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Why the 2017 Kia Soul is Cooler Than You Thought

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Don’t lie. You’ve driven by a Kia Soul before and turned for a double take. With a variety of eclectic colors and a unique design, the Soul certainly has a show-stopping vibe. But there’s so much more to this hatchback than meets the eye.

The Kia Soul has one of the best safety ratings in the game. It’s also the proud owner of a plush interior outfitted with high-quality materials and a list of available features you’d find in any high-end luxury vehicle. Plus, with a variety of trim levels, additional packages, and a new engine, the 2017 Kia Soul is way cooler than you thought.

2017 Kia Soul

MSRP: Starting at $17,395

Engine and Transmission: 130-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed manual or automatic OR a 161-hp 2.0-liter four with the automatic

Fuel Economy: 9.1, 7.7 L/100km City, Highway

Cargo Capacity (Rear Seats Up):  532, 18.8 (Cu.ft, Liter)

Seats: 5

Standard Features: Bluetooth connectivity, heated side view mirrors, deep privacy tinted glass, windshield wiper de-icer, air conditioning, front bucket seats and 60/40-split folding backseat and power windows and locks

Colors: Polar White, Onyx, Wild Orange, Inferno Red, Titanium, Caribbean Blue, Mysterious Blue, Allen Green, Caffeine Brown

Trims: LX, EX, SX

Why You Will Like the 2017 Kia Soul

You’re interested in an SUV because you need a vehicle with space. The thing is, the second you move out of the sedan segment and start shopping SUVS, things get pricier. This is usually true…

Except for the Soul.

When you fold the Soul’s rear seats down, you get loads of room; 1,402 liters to be exact. For comparison’s sake, that’s more than the CR-V (1110) and the Forester (974) when both SUVs’ rear seats are up.

As for an accompanying price tag, the Soul is easy on the wallet. Starting at just under $17,500, you’ll be hard pressed to find another SUV with this kind of space for less. Even if you opt for the SX Turbo Tech which is priced at $29,995, it’s still far less expensive than top trim levels for other compact SUVs (or wagons).

You’ll save at the pumps, too. The Soul gets 9.1 L/100 km in the city and 7.7 on the highway, a stark improvement over other similarly sized SUVS.

2017 Kia Soul Trims

Technically classified as a wagon, the 2017 Soul has three trims – LX, EX, and SX – each with their own variations. If there’s one thing Kia didn’t skimp out on, it was the list of available features. If there’s a deal-breaker amenity for you (i.e. heated front seats), all you need to do is find a trim level that includes it.

The LX comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. It’s partnered with a six-speed manual transmission. You have the option of a six-speed automatic and both come in FWD only.

The EX comes with a 2.0-liter engine offering 161 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque. This engine is only available with the automatic transmission.

The SX houses the best (and peppiest) engine of them all, though. The Soul’s new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine comes with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that helps give the Soul a huge boost in power — 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

If you’re looking for all the amenities, the SX is well worth the spend. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come standard, as does an 8-inch multimedia interface with navigation and a panoramic sunroof.

2017 Kia Soul Packages

Kia has also made additional packages available.

  • Audio Package – Navigation system, an 8-inch display, a Harman Kardon audio system, speaker lights, keyless entry and ignition, and two USB ports
  • Primo Package – panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver seat, 8-way power front passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, a lane departure warning system and forward collision warning
  • Technology Package – All of the above in addition to xenon headlights.

What’s New for 2017?

The biggest update is the Soul’s new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, giving owners a boost in power and performance. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also a new to this year’s model, as are additional USB ports and a refined infotainment system.

Why the Kia Soul is a Smart Buy

The 2017 Soul has obvious appeal for younger buyers. Besides coming in a variety of bright colors and housing an attractive interior, the Soul has a vibe unlike any other hatchback on the road today. It’s no wonder the Soul is one of Kia’s best sellers among millennials. Thanks to its lengthy reputation for reliability, though, the Kia Soul makes sense for all buyers.

Regardless of age.

#1 The Kia Soul is Safe

The Soul earned top honors from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Kia’s armed the Soul with essential driver assisted technologies like Front Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Brake Assist and Hill-Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, among others.

#2 The Kia Soul Has an Excellent Warranty

In addition to Kia’s 5-year/100,000 km comprehensive warranty which covers virtually the entire vehicle, they also offer a 5-year/100,000 km Powertrain Warranty.

The Powertrain Warranty includes engine, transmission, axles, differentials and driveshaft coverage. Kia also offers Soul owners 5-year/ unlimited kilometer Roadside Assistance in North America in the off chance you break down.

#3 The Kia Soul Looks Better Than Your Average Hatchback

Hatchbacks offer a lot of space. The only problem is, these types of vehicles look like the offer a lot of space, meaning they’re not always easy on the eyes. The Kia Soul is designed to give you a surprising amount of cargo capacity while avoiding looking like a storage bin on wheels.

Want To Know More? Download the 2017 Kia Soul Brochure Here. 

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