2014 Kia Soul: A Cheerful Upgrade on a Great Seller
Introduced in 2009 as Kia’s answer to the Nissan Cube and Scion xB the Kia Soul has enjoyed great sales for the past five years and with a fantastic redesign the Kia Soul may be the benchmark for automakers wanting to compete. With a hip, boxy style and a ton of upgrades inside the Kia Soul appeals to the younger generation of car buyers by being a great vehicle with a ton of versatility and an affordable price tag.
Upgrades for the 2014 Kia Soul include a more rigid chassis, a renewed suspension, upgrades inside and out, and a ton of new features throughout. Really the only part of the Soul Kia did not change is the engine, but they did add some modifications to the Soul for 2014.
Due to the stiffer chassis, almost 30 percent stiffer in fact, and a great amount of additional body foam insulation the Kia Soul absorbs the road noise much better than its chief competitors, making it the most fun boxy style car to take out on the open road. Even though the steering isn’t as responsive as in other boxy model, the Kia Soul responds predictable and corners very well with the slightly wider stance, giving a bit of squattier look to the vehicle.
Under the hood if found exactly what is expected from the Kia Soul, a well-designed 1.6-liter inline-four cylinder engine offering 130 horsepower and 118 lb.-ft. of torque. If this isn’t enough engine, the 2014 Kia Soul has one other option, a 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder that offers 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2.0 engine offers a very nice fuel economy at 24 city/30 hwy mpg using a six-speed automatic transmission. A six-speed manual transmission is available but only on the 1.6-liter engine.
Both these engines don’t sound like much, but the 2014 Kia Soul wasn’t built for power, it’s a lightweight boxy vehicle meant to work the city like a dream and the Soul does just that. Even though the engine was not upgraded much at all, the 2014 Kia Soul has an engine that feels better than predecessors which sounded very buzzy and felt like they were struggling a lot on the open road.
Ever since its inception the Kia Soul has offered plenty of space inside for adults to fit comfortably, but left much to be desired when it comes to interior materials. For 2014 the Kia Soul has more comfortable seats, softer surfaces, upgraded window switches that don’t feel like they will break when touched, and a fully upgraded cabin offering an upscale feeling especially for the price. The 2014 Kia Soul offers a nice cargo space of 24.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats which is expanded greatly when the seats are folded down.
On the outside the 2014 Kia Soul is still recognizable as the Kia Soul the world has gotten to know. With a nice wide stance, athletic look and good lines, the Kia Soul offers a wide variety of colors to add fun and pizzazz to this fun and easy to drive city cruiser.
The 2014 Kia Soul offers three trim models for any shopper to choose from, the base, the Plus and the Exclaim. With the base model of the Kia Soul standard features include a six-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary ports, power windows, mirrors, and door locks, Bluetooth, air conditioning, a 60/40 split rear seat, six airbags, stability and traction control and hill-start assist. The base model offers 16- inch wheels, the Plus model brings them up to 17 inches, and the Exclaim model tops out at 18-inch wheels and offers some nice body-color bumper accents.
Optional equipment available on the 2014 Kia Soul include heated and ventilated leather seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, push- button start, automatic climate control and a backup camera. There are great packages available for both the Plus and Exclaim trim models that can add an Infinity premium audio system with navigation and an eight-inch touch screen along with a host of other great features.
The base 2014 Kia Soul starts out at a very reasonable $15,495 and even when buying a fully loaded Exclaim model the price creeps only a hair over $26,000 making this vehicle one that is very affordable for almost any budget. When compared to other boxy models, the Kia Soul is a bargain by any standard.
The 2014 Kia Soul is a fun, funky car to drive in the city or out on the highway. When heading to the beach, the Soul is great for taking the beach stuff, or hauling the groceries when simply performing errands in the city. Either way the 2014 Kia Soul is a great car with a ton of new upgrades to enjoy.