2017 Kia Soul Release Date, Turbo Engine, Colors, Price

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It’s no real surprise that the Kia brand started to get some real positive attention after the release of the Kia Soul eight years ago.

The boxy little beauty was an instant hit, but if there was one complaint shared by its many fans, it was that it needed a little more zip.

Kia listened, and added a 201-hp turbo engine to the top of the range Soul Exclaim.

Here are 6 more things you need to know about the 2017 Kia Soul and 2017 Soul EV

When can you get the 2017 Kia Soul?

2017 Kia Soul

If you are looking for the base models, you can get it at just about any Kia dealership across the US.

The lower spec models landed at the start of the year, and word is that the aforementioned 2017 Soul turbo model is already starting to show up in dealerships from coast to coast.

More about the turbo engine and 7-speed DCT

This will be the first Kia Soul to ever have a turbo engine under the hood. It’s a 1.6-liter unit that is part of Kia T-GDi line-up.

When mated to the 7-speed dual clutch transmission, you can expect a very peppy 201-hp.

Even better news is that this extra power doesn’t come at a cost, as you still get fuel efficiency of 28 mpg, city/highway combined.

The Soul Turbo is sporty

The Soul has always been a fun car to drive, but the extra jolt of power and speedy acceleration take it to new levels.

Hard to believe, but some new design elements make an already iconic design even more playful and sporty.

These new features include red-accented body trim, unique 18-inch wheels, chrome grille surround Soul tailgate badge, and a dual chrome twin-tip exhaust, which is a first for the Soul.

Cool colors available

While the popular Solar Yellow exterior color is no longer available, the good news is that the groovy orange color will be making a return.

Before you go looking for it in showrooms now, we should let you know that the orange will likely be reserved for an upcoming Soul special edition model that Kia will unveil soon.

Your other 2017 Kia Soul color choices are brown and dark blue.

Affordable Soul pricing for everyone

Listed below are starting price points for all Kia Soul models, although it should be noted that these numbers exclude the $850 destination fee.

  • Base trim (1.6L, manual transmission) costs $15,990.
  • Base trim (1.6L, 6-speed automatic transmission) costs $17,550.
  • Plus trim (2.0L, 6-speed automatic gearbox) pricing start at $19,650.
  • Range-topping Exclaim (1,6L turbo, 7-speed DCT) MSRP starts at $22,650

Don’t forget the all-electric Soul EV

While there has been no official announcement regarding the 2017 Kia Soul EV, the first wave of the all-electric Soul is still available.

What we do know is that the 2017 Soul EV will now be offered with dark gray 16-inch wheel covers on the EV and EV+ trim levels.

Another new feature on the 2017 Soul electric vehicle will be the Cloud White exterior color. You will also get a rear center armrest, as well as an audio head unit featuring rear camera display on a 5-inch color screen.

21 comments

  1. squirrel says:

    I too am hoping for blind spot detection! And wish they would put passenger lumbar support and 6 way adjustable. We travel alot. Test drove the 2016 waiting for the 2017 for more horsepower. Salesperson said engine wont be as good – but I can’t see Kia making it worse. Waiting for 2017.

  2. squirrel says:

    Agree with Will – all black interior is too dark. Live in TN and need light colored seats and interior. Was hoping the 2017 comes with lighter interior. Also Was thinking Kia should put a dash cam in their cars – be the first. Sure helps with accidents to see what happens. There is the grey interior 2016 but not in the !. Would like to see very light grey or beige.

  3. Marilyn Davis says:

    I have a 2012 silver Soul and I love it but I want an AWD and either purple or like your Carribean blue! Please don’t change the tail lights, they are unique and pretty and I love the back up camera, I use that all the time. Thanks for a great little car!!

  4. Frank says:

    I don’t know why Kia doesn’t make an option for us that live in the Northeast. A Kia 2.0 Turbo e-AWD or AWD Soul would be perfect. Can you imagine the power. I can’t believe they sell a 1.6…. What a joke…It can’t even get out of its own way. Come on Kia…You want to blow the doors off every other car manufacturer…then go ahead and do this. Don’t make a 1.6 Turbo … Make a 2.0 Turbo !!!

  5. Mary says:

    Exterior colors should not be limiited to a specific trim but available across the line. I’m seriously considering a 2017. I wish I could get a Soul in light crystal blue metallic but since no one builds a car in that color I’m going to buy a white one.

