The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has awarded the 2014 Kia Soul with a 5-Star overall safety rating. Thanks to the vehicle’s extensive list of standard safety features as well as use of high-tensile steel, Soul received 5 stars in the frontal and side impact tests and four stars in the roll-over test.
Around 66 percent of the 2014 Kia Soul’s chassis utilizes either Ultra High Strength Steel (35 percent) or High Strength Steel (31 percent). The latest model also provides vehicle protection thanks to its standard safety features and technology like six standard airbags -- dual advanced front and front seat-mounted side air bags, full-length side curtain air bags -- and a four-channel, four-sensor Antilock Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD). The ABS with EBD considers vehicle load and weight distribution and then applies the right stopping force to improve control and stability.
Other standard safety equipment for the 2014 Soul includes Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and a Traction Control System (TCS). The TCS employs brake and engine torque intervention to improve traction during launch and acceleration even on slippery road surfaces.
Once the ABS detects a wheel slip, it then sends a signal to the engine control unit to adjust torque output accordingly. The TCS senses when one or more wheels is spinning faster than the vehicle's speed, and will apply the brakes if necessary.
“Soul’s 5-star safety rating speaks to Kia’s commitment to our customers,” said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications at Kia Motors America. He remarked that Kia “took a great deal of care” with the design and engineering of the 2014 Soul, with NHTSA’s testing validating the effort. The 2014 Kia Soul starts at $14,700.
Famous for the close link among its concept cars and production models, Kia Motors played it safe with the 2014 Soul. When the wild Track'ster concept made its premiere in 2012, Soul aficionados and critics alike asked Kia to transform fantasy into reality. With a year and a half from design freeze to production, the platform was set for the brand-new Soul and a considerable lot of the concept's dynamic design cues can be located in the production car. Tom Kearns, boss designer at the California studio compared the Track'ster to a bulldog and that theme is conveyed from any angle of the brand-new Soul.
The brand-new Kia Soul was one of the more challenging tasks that they’ve taken on. Hitting the correct harmony between the majestic design of the present vehicle with the voluminous proportions and position of the Track'ster was disconcerting. It ended up being a really collective effort with direction from Peter Schreyer in Frankfurt and help from their studio in Korea. In the end, they’ve kept the quintessence of Soul while injecting it with more presence inside and out.
The upright position, squared shoulders and exclusive fender flares are immediately noticeable as Soul features. Fusing an elongated 101.2-inch wheelbase (up 0.8 inches), total width that is widened to 70.9 inches (added by 0.6 inches) and a similar total height of 63.4 inches, adds a bolder edge to the brand-new Soul's look. Similarly, the wraparound greenhouse, high-mounted tail lights and tall ride stature are all trademark design components.
Elite touches such as available LED front positioning lights and rear LED "halo" lights hint at the connection of the Soul to siblings within the Kia lineup that share comparative design cues, like the 2014 Sorento CUV and 2014 Forte vehicle.