Should You Get a 2017 Kia Soul Turbo?
The Kia Soul is a popular and funky crossover that offers plenty of fun and style. However, the manufacturer recently released the 2017 Kia Soul Turbo, which has all the great things about the original Soul, plus an extra dose of performance. Discover more about the differences between the Kia Soul and the Kia Soul Turbo.
Powerful New Engine
The biggest difference between the two Soul vehicles is what you find under the hood. While the regular Soul comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 161 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque, the Soul Turbo has a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. This extra horsepower helps give the Soul Turbo a more responsive and exciting drive.
Along with the new engine, the Soul Turbo also comes with better performance parts. While the torsion beam in the back and the struts up front are the same as the ones you’ll find in the regular Soul, the springs and dampers get upgraded to stiffer parts. This gives you an entertaining drive that’s a good balance between comfort and maneuverability. Plus, even though the Soul Turbo has a high center of gravity, the vehicle doesn’t have a lot of body roll, so you can take a bend with speed and not worry.
Choose the Soul Turbo and you won’t have to give up the fun drive-mode selector that other Soul vehicles have. The Soul Turbo version comes with Normal and Sport modes. For everyday driving, Normal mode is ideal. However, when you choose Sport mode, you’ll enjoy improved throttle response and tighter steering. Sport mode also causes the transmission to hold the gears slightly longer, which lets you stay in the power band of the engine more often.
Stylish Exterior Features
On the outside you’ll find a few stylish features that distinguish the Soul Turbo from the regular Soul. This includes red accent lines up the front and on the side, new front and rear fascias, side sills, a red Soul badge, bright dual exhaust tips, and 18-inch wheels. Otherwise, the Soul Turbo still has the same body shape and same dimensions of the regular Soul.
Inside the Soul Turbo you’ll find a familiar cabin with a few soft touches and high-quality extras. There’s an updated infotainment system that includes standard integration of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on the 7.0-inch touch-screen display. Additionally, there’s a larger 8.0-inch touch-screen display that’s part of an optional upgrade package. This package also comes with navigation and two extra USB ports. Interior features that you’ll only find on the Soul Turbo include leather or cloth upholstery with a fun and unique star pattern, flat-bottom steering wheel, and orange stitching on the dash, seats, steering wheel, and shift gate.
There are plenty of unique differences between the Kia Soul and Soul Turbo. If you’re not sure which model is right for you, head to your local Kia dealer and take each one out for a test drive.