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Journeys : Dec Jan 2010
Lindy George She says Kia Soul Life on the move The Soul was designed to appeal to our precious Gen Ys and it would seem Kia certainly hit the mark. I was approached by many a curious passer-by, all somewhat intrigued with this quirky little vehicle. But why should the Gen Ys have all the fu n? You can choose from three Souls -- Soul, Soul2 and Soul3. All are available with a 1.6L petrol or diesel engine with 5-speed manual transmission or the option of a 4-speed auto. All models across the range come standard with front, side and curtain airbags, ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) and EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) with brake assist. Soul2 and Soul3 also have ESP (Electronic Stability Program) and TCS (Traction Control System). We drove the mid range Soul2 diesel with manual transmission. And it was indeed a fun and economical drive (5.2l/100km according to the specs). Our Soul2 was well-equipped with central locking, power windows and mir rors, tilt adjustable steering column, height adjustable driver's seat and air-con. The audio system consisted of an MP3 compatible CD player, USB audio input with iPod compatibility, speed-dependent volume control, six speakers with controls mounted on the steering wheel -- that surely has to appeal to Gen Y. Interior room is generous with a 60/40 fold-flat rear seat. The boot houses a wet box under the floor tray for all the mucky stuff. The glove box is a neat two-tier design in red (just for something completely different). Each door has a pocket and bottle holder and the centre console has twin cup-holders. And now for the fun stuff ... pimp your ride! You have a choice of 11 exterior colours including Soul Black, Tomato Red and Cocktail Orange. Then choose some Body Art -- Racing Stripes, Houndstooth or Dragon. Add a Sports Kit, a Chrome Kit, a Body Kit and a sunroof (Soul3) and then add the 18" Bur ner alloys. But don't stop there, we need to do the interior as well! Choose your dash and seat colour in either black, red or beige (Soul3), some sports pedals and a sports knob in red, black or grey (manual only). It's all good fun and as Kia states 'No Two Souls are the Same' ...just log on to w w w. kia.com.au and see for yourself. ANCAPRating★★★★ Green Vehicle Rating ★ ★ ★ ½ Cruzin' along on diesel In my He says review of the Holden Cruze in the October issue of Motor Ne ws Jour neys, I mentioned that a diesel version of the CDX was an obvious omission from the range. Just as the magazine was landing in letterboxes around Tasmania, Holden announced they were releasing a CDX Diesel version of the Cruze. This will be a welcome addition to round-out an excellent range of vehicles. Darren Moody General Manager Roadside and Technical Services Driver training for all .drivers. Modern vehicles Expert instructors Individual driving lessons for learners and driver assessment Safety Drive Package includes ROADSIDE ADVANTAGE cover and discounts on vehicle inspections, car insurance and RACT Batteries. Defensive Driver Training with both private and business courses. Hobart 6232 6399 Launceston 6335 5644 Devonport 6421 1944 Burnie 6434 2944 L P 6253 www.ract.com.au December 09 / January 10 20
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