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2014 Kia Soul Exclaim Long-Term Update 5

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/12/2015 Motor Trend Staff, Karla Sanchez

The map update we were waiting for in the last 2014 Kia Soul update finally arrived, which means we now have access to those UVO eServices functions that we weren't able to enjoy before.

All it took was a call to Kia to be sent the new update, which retails for $59.99. After shipping and handling, the total came to $70.33. The map update came in the form of a 16 GB SD card, and the instructions to install were easy to follow. With the ignition off, I ejected the SD already in the slot above the touchscreen. After turning the car on, I inserted the new SD card, which prompted the system to reboot itself. The directions warned not to turn the ignition off once starting the update, so I waited until my traffic-choked commute to begin the update. It took about 30 minutes overall, and I just used my phone to listen to music, so it wasn't a silent ride home. After completing the update in two phases, the map update was ready to use.

MotorTend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTend Image This means that I'm now able to use functions such as Parking Minder and Vehicle Info, but to be quite honest, I haven't really used any of these functions. I was most excited for the parking feature, but I haven't needed to use it, because the bright green Kia Soul is usually easy to spot in large parking lots anyway. I could see this feature coming in handy for owners with subtle-colored Souls that more easily get lost in the mix. In addition to the extra UVO eServices, the map update improved the navigation map display, added a " smart route calculation," and improved the POI search along a route by adding more than 1 million POI s and 32,756 miles of new roads. Though these additional UVO eServices are certainly nice to have, they're not life-changing.

For those wondering whether the UVO eServices with navigation is worth the extra cost, consider the "MY POIs" eServices function. From what we understand, My POIs can be seen as a loophole around navigation in that you can conveniently plan trips ahead of time from your computer by entering the location in My POIs from myuvo.com and then retrieving the destination from the app. When it's time to go, the eServices function pulls up the destination from the app and displays directions into the head unit.

With other apps such as Waze, most people don't need to use a navigation system, so perhaps it's worth saving the extra money if you're not going to use it. For example, we specced out a similarly equipped Soul Plus for $24,515 versus the $26,635 ours costs. That Soul has several things ours has, including the panoramic sunroof, leather seats, and heated and ventilated front seats, for a couple thousand dollars less because it doesn't have navigation and other gimmicks such as the multi-colored speaker lights.

2014 Kia Soul Exclaim Long-Term Update 5

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