2020 Kia Telluride exam drive
The 2020 Kia Telluride is a outrageous deal. It’s a brand’s largest indication ever, and was designed to take on large players like a Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Fox News Autos Editor Gary Gastelu took it for a spin to see how it measures up.
The VW Beetle is dead. Long live a Kia Soul.
2020 Soul GT-Line
As distant as I’m concerned, it’s been a quirky automobile aristocrat given it strike a stage a decade ago and fast found a extended patron base, travelling high propagandize seniors to comparison citizens. But now that a Beetle is out of production, a accession is complete. The subcompact application automobile is unequivocally many in a suggestion of a People’s Car, mixing affordability and practicality with adore it or hatred it styling, and I’ve overtly never met an owners who didn’t adore their Soul.
2020 Soul GT-Line
Conveniently, there’s an all-new third-generation Soul for 2020 to assistance it contest with a assault of pretenders that have popped adult in new years, like a Jeep Renegade and Toyota C-HR, though it continues to mount out in a crowd. The boxy physique is still there, now with slimmer headlights that supplement a spirit of threat to a unequivocally lovable ute by giving it a demeanour of First Order stormtrooper from a Star Wars star — or during slightest a automobile one might drive to work in.
The Soul has grown a tiny on a outside, though a cabin is flattering many a same distance as before, that is perfect. Four adults fit well, with a high seating position, rear-seat comfort above what anyone should pattern in something this tiny and a healthy 24.2-cubic-foot load space interjection to a squareback shape.
The interior element peculiarity is glorious for a automobile with a starting cost of $18,535 and measures adult in a tip of a line and entirely installed $28,535 GT-Line 1.6 Turbo that we tested during length. The pattern filled with copiousness of panache throughout, like a approach a inserts around a door-release latches mix into atmosphere vents with integrated tweeter speakers.
The Turbo is a driver’s choice of a lineup and gets an ascent from a naturally-aspirated 147 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in a other models to a turbocharged 201 hp 1.6-liter with a same series of pistons. A 7-speed dual-clutch involuntary delivery is customary and a usually gearbox accessible with a some-more absolute motor, that is rated during 29 mpg combined, or only 1 mpg reduction than many of a other models.
It also has wide, low-profile tires and a somewhat stiffer cessation that’s too soothing to spin it into a loyal sports car, though that’s not unequivocally what a Turbo is. Think of it as some-more of baby grand furloughed machine, consistent energy and comfort in a parking space-friendly package.
The delivery lazily engages when we solemnly lift divided from a stop, though there’s something endearing and roughly tellurian about it. Switching it to Sport mode creates it snappier, though it’s still not a sharpest apparatus in a box. Nevertheless, a Turbo is adult for a energetic expostulate when a mood strikes we and has a full apartment of motorist aids that includes adaptive journey control for when it doesn’t.
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The Turbo facilities a 10.25-inch touchscreen display, wireless smartphone charging pad and multicolor ambient lighting complement that can be set to beat and change hues in a accumulation of patterns, along with a song entrance out of an positively intelligible Harmon-Kardon audio system, since there aren’t adequate motorist distractions these days. A head-up arrangement that pops adult behind a steering circle aims to assistance negate them by raised a speedometer and other information closer to a driver’s line of sight.
The Kia Soul LX starts during $18,535
If a Turbo seems like it’s got a bit too many going on for an economy car, many of a Soul’s attracts are accessible in a cheapest trim levels. However, you’ll have to spend during slightest $21,335 for one with an involuntary transmission, collision deterrence complement and lane-keeping assist. If we wish a cheapest version, you’ll have to settle for a let spec chronicle with a six-speed primer transmission, atmosphere conditioning, electric windows and 7-inch shade for a Apple CarPlay and Android Auto-equipped infotainment system, that unequivocally isn’t settling during all.
2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo
Base price: $28,535
Type: 5-passenger, 4-door, front-wheel-drive SUV
Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Power: 201 hp, 195 lb-ft
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
MPG: 27 city/32 hwy