Kia Soul Engines Announced

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
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Korea's Kia has released photos of its Soul. To herald the U.S. arrival of its new citycar– which looks to have the Chevy's Aveo Beat– Kia's announced the Soul's engine lineup. Globally, the Soul will offer three powerplants. Yanks are denied the 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 128 horsepower. We get to choose from either a 1.6-liter, 124-horse four (the new NA class leader) or a 2.0-liter with an unspecified amount of power. The fuel economy– which RF would call "mission critical"– has not yet been rated by the EPA. Although the new car's based on the Rio platform, Kia promises that the Soul "won't drive like a mailbox." Return to sender? Let's just hope Kia's Soul has more eponymousness than its other efforts, which tend to put inhabitants in econobox Hell.

Justin Berkowitz
Justin Berkowitz

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  • Matt Matt on Jul 16, 2008

    i wonder if they intended the pun with the name....

  • Willbodine Willbodine on Jul 16, 2008

    I still say it would go over better as a "Kia Seoul"

  • SirRoxo SirRoxo on Jul 17, 2008

    Hmmm, now i'm no kia fan (who is?) but i like the looks of that one. Scion rip off of course and who knows what the MPG may be of the better engine, probably iffy considering it's well...Kia. I do like that exterior though.

  • Gibbleth Gibbleth on Dec 14, 2008

    I may buy one, Kia reputation be damned. Now, the wife owned a Kia Sepphia or whatever crapbox it was. Ever since then she won't even consider a Kia. Be a hard sell, but that thing may be worth it. Either that or way more money for a dinky Mazda.