2018 Kia Soul
The 2018 Kia Soul is out and doing well for itself. Available as an internal combustion engine and an electric vehicle variation, Kia Motors know how to work its lineup. Heading into its next generation very soon, the Kia Soul will be improving and upgrading itself for a new brand of consumers. Before that all happens though, we need to take a look at what makes this cube-esque car so special. Take a look at the 2018 Kia Soul.
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The 2018 Kia Soul model lineup is made up of three trims and each trim has a different engine under the hood. Powering the Kia Soul Base is a 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine, able to generate 130 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque. The Kia Soul Plus (+) is powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC I4 engine, delivering 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Under the hood of the Kia Soul Exclaim (!) is a turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC I4 engine that generates 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Driving and Handling
When it comes to the transmission and fuel economy, the 2018 Kia Soul trims are pretty similar to one another. Standard on the Kia Soul Base is a 6-speed manual, but buyers can opt-in for an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic, which is standard on the Kia Soul Plus. The 6-speed automatic transmission gives the Soul Base and the Kia Soul Plus a fuel economy of 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The Base gets 24 mpg in the city with the manual transmission. The 2018 Kia Soul Exclaim is locked into a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and has a fuel economy of 26/31 mpg city/highway.
When it comes to exterior options, the 2018 Kia Soul isn’t playing around. Mostly due to its low price range, few options comes standard. These include multi-reflector headlights, privacy glass, solar glass, and a rear windshield wiper with heated rear glass. The Kia Soul Plus and Exclaim trims come with heated outside mirrors, automatic on/off headlights, and the following options - install a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, mirror-mounted LED turn signal indicators, high intensity discharge headlights, and LED positioning lights and rear combination lamps. In order of trim level, the wheel options are 16-inch alloy wheels, 17-inch alloy wheels, 18-inch alloy wheels with gloss black inserts, and 18-inch alloy wheels with a ten-spoke design.
The interior cabin is similar to the exterior with standard and available features. Cloth upholstery is the standard for both, the Soul Base and Plus trims, with leather as an option for the Soul Plus trim and standard on the Soul Exclaim. Other standard features consist of a 6-way adjustable drivers seat, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a day/night rearview mirror, a FlexSteer system with three driving modes (Normal, Comfort, and Sport), and power door locks with a two-turn entry system. On the Soul Plus and Exclaim trims, consumers will find automatic temperature control, Smart Key with push-button engine start and immobilizer (Plus option), and a cargo cover. There are also options for LED interior lighting, an 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat and 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar sport, ventilated front seats, heated front seats, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.
All 2018 Kia Soul trims come with SiriusXM Radio with a six-speaker system and dash-mounted tweeters. UVO eServices comes standard on a 7-inch touchscreen for the Soul Plus and Exclaim trims, but is an option for the Soul Base. The Soul Plus and Exclaim trims can upgrade to an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation and HD Radio, and buyers have the option to upgrade to a Harman/Kardon audio system with center speaker and subwoofer. The Soul Plus and Exclaim trims also come with Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which are both optional features on the Soul Base. Across the lineup, Bluetooth wireless technology with steering wheel-mounted buttons for audio, and Siri Eyes Free are standard. Voice recognition and Drive Mode Select come standard on the Soul Plus and Exclaim trims, optional on the Soul Base.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2018 Kia Soul comes with all the modern and standard features, such as dual-stage front and seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, traction and stability management systems, LATCH anchor systems for child seats, and body construction with specific crumple zones. There are also options for advanced safety systems available on select trims - autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, smart cruise control, blind spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert.
All Kia models are backed by an industry leading warranty. The Kia Soul is backed by a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.