Is the Soul actually a fun car to drive now?
People have accused the Kia Soul of just being a box on wheels, and we know that to be false. People have also accused the Soul of being slow, and we know that to be true. Eager to counter the second claim, the South Korean automaker just unveiled the Soul Exclaim, a 201-horsepower box of fury. The new 1.6-liter turbo engine returns 28 mpg and is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. In addition to the new power plant and transmission there are a few more bits and bobs that make the new Soul trim special.
Those include exclusive 18-inch wheels, red accents on the body, a chrome grille surround, a “Soul” badge on the tailgate and a dual chrome exhaust, a first for the car. On the inside there’s a flat-ish bottom steering wheel, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and pushbutton start standard. Optional goodies include an eight-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and eight-inch touchscreen. We have to admit that we’re a bit surprised by the existence of the Kia Soul Exclaim. No one was really asking for a performance model after all. Still, a turbo and a dual-clutch transmission are two things we’re never going to complain about.
Kia didn’t release information on pricing or availability but the top trim currently bases at $21,300 so expect the Exclaim to come in a few thousand dollars above that.