The European version of the 2014 Kia Soul has just made its debut ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show that will open its doors in September. Shown in European specification for the first time, the 2014 Kia Soul comes with a new design as well as an all-new interior with higher quality materials and more driver-focused design.
Set to go on sale in early 2014, the Kia Soul will be available with three different roof colors - black, white and red – and 11 exterior paint finishes. Still, the biggest change for 2014MY will be the adoption of a new platform, based on that used by the latest Kia cee’d. As a result, the 2014 Kia Soul will deliver improved handling and ride compared with the outgoing model. A new suspension was also installed and the body shell is 29 percent stiffer. Due to comprehensive soundproofing, the interior noise levels were reduced by approximately three decibels.
The new model is also larger as it feature a longer wheelbase and wider track, contributing to greater cabin space and cargo capacity. Leg, head and shoulder room are increased for all passengers, while Kia increased the cargo area by 4 percent to 354 litres (plus additional underfloor storage) with the rear seats upright. Under the hood, we find the 1.3-liter GDi petrol or the CRDi diesel engines, mated to a six-speed manual or an automatic transmission.
Both engines are carried over from the outgoing model but feature improved efficiency with lower emissions. The 2014 Kia Soul will be available with new premium features such as: front LED daytime running lights and rear LED ‘halo’ lights, xenon headlights, keyless entry and push-button engine start, automatic climate control, cruise control, leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated front and rear seats, panoramic glass sunroof and heated and electrically folding exterior mirrors. The Kia Souls what will be presented at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show will exhibit the new SUV Styling Pack, which consists of piano black bumper trim, side skirts, wheel arches and a black painted roof.
The new Kia Soul offers drivers and passengers a significantly quieter cabin. Thanks to higher quality materials all throughout as well as better sound proofing than that of the outgoing Soul, the interior noise levels for the new Soul are reduced by around three decibels.
Aside from being quiet, the Soul's cabin is also more spacious than its predecessor, with an increase of 20 mm for its front leg room, 5 mm for its headroom, 7.5 mm for its shoulder room, and 5 mm for its rear legroom. For easier entry into the cabin, the step-in height for the new Soul is reduced by 5 mm and its seat hip points at the front and rear are lowered by 12 mm.
Moreover, the new Kia Soul is available with single-tone and two-tone interior options, depending on the final market specifications, with black, grey, and brown fabrics and leather. Also available are orange and red high-gloss interior highlights with a range of new interior packages.
2014 Kia Soul promises customers a more rewarding ownership experience. In Europe, it will be available with new premium features that will vary depending on the model, including LED front lights and LED 'halo' rear lights, xenon headlights, automatic climate control air-conditioning system, keyless entry & push-button engine start, cruise control, ventilated front seats, leather seat trim, heated seats at both front and rear, heated exterior mirrors, and panoramic glass sunroof. It also offers an optional Infinity sound system.