Kia Soluto 2019 Philippines review: Flexible to your needs

Updated Mar 05, 2021

User's: 5.0/5
The Kia Soluto 2019 Philippines is a conservatively styled yet quite practical sedan perfect for first-time car owners and experienced drivers alike.

In this review...

  1. Introduction
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Safety
  5. Engine & Performance
  6. Specifications

1. Kia Soluto 2019 Philippines Review: Introduction

The Kia Soluto, otherwise known as the Kia Pegas in China, is a subcompact, B-segment sedan made in China by the Dongfeng Yueda Kia. Launched back in 2017 at the Auto Shanghai, the subcompact car is based on the PB platform which is notably used with the Kia Soul, Hyundai Veloster, Hyundai Reina, Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio. 

As for the Philippine version, the Kia Soluto 2019 debuted just a few months ago on January 30, 2019, in conjunction with Kia Motors Philippines’ relaunch under the Ayala Corporation. Since then, the Kia Soluto has helped in increasing Kia Philippine’s market share because of its very competitive price and practical features.

A picture of the Kia Soluto 2019 travelling on a city road

The Kia Soluto 2019 shares the same PB platform with many Kia and Hyundai vehicles

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2. Kia Soluto 2019 Philippines: Exterior Review

Like we’ve mentioned before, the Kia Soluto 2019 uses the same platform as several other Kia and Toyota cars. As such there may be similarities especially with regards to the stance of the vehicle. Otherwise, the Soluto looks quite tame and indeed feels as if it was aimed to provide practicality rather than style.

On the front end of the Soluto is the immediately recognizable grille as other Kia vehicles. Surrounding that and other parts such as the fog lights are chrome trims which are not gaudy at all and instead tend to help add to the Soluto’s looks. There are faux air vents that might be contentious, depending on your taste.

At the rear, the 2019 Kia Soluto exterior is more sedate and could actually use more character lines. The existing rear lights and the trunk are functional and are simple in their design. Some might like that simplicity in a vehicle but seeing that the Kia Soluto is positioned for the younger automotive consumer, Kia might want to add a little more flair especially on the rear end.

2019 Kia Soluto rear lights and trunk

2019 Kia Soluto styling on its rear end is more muted than the front but still functional

Viewed from the side, one can definitely appreciate the smooth, sedan shape of the car. With a little improvement on wheel size, the Kia Soluto can have considerably more presence. One can make out hints of a very tight looking, even sporty vehicle, but it just needs a little help to stand out. Maybe aftermarket mods can help with the appearance.

The side profile of the Kia Soluto 2019

Maybe aftermarket mods can bring out the sporty side of the Soluto, which is almost begging to get out

Overall, the Kia Soluto exterior seems to be about function over form and despite having a conservative, sedate look, it still boasts high quality.

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3. Kia Soluto 2019 Philippines: Interior Review

Despite having a muted exterior styling, Kia Soluto 2019 interior succeeded in making its cabin look a bit more upmarket. For one thing, the three-spoke steering wheel looks nice with its silver and black accents and the seats are comfortable and spacious overall. No complaints there.

When it comes to the instrument panel however, the Kia Soluto looks somewhat too spartan for some people out there but otherwise, everything is ergonomically situated. The dash is made out of a plastic material which if you knock on has a familiar hard plastic “thunk.”

Otherwise, though, the build quality is tight, and there are no visible gaps on both the dash and inner door panels. Other features you get with the Soluto are tilt-adjustable steering and adjustable seats which are useful for our friends with a smaller stature. The side mirrors can be adjusted electronically, too.

A picture of the 2019 Kia Soluto driver's cabin

Comfortable and posh looking, the 2019 Kia Soluto interior feels well-built

Controls for the air-conditioning are easy to use, and there are sufficient cupholders, door pockets, and storage compartments within the vehicle’s interior for all its passengers’ storage needs. One thing that’s strange with the Kia Soluto’s interior though is the placement of the window controls on the center console which might take a bit of getting used to for a lot of people out there.

 

With regards to the infotainment system, the Kia Soluto 2019 comes equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen that also has Bluetooth connectivity, aux, and USB ports, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Sound for your infotainment system is sent to a six-speaker setup which performs well.

A close-up shot of the Kia Soluto 2019 infotainment touchscreen system

The seven-inch touchscreen is one of the highlights of the 2019 Kia Soluto's interior

Overall, the Kia Soluto’s interior is comfortable with decent leg and headroom for four people (two adults at the rear seats).

4. Kia Soluto 2019 Philippines: Safety Review

As we all know, new drivers will need all the help they can get when navigating the sometimes difficult streets of Metro Manila. This is why the Kia Soluto Philippines is the perfect car them as it comes equipped with a number of technologies and features to ensure convenience and safety.

To start with, the Soluto comes standard with driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock braking system, and a rearview monitor with parking guidance. The vehicle also has crash sensors and electronic brake force distribution. The EX trim additionally comes with an extra security Immobilizer system which could improve your beloved Kia Soluto safety.

Kia Soluto 2019 airbags

The Kia Soluto 2019 comes standard improved safety systems

5. Kia Soluto 2019 Philippines: Engine & Performance

For an entry-level vehicle, the 2019 Kia Soluto performance is quite respectable in terms of power output. That is thanks mainly to its 1.4- liter Kappa MPI inline-four petrol engine which can make up to 94 horsepower and 132Nm of torque.

As such, the Soluto is a bit more powerful than the recently released Honda Brio and the Nissan Almera. It is up to par with the likes of the Toyota Vios. The Soluto is very capable of overtaking and can perform decently when climbing a hill. Power is sent to the front wheels either through a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission.

The 2019 Kia Soluto's Kappa 1.4 liter engine

The 2019 Kia Soluto's Kappa 1.4 liter engine is powerful for its market segment

When being driven through tight city roads like in Manila, the Soluto’s steering is easy to control as it has electronic power steering. With the automatic, the response time when downshifting is good; with a manual, it can be fun. On the highway, the Kia Soluto 2019 in the Philippines can easily hit highway speeds.

When pushing it to its limits though, the noise will definitely penetrate the cabin especially when on low gears with the AT gearbox. The Soluto also comes equipped with a decent suspension that can handle small bumps and potholes, and the brakes have enough stopping power for the Soluto’s size.

In the city’s stop-and-go traffic, the Soluto can get up to 11 to 14 kilometers per liter, while on the expressway at about 90 to 100kph you can get up to 19 kilometers per liter.

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6. Kia Soluto 2019 Philippines: Specifications

Overall, the Soluto is the perfect vehicle for the daily-commuting young professional. It can even perform well as a family vehicle. With a good infotainment system and a very decent power output, the Kia Soluto is very much well worth the price tag. As such, thanks to the developed 2019 Kia Soluto specs, it may well be on its way to becoming a bestseller for Kia.

Variant

LX MT

LX AT 

EX AT 

EX MT

Body Type
4-door sedan
Dimensions
Length
4300 mm
Width
1700 mm
Height
1460 mm
Wheelbase
2570 mm
Number of Seats
4
Engine & Performance
Machine Type
1.4-liter Kappa MPI inline-four gasoline
Number of Cylinders
4
Valve Configuration
DOHC
Transmission Category
Manual

Automatic

Automatic

Manual

Max Output
94 horsepower
Max Torque
132 Nm
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Safety Features
  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Child safety locks
  • ABS
  • Crash Sensors
  • Rear Camera
  • EBD
Other features
Front Suspension
MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension
V-beam couples torsion beam axle
Front Brake
Disc Brakes
Rear Brakes
Drum Brake

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Author

Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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