Arguably one of the most well known hip hop songs in history, Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock preceeded the Kia Soul’s debut by some 20+ years with the release of their hit “It Takes Two,” yet you can’t help to think the engineers at Kia had it blasting on repeat when they designed the Soul.

“I wanna rock right now
I'm Rob Base and I came to get down
I'm not internationally known
But I'm known to rock the microphone
Because I get stupid, I mean outrageous
Stay away from me if you're contagious
'Cause I'm the winner, no, I'm not a loser
To be an MC is what I choose-a
Ladies love me, girls adore me
I mean even the ones who never saw me
Like the way that I rhyme at a show
The reason why, man, I don't know…”


Listening to Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock, or any other music for that matter in the Soul proves to be a fun event: LED lights surrounding the door mounted speakers change colours and appear to “rock with the beat.”

The Soul isn’t just about rocking out on the Satellite radio equipped premium sound system that not only plays MP3 CD’s (got any lying around?) but allows a plethora of inputs: iPod, USB, or stereo mini-jack, but you get to do so in complete comfort. Due to its boxy shape (somewhat reminiscent of a Mercedes G-Wagen) back seat passengers enjoy as much headroom as those lucky enough to be sitting in the good seats, up front. And it doesn’t stop at room and a great stereo: creature comforts abound: power windows, air conditioning, remote entry integrated into the key (a big deal in 2011), a power glass moonroof, and “SOUL” insignias embroidered into the seats, just in case you forget what kind of vehicle you’re riding in.

On the road, the Kia isn’t exactly fast, it is however, surefooted, handles reasonably well, and delivers a fun driving experience, given its approachable price point. Don’t expect to win any races, but you will have a lot of fun on the journey, no matter we you’re headed: the corner store, or cross country.

The 2.0L 4 cylinder DOHC engine powering this Sport Edition of the Soul produces 142HP that drive the front wheels.  Fuel economy is pretty great for a vehicle that’s this versatile and can carry this many people comfortably. Expect to get about 500 kms to a tank of fuel, that tank being only 48L in size, or slightly less than $60 to fill. Not bad.

All in all a pretty great little vehicle that’ll make you wanna rock right now.

 

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