2014 Kia Soul
While most of the Kia lineup follows a mainstream approach to design and functionality, the boxy Soul has oddly enough become an out of the box expression, marrying bold looks with the latest tech offerings. And the redone 2014 Soul again succeeds on both fronts.
Dimensions flex for a more muscular stance with wheelbase and width both up and overall height down. Elements from Kia’s Track’ster concept vehicle are clearly evident. It’s still a quirky Soul just with a more modern turn.
Added convenience comes from Kia’s UVO infotainment and their new eServices system featuring a revised interface and available TFT screen gauge cluster. Engines are both carry-overs. The 1.6 liter I-4 with 130 horsepower and a 2.0 liter I-4 rated at 164.
New for 2014 is direct injection on the 2.0 liter. And it certainly helps. Ride quality takes a big jump over last year as the Soul manages a better mix of sporty stiffness and long haul comfort.
ZACH MASKELL: It was definitely needed in the second generation Soul, there’s a lot more suspension travel in the rear, there’s four sub frame bushings up front, and there’s other moves that make pot holes a lot less of a burden.
On sale now, the 2014 Kia Soul starts around $16,000.
Engines: 1.6 liter I-4 with 130 horsepower and a 2.0 liter I-4 rated at 164
Price: Starts around $16,000