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Take a closer look at the 2017 Kia Soul's UVO3 techThe new Soul Turbo features a third generation of Kia's great UVO dashboard tech. We take a closer look.
[MUSIC] Kia's [UNKNOWN] is now in its third generation and it's better than ever but it's not exactly perfect yet. So let's take a closer look at the dashboard of this 2017 Kia Soul Turbo and see what they're working with. [MUSIC] The Soul either comes with a standard seven inch touchscreen or this larger eight inch unit that also brings with it a Harman Kardon premium audio system and navigation. Now, here on the interface you kinda see that [UNKNOWN] is doing the same thing that Toyota and Ford have kinda done with there entertainment home screens.You have this sort of small preview of the map. Your current digital audio source and shortcuts to other parts of the infotainment system the kind of joke that you've always sort of everything that InTune wants to be but actually good and you can kind of see that here it's a very bright interface and very responsive and it's easy to get to different parts of it using these shortcuts on the side so you can jump to things like navigation your call You can also jump into your digital media sources. UVO's a very simple system and it doesn't have a lot of features that don't directly relate to driving. Even the connected car features are all very well thought out and chosen. Now whether you op for the seven inch or the eight inch system, all UVO in the Kia Soul come standard with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. So you can plug into the USB port Pop over to your home screen, and gain instant access to things like Google Maps, Apple Maps, and most of our favorite digital streaming apps for things like music, podcasts, and news. However this does bring me to the one big complaint that I have about the [UNKNOWN] system and it's this USB port right here. You see that port is the only one that connects to the Divo system for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. But it doesn't supply enough power to charge a flagship phone. So my phone is slowly draining as it's plugged in, and at the end of a long trip End up with less batteries then I started with. It's even more annoying because the USB port in the center console and on the back seta are full power, and they will charge the phone, but they're not connected to UVO. I don't like having to choose between using Android auto or getting to where I'm getting with my phone charged. Seems like a simple fix, so fix it, Kia. However if that's the biggest problem I've got, we're in a pretty good spot. So that's been our close look at the brains behind the 2017 Kia Soul turbo. For more information about its turbocharged heart, check out our forward view over on the road show dot com