2017 Kia Soul
Since its initial introduction in the U.S. market in 2014, the Kia Soul has evolved with the changing times, and for 2017, things are still looking to head the same way – toward a soulful, sleeker, and more sophisticated approach among compact multi-purpose vehicles. With its exterior and interior improvements, coupled with remarkable tech and safety features, the 2017 Kia Soul is out to bring more fans into the line.
2016 versus 2017: What’s the Same? What’s New?
What’s in the Engine? – The power behind the 2017 Soul base manual transmission is still a 4-wheel drive, 4-cylinder engine with a 1.6 Liter displacement.
Mobile Gadget Haven – Much like the 2016 edition, the 2017 Soul still boasts as a haven for mobile gadgets, but this time, with additional features that equate more bang for the buck. The mobile gadget lab features a 4.3" thin film transistor (TFT) LCD display and an available Rear-Camera Display, and a UVO 8-inch screen-sized co-pilot which still comes in handy during emergencies that may require vehicle maintenance and 24-hour road assistance, among others.
For this year, though, the 2017 model comes with the Apple ™ where compatible iPhones can be plugged in for instant access to some of your most favorite features. The vehicle also comes with the Android Auto™ for Android smartphone users, which can be used for texting, navigating using Google Maps, and accessing other applications. Lastly, a Parking Minder will also help you find your car by recording your parking location, something that comes in handy during the most stressful times when everything’s in a hurry.
Still Safe as Before – This year’s Kia Soul doesn’t veer away from what its predecessor has offered in terms of providing a high level of safety on the road. The 2017 Soul still sports dual front, front-seat-mounted side, and full-length side curtain airbags, which also come with high-tech sensors that determine the level of impact and in turn, regulate the amount of airbag inflation necessary to absorb impact. Moreover, the 2017 Soul still comes with the 3-point seat belts for every seat and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system for installing a child seat conveniently.
Same Comfort and Luxury – Much like the 2016 Soul, the 2017 version still comes with ventilated driver and passenger seats, soft-touch materials that scream luxury, LED mood lighting, a Push-Button Start, and mood-sensitive lighting, and a one-touch Panoramic Sunroof, all of which gives out a fine balance of function and form.
Exterior Changes – The new Kia Soul now features an improved design in its grille, wheels, fog lamps, and front and rear bumpers, which is a big plus based on opinions of car reviewers.
What Reviewers Liked:
Back seat provides better space compared to most of the small SUVs in the market.
Ample space for the knees and toes plus notable headroom.
Good in-cabin storage with bottle holders in the rear doors and fold-down center armrest with cup holders.
Notable body control during bumps, which is better compared to big name models.