2018 vs 2017 Kia Soul Comparison

Specs at a Glance

2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul

Engine

1.6L I-4

Horsepower

130 hp

MPG (City/Highway)

24/30 *

Transmission

6-speed manual


2017 Kia Soul

2017 Kia Soul

Engine

1.6L I-4

Horsepower

130 hp

MPG (City/Highway)

24/30 *

Transmission

6-speed manual

2018 Kia Soul vs 2017 Kia Soul

Serving Orlando, Union Park, and Oviedo, FL

With its second generation of production ostensibly close to an end, there are no major changes between the 2017 and 2018 models of the Kia Soul. There’s little to no need, though. It is arguably the most dynamic, efficient, and valuable of all current compact cars: with an unparalleled warranty coverage, unique body style, high safety ratings, and peppy performance thanks to engine choices. The 2017/2018 Kia Soul is available in three configurations: Base, + (Plus), and ! (Exclaim).

Performance

The trims of the 2017/2018 Kia Soul differ from one another in powertrain. The Base has a 1.6-liter inline 4-cylinder (I4), which produces 130 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque and is hitched to a 6-speed manual transmission. The Plus gets a larger, 2.0-liter I4, which generates up to 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque and is glued to electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain of the top-level Exclaim consists of a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter I4 (201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque) and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Appearance

Unlike most other compact cars, the 2017/18 Kia Soul adopts a square-like SUV design, consequently providing more space. Dual power side mirrors and multi-reflector headlights are standard on the car. Upgrading to the Plus or Exclaim, however, comes with the ability to automatically turn on or turn off the headlights depending on the amount of light outside. Also, fog lights are added on the front fascia for more penetrating illumination. Exclusive to the Exclaim model are surrounding red accents, a chrome-tipped dual exhaust system, and LED turn-signal indicators on the side mirrors. In addition, while the Exclaim rides on 18-inch alloy wheels, the Base gets 16-inch ones and the Plus gets 17’s.

Safety

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2017/2018 Kia Soul is an exceptionally safe vehicle—indeed, one of the safest in its class. The vehicle received top-level “Top Safety Pick Plus” honors from the IIHS because it got the best possible ratings in all five crashworthiness tests (“Good”), front crash prevention ability (“Superior”), and effectiveness of its headlight illumination (“Good”).

Standard safety features on the Kia Soul are substantial. Restrain and cushioning in the event of a crash are ensured by the presence of dual front impact airbags, dual front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and dual roof-mounted side curtain airbags. There’s also electronic stability control, hill start assist, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with electronic brake-force distribution. A rearview camera is added on the Plus and the Exclaim. For security, the Plus gets a remote keyless entry system, which is upgraded to smart key access with engine immobilization on the top-level Exclaim.

To try out the 2017 or 2018 edition of the Kia Soul, give us a call at our Orlando Location to set up an appointment.


* MPG: Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and your vehicle’s condition.

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