Even though those Kia Soul driving, hip-hop hamsters from about ten years ago haven’t been seen in a while, the fun and funky Kia Soul is better than ever! Having evolved into one of the most usable and easy-to-live-with subcompact crossovers currently on the market, the 2022 Kia Soul near Rio Rancho, NM gets a few minor but notable updates for the new model year.
The only version that offered a manual transmission, the entry-level LX, has now lost that option, making a CVT (continuously variable transmission) standard for the base trim. However, that same Soul LX gets an available new tech package. This set-up trades the old steel wheels with new 16-inch alloys and adds active safety features such as forward collision avoidance, rear-cross-traffic collision avoidance, and blind spot monitoring with collision warning, to name a few. The entry-level LX trim also gets an 8-inch touchscreen with the infotainment system, up an inch from last year’s.
Moving up the models, the S, X-Line, and GT-Line trims will get a 10.25-inch screen as standard equipment, along with push-button start, dual automatic climate control, two USB ports, and a wireless smartphone charger. The recently redesigned Kia logo graces the hood, liftgate, and center wheel caps on all trims.
One of its most significant selling points is undoubtedly the surprising interior comfort of the Kia Soul. Not only does it give the little crossover a fun visual appeal, the tall, boxy shape also provides lots of room inside. Up to five passengers can fit comfortably, with plenty of room to spare for an impressive amount of cargo. If there are fewer occupants, the rear seat folds down flat to lend more than twice the space.
Ambient lighting and customizable textured door panels in higher trims give the Soul an upscale feel. Paired with the keyless entry, push-button start, and heated seats, it can provide the sense of a lower-end luxury SUV.
The company’s incredible 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, will add peace of mind to prospective buyers along with the 5-year or 60,000-mile limited warranty. Still, hopefully, the driver-assist and safety technologies will avert having to use it. All models above the LX include auto emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and forward-collision warning as standard.
All models are now equipped with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Kia’s user-friendly infotainment system. It’s worth mentioning that the larger touchscreen also comes with real-time traffic updates, in-dash navigation, and satellite radio for an even more luxurious feel.
Buyers have a choice between two engines in the Soul, depending on the edition. A 147 hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine sits under the hood of all but the Turbo model, and unless you hunger for intense performance and speed, this one will suit you fine. It has plenty of oomph for scooting around town, but if you do want more power, the Turbo Soul delivers 201 hp and reaches 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.
When you consider the Soul’s crossover standing and not-at-all aerodynamic shape, it boasts substantial fuel economy. The entry-level LX has an EPA rating of 35 mpg for the highway and 27 mpg in the city. Getting about 33 mpg on the highway, the turbocharged Soul managed just a bit less.
Although it doesn’t stand out as a performance car or a luxury vehicle, the 2022 Kia Soul near Rio Rancho, NM is an all-around outstanding choice. It showcases a comfortable and roomy interior, competent engines, solid safety features, and an incredible warranty. It also possesses a unique and offbeat style all its own that will grab attention wherever you go. If you’re looking for a practical but captivating new ride, put the Kia Soul at the top of your list and head over to Fiesta Kia. We’re located at 7400 Lomas Blvd NE in Albuquerque and we’re looking forward to helping you find the perfect new Kia.