Last week we traded in our CX-3 for a new Kia Soul Turbo. Nothing really wrong with the CX-3 and I liked it a lot, but after driving almost 60,000 miles on it in the last 14 months for work, and wanting something a BIT taller, we figured we'd try something new (the CX-3 is about the size of a Pontiac Vibe...slightly taller/higher than a typical sedan, but no-where near as tall as a typical compact crossover)
-I was looking for a Soul with the 7-speed DCT and the turbo engine, but didn't want it loaded up (didn't want the big sunroof or other pricey options.) We got ours stickering for about $23,600...dealer discounted it close to invoice...and we got another $1000 off by financing through Kia Financing. Of course, any dealer can say the discount is whatever they want, pending how they value the trade. Some notes:
-The interior is very comfortable to me. Upright seats and very good visibility to the front and sides. The quality of the interior seems a tad below our CX-3, but that doesn't bother me much.
-There is some 'turbo lag' from the engine. When you hit the gas, it takes about 1/2 second for the turbo to kick in, but when it does..it really goes. MUCH faster/quicker than our CX-3.
-DCT transmission. There is a bit of a 'shudder' like most DCT's when starting from a standstill, but it isn't very noticable. You have to pay attention to notice it. It is a lot less than in our daughters Ford Focus.
-MPG so far...I seem to be getting 1-2 mpg less than our CX-3. On a trip already taken on a rural road (55 mph, very few stops and fairly flat), with the Cruise set on 55 mph....returned MPG is in the upper 30's (36.5 is what I got for the 100+ mile round trip with 2 stops) If past experience with Turbo cars holds true...I'm guessing if you baby this you will easily exceed the EPA rating..but if you cause the turbo to spool up, the MPGs will plummet more than in a NA engined vehicle.
-No rattles or shakes of any kind. The ride is fine to me...not as smooth as a full size car, but comparable to out CX-3.
-Android Auto. I tried it...didn't like it at first..but got used to it over the weekend...but I think I'm not going to use it. Nothing wrong with it, but I don't really use my phone for calls or texting when I'm driving (the car does have a traditional bluetooth phone option in addition to the Android Auto option.) The biggest issue for me is for navigation...I think I'm going to go with a standalone Nav unit. In our CX-3, the in-car nav system was set up on top of the dashboard..so I got used to looking at the NAV screen by only glancing slightly away from the road. In the Soul, the Radio/Nav screen is set lower in the dashboard. I have to glance down away from the road to see it. Not a big deal, but I'm used to having it set up higher.
-The glove box is massive, the largest I have ever had in any car.
-Side mirrors are a bit small. Not so small they are dangerous or reduce visibility, but in our last few cars every one had larger ones.
-I have only found 1 USB port so far. No big deal, but in our other recent cars, there have always been 2 (and in some cases 3)
Thats all I have for now. I'm taking a pretty long trip in it tomorrow (round trip to Syracuse NY and back) so it will by far be the most time I spent in it.