For an urban commuter, the new 2017 Kia Soul seems to be an excellent choice granted its extensive feature content, funky styling, and impressive road demeanor. It is also a superb alternative to a small crossover given its abilities. Read on to know more of what the newly updated Kia Soul 2017 really is about. Its release date is slated for this fall, albeit no credible confirmations have been made this far.
These features will make you completely sold out on the 2017 Kia Soul: excellent crash test scores, a boatload of available standard features, ample passenger and cargo space, and an attractive cabin with user-friendly controls.
The Kia Soul is hard to categorize as it sits on the edge of both the tall hatchbacks and compact crossovers’ segment. It offer very unique qualities that very few cars in its class can boasts about. It is now the soul carrier of the squared torch that has been passed down by the dearly departed Nissan Cube and Sion xB. But for how long will the Kia Soul remain in existence? You ask, especially give the meteoric rise of compact and subcompact crossovers which apparently sound a death knell for tall, boxy wagons. Only time will tell, we respond.
Given its dimensions, the new 2017 Kia Soul offers ample passenger and cargo space. Both legroom- and headroom are copious even for tall occupants regardless of the seating position – front or back. The existing model offers modest cargo space, but rumor has it that the upcoming 2017 model has rectified this gripe and buyers should look forward to an abundant cargo volume.
The 2017 Kia Soul interior, besides the space, offers a sheer volume of standard features and options. However, the price tag may increase exponentially if you specify features such as ventilated front seats, and premium leather upholstery. There’re several flipsides, however. Larger wheels offer a rough-and tumble ride quality, the fuel economy ratings are rather so-so, and the interior refinement is rather mediocre relative to the available competition.
2017 Kia Soul Release Date & Price
Credible sources within and without the industry allege the new model should be expected sometime this fall. Pricing details are also yet to be made available by the South Korean marque, but all indications are that the price tag won’t increase much from the existing model’s whose base Kia Soul wagon retails at $15,900.
2017 Kia Soul Changes on Interior & Exterior
Three trims are available: base, Plus (+), and Exclaim (!). Exterior Kia Soul colors: Clear White, Shadow Black, Alien II, Bright Silver, Inferno Red, and Fathom Blue. You can expect modest changes on its release date.
Some of the standard accessories available on the base model include a height-adjustable driver seat, full power accessories, an auxiliary audio jack, cloth upholstery, sixteen-inch alloy wheels, a rear privacy glass, a 4.3” touchscreen display, automatic headlights, a USB port, a six-speaker sound system, folding rear seatbacks, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, driver-selectable steering settings, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, satellite and HD radio, a rearview camera, keyless entry and ignition, and a rearview camera.
Springing for the Soul Plus mode gets you a fold-down rear-seat armrest, a cargo cover, seventeen-inch wheels, a 12-V power outlet, upgraded cloth upholstery, cruise control, a gloss black grille, and automatic climate control. Options available include a premium eight-speaker Infiniti audio system, an eight-inch touchscreen display, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic climate control, simulated leather cabin trim, and upgraded interior accents.
The 2017 Kia Soul! offers features such as a leather upholstery, power lumbar support, chrome interior accents, a rearview auto-dimming mirror, body-colored fascia accents, and xenon headlights.
2017 Kia Soul Engine Specs
The standard engine is a 1.6L four-cylinder engine offering 130 horsepower and 118 lbs. ft. of torque. The front wheel drive system is configured to receive power from either the standard six-speed manual transmission or the optional six-speed automatic.
The Kia Soul+ and ! models come with a 164-horsepower – generating 2.0L four-cylinder that EPA rates at 24/31/27 mpg in the city/highway/combined for fuel economy.
Wheelbase: 8 ft. 5.2 in. (101.2 in. in
Length: 13 ft. 7 in. (163 in.)
Width: 5 ft. 10.9 in. (70.9 in.)
Passenger volume: 101 ft³
Cargo volume: 24.2 ft³
Curb weight: 2744 lbs
Top Speed: 115 mph
0-60: 9,1 sec
MPG: 24/31 (city/highway)
Available Exterior Colors: Clear White, Shadow Black, Alien II, Bright Silver, Inferno Red, and Fathom Blue
Towing Capacity: N/A