Loving Life in the Kia Soul

Let’s get this out of the way. I usually drive a minivan. I love my minivan for lots of reasons but being “fun to drive” is not one of them. So, when I got the chance to drive the superhip and superfun Kia Soul, I jumped at the chance to ditch my mommy-mobile and zip around town in the bright red Soul.

Roomy Without The Bulk

I was immediately struck by the Kia Soul’s roomy interior. The back fit both my three-year-old’s forward facing convertible car seat and my one-year-old’s rear facing infant car seat without a problem. When my mom and grandmother and I loaded up for a weekend getaway, we had no trouble fitting three women (and their luggage!) comfortably in the Kia Soul.

If you are looking for a car with a little more space without the heft of a minivan or SUV, the Kia Soul would make a great family car and at 27 combined miles per gallon would definitely be easier on the wallet!

Making Safety A Priority

The Kia Soul also has great safety features which will keep your family safe as well as comfortable. The 2012 Kia Soul model I drove included four-wheel antilock disc brakes with brake assist, stability control, traction control, front-seat side airbags, side curtain airbags and active front head restraints.

All these safety features add up to four out of five stars on government crash tests and a the highest score from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Luckily, my test drive went well and I had no opportunity to test out these features but I would not hesitate to trust the Kia Soul with my family’s safety.

Features That Make Driving Fun

The Kia Soul is full of fun technology and features that make driving easier and more enjoyable. I loved using the Bluetooth phone connectivity (which was a CINCH to set up!) as well as the Sirius Satellite radio to listen to all my favorite public radio programming.

However, many of the Kia Soul’s features didn’t just make driving fun – they made it easier. The GPS system includes Sirius Satellite Traffic updates, which helped me avoid several traffic jams during my weekend getaway and the keyless entry was fantastic when hauling around kids and/or luggage.

Driving the Kia Soul was a blast and while I love my minivan, I was a little sad to turn over the keys to my fun and sporty Soul at the end of the week.

Sarah Stewart Holland is a wife and mother every second of every day and a writer, professor, lawyer, or Twitter addict depending on the moment. She blogs about the bitter and sweet of motherhood at saltandnectar.com.

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