What You Need To Know About The Soul
The Kia Soul is not your ordinary compact car. Using a hatchback body style, the Soul combines ample interior space, attractive styling, and user-friendly technology to entice consumers. The third-generation production cycle is the most advanced and best-looking yet, with the 2021 edition as one of its entries. The 2021 Soul is split into six trim levels:
1. LX: The base-level 2021 Kia Soul LX provides two rows of woven cloth-trimmed seats to accommodate up to five people. For infotainment, the vehicle relies on a 7-inch color touchscreen to integrate the following:
• Six speakers
• AM/FM radio tuner with MP3 playback compatibility
• Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration
• Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free phone calling and audio streaming
• USB port for playing audio from and charging a mobile device
For driver assistance, there’s a rear camera, which flashes a video image when driving in reverse at low speeds. Two front impact airbags, two side impact airbags, and two side curtain airbags provide crash protection.
2. S: With the S, this car swaps the six-speed manual that’s pinned to the Soul’s engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to get rid of the former’s energy-consuming gear-shifting mechanism. The CVT automatically comes with a remote keyless entry system, which enables secure access with the press of the appropriate key fob button. The woven cloth seat material is upgraded to premium tricot cloth. For driving assistance, the S gains forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, driver attention warning, blind spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic assist, and lane change assist.
3. GT-LINE: The GT-Line comes with a touch of racing-style orientation, thanks to features such as a D-shaped leather-wrapped steering wheel and fog lights. A dual-level cargo board is introduced at this trim level to make the cargo space more versatile. Notably, the GT-Line loses the 10-way power and 2-way power lumbar support on the driver’s seat.
4. X-LINE: The X-Line returns the Soul to woven cloth upholstery, and it gains roof rails. Apart from that, though, there’s little to truly distinguish it from the GT-Line.
5. EX: At the EX trim level, the Soul regains the driver-side power adjustability and lumbar support, and it returns to the premium tricot cloth that’s at the S and GT-Line trim levels. Also returning is the dual-level cargo board, which is joined by a cargo cover for concealing items. Kia adds heating ability on the front seats. Access and engine starting are made more convenient with a smart key system (in place of remote keyless entry) and push-button engine start, respectively. The smart key system is accompanied by remote start for starting the engine before you get to the car. The infotainment system is greatly enhanced by HD Radio digital tuning, a trial subscription to SiriusXM Radio, 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation, wireless phone charging, and UVO link compatibility with an app for a range of remote and convenience functions that include the following:
• Remote door lock and unlock
• Vehicle locator
• Rear occupant alert
• Remote climate control
• Multimedia and navigation updates
Notably, fuel economy peaks with the EX: at 29 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
6. TURBO: It used to be the GT-Line Turbo, since it embraced the standard features of the original GT-Line, albeit with a distinctive 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (which replaces the 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder on the other trims). Now, it’s simply Turbo to further emphasize its orientation as a top-flight performer among the other trims. In place of the six-speed manual gearbox or continuously variable transmission is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for blending the convenience of an automatic transmission with the efficiency of a manual. The 2021 Soul Turbo amplifies comfort with rear-seat adjustable headrests and steering-wheel heating, and all seats are dressed up in synthetic leather-and-cloth material with red contrast stitching to denote its performance orientation. Infotainment peaks with the replacement of the six-speaker setup with a Harman Kardon audio system. For driver assistance, the forward collision avoidance assist system is enhanced with pedestrian detection, a head-up display appears in the driver’s line of sight to reduce on-the-road distraction, and adaptive cruise control is added for automatically setting a safe following distance. Returning at this trim level is D-shaped leather-wrapped steering wheel found on the original GT-Line.
Kia Rivergate is the ideal place in Nashville (or Madison), Tennessee, to get your 2021 Kia Soul. So, if you are in the Nashville area—or, more specifically, Madison—call us today at Kia Rivergate to set up an appointment and test-drive this compact car. One of our Kia specialists will be able to assist you with pinning down the vehicle that best fits your needs and desires.