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Kia Soul Specs at TrueDelta: Powertrains and tires by trim level (2018)

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2018 Kia Soul Specs - Exterior and Interior Dimensions

Body 4dr Hatch
Wheelbase 101.2 in
Length 163.0 in
Width 70.9 in
Height 63.5 in
Curb Weight 2942 lb.
Fuel Capacity 14.2 gal.
Headroom, Row 1 39.6 in
Shoulder Room, Row 1 55.5 in
Hip Room, Row 1 53.2 in
Legroom, Row 1 40.9 in
Headroom, Row 2 39.5 in
Shoulder Room, Row 2 54.7 in
Hip Room, Row 2 49.3 in
Legroom, Row 2 39.1 in
Total Legroom 80 in (over 2 rows)
Cargo Volume, Minimum 24.2 ft3
Cargo Volume, Maximum 61.3 ft3

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2018 Kia Soul 4-door Hatch Specs - Powertrains and Tire Sizes

Trim Base + ! EV-e EV EV+
Standard Engine 1.6L I4
DOHC-4v
130 hp@6300
118 lb-ft@4850
2.0L I4
DOHC-4v
161 hp@6200
150 lb-ft@4700
turbocharged
1.6L I4
DOHC-4v
201 hp@6000
195 lb-ft@1500
Electric
109 hp
210
Electric
109 hp
210
Electric
109 hp
210
Standard Transmission6-speed manual6-speed manually-shiftable automatic7-speed automated manual1-speed automatic1-speed automatic1-speed automatic
Optional Transmission(s)6-speed manually-shiftable automatic     
Standard DrivetrainFWDFWDFWDFWDFWDFWD
Standard Tires205/60R16 tires215/55R17 tires235/45R18 tires205/60R16 tires205/60R16 tires205/60R16 tires
Optional Tires 235/45R18 tires    

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TrueDelta Reviews the Powertrain of the 2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul Powertrain: Pros
YearComment
2017 In its first applications, the Hyundai Veloster and Kia Forte SX, no one thought much of the Korean companies' 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. Compared to the turbocharged 2.0-liter engines offered by Volkswagen and Ford in their hot hatches, the 1.6 lacks grunt and delivers quick but not quite thrilling acceleration. Put the same engine in the Kia Soul, though, and you have the quickest vehicle in its class. The Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, and Chevrolet Trax are all far less powerful. Jeep and Fiat offer a 180-horsepower 2.4-liter engine in the closely related Renegade and 500X, respectively, but even with nine transmission ratios to work with those vehicles still take about nine seconds to get from a stop to 60 mph. The Kia can achieve the same feat in under seven seconds, a dramatic difference. The Kia still isn't thrilling. Perhaps the turbo four goes about its business with too little fuss. Turning onto a busy street, you ask it to quickly get the car up to speed, and it obliges. Before you know it, you're there. No drama. If anything, the 1.6T engine shines brightest in typical daily driving, where it provides all the thrust you usually need with little apparent effort. Go light on the accelerator, and the transmission will shift at 2k. Go heavier, and it still will usually shift well short of the red line. The specs suggest why. While the non-turbo 2.0-liter engine in the Soul Plus (and in the Soul Exclaim until this year) can churn out 150 pound-feet of torque, it needs 4,700 rpm to do so. The 1.6T can not only twist its crank considerably harder--a max of 195 pound-feet--but can do this as low as 1,500 rpm. Acceleration is more of an experience in the Mini Countryman, even with the base Cooper's 134-horsepower / 162 pound-feet turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. The Mini's three sings a much lower, sportier tune than the Kia's four. It sounds like an engine twice its actual size. In typical driving the three feels plenty torquey. Its 1,250-rpm torque peak is even lower than the Kia's. Wind the three out, though, and you'll find it has no top end. If you want full-throttle acceleration like the Kia's, you'll need to step up to the 189-horsepower / 207 pound-feet Cooper S. The 2.0T Mini engine pulls more strongly than the 1.6T Kia engine, but it must motivate a heavier vehicle (by 276 pounds with FWD and 439 with AWD). While the Mini can seem quicker the stopwatch will report that they're closely matched. Any variety of Mini manages traction better than the Kia. With the Soul it's much easier to spin a front tire when accelerating while turning. Adding all-wheel-drive fully addresses this common issue with front-wheel-drive cars, but this option isn't offered on the Soul. The Mini's conventional automatic transmission (a six-speed in the base FWD Cooper, an eight-speed in the others) also performs much better than the Kia's dual-clutch automated manual. While the latter sort of gearbox adds to the driving experience in Volkswagens with lightning-quick shifts, the Korean execution leaves much to be desired. While upshifts with brisk acceleration tend to be quick and precise, in more casual driving the transmission often slurs shifts--once it decides to execute them. Especially at low speeds the delayed actions of the transmission often feel odd. But, hey, when you need the Soul ! to be quick it's quick! see full Kia Soul review
 

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2018 Kia Soul MSRP and Invoice Prices

Body Trim Base Price Invoice Destination
4dr Hatch Base 16,100 15,757 895
4dr Hatch + 20,300 19,230 895
4dr Hatch ! 22,800 21,561 895
4dr Hatch EV-e 32,250 30,445 895
4dr Hatch EV 33,950 31,727 895
4dr Hatch EV+ 35,950 33,285 895

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