The Soul was new for 2009; Kia previewed the updated version at this year's New York Auto Show. The 2014 model, says Kia, sits on a stiffer, longer and wider chassis, providing more passenger and cargo room and reducing noise levels in the cabin.
For 2014, the Soul will be available in Base, Plus and Exclaim trim levels. Soul Plus starts at $18,200, while Soul Exclaim begins at $20,300.
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Standard features on the Soul Base include a 1.6-liter in-line four-cylinder gasoline direct-injection engine, four-wheel disc brakes, Vehicle Stability Management, Hill Start Assist control, privacy glass, air conditioning, power door locks, power windows with driver’s side one-touch auto-down, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth, and USB/auxiliary input jacks.
Options available for the Soul Base include cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls, remote keyless entry, center console armrest and storage, rear center armrest with cupholders, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Next up is the Soul Plus, which adds upgrades to 17-inch alloy wheels, outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, and gloss black with chrome bezel upper front grille. There are also four options packages available:
- For $400, the Eco package includes 16-inch alloy wheels, low-rolling-resistance tires and idle Stop and Go System.
- Also at $400, the UVO eServices package includes a rearview camera and automatic headlights.
- The Audio package ($1,400) includes navigation with an eight-inch display, HD Radio, Infinity audio system with center speakers, subwoofer and external amplifier, speaker lights and automatic temperature control with cluster ionizer.
- The $3,000 Primo package includes a panoramic sunroof with power shades, front fog lights, and push-button start with Smart Key, heated front seats, leather-trimmed seats and leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob.
The top-level Soul Exclaim stands out with 18-inch wheels, power-folding outside mirrors, body-colored front and rear bumper, LED positioning lights, LED taillights with LED high-mounted stop light, UVO eServices and the rearview camera. Two option packages are available. The Sun and Sand package ($2,600) includes navigation system with eight-inch display, Infinity Audio system with center speakers, subwoofer and external amplifier, speaker lights and automatic temperature control with cluster ionizer. The Whole Shebang ($2,500) includes push-button start with Smart Key and LED positioning lights, heated front seats and leather-trimmed seats.