The updates applied to the 2014 Kia Soul will entail a slight price bump of $295, as the refreshed hatchback starts at $15,495, after a $795 destination charge. In addition to a funky new design with abundant gloss-black exterior trim, the 2014 Kia Soul was upgraded with a longer, wider platform that is said to improve interior room while making the funky hatch quieter inside.
The 2014 Kia Soul debuted earlier this year at the New York auto show, and continues to be offered in three trim levels: Base, Plus, and Exclaim. The former is powered by a 130-hp, 1.6-liter inline-four engine and comes with a choice between a six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. Plus and Exclaim models use a 164-hp, 2.0-liter inline-four and are offered only with the automatic. Fuel economy ratings for the engines have not been released.
The 2014 Kia Soul Base starts at $15,495 with a manual transmission and $17,495 with an automatic. Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, satellite radio, air conditioning, power windows, 16-inch alloy wheels, and cruise control. No major option packs are offered for the Base trim level.
Stepping up to the Kia Soul Plus requires buyers spend $18,995 (up $495 compared to a 2013 Soul Plus automatic), netting them 17-inch wheels, a black-and-chrome front grille surround, and mirrors with integrated turn signals. The $400 UVO eServices package adds a backup camera, automatic headlights, and the UVO touchscreen interface; a $3000 Primo package bundles a panoramic sunroof with power shades, leather seats, heated front seats, push-button start, and fog lights; the $1400 Audio package includes an eight-inch touchscreen sound system, Infiniti speakers with subwoofer, illuminated speaker grilles, and automatic climate control; and the $400 ECO package adds 16-inch wheels with low rolling-resistance tires and an engine stop-start function.
The top tier is the $21,095 2014 Kia Soul Exclaim, which builds on the Plus with 18-inch wheels, LED running lights and taillights, power-folding mirrors, UVO with eServices, and a backup camera. There are only two options packages. For $2600, the Sun and Sound package adds touchscreen navigation, an Infinity sound system, illuminate speaker grilles, automatic climate control, and a panoramic sunroof. Buyers can then spend another $2500 to upgrade to what Kia calls The Whole Shebang package. It adds leather seats, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, push-button start, and HID headlights.
The 2014 Kia Soul goes on sale in the fourth quarter of this year. No word yet on whether the dancing hamsters cost extra.