Kia presents a quarter of trims for the ’24 Soul: LX, S, GT-Line, and EX. Each is equipped with a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive is standard, and most trims return an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The EX carries more weight due to its loaded status with all the standard amenities, so it achieves a tad less at 29 city/35 highway.
The base LX has an array of crucial features, including remote keyless entry, automatic headlights, roof-rack mounting points, power-adjustable side mirrors, air conditioning, power windows with one-touch auto-up/down for the driver, a digital gauge cluster, cloth upholstery, and a 60/40-split folding rear seatback. If you choose the S you’ll get Smart Key proximity keyless entry, remote start, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, wireless phone charging, and two USB charging ports.
The sportier GT-Line forgoes the power driver’s seat but adds a sunroof, exclusive exterior styling elements, heated side mirrors, combination synthetic-leather and cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a folding rear armrest with cupholders, and a dual-level cargo floor. This trim is also eligible for LED headlights and fog lights as well as heated front seats with power adjustments for the driver. At the top of the hierarchy, the EX gets heated front seats, a power driver’s seat, and special tricot upholstery. While it doesn’t get the synthetic-leather/cloth seats and dual-level cargo floor as standard features, they can be added as options.
The ’24 Soul comes equipped with the Kia Drive Wise safety suite. The features found on all trims are forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, speed limit assist, driver attention warning, and rear occupant alert. The S and higher trims add blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, and lane change assist. GT-Line buyers have the option of enhancing safety with an improved forward collision system featuring junction turning detection, as well as adaptive cruise control with highway driving assist.
The multimedia system in the LX includes an 8-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming, HD Radio, and a six-speaker sound system. The other trims upgrade to a 10.25-inch touchscreen system with navigation and SiriusXM satellite radio; they’re also set up for Kia Connect remote vehicle services. The GT-Line can also be upgraded with a deluxe 10-speaker Harman Kardon audio system and special speaker lights with adjustable color themes.