2019 Kia Soul Performance | University Kia

2019 Kia Soul Performance

The 2019 Kia Soul is a charming vehicle that comes in 3 trim levels – the Soul, the Soul Plus, and the Soul Exclaim. Each trim level is powered by its own engine option. At the bottom, we have a thrifty 1.6-liter inline-4. At the mid-level, we have a nippy inline-4 that belts out a healthy 161 horsepower. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission that allows for decent acceleration. The upshifts are quite quick and frequent.

However, things get really fun right at the top. The top trim comes with a turbo-4 unit that pushes out 201 horsepower, which, for a compact vehicle like the Soul is a bit too much. But that’s what makes things fun! The base models, which are frugal, actually put out about 130 horsepower. This is more than the power you’ll need in a car like a Soul. You see, the Soul is ultimately designed to be a compact crossover. So, it’s the practicality that matters and the base trim offers nothing but practicality and cost-efficiency. Anything else on the 2019 Kia Soul is just extra. But that’s exactly what makes the Plus and Exclaim trim levels so enjoyable. There, on the surface, your typical compact crossovers meant for traversing urban terrain with ease and comfort. However, Kia’s decision to inject a little steroid into these two variants, especially the Exclaim.

The Plus, with its 2-liter engine, is a robust performer. It’s quick and fun to drive. The turbo-4 Exclaim is out of this world, with its 201 horse and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’s a compact pretending to be a sports car. However, the pretense isn’t shallow at all. The Exclaim does kick you in the guts when you least expect it. Stoplight launches in the Exclaim are downright fun and you’ll be leaving behind most of your compact crossover rivals in the dust with that kind of juice. Come on over to University Kia to get a closer look at the 2019 Kia Soul. University Kia is the official dealer for the 2019 Kia Soul in Durham. Book a test ride and find out what the Kia Soul is actually capable of.

Source: Kia