Thankfully, the basic formula stays the same. Simply put, the Kia Soul is the small car that a lot of American commuters want--even if they don't already know it--as it adds a lot of the advantages of crossover designs, while handling and sipping fuel like a subcompact.
New front and rear styling helps tighten the look in front, with a thinner grille and larger lower air intake, plus new fog lamps and LED lighting. Inside, the Soul gets soft-touch plastics and new piano-black trims, while passenger space is up throughout and the new Soul is even supposed to be a little quieter. A new UVO smartphone-based connectivity system with eight-inch touch screen is the highlight of the dash, and navigation can be added to it.
Under the hood, the base engine is a 130-hp, 1.6-liter four, while some models step up to a 164-hp, 2.0-liter four., with six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions on offer and new electric power steering with three settings, plus a retuned suspension.