The five-door SX lives between base-level economy hatches and higher performance (and higher cost) cars like the GTI, WRX, and Mazdaspeed3.
You will likely not see many of these, probably because the Soul gets most of the attention in Kia's sub-Sportage slot, but we use ours as an urban family car, and for that purpose it is an excellent value--ample interior room and good cargo space with the rear seats in use, nice standard features and reasonable options, and classy "European" styling.
Given the pricing available on this Kia, particularly in relation to newer-model used cars these days, we are still very happy with our choice.
Torquey 2.4L engine
Decent six-speed automatic transmission
Very good interior and cargo volume
Shorter than sedan (handy for urban use)
Class-leading standard warranties
Very competitive pricing
Fuel efficiency lags pure economy cars, but is competitive for a more performance-oriented car with near-SUV interior space.
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