2017 Kia Soul Gets 201 HP 1.6-Liter Turbo Four, 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission

Set to debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show before it will go on sale across Europe by the end of the year, the facelifted Kia Soul is here and it comes with a new petrol engine.

Powered by the 1.6-liter T-GDI, which comes straight from the Cee’d GT and Pro_Cee’d GT, it becomes the most powerful Soul ever engineered by the South Korean brand with 201 HP that are directed to the front wheels through a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.

From 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h), it needs 7.5 seconds and it can go up to 122 mph (196 km/h). Stopping power comes from larger brakes and drivers can choose between Normal, Eco, and Sport modes.

Making sure that this version of the Soul stands out are a series of exterior modifications, such as the red highlights on the bolder front bumper and side sills, tweaked grille, twin exhaust pipes at the rear and 18-inch aluminum wheels, with a 10-spoke design.

The appealing design continues inside, where the most powerful Soul carries a distinctive color scheme, with black and cloth leather upholstery and orange stitching, orange-painted gearstick, orange highlights and a ‘D-shaped’ steering wheel.

As for the rest of the 2017 Kia Soul range, this benefits from a series of upgrades too, which include the different bumpers, metallic skid plate, optional bi-function HID headlights with LED DRLs integrated into the front bumper, updated ‘tiger-nose’ grille, redesigned taillights and reflectors.

Gloss black, metallic highlights and switchgear are found inside, along with the HMI (human-machine interface) that works with a 5-, 7- or 8-inch color touchscreen to provide smartphone-style control over the audio-visual navigation system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The vehicle also features a rearview camera, new USB port in the rear, 8-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat, and rain-sensing wipers, while dual-clutch gearbox-equipped models have the Drive Mode Selector. Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert has been added for the first time to assist drivers on motorways and during parking maneuvers.


  • Six_Tymes

    this does look good. BUT I thought it was to be ALL New for 2017?

    • MarkoS

      It was new for 2014, 2017 would make it just 3.

      • David87124

        No 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

        • MarkoS

          1st generation was 2008-2013, 6 model years. I would think this is the same.

    • David87124

      Its on a 4 year cycle. 2010-3, 2014-7, 2018-…………….

  • MarkoS

    Should be a fun little vehicle.

  • TheHake

    Wow. Never expected that for the Soul. Should be great!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    The wheels on the black one are CLEARLY from the Nismo Juke.

  • ediotsavant

    A bit disappointed with the acceleration times. I was expecting in the six second range.

  • Andrew Umukoro

    which of the two cars in the pic is the turbo version? i’m pretty sure both cars have a unique grill design

  • Grumpy

    If 7.5 is the 0 to 60 for the 1.6 turbo that’s terrible for such a small light car.

    • Edumcris

      Well, is a box on wheels, so aerodynamics does not help.

      • Grumpy


  • smartacus

    where else you gonna get a 201HP 1.6T, a 7-speed transmission, aaand heated steeering wheel, heated seats front to back, and ventilated drivers seat?

  • Disqus

    The 2017 USA Kia Soul Brochure is now out – DL the .PDF here https://uploadfiles.io/f751

    New features are the 8 way power passenger seat, fast charging USB ports in the center console, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert, sporty steering wheel, all black leather interior is gone, now its two tone black/grey or black leather with black cloth inserts & orange stitching.

    and of course the new turbo engine and 7 speed tran and color combos. They also moved away from INFINITY speaker systems. Now its Harman Kardon.

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