2021 Kia Soul for Sale in West Springfield, MA
With its boxy yet bold exterior style, available turbocharged performance, and attractive interior showing off a slate of modern amenities, the 2021 Kia Soul is a fun and economical hatchback. While it attracts buyers in a wide age range, it’s especially appealing to the young and daring. Since it went through a redesign just last year, the latest Soul is back with minimal but noteworthy changes. Every trim now gets rear occupant alert, a notification system that reminds the driver after they park if there’s someone in the rear seat, and the X-Line and GT-Line now have improved shock absorbers for an overall smoother ride. To top it off, remote start is now integrated into the key fob for the EX and Turbo (formerly known as the GT-Line Turbo) grades.
Trims and Features
The ’21 Soul is sold in six trim levels: LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, EX, and Turbo. The LX comes with automatic headlights, cloth seats, a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback, and a rearview camera system. The S adds keyless entry/ignition and a power-adjustable driver’s seat. The athletic GT-Line loses the power driver’s seat but gets its own stylistic accents, which include a unique front and rear bumper fascia, unique side sills with red accents, a silver rear skid plate, and trim-specific badging. It also has standard fog lights, a sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and premium cloth upholstery.
The X-Line does without the sunroof, but it upgrades with a special X-Line body kit consisting of fender cladding and exclusive X-Line roof rails and 18-inch wheels. The EX forgoes the X-Line’s and GT-Line’s exclusive features but returns the power driver’s seat while adding heated side mirrors, push-button start, heated front seats, a wireless smartphone charger, a cargo area cover, and a dual-level cargo board. The Turbo gets the most goodies, with LED headlights and fog lights, side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, a head-up display, simulated-leather upholstery, and a heated steering wheel.
Powertrain and Performance
The 2021 Kia Soul is exclusively front-wheel drive, and all trims except for the Turbo have a 147 hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The base LX is the only trim that gets a six-speed manual transmission as standard, although it’s eligible for the intelligent variable transmission (IVT) that’s standard on the rest. The Turbo gets a zestier turbocharged 1.6-liter 201 hp four-cylinder engine that’s set up with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. According to the United States EPA, the manual transmission LX returns 25 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway; with the IVT it gets 28 city/33 highway – the same ratings as the S, GT-Line, X-Line, and EX). The Turbo trim is rated for 27 city/32 highway.
To get the standard Kia Drive Wise bundle of active safety features, you’ll have to forgo the LX and choose the S trim or higher. Those five trims are packed with forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, a driver attention warning system, blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist. The Turbo gets the full treatment, with adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection.
The LX, S, GT-Line, and X-Line all get an infotainment system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio capability, a six-speaker audio system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a USB data port. The EX improves its infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, satellite and HD radio, and integrated navigation, while the Turbo boasts a premium Harman Kardon audio system.