2015 Kia Soul

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What's New for 2015:
  • UVO 1 eService, free telematics package, offered for 10 years
  • Extensive redesign for 2014 carries over to new model
  • New color package available on upper trim level

The 2015 Kia Soul is a compact hatchback known for its identifiable boxy shape. Primary competitors include the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, and Mazda 3. The 2015 Kia Soul carries over from the previous year with few changes, following an extensive redesign for the 2014 model year. The main innovation for 2015 is the availability of UVO 1 eService, a telematics package that allows the owner to monitor the vehicle's activity when it's on loan to a guest driver.

Models and Features
The 2015 Kia Soul is offered in three trim levels: base, +, and !. Tricot cloth upholstery is standard. The base model's exterior features include 16-in. alloy wheels, body-color bumpers with black inserts, front upper grille in chrome and matte black, dual body-color power mirrors, multi-reflector headlights, variable intermittent wipers, rear wiper/washer, privacy glass, and heated rear glass with timer. The upper trim levels feature heated outside mirrors, with integrated turn signal added to the ! trim. The ! trim also adds automatic light control, front fog lights, LED positioning lights, LED rear combination lamps, and projector beam headlights as standard equipment. A panoramic sunroof with power sunshade is available on the upper trim levels.

Standard interior features include a 6-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, USB/auxiliary input jack, steering-wheel-mounted audio controls, cruise control, trip computer, active eco system, tilt-and-telescoping steering column, power windows and locks, remote keyless entry, and air conditioning. The upper trim levels add many options, including UVO eServices (standard on the ! trim), rear camera display (also standard on the !), Infinity audio system, speaker lights, navigation system, push-button start, automatic climate control, and LED interior lighting. The ! trim level upgrades to knit cloth upholstery; leather upholstery is optional. A special color package on the ! trim includes umber Nappa leather seat trim. Standard is a 6-way-adjustable driver's seat; a 10-way power driver's seat, including lumbar support, is optional on the + trim level and standard on the !. Options on the upper trim levels include heated front and rear seats. The rear seats feature a 60/40 split and can be folded down.

A leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob are optional on the + and standard on the !; a heated steering wheel is another option. Optional on the + and standard on the ! are piano black accents and satin chrome interior door handles. Cargo volume behind the rear seats is 24.2 cu. ft.; with rear seats folded, volume increases to 61.3 cu. ft.

Under the Hood
The standard drivetrain on the base model 2015 Kia Soul includes a 1.6-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine that produces 130 horsepower and 118 lb.-ft. of torque. It works with a 6-speed manual transmission; optional is an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic with overdrive. The upper trim levels feature a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with the automatic transmission. All Kia Souls employ front-wheel drive.

Fuel Economy
The EPA fuel-economy ratings for the base 2015 Kia Soul with FWD are 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway/26 mpg combined. The upper trim levels return 23 mpg city/31 mpg highway/26 mpg combined.

Safety and Technology
Safety features on the 2015 Kia Soul include dual front-seat-mounted side air bags, side curtain air bags, 3-point seat belts for all seating positions, front seat belt pre-tensioners, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, hill-start assist control, tire-pressure monitoring system, side-impact door beams, front and rear crumple zones, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, and electronic brakeforce distribution. The UVO 1 eService alerts the owner if a guest driver exceeds a certain speed, crosses a geographical boundary, or stays out after curfew.

In crash testing conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2015 Kia Soul receives 5 stars (out of a possible 5) for frontal crash protection; 5 stars for side crash protection; 4 stars for rollover protection; and 5 stars overall.


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