Review: 2019 kia soluto 1



Googling the word, “Soluto” reveals that it comes from the Latin, “solutus,” which translates to lớn “be miễn phí.” Targeted at first time oto buyers, the Kia Soluto then becomes so aptly named. After all, there’s no better way lớn escape Manila’s inept public transportation than being in the comfort and security of a brand-new oto. Of course, there’s still the subject of navigating through hellish traffic, but doing it in the luxury of your very own personal space sounds like a welcome respite for a lot of wary workers.It’s common knowledge that automakers tend of think less of the typical sub-B segment oto buyer. After all, coming from a life of driving a second-hand car or taking the public transportation, they think that by offering something with four wheels, an engine, and zero kilometers on the odometer, they’ve sầu done enough to lớn satisfy this lot. As a result, you get cars that are extremely unrefined, terrible to lớn drive sầu, and worse to own; in short, they make some people regret getting a brand-new oto in the first place.

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Well, not with the revitalized Kia. Understanding that this segment, the first-time car buyer, is what makes or breaks a brvà experience, they’ve sầu put careful thought inlớn what buyers would want in a oto, & what would elicit proud ownership moments. Thus, here comes the 2019 Kia Soluto—a car that’s a sub-B segment car only in price, but a class-above sầu in everything else.Understanding that aesthetics plays a key role, the Solulớn, at the very least, looks good; offering a sense of gravitas unmatched by any other in its price range. Admittedly, the front-kết thúc does look a bit fussy, but at least Kia’s attempts to create a visual impact have worked out handsomely here. The use of high-gloss blaông xã plastics và dollops of chrome make it escape the quintessential “med rep look” so comtháng in this class. Other great detailing includes the blacked-out B-pillar (again, a rarity in this class), & on the EX model, 14-inch alloy wheels. Oh, & it has the complete mix of electrical bits too from the front và rear fog lamps khổng lồ mirror-mounted signal indicators.
Moving on, the fit & finish is pretty impressive. Not only vì chưng all the panels match perfectly, but the panel gaps are consistent, & the finishing màn chơi is quite superb, especially in this shade of Marcalớn Red, the Soluto’s image color. Then, pull the door handles & there’s some surprising heft here. There’s none of the tinny-sounding doors so prevalent in this vehicle class.Like its exterior, the Soluto’s interior manages to lớn exude a class-above sầu feel. There’s not an ounce of soft-touch plastics in here (và that’s khổng lồ be expected), but at least almost everything’s been put together well. Most of the switchgear does the job, maybe except for the lighting và wiper stalks which are finished in unconvincing shiny bits of plastic. The seats, too are covered not in leather or even in fabric, but in leatherette. This makes for an easier upkeep, but because they’re not breathable, it can make every ride a potentially sweaty one. Oh, and they can tax the air conditioner on hotter days.

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Still, at least the interior is well put together & arranged in a way that it doesn’t feel cheap. The overall design is clean và straight-forward, reminiscent of other Kia models. The controls are laid out in a horizontal manner with the gauges and infotainment system at the upper, and the climate controls on the lower tier. The instrument cluster itself is highly-legible with clear numerals và, amazingly enough, a multi-function trip computer is nestled between the tach- & speedometers. Without a doubt, the coup de grâce is the 7-inch infotainment system. It does tend of wash out in direct sunlight, but at least it’s full-featured even having Apple CarPlay & Android Aukhổng lồ. Oh, và the tunes get pumped through a 6-speaker system, too.With no center console of speak of, the Soluto’s front seat cushions are pretty wide, accommodating a wide range of body toàn thân types. There’s an armrest for the driver too, but in the manual transmission guise, it’s somewhat useless. Even more surprising is that the rear occupants here are treated just as well as those in front. The seat cushion itself is long & supportive, reaching almost to the end of the hips. They’re also molded in a way that they feel like individual buckets. The headrests may not look particularly cushy in photos, but they’re actually of the right height and form size. Sadly, they passed on the chance of providing a middle headrest even if there are 3-point seatbelts for all at the baông xã.
Fitted with a 6-way manual adjustable driver’s seat & a tilt-adjustable steering column, finding a comfy driving position is fairly easy. However, it must be said though that the best one in the Soluto is with the seatback more laid down và the seat cushion phối more forward than usual. This, along with the power window switches located below the air conditioning controls, are two things that take getting used to lớn (it doesn’t help that the said switches aren’t lit so good luchồng using them at night).On to lớn the driving experience, the Soluto avoids the small car trope. It’s refined with impressive sầu levels of NVH. With its generous wheelbase, it glides through potholes well, absorbing even the bigger ones with ease. It’s softly sprung, so it does tover lớn easily tip during provocative maneuvers, but at least it feels danceable through city streets. The steering is light too, making one-finger three-pointed turns possible. And with the generous greenhouse và stubby nose, positioning it through traffic & tight confines are easy. At higher speeds, the steering does tighten up, but the suspension remains wallowy requiring constant corrections lớn keep it pointed straight.

