Though it looks much like the original Soul on the outside, thanks to its floating roof design and wraparound appearance for the windshield and side window glass, the 2014 Kia Soul is completely redesigned. Bigger inside and out, and offered with an improved interior, upgraded amenities, and advanced technology, the new 2014 Soul is offered in Base, Plus, and Exclaim trim levels.
Release Date and Price
Meanwhile some rumors told that 2014 Kia Soul release date will be in late this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the Soul’s launch, but we expect it will go for more than the current car’s $15,175 base price. We promise that we will update soon after Kia announces 2014 Kia Soul price.
Under the hood, base models bow with a 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine with 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque, while Plus and Exclaim trims get a more potent direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder. That engine develops 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque, and both mills can be bolted to either a six-speed manual or automatic depending on trim.
The new Soul sits on a slightly longer, wider chassis that Kia says is 28 percent stiffer than before. It wears the familiar family grille atop a much larger fish-mouth lower airdam with optional foglights set at the edges. It’s a clever effect that gives the Soul a smoother front end and broader shoulders. Available LED accent lights are moved to the top of the headlight housings, but otherwise the new Soul is pretty faithful to the current model’s lines.
Inside, design cues taken from the Track’ster and exclusive to the Soul include a round shift knob and push-start button located on the center console. Soft-touch materials have been added to the dashboard, instrument panel, and center console. The available touch screen grows to 8 inches, while turn-by-turn directions from the available navigation system are now shown in the optional Supervision Cluster/TFT LCD color screen in the instrument binnacle. Pandora Internet radio has been preloaded into the headunit and accessible through the touch screen or voice command through UVO eServices, so audiophiles will no longer need to play it from their smartphones. Outward visibility is also better thanks to a 0.8-inch thinner A-pillar.
Features and Safety
The 2014 Kia Soul Plus and Exclaim trim levels are equipped with a standard reversing camera and UVO eServices technology. When a smartphone is paired to the UVO eServices system and the Soul’s air bags deploy, an emergency services operator can send rescue personnel directly to the Soul’s location to speed assistance to the vehicle’s occupants. Owners can also use UVO eServices to set speed limit alerts and notifications when the vehicle is driven beyond prescribed geographic boundaries.
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