The Kia Soluto is a five-seater, subcompact sedan with a front-engine, front-whee-drive layout. For the Philippine market, its sole engine option is a 1.4-liter mill capable of making up to 94 horsepower and 132 Nm of torque. There are four available variants locally, and all of the uses the said engine. Available to the Soluto is a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic transmission.
The Soluto is made via a joint venture between Dongfeng, Yueda and Kia. It shares a platform with the Hyundai Reina, and it is currently sold in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South America, and China.
The Kia Soluto was first introduced at the 2017 Auto Shanghai. The Korean marque then proceeded to make the said model available in China on the same year. Later on, it debuted in other countries as the Kia Pegas.
For the Philippine market, the Soluto was launched by Kia Motors Philippines. The said launch occured simultaneously with the brands relaunch under the Ayala Corporation.
The Philippine-spec Soluto is equipped with halogen headlamps, halogen turn signal lights, and halogen taillights. The top-spec EX variants also have front fog lamps. As for wheels, All variants of this Kia model uses a 14-inch set. The entry-level LX however, uses a set of steel wheels, while the EX has alloy wheels.
Like most of its competitors in the Philippine market, the Soluto can comfortably fit up to five occupants including the driver. All variants come standard with fabric seats and a manual air-conditioning system. It also has a USB charging port, as well as a 12-volt charging outlet.
And speaking of the driver, the Soluto also provides an analog gauge cluster, a turn-key ignition system, a digital trip computer, and a manually adjustable driver's seat. Lastly, the Kia sedan also has a default trunk space of 475-liters.
Technology & Safety Features
To keep its occupants entertained, the Soluto is equipped with a seven-inch touchscreen headunit capable of connecting via Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, USB, and aux-in. For all variants, the said headunit is linked to a six-piece speaker system.
Standard on the Soluto is an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake-force distribution, dual front airbags, and ISOFIX child seat tethers.
Chassis & Platform
The Soluto for the Philippine market currently uses the PB Platform shared by Hyundai and Kia. Just like its brother, the Hyundai Reina, the Kia sedan has a front-engine, front-wheel-drive layout. For suspensions, it utilizes a MacPherson strut type front suspension and a torsion beam type rear suspension. Braking is handled by front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. The model also uses a hand-operated manual parking brake.
Engine & Drivetrain
Propelling the Kia Soluto is a 1.4-liter inline-4 gasoline engine. It can produce up to 94 horsepower and 132 Nm of torque. For both the EX and LX variants, a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed torque converter automatic is avialable.