Normally, when a car is launched, the top of the line variant is on display. The only way to really see the rest of the range is to visit the nearest dealership. That’s not exactly the case with the Kia Soluto.
For the Soluto’s Mindanao launch, they didn’t just show one variant of the subcompact sedan, they showed all four of it. There’s the 1.4 LX manual, 1.4 LX automatic, 1.4 EX manual, and 1.4 EX automatic. It’s the 1.4 LX manual that caught our attention.
At Php 625,000, how much Soluto do you get at that price? Turns out, quite a lot.
Despite being the entry-level model, it already packs a touchscreen. Not only that, it even comes programmed with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Of course, there’s also a USB port, as well as an auxiliary port. One thing that did surprise us was the steering wheel mounted audio controls, a feature once reserved for more expensive cars.
Even at this low price point, the most basic Soluto has a reverse camera. Bluetooth is a given these days. On the flipside, an entry-level small sedan packing six speakers is a bit of a surprise.
So what doesn’t the Soluto LX manual have then? After all, it’s already packing in quite a lot for the lowly Php 625,000 price. Even if you opt for the automatic, the self-shifting Soluto LX is still a sub-700k car at Php 675,000. You also get the same equipment levels as its stick-shift counterpart.
For starters, the LX variant doesn’t have alloy wheels. It sticks to steel wheels with plastic wheel covers. Also, it doesn’t come with fog lights either. A minor detail that separates the base LX from top of the line EX are the side turn signal lights. The LX is fender mounted while the EX has it on the side mirrors.
That’s not all though. The EX has a seat height adjuster for the driver’s side whereas the LX does not. Also, the EX gets leatherette seats and steering wheel while the LX has cloth-trimmed seats and a polyurethane steering wheel. And while both LX and EX have a reverse camera as standard, the high-spec EX benefits from sonar sensors at the back as well. Also, the LX is not equipped with an immobilizer which the EX has.
That being said, the base Soluto appears to offer a lot for the money. But will good value translate to a good car on the road? Watch this space as we will be reviewing it soon.