Compact cars are all the rage nowadays thanks to their low price tags and excellent fuel efficiency. So it's no wonder that Kia has entered this market with a couple of new compacts like the Kia Soul. The company has been in the auto business since 1944 and is currently South Korea's second largest car company. Kia designed the Soul as a compact MPV with tons of custom design options to fit various people's needs. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show back in 2008, this vehicle was only launched into the market back in 2010 making it a relatively new comer in the industry.
The U.S. version of the Kia Soul initially came with an inline four-cylinder gasoline engine. This came in two different models depending on the trim of the vehicle. A 1.6-liter engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission was the standard trim package. A higher end trim came with a 2.0-liter engine and the option to have a four-speed automatic transmission instead. This trim also came with better features such as 18-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and LED lights.
By far, the best iteration of the Kia Soul was in their 2012 line. Standard Kia soul parts included a navigation system, UVO infotainment, leather and heated seats, along with automatic climate control. It also has top-notch fuel efficiency as it has an average return of 26 MPG in the city and 34 MPG on the highway. Apart from its low price and excellent fuel efficiency, the Kia Soul also rated well when it comes to vehicle safety. In fact, it was awarded as the "Top Safety Pick" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) back in 2009. As a recently produced vehicle, you won't have any problems finding Kia Soul replacement parts as they're pretty much available online.
How to Improve Fuel Efficiency of your Kia Soul
Your Kia Soul is very popular among car owners because of its unusual but funky style. Not only that, its boxy body design also provides extra leg room for you. Whether it's a 1.6-liter engine or a 2.0 one, it is still considered one of the most economical SUVs in terms of fuel economy. But of course, you'd still want to find ways to save on gas money and be a little more environment-friendly. Don't worry, you don't have to search high and low because it is right just under your nose. Here are fuel-saving tips you can do for your Kia Soul.
- Keep your vehicle in excellent working condition.
First things first, keep your vehicle in excellent working condition. Cliché but true! A properly maintained and tuned engine can do wonders for your fuel consumption. Have your vehicle serviced at the recommended service interval stated in your owner's manual.
When doing errands, do it in one trip instead of doing several short trips. Planned trips help save you time and gas money. When the engine is running for a longer period, it burns fuel more efficiently. Short trips don't warm the engine up enough for it to efficiently burn fuel.
- Ease up on stepping on the accelerator pedal.
Don't step on the accelerator pedal too hard. Keep in mind that the harder you step on the gas pedal, the more revs in your engine—and the more revs in your engine, the more fuel is being consumed.
- Drive at just the right speed.
Not only does driving on the right speed save fuel, it also saves you from accidents. When you drive faster than 90 kilometers per hour, the fuel consumption significantly increases. When you are driving above 100 kilometers per hour, you are using up 25 times more fuel than you would when you are driving at 90 km/h. Just imagine all the fuel used up when you are always feeling the need for speed.
- Reduce the use of your vehicle's A/C.
When you turn on the air-conditioning unit in your vehicle, you are using up to 10% more fuel. Open your windows while you are driving and enjoy the breeze.
- Reduce drag by reducing the weight that is being carried by your vehicle.
Remove accessories that increase drag in your vehicle. Don't use spoilers if you don't need them. Remove the roof racks and bike racks if you are not using them. Not only do they increase drag in your vehicle, they also add to the weight that your vehicle carries. Also, remove unnecessary things in your car that add to its weight. Don't store your sports equipment in your vehicle. If you're not going to use it, it is best you leave it at your house. The more weight your vehicle carries, the more fuel is being consumed.
- Make sure that your tires are properly inflated.
Speaking of extra weight, your vehicle feels heavy if its tires are underinflated. Driving on flat tires gives your engine extra work and your pocket extra workout when paying for more fuel.