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#24 of 223 Re: 2010 Soul Plus Alien Green [chnswbvr]
Aug 09, 2009 (5:42 am)
I liked the Soul+ a lot, and probably would've bought one if my dealer had held out any hope of getting one. As it was, the one they had was sold before I was in a position to buy. I drove the Soul!, but my wife hated the ride on the 18" wheels--she became physically ill within sixty seconds. And the ! would've cost $2k more than the +, mostly for stuff I didn't need (stereo upgrade and sunroof) or stuff I actively disliked (18" wheels, weird houndstooth upholstery on only the upper part of the seatbacks).
So we bought a Fit Sport instead. The Fit doesn't have quite as much hip and shoulder room, and lacks Bluetooth, but it compensates with somewhat sportier handling and feel, sitting a bit closer to earth, and it rides better than the Soul with 18" wheels--if not quite as smooth as the Soul+ with 16s. And the Fit Sport split the difference in price between the unavailable + and the unpleasantly harsh !.
I would've been happy with either the + or the Fit Sport. They both have their pluses and minuses. I'm a four-time Honda buyer (the Fit makes five), so I was expecting there to be a noticeable difference in the build quality. But if there is an edge in fit and finish, it belongs to the Kia. It seems more "finished" inside and less likely to rattle.
So congrats on your new Soul. Anyone who thinks it's not competitive with the best in its price range just hasn't looked closely.
#25 of 223 Just got my soul Sport
Aug 10, 2009 (6:43 pm)
I just bought a Sport model with the sun roof in black (shadow). I love the car, I love the red and black interior. What a deal with everything extra in the car, you got to love it. The ride is great with the sport tuned suppension and the 18 inch rims ride great.
#26 of 223 100+ degree temps in a Soul?
Aug 10, 2009 (7:43 pm)
Is the A/C good enough for Las Vegas or Phoenix summers?
#27 of 223 Re: 100+ degree temps in a Soul? [jaxs1]
Aug 10, 2009 (8:11 pm)
The Soul's AC does a very good job in Georgia (95 degrees and high humidity).
Oct 13, 2009 (2:08 pm)
Just drove one today. Roomy for a subcompact and fun to drive. Back seat is amazing with easy access. Only issue was jolting when crossing expansion joints on the highway but with the short wheelbase not surprising. Salesman said the optioanal bigger tires made ride a little rougher? Overall favorably impressed but msrp was about 20k so would have to consider what a few grand more would buy.
#29 of 223 Re: test drive [jayrider]
Oct 13, 2009 (3:01 pm)
Jayrider, I found that the cheaper Soul Plus with the 16" wheels rode a lot better than the Exclaim model with the 18" wheels. So maybe you ought to see what kind of ride $17k will buy.
#30 of 223 Re: test drive [stephen987]
Oct 13, 2009 (3:16 pm)
Thanks for the heads up -- didn't research anything about them. Was killing time at the Kia dealer near where my murano was being serviced. Offered a test drive for kicks -- not one customer to be found - I was impressed. would be a great 2nd car for city/half day highway trips. Not sure about cross country [63 yrs old] but the seats were better than the jetta,golf and even the passat. I really liked the look -- seems more balanced than the cube. Not in the market now but at 17k may be a player in the future.
#31 of 223 Re: test drive [jayrider]
Oct 13, 2009 (3:28 pm)
I really liked the Soul--the interior quality was better than the Honda Fit, and the interior is roomier too. I wound up with a Fit instead, but I have a lot of respect for the Soul. It's not a bad choice at all.
#32 of 223 torn between Soul and SX4..any advice?
Feb 27, 2010 (4:51 pm)
I want a small, hatchback, in the $15k-19k range, and have narrowed it down to the Soul and the Suzuki SX4. I like the look of both, love the SX4 AWD option, but like the "EXTRAS" that come with the Soul. I know resale is bad on both, but not considering selling till way down the line.
I had a suzuki many years ago, sidekick, and it was very reliable and versitile. Haven't had experience with Kia, but the rep is growing..seems like the Hyundia when they entered the market.
ANYWAYS, I'm torn between the 2, and they both come out to the same price range and options...any suggestions?
#33 of 223 Re: torn between Soul and SX4..any advice? [robmerz]
Feb 27, 2010 (5:34 pm)
The Soul is a lot peppier. I also like the choice of interior designs and other extras--especially Bluetooth. I would also expect the Soul to get better MPG--Edmunds got really lousy mileage with their SX4.