Quick Overview: 2014 Kia Soul

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Kia’s funky box-on-wheels has received complete redesign for 2014 and despite the updates many aspects of the original Kia Soul remain. Styling is certainly familiar due to the boxy profile, black a-pillars, large rear tail lights, and side glass that becomes progressively smaller towards the rear of the car. More angular¬†headlights, a thinner upper grill, ¬†larger lower grill, and a more pronounced front bumper are some of the changes to the front end. The rear of the car gets black accents around the tail lights and hatch creating a truly unique look. Although new and improved, the new Soul keeps the styling elements that made the car a hit in the first place. The interior is also well done thanks to the combination of practicality and design. The new cabin features a conventional single instrument pod, a bulging center stack, redesigned air vents, and a sportier, more substantial feeling steering wheel. Some of the hard, cheap-feeling plastics remain, although they are improved from the previous model. Seats are comfortable, yet a bit firm. Head room is plentiful, and in the rear seat there is a sizable amount of leg room. Cargo space however is lacking at 18.8 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and 49.5 cubic feet with the seats folded down. Cargo space is increased to a reasonable 24.2 cubic feet with the seats up, and 61.3 cubic feet with them down when the cargo tray is not present. Engines are carried over from last year. The 1.6 liter four-cylinder produces 130 horsepower and 118 pounds-feet of torque, while the 2.0 liter makes 164 horsepower and 151 pounds-feet of torque. The 1.6 can be mated to a six-speed manual, or six-speed automatic. The 2.0 liter comes six-speed automatic. The base Soul starts at $14,700 and comes with the 1.6 liter engine, Bluetooth, and Sirius satellite Radio. The midrange + (plus) adds alloy wheels, cruise control, and the 2.0 liter engine and is priced at $18,200. The top of the line Soul, the ! (Exclaim), comes with LED tail lights and LED headlight accents, power folding mirrors, and UVO eServices. The Soul, when equipped with the 1.6 liter four-cylinder and manual transmission, is able to achieve 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. These numbers do not change when the car is equipped with the automatic transmission. The 2.0 liter engine allows the Soul to get 23 mpg in the city, and 31 mpg on the highway.

Sources

http://www.kia.com/us/en/vehicle/soul/2014/trims

http://www.kia.com/us/en/vehicle/soul/2014/features

http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/PowerSearch.do?action=Cars&path=4&year1=2013&year2=2014&make=Kia&srchtyp=newMake&pageno=1&sortBy=Comb&tabView=0&rowLimit=200

http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1086647_2014-kia-soul-first-drive

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