Kia Soul (2014)

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Kia Soul

The Big Apple, perhaps most iconic metropolis, has host to the global unveiling of Kia most iconic people the all-new 2014 Soul utility vehicle, at the 2013 New International Auto Show. The Soul design is instantly yet thoroughly fresh, with than a passing nod to the hot Track’ster that was unveiled in 2012. on a new chassis that is stiffer, and wider, the all-new Kia Soul has up without losing its edge, for more passenger and cargo while reducing NVH levels. torque and significant suspension make the 2014 Soul a and agile companion in congested environments.

Kia Soul will be in three unique trim Base, Plus and Exclaim, the Base trim starting MSRP, Plus at $18,200 and at $20,300, not including destination of $795.

2014 Kia Soul

what made the current special while addressing for improvement was no easy task. As the team at Kia’s California began putting virtual pen to paper, engineers in the U.S. and focused on making Soul a joy to Starting with a solid was a key factor, and the new body enjoys a percent increase in torsional over the current Soul.

the hard points set, the Soul was boiled down to focus areas: Maintaining the design while adding cues; providing premium and content; and improving driving that would make the Soul more desirable ever.

Iconic Design

for the close link between its vehicles and production models, Kia took no chances with the Soul. When the wild concept made its debut in Soul enthusiasts and pundits urged Kia to turn fantasy reality. With 18 months design freeze to production, the was set for the all-new Soul and many of the dramatic design cues can be in the production vehicle.

Tom Kearns, chief designer at the studio likened the Track’ster to a and that theme is expressed almost any angle of the all-new

The all-new Kia Soul was one of the more assignments we’ve taken on, Kearns. Striking the right between the wonderful design of the car with the audacious proportions and of the Track’ster was daunting. It proved to be a collaborative effort with from Peter Schreyer in and assistance from our studio in

In the end, we’ve kept the of Soul while infusing it more presence inside and

The upright stance, squared and distinctive fender flares are recognizable as Soul. Combining a 101.2-inch wheelbase (up 0.8 inches), width that’s broadened to inches (increased by 0.6 inches) and the overall height of 63.4 adds a more aggressive to the all-new Soul’s appearance. the wraparound greenhouse, high-mounted lights and tall ride are all hallmark design elements.

touches such as available LED positioning lights and rear LED lights help connect to siblings within the Kia lineup share similar design such as the 2014 Sorento CUV and Forte sedan.

Exterior similarities are easy to spot. The trapezoidal lower air intake is a direct carryover of the concept, and the of the available fog lights — low and pushed to the leading edges mirror those found on the Kia’s signature grille is but it’s been reworked to closely resemble the concept. a touch of flare, the unique body color panel into the lift gate has its based in the Track’ster as well.

enhancements include a wider (by 2.4 over the previous Soul) for the lift gate, allowing to swallow more stuff. final color names yet to be determined, the 2014 Kia Soul be available in seven new exterior including the two seen on stage in New Solar Yellow and Inferno

Overall, the design team particular attention to instilling a premium look and feel to the Soul’s interior. Liberal of soft-touch materials are found on the panel, center console and panels. Details such as leather seating with lateral and thigh support, and the use of piano-black trim pieces on the console and dash elevate the interior to new levels of sophistication.

Citing the current Soul as a starting point, Kia’s played up the circular theme inside Track’ster. With the Soul, we kind of dipped our toe in the when it came to incorporating the patterns, noted Kearns. But for the Soul, we really wanted to as many of the Track’ster’s circular reference points as possible.

and center is the triple-circle instrument with deeply recessed Along the door panels, circles incorporate the power and door locks. The center features a round gear knob and push-button start its location exclusive to Soul in the Kia — which also are carryovers from Track’ster. The door-mounted speakers mirror the high-mounted floating tweeters and available LED-string light to create ripple-effect red-hued lighting.

The steering-wheel mounted are housed in Soul-exclusive circular along the lower spokes the buttons for the audio system and computer falling readily to the enabling the driver’s hands to on the wheel at all times.

If you think droplets falling into a pond, you begin to visualize the for the all-new Soul’s interior said Kearns. The design is like the human body, and we it makes the interior that more appealing to the driver and Taking that appeal a further is Soul’s desirable of standard and optional equipment.

A Soul Named Desire

An package is a let-down if the contents deliver. Fortunately, the all-new Kia is set to delight right out of the gate. prominent in the new instrument panel is the eight-inch touch screen the largest ever offered on — which houses second-generation telematics and infotainment UVO eServices, combined with first use of the Android-based operating

Launching with Soul, UVO is now compatible with the iPhone and Smartphone.

UVO eServices is optional and in-car connectivity and media to the next level, integrating a of other Kia firsts. Topping list is the high-definition capacitive screen. Its wide viewing affords better visibility and the user to scroll with the of a finger.

Living side-by-side for the time in a Kia vehicle, the audio/video and navigation controls are viewable on the screen. Combining the most ancillary controls on a single helps reduce driver and improves overall functionality and Additionally, the available larger Cluster/TFT LCD color screen in the instrument binnacle now displays directions from the navigation helping to keep the driver’s looking forward.

