The 2021 Kia Soul has a funky style and it also functional with its distinctly boxy design and remarkably roomy cabin. The subcompact SUV has strong rivals such as the new Kia Seltos and the Hyundai Kona, but the Kia Soul is cheaper than its competitors. Kia offers its buyers the choice to choose between two gas-powered four-cylinders, one of which is a more powerful 201-hp turbocharged engine. The 2021 Kia Soul isn’t really fuel-efficient, and the base model does not offer any type of driver-assistance features.
There are two engines available on the 2021 Kia Soul, starting with the base 147-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which can be obtained with either a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. At the test track, a Soul X-Line with the CVT reached 60mph in 8.0 seconds, but it doesn’t feel weak in normal driving. Actually, the base engine feels vigorous around town, and the CVT voluntarily selects lower gear ratios for extra passing power. The top-spec Turbo model goes with a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and also a seven-speed automatic transmission, which broke off a quick 6.4-second 60-mph time at the test track.
The Kia Soul has a spacious interior with plenty of room for people and cargo. Kia’s designers have included enough youthful cheekiness in the inside of the vehicle to match the Soul’s fashion-forward exterior, including fiber door-panel inserts and colorful trim pieces. Extra features include ambient lighting, a smartphone charging pad, a head-up display, push-button ignition with keyless entry, and also heating for the seats and steering wheel.
Kia also permits owners a particular amount of customization, with two-tone paint options and a plethora of interior color schemes. In the cargo space, the tall-roofed ute creates enough space for seven carry-on suitcases, with the rear seats folded, it should be noted that if they don’t fold it completely flat, it should be able to fit 50 cases.
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