The new 2014 Kia Soul version is out and already emerged as a winner in the “box car” competition. It ruled over the Honda Element, the second Scion xB from Toyota and Nissan Cube, which never actually made it in the competition.
The second generation 2014 Kia Soul improved the recipe by which the first one was made, a recipe that made it very successful. At first sight, you can hardly notice any difference between the 2014 model and the old one. However there are some differences we need to mention: the lower part is sculpted in a more aggressive way, the back lights are incorporated better and use LED incandescence, the fenders present more shoulder. Even though there are some differences between the two, there is no doubt that this 2014 Soul version is the child of the first one.
At a more detailed exam, not much has been modified, for a mechanical point of view, either. The 2014 Kia Soul is designed on the same basic assembly that reinforces the Rio. Among the few changes that have been made, there is the wheelbase which has been extended by 0.8 inch to a motionless neat 101.2 inches (like the Rio five-door), the width has expanded by 0.6 inch, the present model now being 70.9 inches wide, while the height has lowered by a disturbing 0.4 inch, now having 63 inches. The new Soul is 1.4 inches longer than its previous model, but it still only has no more than 163.0 inches.
Even though the 2.0-liter engine has the same horsepower as the 2.0-liter engine offered by the 2013 model, that top power is now achieved at 6200 rpm instead of 6500. Moreover and more relevant, the peak torque number is now 151 lb-ft, up only 3 lb-ft from the 2013 version; thus making this 2014 Kia Soul model makes a better company for the automatic transmission.
The 2014 Kia Soul comes in three options: base, Plus and Exclaim. The price of the Base Kia Soul starts at $15,495, with the Plus reaching a price of $18,995 and the Exclaim being sold for $21,095. At the press preview, Kia put on the Exclaim version each available option with, therefore they had large sunroof, leather material, navigation system, and front seats that could be heated and cooled. Having all these options, the price of an Exclaim can reach $26,195. A 1.6-liter engine powers the Souls.
Considering the published reviews based on trustworthiness and safety data, The 2014 Kia Soul is placed on 6th out of 41 Affordable Small Cars.