Having debuted in 2008, the Kia Soul is a compact cube shaped car. One of several popular vehicles shaped like a cube. It was introduced globally in 2010. It’s a simple car designed to appeal to a sportier crowd. To keep it simple and inexpensive to operate, the engine options are simple, and some folks consider it a bit underpowered.
The American made entry of the Soul is currently produced with one of two straight/inline four cylinder engines. The standard entry level Soul is powered by a 1.6 liter Gamma family engine [G4FC] producing 122 hp hooked to a five-speed manual transmission. More expensive packages feature a 2.0 liter unit producing 142 hp with a four-speed automatic available.
FYI: The 1.6 liter diesel engine is offered in European models instead of the 2.0 liter gas.
Because this is the most popular current US engine, here are some quick facts of the engine:
Engine Model: G4FC (1.6L MPI)
Output Power: 121PS/6,200RPM
Torque: 15.6kg.m/4,200 RPM
Engine Type: Inline 4 cylinder DOHC 16 valves
Engine Material: Aluminum
Bore × Strokes: 77.0 mm × 85.44 mm
Compression Ratio: 10.5: 1
Fuel Injection Method: Electronic Multi Point Injection (MPI)
Ignition System: Distributor-less ignition (DLI)
Emission: EURO 4
The 2 liter engine is part of the Theta ll engine family. An inline 4 cylinder engine with a DOHC [double overhead camshafts] head. Theta [G4KC] is a family of engines made by Hyundai all with 4 cylinders, all are aluminum engines. [Theta/Theta-II Engine – 2.0L]
Remember the Soul is a front engine front wheel drive car. Using the popular Transverse engine mounting system. This is where the engine/transmission is sideways under the hood. Almost every front wheel drive car made in the last 20 years uses a variation of this design.
There is also a Hybrid version of the Soul, it’s so new, there is little tech information available yet. Call for detailed information should you have a need.