How Good the New 2018 Kia Soul Drives?

When Kia introduced its new compact crossover named the 2018 Soul, its highly refined statement led it towards winning a row of awards in the automotive industry. Be it the sophisticated yet robust boxy body, or the huge compartment and cargo space, the 2018 Kia Soul won millions of hearts with its advanced technical features that contributed largely in achieving the optimum performance.

What’s New for 2018?

Ven though the Kia Soul has not received that many major updates for its 2018 version, it has updated its infotainment system which is now integrated with Apple Play and Android Auto while the Automatic Climate Control got added to its comfort zone.


As shared by the experts of Pala Mesa Kia dealer, the 2018 Kia Soul is now far more refined in its taste and the best example of it is the exterior that is now blessed with the Primo Lit Convenience Package that includes a High Intensity Discharge (HID) Lights scattered all over the body. In the front, a pair of powerful LED fog lights add to the beautification while the LED taillights at the back look simply elegant even from a distance. To add to the glory there comes Kia’s signature Tiger-Nose front grille with the perfect amount of chrome meddled with a matte black upper grille.

The Interiors

Stepping inside, the highly sophisticated interior would overwhelm you with its luxurious arrangement of seats that defines the concept of spaciousness with the fine cloth woven tricot upholstery with leather and contrasting orange accents. The driver’s seat is adjustable in 6-way and this is a standard feature in the 2018 Kia Soul. In a ratio of 60/40 foldable rear seats, the adjustable headrests allow you enough space for both the passengers and their belongings with easy access. The Soul features an infotainment system with UVO that includes a 7-inch touch screen display with Bluetooth enabled wireless technology with steering mounted buttons. It also lets you enjoy a trip computer for entertainment. The Cruise control with steering mounted controls are made standard on the upper two trims and is available for the base model.

Engine and Performance

Each trim of the 2018 Kia Soul distinctively features an engine different from that of the base that sports a 1.6-liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine churning out a 135hp. The Plus trim runs on a 2.0 Liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 engine capable of making a 161 of hp while the Exclaim trim uses a 2.0 Liter DOHC 16-valve I-4 turbocharged engine delving out a 201hp. With these engine options a 6-speed manual transmission is allotted for the Base trim and a 6-speed Automatic for the Plus trim and a 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT) for the highest Exclaim.


The Kia Soul is an award-winning vehicle for many more reasons says the experts of Pala Mesa Kia. It has drawn attention from a wide range of car lovers as one of the best compact car that didn’t compromise on the quality of ride as well as the comfort of its passengers.