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Kia has been upping its tech game substantially in recent years, so we weren't surprised to find an iPod port at the base of the stack in the Soul, similar to those we've seen previously in various Hyundai models, such as theGenesis Coupe. A business card-size monochrome screen dominates the top of the stack, surrounded by standard radio buttons and a slot for a single CD player. That screen shows the iPod's menu, with lists of artists, albums, and genres. It's not the best interface, as we often weren't sure whether to push a button or turn a dial to browse through music.The iPod port is comprised of an auxiliary input, suitable for any audio source, and a USB port, which can also read MP3 tracks from a thumb drive. The CD player can read MP3s too, and the car comes with satellite radio, rounding out the audio sources.Beyond the light show, Kia equips the Soul Exclaim with an impressive audio system, with six side speakers accentuated by a subwoofer and center channel. At first, the audio sounded tinny, but some distinct snaps from drums made us realize that the system is biased toward treble. Adjusting the three-band equalizer to emphasize mids and bass, the audio became more balanced, and we enjoyed the clarity of the instrumental reproduction. Tracks with heavy bass didn't deliver the thump we would have liked, though, rather only a general hum from the interior panels.The cabin tech that surprised us most in the Soul was the Bluetooth phone system. After pairing up an iPhone, a simple process with the voice command, we started looking around to see if it had any real phone book functionality. Usually, a phone system in a car in this price range will merely receive calls or let the driver voice dial by number. But the Soul actually downloaded our phone's contact list and let us dial by name. It was very accurate, even asking if we wanted mobile, work, or home when we asked for a name with multiple numbers in the phone book. With an iPhone, we found one little glitch:
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its bad news when Kia have to spam their own owners website to create some chat!!!.....come on people!!....it was a glorious weekend, someone must have done something to their Souls????.....i liberally coated the nose of mine with dead insects.....am looking upon it as a layer of paint protection for now.
 

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Sure make a mess dont they the little bug;;;s.Went down to Weston super mud,yep tide was out, with the misses and the little un. Had a great day in the sun and a good run out in the Tempest,the AC works a treat.

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Hi Col, Is yours the Tempest Diesel?. If so does yours when you touch the accelerator very gently at idle and increase the revs very slightly...does the engine take on a very raucous note?.....and then it passes as the revs continue to rise. Mine does this when driving it too....the initial touch on the accelerator brings on the noise, which then abates as the engine picks up and accelerates....almost as though the timing is getting adjusted briefly to initiate the acceleration, then adjusted back once initiated......any thoughts?.....does yours do this too?.
 

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Yeah she sounds like a proper old diesel when you start to accelerate,but as you say the noise is only on acceleration the harder the noisier.
 
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