The Kia Soul has been a controversial model ever since its official introduction in 2008 at the Paris Motor Show, and that because of its lack of aesthetics and practicality; however, the car was sold in decent numbers which was enough for the carmaker to plan a future model.
And here we are with the 2017 Kia Soul Turbo, a completely new car in terms of design and performance under the hood, especially since we are dealing here with the Turbo variant.
Speaking of the car`s improved attitude and quite impressive performance, Orth Hedrik, Vice-President at Kia, has also highlighted the car`s main important characteristics, stating:
“We wanted to provide loyal Soul lovers and new buyers a sportier option. The 2017 Soul Exclaim with its turbocharged engine gives the car`s fans another wonderful choice from an already wonderful line-up.”
And indeed, the only trim available, the Exclaim, is standing out from the crowd with unique features, like red-accented exterior trim, chrome grille surround, dual chrome twin-tip exhaust and custom Soul tailgate badging adding as well the 18-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, the cabin features plenty of tweaks and gizmos, including standard leather-wrapped and D-shaped steering wheel, eight-inch navigation display, push button start/stop with smart key and UVo3, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 15-Watt Harman Kardon audio system and much more.
In the engine department, the 2017 Kia Soul Turbo comes with 200 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. Even if that may not impress some of its audience, it does compensate with a better combined fuel-consumption of 28 mpg, being hooked to a seven-speed Dual Clutch Transmission.