Kia Soul: Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) / Good driving practices

Kia Soul (SK3) 2020-2021 Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) / Good driving practices

WARNING

WARNING

If your vehicle becomes stuck in snow, mud, sand, etc., then you may attempt to rock the vehicle free by moving it forward and backward. Do not attempt this procedure if people or objects are anywhere near the vehicle. During the rocking operation the vehicle may suddenly move forward or backward as it becomes unstuck, causing injury or damage to nearby people or objects.

Moving up a steep grade from a standing start

To move up a steep grade from a standing start, depress the brake pedal, shift the shift lever to D (Drive). Select the appropriate gear depending on load weight and steepness of the grade, and release the parking brake. Depress the accelerator gradually while releasing the service brakes.

When accelerating from a stop on a steep hill, the vehicle may have a tendency to roll backwards. Shifting the shift lever into 2 (Second Gear) will help prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards.

Shift lock system
For your safety, the Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) has a shift lock system which prevents shifting the transaxle from P (Park) into R (Reverse) unless the brake pedal is depressed. To shift the ...

Brake system
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Other information:

Kia Soul (SK3) 2020-2021 Owners Manual: Paddle shifter


The paddle shift function is available when the shift lever is in the D (Drive) position or the manual mode. With the shift lever in the D position The paddle shift function will operate when the vehicle speed is more than 10km/h. Pull the [+] or [-] paddle shifter once to shift up or down one gear ...

Kia Soul (SK3) 2020-2021 Owners Manual: Transmission shift indicator


Automatic transmission shift indicator This indicator displays which automatic transmission shift lever is selected. Park : P Reverse : R Neutral : N Drive : D Sports Mode : 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Manual transmission shift indicator This indicator informs which gear is desired while driving to save fuel. Shifting ...

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