The Kia Soul was introduced in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show. The following year, Kia presented a Soul for the Japanese market while it would be another year before the rest of the world would get an opportunity to own one. It has been a huge success since that day, and customers have fallen in love with the fresh and funky styling, economical features, and overall abilities of the car.
With a starting price of $14,900 for the base model of the 2014 Kia Soul, this is a car that can be accessible for any shopper. The Kia Soul exemplifies this with its unique, boxy exterior and loads of features. This car is perfect for economy shoppers seeking a car that stands out in a crowd. It is just as impressive on the inside as on the outside. The boxy design offers ample headroom in the front and back making this car a great option for getaways. The car comes in various trim levels, and many great features are standard - air-conditioning, power locks and windows, cruise control, and dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors are just some of the features that you will find equipped in the Kia Soul. But Kia also includes Bluetooth, iPod plug-ins, and satellite radio making this a truly feature-rich option.
The Soul's higher trim levels include luxury options such as leather seats and steering wheel, heated front and back seats, a panoramic sunroof, navigation system, LED interior lighting, and more. Keyless entry comes standard while upgrades have the option of a smart key with push button start. In keeping with its quirky and youthful styling, the Kia Soul also offers some unique features such as speaker lights that light up to match the beat of the music that is playing.
The fuel-economy on this car is another advantage, and whether you go for the 1.6 liter base engine or upgrade to the 2.0 liter, mileage per gallon stays fairly consistent. Overall, the redesigned 2014 Kia Soul offers great style and value for the young, price-conscious shopper and should be on every shoppers list for a test drive!
2014 KIA SOUL SAFETY RATING
The Kia Soul also offers impressive standard safety options. These include four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, hill-start assist, stability control, and front and side airbags. The Soul was a 2013 "Top Safety Pick" from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and the vehicle won numerous other awards and honors for its safety. Although the 2014 Soul is a redesign, the previous models have had excellent safety records as well. For the 2012 Soul, JD Power Ratings rated the car at a five out of five in overall quality.
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THE KIA SOUL
- The Kia Soul is a great choice for those who love their music. Standard in new Soul models is an impressive, professional performance sound system. The Soul was music-inspired!
- The Kia Soul takes safety seriously, offering several safety features that are offered standard in the model, including child rear safety locks, front and rear crumple zones, and a tire pressure monitoring system.