Kia Owners Club Forum banner
1 - 20 of 23 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Hello all


My wife and I have been fans of the Soul since we first clasped our eyes on one but that's barely a surprise - Peter Schreyer, the god-father of all modern Kia's, is also the man behind the Audi A2 and we have two of them!



Over the coming 6 months or so we will be looking for a replacement for my wifes older A2, and the two short-listed options are the Soul and a Skoda Yeti - our budget will possibly get us into a 1.6CRDi Shaker but I have two questions and wonder if anyone knows the answers I'd be grateful - I have searched and can't find any reference. They are:



1) I've noticed the new 'Searcher' comes with cruise control - we can't stretch to a Searcher but does anybody know if Kia original equipmentcan be retro-fitted to other models in the range? I use cruise all the time and would really miss it



2) My first impression of the boot was that's it's very small but noticed that under the floor there is a generally useless polystyrene in-fill above the spare - is it possible to remove the floor and in-fillthenprotect the painted floorpan with an old bit of carpet double the size of the boot? If not I guess it could be velcro'd upright against the seat back as I notice it's slightly wider than the well below so wouldn't fit directly above the wheel.



Still not sure about the reversing camera yet, but the standard sunroof on the Shaker makes it the prime option - not as big as open-sky on my wife's A2 but a sunroof nonetheless!



Thanks in advance, and don't be surprised by more questions to come...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
183 Posts
Hi Frank, welcome to the forum. I have a Shaker for the same reason you are leaning towards it.My last car was a cabriolet and the sunroof was a compromise.

We are currently away with our Shaker in Spain on a 3 month break. To get my wife's entire wardrobe in the car, I took out the polystyrene infill and the sub floor. I've just used a bit of old carpet underlay to stop anything rattling on, or falling around the spare wheel. It's amazing how much extra space this has given us.

As for the cruise control, try Viking Paul on this site, if it can be retro fitted he will know, and we do get a discount off his company.

If you are buying new, there are some good deals still to be had. Go armed with the internet broker prices to the dealers. They have the scope to match those prices!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,605 Posts
The basic Souls come without the polystyrene boot filler and they have a peice of carpet covering the spare wheel so everything is doable with OEM stuff. Its a love hate thing with the reversing camera..... some people on here swear by them. I personally find mine a waste of time (i live in an unlit roads area and without that extra light round the car - it is useless at night and too distorted during the day). The reversing sensors are better in my mind.

I love my Soul, but i would suggest the Skoda yeti is a better all round vehicle, better finished, roomier and a good bit tougher..... mind you it is more expensive than a Soul too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
662 Posts
Cheers Nat for the name check
cruise control is an available option as a retro fit price is £556.59 best option is to get it fitted at port on the new car prior to delivery its a specialist company who fit the kits and they travel to dealers so i cant offer any saveing, Sorry



the standard carpet on base models is available and i expect if you spoke to the supplying dealer they would swop with you or supply it as part of the deal
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
Thanks for the feedback all


Looks like the boot floor bit is easy (result) but over £550 for cruise control - blimey! It would almost make it worth saving up for a 'Searcher' although then there is no sunroof fitted...



Still, thanks for the info Viking Paul as the dealer I spoke to said it wasn't possible but didn't leave me too convinced on the subject!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
161 Posts
yeti,way too exspensive..though as an ex skoda owner..[fabia,favorite,felicia] great cars.heard there isa 6 month waiting list for the yeti.clarkson on top gear last week gave it a thorough testing and it done well........but,in my opinion over priced and to complicated,not what i would call an honest car.skoda have lost their plot with pricing and losing what was a faithfull customer base,who wanted good solid engineering at a reasonable price.now most skuds are re-skinned vags sold through the bigger dealers who have lost the art of personal contact.skoda had a great network of small sizes franchises of which they have all lost.a lot of these have changed over to the emerging far east manufactures..and they are offering the personal service,great product at a reasonable price.....and dont forget....kia 7 year warranty...now how much is that worth? ......................................................................................oops the thats the ex salesman coming out of me,...............................giv us a jobEdited by: zumbie
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
111 Posts
one or two things that do stand out when choosing again for me would be firstly take them both for an extended test drive not an hour or so , all day if needs be you are spending serious cash and if they wont stretch to letting you loose in it for a while to see if you really like it, then walk away its their loss,also do as my brother always does take some one with no vested interest along they wont have any rose tinted specs on and will certainly see and spot things that the blinkers hide that you (or i) would have on! also check all the forums and stop anyone you see with one and ask their opinion on the car, when i bought mine i was hoodwinked into the economy a bit, my mistake never asked in the right places! that wont happen again, secondly go and open and close the tailgate or doors on the yeti , then do the same on the soul, and look at the general finish and the durability factor is in my mind a no brainer,ignore the warranty ,you dont need an extensive warranty if the product is unlikely to malfunction in the first place, i like the soul its a fun car my wife adores it but if you want honesty im your man !and icannot imagine it taking the place of my work car, it doesnt seem to be rugged enough as the paint is very easily marked and interior also marks easily , at the time i got my soul the yeti was 2 grand out of reach , that was a mistake it now is apparent it was false economy to sell myself short.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
Thanks for the additional comments Zumbie and Eggobako


As a bit of background it's worth noting I'm a bit of a car nut and usually the person friends and colleagues come to when looking at cars as I'm happy to research what I don't know - hence coming on here well in advance of buying one as internet forums are a perfect way to get to know about real ownership experiences. I don't yet know anyone with a Soul though!



