What’s the cost of the fully-loaded 2020 Kia Soul crossover?
The third-generation Soul boxy car received a full makeover for the 2021 model year. Improvements have been made across the board in terms of design, comfort and ride.
They say that you can never have too much of a good thing, so Kia also increased the number of trim levels to 6, offering consumers more choice than ever before.
(UPDATE) Kia has just released official details about the 2021 Kia Soul Turbo changes & enhancements. Let’s have a look at what’s new for the 2021 model year:
- Soul GT-Line turbo trim level has been renamed to Soul Turbo
- Revised badging on grille, steering wheel and lift gate
- Key fob includes integrated remote start
- Remote start is also still included in the UVO telematics system
- Standard rear occupant alert system (door logic type)
Soul GT-Line Turbo trim level
Sitting at the top of the 2021 Kia Soul range is the Turbo model.
In addition, we are also going to let you know about the main differences between the regular GT-Line and range-topping GT-Line turbo trim levels.
Price of 2021 Soul Turbo
The 2021 Soul GT-Line Turbo sits at the top of the range, and for good reason. It is absolutely loaded with all the gadgets and safety features that you could think of, yet it still comes in at a relatively affordable $27,550 (excluding the destination charge of $1,120).
1,6L turbo engine specs
|Engine||1,6L GDI turbo|
|Torque||195 lb.-ft. @ 1,500 – 4,500 rpm|
|Transmission||7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT)|
|0 – 62 mph||To be announced|
|Top speed||To be announced|
As you might expect, the Soul GT-Line Turbo is the speediest of the bunch, but it is also surprisingly good on gas, with the official MPG figures set at 27 city, 32 highway, 29 combined.
Wheels & tire size
Totally unsurprising is that the sporty 2021 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo model should come with some cool-looking alloy wheels and quality tires, which are 7.5J x 18 alloys with P235/45 R18 tires.
Exterior color options
According to the official Kia online configurator, which allows you to build your very own unique Soul set-up, there are 5 different exterior colors for the 2021 Kia Soul Turbo.
The only color option for your interior is black, but on the outside, you get to choose between Inferno Red, Neptune Blue, Gravity Gray, Snow White Pearl, and Cherry Black.
Difference between the GT-Line and Turbo trim levels
As we mentioned earlier, there are two range-topping Soul models available: the GT-Line and the Turbo, both of which look very similar at first glance. The devil is in the details, though, beginning with the engine.
More power for “turbo” model
The standard GT-Line comes equipped with a 147-horsepower 2,0L 4-cylinder engine, while the Turbo model is powered by a 1,6L turbo engine that cranks out 201-horsepower. There is an IVT automatic transmission in the standard GT-Line and a 7-speed DCT in the Turbo model.
Tied on fuel economy
If it’s performance and drivability that you are after, the Turbo model is certainly the better choice, while those more interested in fuel efficiency will see an advantage with the less potent GT-Line.
It’s not a huge difference, though, with the GT-Line getting 27/33/30 *mpg versus the 27/32/29 *mpg delivered by the turbo model.
*mpg (city / highway / combined)
“Turbo” looks sharper
There are also differences in how these models look from the outside, with the Turbo receiving some styling enhancements.
The Turbo model offers chrome-tipped center exhaust, heated outside mirrors with LED turn indicators, LED headlights and LED front fog lights, LED positioning lights, LED taillights and standard power sunroof.
Features mentioned here are not available on the standard GT-Line trim.
Less color choices for “turbo”
If color is important, you might like that the GT-Line offers 3 two-tone exterior options on top of the 5 colors available on the Turbo model. The more potent Turbo model doesn’t offer doesn’t offer two tone color combinations.