Kia Soul’s Cool Style and Affordability Land It on Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 List for Seventh Time
For seven consecutive years, the Kia Soul has secured a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s List of the 10 Coolest Cars under $20,000. The Kia’s distinct hatchback perfectly fit KBB’s editors’ quest to determine the list based on vehicles that are “fun to drive and fun to own.”
“Unmistakable styling, with a youthful demeanor, makes the Kia Soul a standout,” said Michael Harley, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book. “The Soul’s long list of standard features and practical utility are sure to please, while its excitement factor is increased by a rainbow of available exterior colors — check out bright green Alien 2. This is how you do automotive coolness.”
The 2018 Kia Soul is available at three trim levels: Base, + (Plus), and ! (Exclaim). The Base trim is powered by a 1.6-liter I4 GDI engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission; it puts out 130 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque. The + (Plus) is equipped with a 2.0-liter I4 GDI engine paired to an electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission to generate 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. The ! (Exclaim) trim is powered by a 1.6-liter I4 Turbocharged GDI paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch to put out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
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Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning, Kia Motors America, remarked, “The versatile hatchback continues to provide consumers with a fun-to-own vehicle equipped with many convenience features.”
Standard on the 2018 Kia Soul is Bluetooth® wireless technology hands-free connectivity with steering-wheel-mounted controls. Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, UVO eServices with 7-inch touchscreen display, and driver assist technologies such as rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot detection system are available features on the 2018 Soul.