2017 Kia Soul
The 2017 Kia Soul continues to be the icon for college students and teen drivers everywhere. With its cube-esque shape, it looks hip and has just enough style to be unique, but not be too flashy. Plus with the available advanced safety systems, especially those that are automatic, parents feel safer that their grown child is protected. All you need is a little paint job to turn that Kia Soul into one cool ice cube.
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1.6-liter Turbocharged I4
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The 2017 Kia Soul has three trims in the lineup, and a different engine for each. The base trim is equipped with a 1.6-liter I4 engine with dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT), a dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) design, and gasoline direct injection (GDI). That’s quite the number of implementations to make this engine strong and efficient. CVVT alters the engine’s valve timing events to improve horsepower and fuel efficiency, the DOHC design helps to take some of the stress off the engine, and the GDI helps fuel get to the engine’s cylinders faster. All-in-all, the Kia Soul 1.6L I4 engine produces 130 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque.
Next up is a little stronger engine, with the same designs implemented, a 2.0-liter I4 engine capable of generating 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. However, for a little more oomph, there’s the third trim, the Kia Soul ! (exclaim). It comes with a 1.6-liter I4 turbocharged engine. Anyone who knows about turbocharged engines knows its brings a little more power under the hood, with a total of 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Driving and Handling
Only standard on the Soul Base, the vehicle’s engine is paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. Standard on the 2017 Kia Soul + (Plus) is a Sportmatic 6-speed electronically controlled transmission; optional for the Soul Base. The 2017 Kia Soul ! comes with another type of Sportmatic transmission, a 7-speed dual-clutch. The transmission changes the fuel efficiency between the three, with automatic transmission offering an extra mile on average.
Whether equipped with a manual or automatic transmission, the Soul Base and the Kia Soul + have an average fuel economy of 24/30 mpg city/highway, 25 mpg in the city with automatic transmission - not a huge difference. What’s surprising is the turbocharged Kia Soul ! gets 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, and that goes to show that even though an engine is turbocharged and generates more power, today’s advanced engine designs don’t necessarily mean one has to sacrifice power for fuel economy.
As mentioned, the 2017 Kia Soul has just enough style to get young drivers interested. The Soul Base is a little more basic, and the Kia Soul + and Kia Soul ! have more available and standard features. For instance, heated mirrors are standard on the Soul + and Soul ! with LED turn signal indicators only standard on the Soul ! trim. A panoramic sunroof can be installed on either the Soul + or Soul !, and auto light control comes standard on those trims, and is an available upgrade for the Kia Soul Base.
All three Kia Soul trims have privacy glass, solar glass to reduce heat build up, and heated rear glass with a timer that controls how long the heater defrosts snow off the rear window. The Soul Base rides on 16-inch alloy wheels, and the Soul + rides comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, but buyers have the option of changing those wheels for 18-inch alloy wheels with gloss black inserts. Standard on the Soul ! are 18-inch alloy wheels with a 10-spoke design.
As with the exterior features for each trim, the Soul + and Soul ! have more features than the Soul Base, but all trims are nicely equipped. A 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard for all trims, and that allows users to fold down seats to open up 61.3 cubic-feet of cargo space (without the cargo tray). The Soul Base and Soul + trims have cloth seating, and leather seats with orange stitching is only available on the Soul ! trim. Heated front and rear seats are available on the Soul + and Soul ! trims, and the Soul + is also available with ventilated seating. Additionally, the Kia Soul + and Soul ! trims can also get a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel.
As usual, Kia’s active eco system comes with the 2017 Kia Soul, proactively controlling parts of the powertrain to optimize fuel economy. The FlexSteer steering wheel makes it possible for drivers to adjust the responsiveness of the steering to Normal, Comfort, or Sport. Remote Keyless entry is available on the Kia Soul Base, standard on the Soul + trim, and the Soul ! trim comes with push-button start with Smart Key and engine immobilizer. Automatic A/C control comes standard on the Soul + and Soul ! trims. Basically, a whole lot of convenience is in store for 2017 Kia Soul drivers.
All 2017 Kia Soul trims come standard with a basic 6-speaker system, but the Soul + and Soul ! trims can upgrade to a Harman/Kardon audio system with a subwoofer. A 5-inch color touch screen is available on the Soul Base, standard on the Soul + trim, but more upgrades await. The Soul ! trim comes with a 7-inch color touch screen Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Kia’s partner, UVO eServices. The option to upgrade to an 8-inch color touch screen with the above, HD Radio, and navigation is available to buyers of the Soul + and Soul ! trims. Bluetooth wireless technology and hands-free connectivity with steering wheel-mounted controls are standard features throughout the lineup.
Safety Features and Warranty
The 2017 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. Of course, the options for advanced safety systems are available on select trims - forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert.
All Kia models are backed by an industry leading warranty. The Kia Niro 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.