It also puts some context into this as I am theex-social secretary for the A2 Owners club and a long-standing member of the smart club too




To a degree, you're right about Skoda Zumbie, and my Dad owned both an Estelle 120L5 and Favorit GLXiE from new so have plenty of experiencewith the old days- the thing for the Yeti is that it's a great car per-se, forget the badge and how it fits into the VAG heirarchy. Likewise the Soul, a few years ago spending £15K on a Kia would have beencertifiable but not today - it's all about product for me, and owning the A2 has tought me that so long as I get the 'feel good' factor then the investment is worth it aswe'll keep the car for years.The warranty andreliability are important too, of course, but it's really about what works best for us as a family.



If a Soul gets itself into our lives it will be part of the family just like my A2 - for what it's worth I'm leaning towards a Yeti which is a bigger vehicle but my wife is insistant she wants a Soul, and it will replace her A2 after all. However, it must be up to family duties (trips to France in comfort, possible increase in family size from one child to two in the future) so the size of the boot was a concern for me on the Soul, as was cruise controlbut that seems easily answered.



All help is gratefully received though
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,605 Posts
Also.... gotta say this...."Frank Bullitt"...... what a fab name, is it real or an Avatar name. I feel tougher just saying it!!!.....lol.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,605 Posts
Last comment. If you expecting a Soul be as tough internally as an Audi (and i have owned several Audi over the years), you are gonna be severly disappointed. The Soul needs cotton gloves and well behaved kids to stay pristine inside.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
8 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
tempest said:
The Soul needs cotton gloves and well behaved kids to stay pristine inside.

Well-behaved kids - what are they then! Interior quality is something I've noticed but accept it won't be up to A2 standards; as the A2 came through the same plant as the A8 sothe quality is peerless and better than more modern Audi's.



As for the name, I'm a big Mcqueen fan and consider the role asLieutenant Frank Bullitt to be his finestwork - the real name is rather less exciting...Chris



Just been down to my local Kia emporium, Marshall of Bedford, and the sales guy there was much more knowlegable than the last dealer I spoke to so he'll be getting my business...if it's a Soul! Also had a look in the boot of a '2' and that's much more what we are looking for.



Had abutchers at the new Sportage too - that is a seriously stunning piece of kit but a bit out of our price range!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
78 Posts
Hi,I have a Soul 2 and am very pleased with it. Looks nice in White. Not had problems with paint (so far) in the 4500 miles that I have done in it. Only gripe I have, especially this time of year is lack of heated mirrors!!!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,698 Posts
Hi Frank/Chris. I have a Tempest diesel with 16k on the clock which is one year old at the end of the month,I have had no problems with mine and love the car , my son has the Skoda Fabia VRS which goes very well but the fit and finish is no better I think than the Soul.I have only seen the Yeti from a distance and it looks OK,a bit pricey for what you get but if the fit and finish are the same as my sons I don't think I could justify the extra cost. I would however justify the extra cost of the Sportage its a really exceptional car.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
161 Posts
i do like the exsterior styling of the yeti,it is what the roomster should of been,and from what i gather when updated will take some of the front end features.i find looking for a direct comprable for the soul,as it is one of those cars thats inbetween sizes....so i suppose in a class of its own.one of the things ive noticed is that the PR photos always have a shorter person by the car.mind you the my albanian car cleaner he too has to stand on the wheel when wipeing down the roof,so makes the car look massive.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
276 Posts
Hi Peeps

Well, Lucy the Tempest is 9 weeks old, done 1.6k, been through an "ARC" carwash and been "Karchered".

We have potholes the size of the Grand Canyon round here and up to now, I've had nothing fall off, no paint probs and even had a woman stand on the sills of the doors to shammy the roof.

Apart from the chip in the screen wich isn't big enough to get fixed, the car is brill.

There's no cotton wool around this car and it likes it that way. It enjoys a bit of "wellie" and seems to get quieter the faster you go.

Every time in leave the car I always take a look back which I never done with other cars.

In all, it's a cracker.

Steve
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,698 Posts
Look Taffy where is this woman who shammys the roof I have to do my own, perhaps if I see tempest and wave he may stop and asif he is so tall he may shammy my roof for me.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
276 Posts
LOL Dave,

We've got a gang that'll wash & wax your car for £8. It's like a conveyor belt where the lady in question will shammy the excess off the car but she's only 4'8"ish - all part of the service.
 
1 - 20 of 23 Posts
Top