with improved power and fuel economy.

More information on the Soul can be found by calling Kia Country at 209-239-6203 or by logging on to www.kiacountry.com.

 

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