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    2014 Kia Soul with UVO/E servives

    Ok is anyone out there that owns a 2014 kia soul with the UVO navigation system with E services? What exactly does Eservice mean I am looking at buying a model equipped with this style system. Does the navigation have to be hooked up through your phone on the new souls?

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    I meant to put in my description kia Soul

    Corrected!

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    no, check this link out it may help https://www.myuvo.com/experience-uvo.shtml

    (we don't get eServices in Canada)

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    I have a 2014 with the navigation system and I still don't know what the eservices can do. I think it will call 911 if you are in an accident and you can call for roadside assistance but I don't think there is much functionality beyond that. Parking Minder for example works on other UVO systems like the one in my wife's Sorrento but not in mine.

    Navigation is stand alone and does not require a phone.

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    do you have to turn on the eservices? can i just not turn it on so I really dont care about calling 911 or roadside assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heatherpl View Post
    do you have to turn on the eservices? can i just not turn it on so I really dont care about calling 911 or roadside assistance.
    It's really not an on/off kind of thing. You just need it or you don't. If I was broke down on the side of the road tomorrow I'd use it.

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    With the 2014, the UVO eServices that comes on the units with the NAV is pretty much non-existent. The only "service" is the option to call roadside assistance from the screen instead of actually having to punch the numbers in yourself. If you go to https://www.myuvo.com/availability/index.shtml and select the 2014 model year from the menu, you will see what all the eServices are for each model. The Soul with the NAV has only 2 menu options, and one of those is useless since all it does is tell you about eServices (which really aren't there).

    As best as I can tell, if you have the NAV, then you don't get the 911 Connect feature. So, if you are in an accident, you will still have to be able to make that call yourself.

    The navigation is a stand-alone system. It has it's own maps and points of interest, addresses, phone numbers, etc stored on the SD card that goes into the slot above the unit. You can buy updates every year or so to keep it fresh, but it is a bit pricey (about $200 currently for the update). So, af far as functionality goes, the NAV operates similarly to a unit you could get at Best Buy for about $100, except the one in the Soul is larger, nicer, and integrated with the audio system and the smaller display in the center of the gauge cluster.

    The system does have voice control, which may help you keep your eyes on the road more. You can press a button on the steering wheel and ask the system to find a particular address or the nearest POI. You can also tell it to change to a certain AM/FM/Satellite radio station. The voice control is "out of the box" and doesn't rely on a phone or anything.

    If you have a bunch of music stored electronically, you can play it off of a thumb drive with the option of copying tracks from the thumb drive to the unit's internal storage. If I remember right, there is a little less than 6GB available, which should get you about 1,500 or so songs. You can also view photos from the drive or copy them to the unit for later viewing.

    Your phone's bluetooth can connect to the car so that you can make phone calls. If your phone supports it, you can play audio over bluetooth thru your car's stereo. If you have an iPhone, you can use the Pandora app on the car to play music (using your phone's internet connection) and have thumbs up/down and other controls on the big screen.

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    Thanks Guys I still can not make up my mind if I should go with this or just a simple UVO model with out the Navi. The one I am looking at has the light up speakers also which I dont need and seems like a gimmick to me.

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    does any recommend just buying the navigation/uvo eservices option in the car?

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    Quote Originally Posted by heatherpl View Post
    does any recommend just buying the navigation/uvo eservices option in the car?
    Ok, here goes. I have a Base Auto that does not have any of these things in it. I also have two Exclaim basic without the premium package. I like what UVO gives in the 2012/13 but it is not the same animal in the 2014. If you are an audiophile, then get the HD package in the Plus and take whatever it gives you on the UVO package. But for 1900.00 bucks, if you are not an audiophile, don't get it. It is a waste of money. I base this on what I can get out of the Base radio, which is much the same as now as it was in 2012, and the fact that there is nothing in the HD Infinity Radio package that is useful to me. I cannot even tell there is a woofer in the back. I find the speaker grill up front is more functional for other things than the speaker that is there.

    You should go to Kia Tech Info and look at the 2014 owner's manual, find the radio paragraphs in section 4 for the basic radio, remember that there are only (?) six speakers, not eight and see what that does for you. The only thing missing is phone voice recognition for names on your contact list. You can still call using voice recognition but you have to call out the numbers instead of the name. The best value in these cars, IMHO, is the Basic Plus. If you are into all the tech gadgets that come with the upper packages and want to pay the freight, then go for it and enjoy them. In the end it is going to be what you feel good about no matter what you wind up getting.

    EDIT: you can get a nicer after market Stereo radio set up with more features for less than 1900 that will satisfy you more.

    EDIT: I bought three TomToms for less than 500 and all three cars have navigation in them on the cheap.
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