By Christopher A. Sawyer
In the year that has elapsed since we last had a Kia Soul in or test fleet, many things have happened to Kia’s funkiest vehicle. The most important of which is that the second generation Soul launched not long after we tested the 2013 model. Despite having similar styling and being about the same size, the latest Soul is a big step up in terms of fit and finish, materials, equipment and driving dynamics. Nearly all of the faults of the previous generation have been excised. In doing so, however, Kia may have gone a bit too far. Don’t get me wrong, the new car is handsome, capable, rides better, is quieter, has a better navigation interface and more. However, it is missing one ingredient that made the first generation so inviting: personality.