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2014 Kia Soul is a Still a Party Animal on Wheels: Review

2014 Kia Soul

Don’t be fooled by how cute this cubular shaped car is, because when it comes to driving, the Soul packs a punch and really performs. To that effect, the 2014 Kia Soul has upped the ante by using better quality materials, increasing the shock absorption, and increasing the rigidity by 28.7%. Kia has also redesigned the car to be a bit lower, longer, and wider, but the size is still relatively compact for all that it offers on the inside.

The top model, with its 2 liter engine, has the pep of a serious sports car. As a matter of fact, the muffler is tuned to sound aggressive and powerful, so despite packing a relatively little engine, the Soul sounds like a bad-ass car on the road, especially when driving in sports mode. But drivers will not only appreciate how zippy the car is, but that the 2014 also offers a super smooth ride thanks to major upgrades to its shock absorption. In fact, we noticed this improvement right away, especially in comparison to the 2012 Soul we tested a while back.

The 2014 Kia Soul is all about having fun, and that includes having a fun drive, while being able to have enough room to take along a bunch of friends with you. It even makes a great companion on those trips to IKEA. The second row of seats folds down and extends the smallish cargo area.

Kia’s next-gen UVO infotainment system has been revamped and is now actually an Android-based system. The revamped infotainment system is also now available on a large 8-inch capacitive touchscreen that is a pleasure to use with large icons and a clean user interface. And of course, all of the essentials that you would want from a good infotainment system are there – voice commands courtesy of UVO, iPhone connectivity, a navigation system, apps like a dedicated Pandora app, XM Radio, split screen views, and more.

Audio fiends will be happy to hear that the Soul can be topped out with an Infinity by Harman speaker system that packs in 10 speakers for a total 350 watts. Each speaker is uniquely placed, giving you a realistic sounding experience while on the road. What hasn’t changed, is the two interiors speakers that pulsate multicolor LED moodlights.

The 2014 Kia Soul is bigger in size, bigger in performance, even more comfortable, and still packs in lots of personality. Plus it is proving to be truly fun to drive, and you get all of this for a pretty sweet price point. The fuel economy for the 2014 Soul is about average – with 24 in the city and 30 on the highway. I found myself filling it up twice over the course of a four day trip that was nearly 800 miles. Pricing for the 2014 Kia Soul starts at $14,900, our fully equipped model retails for about $24k and is available in a selection of fun colors. All in all, this is one hatchback that wants to be noticed.

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