The 2018 Kia Soul puts the style before safety features and turbo power. With last year’s turbocharged personality implant being a successful operation, the 2018 Kia Soul takes a sabbatical year.
Only a few changes have been made to the soul for 2018. The basic Soul’s Convenience package now receives an enhanced UVO3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus automatic temperature control. Midrange Soul Plus models now benefit from the UVO3 system as standard. Kia will be offering a limited range of Soul Plus models equipped with last year’s Plus Primo package, which adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, panoramic sunroof and leather seats with heating and ventilation. This package will then be replaced by the Primo Lit package, which includes the contents of the Plus Primo package with more active security features. Other features include LED exterior lighting with high-intensity discharge headlights, heated rear seats and steering wheel, power-adjustable driver seat and more. Finally, a new color very close to the palette: Wild Orange.
The 2018 Kia Soul offers three engines (in addition to the electric model) including a 1.6-liter I-4 base with 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque, an I-4 of 2.0 liters at 161 hp and 150 hp. lb-ft, and a 1.6-liter I-4 turbocharged with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. A six-speed manual is standard on the 1.6-liter base and a six-speed automatic is optional. The 2.0-liter I-4 has a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 1.6-liter turbo-four is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. EPA fuel economy ratings for the base model are 24/30 mpg city / highway with manual or 25/30 mpg with automatic. The 2.0-liter is rated at 25/30 and the 1.6-liter I-4 turbocharged is rated at 26/31 mpg, making it the most fuel-efficient soul despite being also the most powerful . Thanks to its square shape, the 2018 Soul has 24.2 cubic feet of space behind the 60/40 folding rear seats and can be expanded to 61.3 cubic feet. However, when equipped with the removable floor tray, it drops to 18.8 cubic feet and 49.5 cubic feet, respectively