KIA Soul 2010 1.G Owner's Manual
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companyCongratulations! Your selection of a KIAwas a wise investment. It
will give you years of driving pleasure. Now that you are the owner of
a KIA vehicle, you’ll probably be asked a lot of questions about your
vehicle and the company like “What is a KIA?”, “Who is KIA?”,
“What does ‘ KIA’ mean?”.
Here are some answers. First, KIA is the oldest car company in Korea.
It is a company that has thousands of employees focused on building
high-quality vehicles at affordable prices.
The first syllable, KI, in the word “KIA” means “to arise from to the
world” or “to come up out of to the world”. The second syllable, a,
means “Asia”. So, the word KIA, means “to arise from” or “to come
up out of Asia to the world”.
Drive safely and enjoy your Kia!
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Thank you for choosing a KIA vehicle.
When you require service, remember that your KIA Dealer
knows your vehicle best. Your dealer has factory-trained tech-
nicians, recommended special tools, genuine KIA replacement
parts and is dedicated to your complete satisfaction.
Because subsequent owners require this important information
as well, this publication should remain with the vehicle if it is
This manual will familiarize you with operational, mainte-
nance and safety information about your new vehicle. It is sup-
plemented by a Warranty and Consumer Information manual
that provides important information on all warranties regarding
We urge you to read these publications carefully and follow the
recommendations to help assure enjoyable and safe operation
of your new vehicle.
KIA offers a great variety of options, components and features
for its various models. Therefore, some of the equipment
described in this manual, along with the various illustrations,
may not be applicable to your particular vehicle.
The information and specifications provided in this manual
were accurate at the time of printing. KIA reserves the right to
discontinue or change specifications or design at any time
without notice and without incurring any obligation. If you
have questions, always check with your KIA dealer.
We assure you of our continuing interest in your motoring
pleasure and satisfaction in your KIA vehicle.
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mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any
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Printed in KoreaForeword
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Your vehicle at a glanceSafety features of your vehicleFeatures of your vehicleDriving your vehicleWhat to do in an emergencyMaintenanceSpecifications & Consumer informationIndex
table of contents
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How to use this manual / 1-2
Fuel requirements / 1-3
Vehicle handling instructions / 1-5
Vehicle break-in process / 1-5
Indicator symbols on the instrument cluster / 1-6
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Introduction21A010000AAMWe want to help you get the greatest
possible driving pleasure from your vehi-
cle. Your Owner’s Manual can assist you
in many ways. We strongly recommend
that you read the entire manual. In order
to minimize the chance of death or injury,
you must read the WARNING and CAU-
TION sections in the manual.
Illustrations complement the words in this
manual to best explain how to enjoy your
vehicle. By reading your manual, you will
learn about features, important safety
information, and driving tips under vari-
ous road conditions.The general layout of the manual is pro-
vided in the Table of Contents. Use the
index when looking for a specific area or
subject; it has an alphabetical listing of all
information in your manual.
Sections: This manual has eight sections
plus an index. Each section begins with a
brief list of contents so you can tell at a
glance if that section has the information
You will find various WARNINGs,
CAUTIONs, and NOTICEs in this manu-
al. These WARNINGs were prepared to
enhance your personal safety. You should
carefully read and follow ALL procedures
and recommendations provided in these
WARNINGS, CAUTIONS and NOTICES.
NOTICEA NOTICE indicates interesting or help-
ful information is being provided.
HOW TO USE THIS MANUAL
A WARNING indicates a situation in
which harm, serious bodily injury or
death could result if the warning is
A CAUTION indicates a situation in
which damage to your vehicle couldresult if the caution is ignored.
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A020101AHM-EUYour new vehicle is designed to use only
unleaded fuel having a pump octane
number ((R+M)/2) of 87 (Research
Octane Number 91) or higher.
Your new vehicle is designed to obtain
maximum performance with UNLEADED
FUEL, as well as minimize exhaust emis-
sions and spark plug fouling.
A020103AUN-EUGasoline containing alcohol andmethanolGasohol, a mixture of gasoline and
ethanol (also known as grain alcohol),
and gasoline or gasohol containing
methanol (also known as wood alcohol)
are being marketed along with or instead
of leaded or unleaded gasoline.
Do not use gasohol containing more than
10% ethanol, and do not use gasoline or
gasohol containing any methanol. Either
of these fuels may cause drivability prob-
lems and damage to the fuel system.
Discontinue using gasohol of any kind if
drivability problems occur.
Vehicle damage or drivability problems
may not be covered by the manufactur-
er’s warranty if they result from the use
1. Gasohol containing more than 10% ethanol.
2. Gasoline or gasohol containing methanol.
3. Leaded fuel or leaded gasohol.
Never add any fuel system cleaning agents to the fuel tank other than what has been specified. (Consultan authorized KIA dealer for details.)
