2020 Kia Soul: First Drive Review

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
One surprising aspect of the 2020 Soul is how much smoother the continuously variable transmission can be versus the dual-clutch gearbox. Yes, test vehicles at the press event were teamed with different engines, but the CVT worked well, feeling only slightly rubber bandlike under full throttle (a common issue with CVTs). Dual-clutch transmissions on the other hand are typically very quick and smooth, but we found the DCT in the Soul to be a bit rough — shifts were unexpectedly abrupt, especially during hard acceleration.

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