The Kia Soul is a compact hatchback with good handling and an efficient cabin layout, and boxy styling. Last redesigned for 2014, Soul got a new turbocharged engine for 2017. For 2018, Kia Soul has no significant changes.
There are three engines for three models. The base model gets a 1.6-liter four-cylinder making 130 horsepower, mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic. It’s slow and the automatic transmission searches too much for the correct gear.
The Plus model (which Kia calls +) gets a 2.0-liter four that makes 161 horsepower, mated to a six-speed automatic. It’s quicker, but the transmission does the same thing.
Kia Soul comes with cloth seats, air conditioning, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. No rearview camera, cruise control, or front center armrest. Soul+ gets upgraded cloth upholstery, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, 17-inch wheels, and body-colored bumpers and trim.
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