• Do not "top off" after the nozzle automatically shuts off when
Tighten the cap until it clicks, oth- erwise the Check Engine
light will illuminate.
Always check that the fuel cap is installed securely to prevent fuel
spillage in the event of an acci-
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Introduction41"E85" fuel is an alternative fuel com-
prised of 85 percent ethanol and 15 per-
cent gasoline, and is manufactured
exclusively for use in Flexible Fuel
Vehicles. “E85” is not compatible with
your vehicle. Use of “E85” may result in
poor engine performance and damage to
your vehicle's engine and fuel system.
KIA recommends that customers do not
use fuel with an ethanol content exceed-
ing 10 percent.
A020104AUNUse of MTBEKIA recommends avoiding fuels contain-
ing MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether)
over 15.0% vol. (Oxygen Content 2.7%
weight) in your vehicle.
Fuel containing MTBE over 15.0% vol.
(Oxygen Content 2.7% weight) may
reduce vehicle performance and produce
vapor lock or hard starting.
A020105AUNDo not use methanolFuels containing methanol (wood alco-
hol) should not be used in your vehicle.
This type of fuel can reduce vehicle per-
formance and damage components of
the fuel system.A020106AUNGasolines for cleaner airTo help contribute to cleaner air, KIA rec-
ommends that you use gasolines treated
with detergent additives, which help pre-
vent deposit formation in the engine.
These gasolines will help the engine run
cleaner and enhance performance of the
Emission Control System.A020107AUNOperation in foreign countriesIf you are going to drive your vehicle in
another country, be sure to:
Observe all regulations regarding reg-istration and insurance.
Determine that acceptable fuel is avail- able.
Your New Vehicle Limited Warrantymay not cover damage to the fuelsystem and any performance prob-lems that are caused by the use of fuels containing methanol or fuelscontaining MTBE (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether) over 15.0% vol.(Oxygen Content 2.7% weight.)
Never use gasohol which contains methanol. Discontinue use of anygasohol product which impairs dri- vability.
Your New Vehicle Limited Warrantydoes not cover damage to the fuelsystem or any performance prob-lems caused by the use of “E85” fuel.
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A090000AENAs with other vehicles of this type, failure
to operate this vehicle correctly may
result in loss of control, an accident or
Specific design characteristics (higher
ground clearance, track, etc.) give this
vehicle a higher center of gravity than
other types of vehicles. In other words
they are not designed for cornering at the
same speeds as conventional 2-wheel
drive vehicles. Avoid sharp turns or
abrupt maneuvers. Again, failure to oper-
ate this vehicle correctly may result in
loss of control, an accident or vehicle
rollover.Be sure to read the “Reducing
the risk of a rollover” driving guide-
lines, in section 5 of this manual.
A030000AUNNo special break-in period is needed. By
following a few simple precautions for the
first 1,000 km (600 miles) you may add to
the performance, economy and life of
Do not race the engine.
While driving, keep your engine speed (rpm, or revolutions per minute)
between 2,000 rpm and 4,000 rpm.
Do not maintain a single speed for long periods of time, either fast or slow.
Varying engine speed is needed to
properly break-in the engine.
Avoid hard stops, except in emergen- cies, to allow the brakes to seat prop-
Don't let the engine idle longer than 3 minutes at one time.
Don't tow a trailer during the first 2,000 km (1,200 miles) of operation.VEHICLE BREAK-IN PROCESS
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Introduction61INDICATOR SYMBOLS ON THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER
Seat Belt Warning LightHigh Beam IndicatorTurn Signal IndicatorABS Warning Light*
Parking Brake & Brake Fluid
Warning LightMalfunction Indicator*Immobilizer Indicator
Low Fuel Level Warning Light
* : if equipped Tailgate Open Warning Light
❈ For more detailed explanations, refer to “Instrument cluster” in section 4.
Charging System Warning Light
Door Ajar Warning Light
Front Fog Light Indicator*
Engine Oil Pressure Warning Light
O/D OFF Indicator*
Air Bag Warning Light*
TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring
System) Malfunction Indicator* Low Tire Pressure Telltale*
Cruise Indicator*Cruise SET Indicator*Shift Pattern Indicator
ESC Indicator*ESC OFF Indicator*
Tail Light Indicator*Low Windshield Washer Fluid
Level Warning Light*
Low Beam Indicator*
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Interior overview / 2-2
Instrument panel overview / 2-3
Engine compartment / 2-4
Your vehicle at a glance