Those who love the Kia Soul have a lot of reasons to celebrate. After all, their beloved compact hatchback has been totally redesigned – and has been earning positive reviews for doing so! So, what’s new about the 2014 Kia Soul? How does it differ from the previous model? Here are some juicy details that you will surely appreciate.
The new Soul gained more space. Kia decided to make the 2014 model even roomier by installing a slightly longer and wider chassis to gain additional leg, shoulder and head room on both rows. It also redesigned the hatch lift gate to provide a slightly wider opening and make the task of loading and unloading cargo much easier. Thankfully, the cargo space also stepped up by about half a cubic foot. However, please take note that all these changes were made in a subtle way to preserve the squared off and boxy look characteristic of the Soul.
Several refinements were made to update its style. Kia decided to update the Soul without deviating so much from its winning formula so you will only see some very minor changes in its exterior styling. A neater window trim and modern head light accents were installed to give it a more modern look.
It reinvented the interior as well. The new Soul upgraded its interior space by using more soft-touch materials throughout the dash, center console and door panels. The base model features power accessories, Bluetooth/USB/iPod connectivity, satellite radio and heated mirrors while higher trim levels offer cruise control, a navigation system, panoramic moonroof, Infinity audio system, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and mirror turn signal indicators.
It offers an improved riding experience. In an effort to keep its lead in this segment, Kia decided to address the shortcomings of the previous model. Since the Soul was criticized for providing a stiff ride and cabin noise, the manufacturers used a stiffer body, upgraded the suspension by installing four new bushings and returned shock, and installed three different steering settings to provide a more comfortable drive.
The new Soul has also been redesigned to reduce cabin noise by about 3 decibels to further improve the overall riding experience. This was made possible by installing an isolation pad and layered carpet and increasing the amount of NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) materials used in the door cavities to reduce road and wind noise.
As mentioned earlier, Kia managed to redefine the Soul while preserving its general look. Don’t these improvements make you want to drive home a 2014 Kia Soul right now?