Another is the integration of Pandora internet the revolutionary online radio that allows the user to their listening experience. will no longer manage through their Smartphone. Pandora is preloaded into the and accessible through the touch and Voice Command, displaying the title and album cover art as as allowing the user to conveniently songs, like the song Pandora’s thumbs-up rating or manage preferred stations.

with a three month subscription to SiriusXM™ Data and Travel Link, the all-new Kia has access to travel information as road conditions, weather and alerts as well as sports movie times, stock and fuel prices through the graphical interface and electronic guide. Better still, will continue to have All to both Sirius and XM channels for the of one should they elect to a paid subscription after the month trial period

Making all of this available easy to use is the industry-first integration of quick guide videos. accessed through the touch users have the ability to instructional videos that all of the features and functionality of UVO eServices with the Smartphone app and MyUVO.com, MyPOIs, powered by Google Combined, UVO eServices represents one of the powerful and comprehensive infotainment on the market today.

Making UVO eServices even impressive is that there is no to the owner.

Technology aside, and passengers will enjoy a and significantly quieter cabin incremental increases in front leg (42.9 inches, 0.8 inches than the current Soul), leg room (up 0.2 inches to 39.1), headroom (increased 0.2 inches to and front seat shoulder (up 0.3 inches to 55.5). The all-new also offers a 0.5-inch hip point and a step-in height reduced 0.2 inches, allowing for easier ingress and egress. cargo capacity is increased by a cubic foot, to 24.2. use of expansion foam (replacing the used block foam) fills body cavities, outside wind and road

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A reinforced isolation pad in the cargo and poly-urethane-layered carpet helps overall interior noise by approximately 3 decibels.

The Base comes standard with a list of features that set it from the competition. Power door locks and (heated) mirrors, a telescoping steering and a six-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio are all standard. Bluetooth® hands-free technology, SiriusXM™ satellite with three months service and USB/AUX inputs out the Base Soul’s impressive equipment.

Desirable options remote keyless entry, alloy wheels, cruise and a six-speed automatic transmission.


The Kia Plus takes a step up in and available optional amenities. 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/55R-17 tires, mirror turn-signal indicators, head lights and unique garnish distinguish the Plus the Base exterior. Inside, the benefits include a floor stowage box with integrated arm UVO eServices, Rear Camera and rear seat center arm

Options include navigation, an Infinity® audio system, front speaker surround lighting, fog lights, a panoramic — a Soul first leather seating with ventilated front driver and seats, and seat heaters for all outboard positions, a 10-way adjustable driver’s seat, wrapped and heated steering and a leather-wrapped gear shift

The Soul Exclaim adds to the as standard features 18-inch wheels wrapped in 235/45R-18 fog lights, body-color bumper projector head lights, LED positioning lights and rear LED lights. Open the door and amenities include a high-gloss center console, cooled box, leather-wrapped steering and gear shift knob, power driver’s seat lumbar adjustment and auto-dimming mirror. Optional equipment navigation, Infinity audio, speaker LED mood lighting, sunroof, leather seating front driver and passenger and heating for all four outboard

Supervision Cluster/TFT LCD screen, HID lights, push button and automatic climate control the Exclaim the most premium ever.

Improved Driving

Built on an all-new chassis is nearly 29 percent stiffer before, the Kia Soul’s stout provides the base for a vehicle places a premium on driving Engineers put their efforts in the body at key connection points the cowl, upper and lower cross members, and at the C-pillars. 66 percent of the chassis utilizes Ultra High Strength (35 percent) or High Strength (31 percent). The A-pillar is 0.8-inches allowing for improved outward but through the use of Ultra High Steel, it’s lighter and

The application of structural adhesive the door openings and along the also helps improve rigidity.

Significant attention has focused on improving the all-new ride and handling through revised front and rear set ups. The front subframe four bushings (none are on the current Soul) to reduce harshness and impact booms rough pavement. The stabilizer bar has moved rearward on the McPherson front suspension, while the box has been moved forward, better balance and subsequently handling.

Relocating the steering box has also benefits to on-center feel. The new steering gear housing is than the two-piece unit on the current Soul, improving response and reducing impacts through the wheel. Optional is a new Steer™ system, which the driver to select from distinct steering settings: Normal and Sport.

The shock on the torsion bar rear suspension been turned vertically were positioned at an angle on the Soul) and lengthened. This allows for more suspension improving ride comfort.

for the Base Soul is delivered by a direct injection (GDI) (at 6,300 rpm) 1.6-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine. The engine produces 118 lb.-ft. of at 4,850 rpm. The Plus and models enjoy the more 2.0-liter NU power plant. For the 2014 Kia Soul, the engine is with GDI technology.

Power is at 164 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 151 lb.-ft. of at a 4,000 rpm. Both have been tuned to more low-end torque percent more torque at rpm on the 2.0-liter; five percent on 1.6-liter) for an improved around-town experience. The 1.6-liter engine is to a six-speed manual transmission or, to a six-speed automatic.

The Plus may be equipped with either while the Exclaim is available with the six-speed automatic.

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