For its 2012 model year, the Kia Soul has had its appearance updated and it offers more power, better fuel economy, as well as new technologies and features. The 2012 Kia Soul has an output of 164hp (higher by 22 hp) with a new 2.0-liter engine, and 138hp (higher by 16 hp) with a 1.6-liter engine that uses GDI technology.
These two units come with new efficient six-speed manual and automatic transmissions. Fuel economy was also improved by as much as 10%.
Soul will offer the fuel saving Idle Stop and Go (ISG) technology and low-rolling-resistance tires later this model year. Subtle changes were made to its exterior design, particularly in the front and rear fascias, so that it appears to have a wider stance. It also gets new headlamps, taillights, side mirrors and wheels to look more modern.
The Soul! variant features a set of exclusive projector headlamps with front LED accents and LED taillights, and a set of new 18-inch alloy wheels. Furthermore, it has been fitted with the standard UVO powered by Microsoft voice-activated infotainment system (scheduled to be available this fall) with a 4.3-inch color touch screen and rear camera display coupled with an all-new 350-watt seven-speaker Infinity audio system (optional on Soul+).
Kia will also offer navigation with SiriusXM traffic. The 2012 Kia Soul has a starting price of $13,900, while the Soul A/T is priced at $15,700. The Soul sport model isn’t available anymore.
The 2012 Soul not only brings performance advancements, but also features notable design enhancements. Externally, the Kia Soul modernises its looks with new projector headlights, integrated LED daytime running lights, a modified bonnet and redesigned front and rear fenders. The LED rear lamp clusters also have a more contemporary look that complements the car’s distinctive design. The overall silhouette has also been refined to be smoother and more aerodynamic.
Spacious, Ultramodern Interior
The 2012 Kia Soul has a cabin environment that is definitely cutting edge, especially with its array of technologies and amazing overall value. In fact, the Soul was awarded the title of Ward's AutoWorld "Grooviest Interior” for 2010. Passengers in the 2012 Soul will undoubtedly experience true comfort in the spacious cabin.
A new Infinity premium audio system enlivens the listening experience for the new Soul. It is standard on the Soul Sport and Soul!, and optionally available for the Soul+. Another new feature is the UVO powered by Microsoft in-car hands-free communication and infotainment system. Optionally, a Premium Package consisting of heated front seats, leather seat trim, a navigation system and automatic climate control can be installed for more luxurious convenience.
The car that signalled Kia Motors’ design-led metamorphosis is back in New York sporting a modernised style and greater power while retaining the funky aura of this compact crossover that has been widely admired internationally by consumers. The massively successful Kia Soul is made over and enhanced for 2012 with a good number of technological and powertrain improvements for more power and less petrol consumption.
Kia’s Michael Sprague said that the 2012 Soul brings notably more power and fuel efficiency in an updated style merely two model years after its iconic predecessor. It can be considered as the perfect vehicle for customers “looking for something a little outside the box." The Soul’s unique design truly sets it apart and gets credit for attracting new Kia customers, thereby setting up the brand for a run of unprecedented successes. The Soul’s makeover adds more of a chic flair and a fun driving experience. Importantly, in an era of rising petrol prices, it also improves fuel efficiency by 10 percent.