First Look: 2014 Kia Soul
The hamsters have a new appearance and so does the 2014 Kia Soul. It feels different and we’re happy about that. Starting right around 15-grand with a 1.6-liter 4 producing 130-horsepower, the new Soul is lower, wider, stiffer, and has a longer wheelbase than before.
Minneapolis was a great place for a press launch. The city is growing and so is our list of reasons why we like the Soul. I really enjoyed the drive in the city and once we hit the highway, I could tell it could also serve as a long distance traveler. Moving to the 164-horse 2-liter bumps the price to just over $18,000 but includes the mid-range “Plus” trim, while the top “Exclaim” trim tops out at a shade over $20,000.
We enjoyed the optional Infinity 10-speaker sound system which glows and pulsates to the music. Navigation on an 8-inch touchscreen, heated seats and steering wheel, LED running and taillights and more unexpected goodies. Matched with a 6-speed automatic, you’ll see about 23 miles-per-gallon city, 31 highway with the 2.0 and 24/30 for the smaller 1.6.
If you’re feeling the exterior, the interior will probably seal the deal for you. It’s a comfortable place to hang out with your hip and fun friends and it really reflects what the soul is about. If you have a spunky personality, no matter your age, this may be the boxy choice for you.