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REVIEW: 2015 Kia Soul

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The 2015 Kia Soul arrives at Waikem Kia building off the success of last year’s redesign. This year’s model features updated technology at a lower trim level, along with new colors and a new appearance package at the top of the line trim.

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The Soul was redesigned in 2014, so much of the style and performance carries over into the year. The Soul has become one of America’s most popular vehicles for a number of reasons. The Soul is one of the most affordable vehicles on the road today, so all drivers find it easy to add it to their driveway.

 

It’s one of the few vehicles that appeals to all demographics. Young and old drivers love the Kia Soul, because it sits high up but it’s not too big — it drives like a small sedan. Inside though there’s plenty of convenient cargo space, perfect for a long car drive with plenty of luggage. It’s also considered one of the best cars for drivers with dogs, because there is plenty of space for the pet in the back seat.

 

The Soul also offers standard technology you are usually paying extra for. All 2015 Kia Soul models offer Bluetooth and USB/Auxiliary plugs to play your iPod or MP3 player over the speakers. New for 2015, the Soul Base model features an optional UVO eService Package. UVO eServices is a free subscription telematics service. Apps that can be downloaded from iTunes or Google Play include Pandora, iHeartRadio, Yelp, and Siri Eyes Free technology. Other UVO features include Sirius XM Travel Link, which offers access to traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports scores, stock information, movie listings and more.

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Also available include the rearview camera, auto on/off headlights, fog lights and more. UVO eServices in standard on the exclaim models. New for the 2015 Exclaim model is an interior Umber Color Package, available on Fathom Blue or Cloud White exterior. You’ll get Nappa leather seats and door armrests. Outside, you’ll get Gloss Black Wheel inserts.

 

 

Under the hood, the Kia Soul has a standard 1.6-liter four cylinder engine with 130 horsepower. There is a second available 2.0 liter four cylinder engine with 164-horsepower. EPA fuel estimates are 24 city, 30 highway. The Kia Soul comes with available manual or automatic transmission, one of the few new cars to still offer a manual transmission option.

 

The Soul is available in three trims, Base, Plus and Exclaim. As you climb the trims, the Soul features a ton of great special optional features. Options include a sunroof, push button ignition, heated seats, and mood lighting that responds to your audio and changes colors.

 

The 2015 Kia Soul has received an IIHS Top Safety Pick Award, receiving a perfect score in all five crash tests.

 

WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:

 

KBB.com:

 

Whether you desire value, practicality, stylish looks or surprising technology and amenities in your economy hatchback, the 2015 Soul checks all the boxes.

 

The Car Connection:

The redesign was evolutionary, building on the Soul’s unique place in the market. Kia also managed to address some of the boxy car’s flaws in the process. Ride, handling, and comfort have been improved, there are more standard and available features, and the space-efficient design saw enhancements.

 

Cars.Com:

Kia’s “urban hatchback” was redesigned for 2014, and it appeals to a broad range of buyers, from the under-21 crowd wanting to make a fashion statement on a limited budget to their grandparents looking for a functional vehicle that also is economical.

 

Here at Waikem Kia, we’re seeing many drivers purchasing a second Soul. If you’re finally ready to see the Kia Soul for yourself, visit Waikem Kia today to see why our five-star Google Dealership should be a great addition to your driveway.

Author: Jeff Russ

Lead blogger and content writer for the Waikem Auto Family in Massillon, Ohio. Product specialist in Ford, Nissan, Subaru, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Mitsubishi models. 2008 Graduate of Kent State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Married to wife Christina. Resides in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

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