Why do chicken coops only have two doors? Because if they had four, they would be chicken sedans! See? We are good at jokes too. And talking of coupes and sedans, have you seen the 2018 Kia soul? It is harder to hide than a laugh from a silly dad joke, not that ours was a silly joke. Anyway, the new girl from Korea is so elegant there's no way you are not gonna stand out in public while driving one. This compact beauty now features some unprecedented refinements that will make you want to hop in for a test drive the very first time you see it. With impressive styling on its boxy body, a spacious interior and lots of glass to improve road view, this car will steal the hearts of many. Even though there's not much luggage space, the cabin has got lots of space to stash your smaller stuff in. What's more, this smaller option to a crossover is overflowing with hi-tech features. Let's take a closer look together.
What's new in the Kia Soul?
The Kia soul has not received too many changes owing to the fact that the previous model year had undergone an almost complete overhaul. The base Soul has received an upgraded UVO3 infotainment system that has Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and automatic climate control. The UVO3 system now comes as a standard feature of the mid-range Soul Plus models. A limited run of Soul Plus models with the last year's Plus Primo package will also be on offer. Among other additional features will be the LED exterior lighting, panoramic sunroof and heated rear seats. To crown it all, a new color--Wild Orange, joins the spectrum.
What's under the hood?
There are three engine options available with the 2018 Soul in addition to the electric model. There is a base 1.6 liter I-4 that produces 130hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. Next is the 2.0 liter I-4 that provides 161 horses and a pulling power of 150 lb-ft. Finally, there is a turbocharged 1.6 liter I-4 that churns out 201 ponies and 195 lb-ft of torque.
What transmissions does the 2018 Kia Soul? have?
The base 1.6-liter engine is paired with a standard six-speed transmission that works manually, with the available option of an automatic six-speed. The bigger 2.0 liter I-4 is exclusively available with a six-speed automatic transmission whereas the 1.6-liter turbo-four is mated to an automatic seven-speed transmission with two clutches.
Which is the most fuel efficient Soul?
The base Soul has an EPA fuel economy score of 24 mpg city and 30 highway for the manual transmission and 25/30 mpg for the automatic. As for the 2.0 liter, it has a rating of 25 city and 30 highway while the turbocharged 1.6 liter does 26/31 mpg. This makes the most powerful Soul the most fuel efficient, which in our opinion might make it the most beloved among drivers.
Which trim levels are available for the Kia Soul?
The cute looking Soul is available in several unique trim levels. These are the LX, EX, EX+, EX Premium, EX Tech, SX Turbo and SX Turbo Tech. The LX trim carries a 130-horsepower 1.6-litre DOHC four-cylinder powerhouse. The EX and SX sport a brawnier 164-hp 2.0L GDI four-cylinder. And the Turbocharged trims which were introduced in 2017 take power a notch higher with the turbocharged 1.6L four. The lower trims start at around $16,998 while the higher trims will cost you an average of $28,500 MSRP.
Who is the Soul up against?
The Soul will be waging war against some of the world's best compact hatchbacks. These include the 2018 Honda Fit, Mazda CX3 and the 2018 Toyota Prius which are also roomy and pocket-friendly.