The Kia Soul was not a car that I fell in love with instantly. I thought it was about as cute as those notorious hamsters that you see in all the commercials. It’s just another ‘boxy’ little ride, right? Then, not only did I test drive one for the week, but a dear friend of mine acquired one for their everyday ride. I began to see what an efficient, fun little ride, with a lot of get up and go the Kia Soul truly was.
This isn’t your over-the-top luxurious car but endearing nonetheless. It’s interior has simple, soft-touch materials and LED mood lighting that changes colors based on the intensity of what you are listening to. Add to that a panoramic sunroof and heated/ventilated seats and suddenly we have all the feels.
With its funky flair this boxy hatchback has style all its own. The Kia Soul has some sharp angles with High Intensity Discharge headlights and LED front fog lights. For less than $20,000 the Kia Soul is proof that style doesn’t have to break the bank.
Now here’s the part to get excited about, the 2017 brings the Kia Soul engine up to par with the spunkiness of the overall vehicle. Finally the top model, Kia calls it the Exclaim, (appropriately represented with a “!”) has a 1.6-liter turbo charged engine with 201 hp.
The three models offered by Kia are the Base, the + and the ! Kia gave the middle and top models both symbols rather than the words “plus” or “exclaim.” The Base model begins at $16,100, “+” begins at $19,800, while the “!” starts at $22,800.
There are an abundance of options for your new Kia Soul. They can add up fairly quickly. I was majorly disappointed to learn that a rearview camera is not standard, to add this feature will cost you around $2000. The $3,000 technology package is a nice addition if you can spring for it. The technology package upgrades your 5-inch touchscreen to an 8-inch, adds heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, blind-spot monitor, power-adjustable front seats and my favorite, Harman Kardon speakers with speaker lights. The infotainment system is easy to operate and those speakers deliver a solid sound.
Kia still offers a pretty incredible warranty, 5 years/60,000 miles or 10 years/100,000 for the powertrain.
Fuel economy does not vary terribly much between the models, roughly you can expect 25 mpg/city and 30 mpg/highway for a combined 27 mpg.
The IIHS rated the Kia Soul “good” on safety tests. All models are standard equipped with six airbags, brake assist, anti-lock braking and electronic stability control.
With its funky style and peppy engine, you can definitely find the appeal of the new Kia Soul.