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Everyman Driver: 2017 Kia Soul Review

2017 Kia Soul on Everyman Driver with Dave Erickson

It’s hard to make something great even better, but Kia did when it added a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine to one of its best-selling, most-iconic and most beloved vehicles. Fans of the Soul had long lobbied for a little more zip in their favorite ride and the 2017 Soul Exclaim didn’t disappoint when it was revealed to media at the LA Auto Show this year.

“We wanted to provide loyal Soul lovers and new buyers a sportier option,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president, product planning KMA. “The 2017 Soul Exclaim with its turbocharged engine gives the car’s fans another wonderful choice from an already wonderful line-up.”

Though the 1.6-liter turbo engine adds 40 horsepower, fuel economy is 28 miles-per-gallon, city and highway combined1—slightly better than the combined mileage of the 2.0-liter normally-aspirated 161-hp engine in the Soul Plus and in the Soul Base 1.6-liter, which produces 130 horsepower.

New Soul Exclaim Adds 1.6-liter Turbocharged GDI Engine with 40 More Horsepower, 45 More lb.-ft. of Torque and More to Love

  • More power makes Kia’s funky urban runabout more fun than ever
  • More power and improved fuel economy
  • Other love-inducing additions include specialized trim and upscale, sportier features

Here’s the official list of WHAT’S NEW with each trim level:


  • New 16” Alloy Wheel  Design
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Front Seat Rail Covers
  • Audio 4.0A
  • Audio 4.0B (Opt)
  • Rear Camera (Opt)
  • Auto Headlights (Opt)


  • New 17” Alloy Wheel Design
  • Body Color Bumper Tusks (front and rear)
  • Auto A/C
  • Audio 4.0B
  • UVO3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (Opt)
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat (Opt)
  • 2 USB Center Console Chargers (Opt)


  • 1.6L Turbo GDI
  • 7 Speed Dual Clutch Transmission
  • Twin-Tipped Exhaust
  • Larger Front Disc Brakes
  • 18” Alloy Wheels
  • Leather-Wrapped D-Shape Steering Wheel
  • 8-Way Power Passenger Seat
  • Black Gloss Bumper Tusks (front and rear)
  • Auto A/C
  • Push Button Start with Smart Key
  • Supervision Cluster with 4.3” Display
  • 2 USB Center Console Chargers
  • New HID Headlights/LED Fog Lights (Opt)

Plus and Exclaim

  • Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross Traffic Alert

All Trims

  • Two New Colors—Mysterious Blue and Russet Brown



2017 Kia Soul on Everyman Driver with Dave Erickson

Performance in the turbocharged Exclaim is further enhanced by the addition of a new 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which, via quicker and smoother shift points and no shift shock, makes for more dynamic acceleration and contributes to a more engaging driving experience.

In addition to the turbo engine, the Exclaim includes specialized trim and sportier features, including: exclusive 18-inch wheels; red-accented body trim; chrome grille surround, unique Soul tailgate badge; and, for the first time on Soul, dual chrome twin-tip exhaust.

The Exclaim also gets a standard leather-wrapped, D-shaped steering wheel, pushbutton start with smart key and UVO32 with e-Services with integrated Android Auto™3 and Apple CarPlay ™.4 A thumping 315-watt Harman Kardon®5 premium audio system with eight speakers, including a center channel and subwoofer, navigation and 8-inch touchscreen display is also available. Other new options for the 2017 model year are convenience systems such as Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection are also available6.

The 2017 Soul is available in three trim levels: Base with manual or automatic 6-speed transmission; Soul Plus with the 6-speed automatic; and the Exclaim turbo with the new 7-speed DCT. There are also two new exterior colors. Redesigned headlights and fog lights, along with front and rear fascias lend a more aggressive appearance while the availability of two dedicated USB charge ports and an 8-way power passenger seat add convenience and comfort.

Soul Base 1.6L I4 – 6 M/T $15,990.00
Soul Base 1.6L I4 – 6 A/T $17,550.00
Soul + 2.0L I4 – 6 A/T $19,650.00
Soul ! 1.6T I4 – 7 DCT $22,650.00


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