Kia Soul defies categorization to some extent as compact hatchback doesn’t have the standard swept back look, but instead offers unique boxy design which on the other hand gives more room for cargo and passengers alike. The 2015 Kia Soul model continues where its predecessor stopped with only minor changes in some additional features.
As wacky as Soul is, so are its trim levels which are named base, + and !. Base model gets the base engine and it is 1.6L 4-cylinder with 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. Plus and exclaim models come with 2.0L 4-cylinder engine which makes 164 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. On the other hand, base model has standard 6-speed manual transmission, but automatic shifter can be had for additional $1,800.
Exterior received a major facelift last year and all crude and sharp creases were rounded off. That doesn’t mean Soul isn’t boxy any more. On the contrary, it still has boxy body and unique styling, but things seem to be much better now. Front end is fitted with trapezoid lower air intake and small upper air dam with trapezoid headlights. Rear pillars are somewhat wide, but their position and car’s general boxy layout ensures that visibility remains great up front and solid at the rear. Out back, Soul is abruptly cut off and is finished with vertically shaped big tail-lights.
Changes For 2015 Kia Soul
Cabin appointments are minimalistic to some extent, but on the other hand, Kia’s city car does offer leather seats in its highest tier. Roundy dashboard is simple and plastic, but gloss instrument panel fixes this in a way. 8-inch touch screen display in such a small car might seem as an exaggeration or waste of space, but it really sits well in the middle of the Soul’s dash. UVO infotainment system is now based on Android Linux operating system instead of Microsoft’s versions from previous models. Bluetooth, USB port and 6-speaker sound system are part of standard equipment available across the lineup, while upper trims add rearview camera and optional navigation. All models come with six standard airbags, anti-lock brakes, brake assist, electronic stability control and hill-start assist.
You can expect to see 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway for base model. Pony up with 2.0L engine and watch your fuel efficiency miraculously remain intact at 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Base model is available for $15,100, while the upgrade to better equipped model costs $5,600 and raises the price tag to $20,700. When more optional equipment is added, this price will go even higher but still will stay on quite competitive level.
2015 Kia Soul Price
Let’s talk about release date for the 2015 Kia Soul. At this point we know all the most important details about this car but there are still few pieces missing and we will need to wait little longer for it to be offered officially after which we will deliver all info about it. Expect it to become available in the next couple months, certainly before the end of this year.
The 2015 Kia Soul remains basically unchanged, but rework from last year was more than sufficient. This unique little car looks like something Snoopy would like to sleep on and this can only make it more desirable. Without a doubt this is one of the best choices for those drivers that need small city oriented vehicle.