The Kia Soul is one of the most eye-catching cars on the road, boasting a unique and boxy shape that most other vehicles can’t rival. The 2017 Kia Soul Turbo is especially appealing, combining style with high-end features and an impressively powerful turbocharged engine.
The turbocharged engine is only available on the top trim level. It’s definitely worth the upgrade since it delivers quite a bit more power. The standard engine on the lower trim levels is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit that rates at 118 pound-feet of torque and 130 horsepower. That engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The turbocharged 1.6-liter takes it up a notch, churning out 195 pound-feet of torque and 201 horsepower. It’s also more fun to drive with a peppy seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. When you want to get from Point A to Point B in a way that is more exciting, the 2017 Turbo Soul can deliver.
Whether you plan to commute to work or take your Soul Turbo on road trips, the cabin offers comfortable extras that make it feel more upscale. Tech features include a six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth connectivity for phone and streaming audio, along with satellite radio and a USB input. You’ll also get a 5-inch touch screen display and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. Other premium standard features include keyless entry and ignition and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with complementary trim on the upholstery.
If these features aren’t high-end enough for you, packages are available to take your Soul Turbo to the next level. Options include a larger 8-inch touch screen display, a Harman Kardon sound system, full leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, a heated steering wheel, speaker lights that change with your music, and a panoramic sunroof.
When you drive a small hatchback/wagon, you might wonder just how safe this compact vehicle is for you and your passengers. The safety ratings on the Soul Turbo are quite impressive. In testing conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the vehicle earned top “Good” ratings in all areas. The NHTSA also awarded it a five-star overall safety rating, with five stars for frontal crash and side crash protection. The only area where it scored slightly lower was in rollover protection, where it got four stars.
Every model comes standard with antilock brakes, adjustable pedals, air bags throughout the interior, daytime running lights, integrated turn signals within the side mirrors, traction and electronic stability control, and automatic headlights. Other available safety features include blind spot monitoring, power-folding side mirrors, a lane departure warning system, and forward collision warning.
With so many appealing features, it’s easy to see why people are taking notice of this exciting and powerful vehicle. Best of all, it’s available at a price that many buyers can afford. You’ll certainly turn some heads when you’re cruising in your new ride. Take the 2017 Kia Soul Turbo for a spin and see just what it has to offer.
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3 Reasons to Take the 2017 Kia Soul Turbo for a Spin