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2024 Kia Soul S: Review, Interior & Specs – Customers from the USA prefer a reliable option Look at the number of Ford Explorers, as well as Toyota Corollas, roaming our nation’s roads. However, there are those who prefer an edgier design which is why Kia Soul is one of them. Kia Soul compact crossover has long been the preferred choice for those who want something different but is equally safe as well as practical and durable as any other compact crossover. The new Kia Soul compact crossover takes one step closer to the standard by undergoing a styling overhaul in 2024 with a punchy 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that has the horsepower of 201 dropped leaving only a more basic 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated mill left.
Every new generation of Soul’s style has lost an amount of its charm. The first was packed with chamfers and bevels which gave the impression that it was carrying an actual backpack. The 2023 Soul represents the model’s third generation of style It’s still rather boxy but the sheet metal has a smoother surface than every Soul that came before it. The hint of a “backpack” has been reduced to a thin, wide bulge in the rear hatch.
The issue lies in the fact that Soul is no longer recognized as a cool hamster that dances and now resembles a Stormtrooper’s helmet. Does it look too ugly? It’s not at all, however, it’s not as interesting or awe-inspiring as the design that was originally created.
Interiors are a completely different subject. The Soul’s interior has become improved with every generation and this one is by far the most advanced and features a large 10.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen with a fully digital gauge cluster of soft-touch plastics and some sparkle on the seat inserts as well as sewing. Accents have a strange color as they don’t match with the exterior color which is Neptune Blue, in this instance – not a good opportunity to make coordination.
The Soul has grown from being a cheap economic box aimed at the new owner of a car. The current Soul was designed specifically for buyers who are more experienced and appreciate a relaxing car ride as well as a peaceful driving and driving experience.
Although it has a small wheelbase the car handles similar to a bigger model on rough terrain thanks to a flexible suspension. Additionally, it is remarkably silent for a vehicle in this category. The amount of noise and vibration amplification is quite impressive even at this price.
They are also spacious and spacious and can accommodate every size back or butt as well as being great for long commutes or journeys. In addition, passengers in the rear have great legroom in the class of 38.8 inches.
The 2024 Kia Soul S Builds on the equipment of the base model and adds more features for convenience:
- alloy wheels 16 inches
- Seats for the driver that are powered
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- 10.25-inch touchscreen information system
- Two center console USB ports
- The smart key can be activated by pushing a button
Additional security features for safety include:
- Blind-spot warning and back cross-traffic signal (alerts the driver if their vehicle is in your blind spot in a lane shift or when driving in reverse)
The Kia Soul’s interior gets high scores for its interior comfort, however, it’s not as good for the top-quality. Its materials feel and look low-end, even in the top versions. The Soul is spacious enough to accommodate five people, however. Its squared-off design provides ample space for taller people, even when seated in the rear. Its cargo capacity is impressive for the class it’s in and includes 24.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. It can expand to 62.1 cubic feet when folding the rear seats down.
The Kia Soul’s basic infotainment features an 8-inch touchscreen that comes with Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto as well as a six-speaker sound system. Its menus are simple for both drivers and passengers have easy access to the display. The higher trims have a 10.25-inch screen.
The body’s upright shape provides an expansive interior that has ample room for both passengers and their cargo. The designers at Kia have added the right amount of youthful sexiness to go with the stylish exterior. This includes textured door-panel inserts as well as vibrant trim. Other features are ambient light, a charging pad, a head-up display, and a push-button ignition that allows keyless entry and is heated for the seats and the steering wheel. Kia provides owners with the option of a few customizations and two-tone paint choices and an array of interior color schemes. The cargo compartment has ample space for seven carry-on bags; when the back seats are folded down–it must be noted that the seats don’t fold flatly–we were able to carry 20 cases. The Venue With its narrower holding capacity and smaller rear seating space, was able to squeeze in just four cases behind the rear seats and 17 with the seats folded.
The Soul could appear like a brick with wheels, however, it performs quite well and is a standout from a crowd of others that are competent crossovers. The Soul is a car that has a high sitting position but does not feel heavy and in actual fact, the tiny Korean looks rather athletic. The steering has good feedback yet it’s lightweight enough for a quick swoop across city streets. We’re disappointed Kia has dropped the Turbo version for 2024. It was a blast to drive and, while not an authentic hot hatchback, it was superior to the sluggish 2.0-liter engine that is known to go out of gas on the road. Its CVT is capable of keeping the engine on the right track and can intelligently pick a lower gear for the vehicle to start in a different way than other CVTs which just boost the drone. Even with all the best efforts, there is a lack of power which is a problem at higher speeds.
One engine is available in the 2024 Kia Soul: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower. There are two engines available: the Mazda CX-30 and Chevrolet Trailblazer provide buyers with more choices of engines. The Soul’s engine is coupled to an efficient CVT, and it doesn’t make too many sounds. It has more vigor than Nissan Kicks or Hyundai Venue Soul, the Soul is able to effortlessly blend into road traffic. The handling is sharp, even athletic, in spite of the Soul’s appearance.
The Soul’s journey is comfortable all around, and there are only the most jarring bumps and dips that can frighten the passengers. The poor quality of the pavement is not noticed. Noise from the road isn’t too bad while wind noise becomes disruptive at high speeds. Because of its small size Soul’s compact size, Soul is easy to park even in tight areas.
In 2024, the Kia Soul earns an Environmental Protection Agency estimation that it will consume 29 mpg when transportation and 35 mpg in highway driving. It’s also more efficient than the Honda HRV (26/32 mpg) as well as the Chevrolet Trailblazer (29/33 mpg/) however, the Hyundai Kona has slightly higher fuel efficiency from the base engine which has a rating of 30/35 for highway and city.
At $23,585, the S features alloy wheels of 16 inches as well as a seat with a power adjuster with lumbar support that is powered and dual-zone temperature control remote engine start the front has two USB charging ports a push button to start, satellite radio, voice control wireless charging for smartphones as well as the 10.25-inch screen that has navigation. The S also comes with a blind-spot alert and a rear cross-traffic alarm. We suggest this trim due to the added security features.