    Also, make navigation available as a single option. NO WAY am I paying $4,400 for a package to get navigation.

  6. Lewis Frank says:

    1.6 turbo, manual transmission, tech goodies, I’m buying! Wife has a 2015! Whole sh’bang, loves it. 1 year and 20000 miles, perfect.

  7. JoJo says:

    Currently drive a 2015 and LOVE IT! My son took it over……I can’t wait for the 2017 AWD to be available…..when can we expect to see them at the dealers…I will be the first in line!

  8. Maria Robledo says:

    Looking for a new car and love the Kia Soul but I keep waiting for one in a “DJ PURPLE”! Will buy one then. I’m a Purple obsessed person. Just bring it on!

  9. Gladys says:

    When can we see the 2017 Kia Soul at the Dealers?

  10. Brian says:

    2017 Soul

    8 Way Power Passenger Seat
    Blind Spot Detection (Symbol on mirrors)
    Rear Cross Traffic Alert
    Fast Charging USB Ports in Center Armrest Console (1 inside, 1 facing rear passengers)
    Harman Kardon Premium Audio System
    LED Fog Lights
    1.6L Turbo 4 Cyl Engine
    7 Speed Dual Clutch Automatic Transmission
    New Exterior & Interior Color Options

    Also looks like they tweaked the front and rear bumpers slightly (notice the front bumper grill)

  11. robert c. pote says:

    give us back our vent windowa also offer the 2 liter with 6 speed transmission , also offer two tone paint as an option .

  12. Maria Robledo says:

    Still waiting for the Kia Soul painted in DJ PURPLE, please bring it back in 2017!!!

  13. Dyllan Cole says:

    I have a 2012! dont get me wrong i love the car but the winters have been getting bad here in wv and i need something awd to get around for work so unless that happens .. i wont be getting another one

  14. Gardian says:

    Sign me up for two AWD, manual trans.

  15. Linda says:

    Am looking at purchasing my first Soul now. I’m confused though…Salesperson told me that the Carrington Blue was strictly a 2017 color and not a 2016 color. Yet I saw some available that day on the internet listed as 2016! Is he misinformed? I know this is the color that I want. Also which model do I have to buy to get a sunroof? Having trouble finding one with one. Is there a purple color????

  16. Rc says:

    What a shame Kia keeps dragging its feet on introducing an all wheel drive Soul.

  17. Meriwether says:

    AWD and some decent horsepower and with the reliability factor of Kia, who would want an overpriced Mini that breaks down all the time. What a fun car. I’m 70 but I would love to have one.

  18. Ahmed al-mulhim says:

    I want to now the turbo in the soul is one or two?? And am sorry for my very bad English language 😔

  19. Ahmed al-mulhim says:

    Hello I want to ask you why thay don’t take the 2.0 engine and but the turbo on that engine I think that will be better and more powerful for the soul for example the horsepower be 250 or more that will be amazing and but next for it the AWD may be it will be from 0-60 in 6 seconds or less than thes that will be better than the 1.6 turbo the soul have it right now but the turbo makes the soul more beautiful and powerful even its aonle 1.6 I have the 2016 2.0 fully loaded models and I am very exciting to Drive this new turbo soul 😍❤️ And i love to see the soul be the most powerful 4 cylinder engine in the world 🌎 ❤️😍

  20. Brian Sutcliffe says:

    KIA you have heard from the matting crowd AWD, 2.0 TURBO, STICK SHIFT, FUNKY PAINT OPTIONS,NEW INTERIOR OPTIONS. Not much to ask from the matting crowd. KIA All of us love our Kia’s Yes LOVE ! You don’t hear other car owners saying that. If you can some how Institute some or all of the suggestions listed here you would sell more cars than GM or Ford combined!

    Thank you for making a great KIA SOUL LETS NOW MAKE IT PERFECT.

  21. Genie says:

    So,I really thought the Soul would finally get some new, great colors for 2018, but no, they didn’t. They don’t offer the “popular”Yellow this year….really? If something is popular, you discontinue it? Scratching my head. And you’re offering BROWN? Who wants a BROWN car? Ugh! There’s going to be a dark Blue, sounds stodgy too. I guess the Saian influence is there. Asians are conservative, and wear boring colors. However, Kia Soul is usually bought by young people from what i’ve Seen. I may buy one next year, but if I do, it will have to be White I guess. And the prices are becoming too high for my budget. I’ll never be able to save up enough because every sees a big increase.

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