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With a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine, the 95-horsepower Soluto lớn is quick on its feet. Power delivery feels immediate & compared lớn what others offer in this price segment, is more than enough to pass muster. However, the 5-tốc độ manual does have sầu short gearing và that means rowing through the gearbox repeatedly even at đô thị speeds. Aside from the clutch’s high engagement, the pedal effort is light and the shifter action is precise. There’s even a gear shift indicator in the multifunction display, telling drivers the most economical way to drive. Religiously followed, it musters 9.5 km/L (average tốc độ 15 km/h).After all’s said và done, it’s obvious that Kia’s done their homework with the 2019 Soluto lớn. While it’s not perfect, it more than lives up lớn its name since it’s unbound of what expects in a sub-P 700,000 passenger oto. Not only are its foundations grounded on solid mechanicals, but it’s also well-finished và well-equipped as well. With that, it makes for a convincing case of what a first new oto should be. One that doesn’t just offer the freedom of mobility for its owner, but pride as well.
Ownership 2019 Kia Solulớn 1.4 EX M/T Year Introduced 2019 Vehicle Classification Sub-compact Sedan Warranty 5 years / 160,000 kilometers The Basics Body Type 4-door sedan Seating 5 Engine / Drive F/F Under the Hood Displacement (liters) 1.4 Aspiration Normally Aspirated Fuel Delivery EFI Layout / # of Cylinders I4 BHPhường
15 km/h Dimensions và Weights Length (mm) 4,300 Width (mm) 1,700 Height (mm) 1,460 Wheelbase (mm) 2,570 Curb Weight (kg) 1,036 Suspension & Tires Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut Rear Suspension V-Beam Coupled Torsion Beam Front Brakes Vented Disc Rear Brakes Drum Tires Nexen Npriz AH8 175/70 R 14 T (f và r) Wheels Alloy Safety Features Airbags 2 Anti-Loông chồng Brakes (ABS) Yes, with EBD Traction / Stability Control No Parking Sensors Yes, Rear with Camera Front Seatbelts 3-pt ELR with pre-tensioner x 2 Rear Seatbelts 3-pt ELR x 3 ISOFIX Child Seat Anchor Yes Other Safety Features No Exterior Features Headlights Halogen Fog Lamps Yes, Front & Rear Aukhổng lồ Lights No Rain-sensing Wipers No Interior Features Steering Wheel Adjust Tilt Steering Wheel Material Leather Seating Adjustment (driver) Manual, 6-way Seating Adjustment (front passenger) Manual 4-way Seating Surface Leatherette Folding Rear Seat No On-Board Computer Yes Convenience Features Power nguồn Steering Yes nguồn Door Locks Yes Power nguồn Windows Yes nguồn Mirrors Yes Proximity Key No Climate Control Manual Audio System Stereo MP3 Aux USB công nghệ Bluetooth không dây Apple CarPlay Android Auto # of Speakers 6 Steering Controls Yes

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