Car Review: Kia Soul
After my hard hitting review of the Kia Rio, the good people over at Kia gave Daft Daddy the keys to yet another one of their cars to test drive. This time around they gave me the Kia Soul – which obviously was named after the capital of South Korea where the car was made.
For those of you who remember, the Kia Soul was the car driven by hamsters in Kia’s television commercials. Now I’m not saying using hamsters to promote the Kia Soul was as bad as Quiznos using those rats to promote their sandwiches, but one can’t help but wonder if there are hamsters under the hood of this car as well.
From the outside, the Kia Soul by itself is straight up boxy – there is no denying that. It’s about as square as a toaster. When I first saw it I didn’t know whether to drive it or put an Eggo in it.
It’s also easy to see that the Kia Soul is not a very big car, which made me question if I’d even fit through the door. I had images of folding myself up like Yogi Kudu when he squeezed into that tiny glass box on That’s Incredible. But to my surprise, the Kia Soul is actually a lot bigger inside than it looks.
The front and rear seats were very comfortable, and it had all the modern features you could ask for: Bluetooth, Satellite Radio, reverse camera – it even had an excellent sound system. You won’t notice it during the day, but at night the speakers actually light up when music is playing. It reminded me of my club days, only I didn’t pay a $20 cover charge to get in, nobody threw a drink in my face, and I didn’t have to tip a bathroom attendant for giving me a stick of Juicy Fruit and spraying me down with Hai Karate.
I also discovered there were no hamsters under the hood. Granted I don’t see Dominic Toretto or Brian O’Conner driving one of these in The Fast and the Furious 7, but it still makes for a fun ride around town even if you aren’t a career criminal.
The only downside of the Kia Soul was the lack of cargo space. If you have young children, there isn’t enough room to put a stroller in the back. And if you have any pets, you’re probably better off tying them to the roof like Mitt Romney did.
At the end of the day, Daft Daddy really liked the Kia Soul. But again I had to deduct a tie in my rating because it’s still a bit small for a new or small family. Safe driving Dafties.
Daft Daddy Rated (4/5)