Although there are bigger and more popular vehicles in the family, the 2023 Kia Soul is still one of the most iconic models by the Korean carmaker. It belongs to the subcompact class. One of the things that make it so special is the electric engine. Well, Kia Niro is the model that dominates in this segment, but the Soul EV also has a lot of fans.
The subcompact crossover was redesigned for the 2019 season. Now, the 2023 Kia Soul is ready to introduce new changes to the market. Nevertheless, do not expect big things. The company is focused on other segments, now when they have three mini SUVs available in the lineup. Besides the Soul, you can also pick Seltos or Niro, depending on your needs and drivetrain preferences.
So, when it comes to the Kia Soul in the US, buyers can choose between the petrol engine and an electric drivetrain. Also, there are six trim levels, plus numerous other individual options. The color palette is also going to be revisited and updated. More features are coming for the entry-level package and higher trims.
Petrol Drivetrain and Turbo Engine
Under the bonnet of the 2023 Kia Soul is still a 2.0-liter engine. A four-cylinder unit is making the crossover pretty potent, with 167 hp, more than most subcompact models available in the US market. Kia keeps a good MPG rating and Soul is returning more than 30 mpg combined. Some configurations can even make the crossover run more.
An alternative is a turbocharged plant. A 1.6-liter displacement is ready to deliver 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. A 7-speed DCT transmission sends power to wheels. The system is still very efficient and the gas mileage is pretty impressive. The Soul Turbo does 32 mpg on highways. Unfortunately, the company discontinued a manual gearbox. It is not a big loss, but there were buyers still looking for a stick.
2023 Kia Soul EV
Niro is the face of the franchise when it comes to hybrid and electric setups. However, the 2023 Kia Soul EV will be around for some while, before it surrenders the class to its sibling. Well, the competition is becoming tougher. Hyundai is Kia’s archrival and it is present at the electric segment with Kona EV. Other interesting models in this class are Chevy Bolt and Nissan LEAF. Soon, Nissan Ariya and Toyota bZ4X are coming out as well. The technology is evolving every day and crossovers will be more affordable in the foreseeable future.
What’s New For the 2023 Kia Soul?
After the redesign, the all-new crossover will have a premiere late in 2022. The company is revisiting the specific crossover. The 2023 Kia Soul might drop a boxy look to bring more aesthetic lines. One of the models that can serve as the inspiration might be the large Telluride, and even small Seltos. But, the new Soul is not going to be just a downsized version of the mid-size SUV. It is also going to add some new details around the body.
Inside, more changes are expected. Every year, the company is adding something. But, this time, the changes are going to be larger. Every trim level starting from the base will be revisited. More features are going to be available. However, the price will go up as well. We believe that all packages are coming back for the 2023 Kia Soul. So, the offer starts with the LX, there are also S, X-Line, GT, and EX. The highlight of the Soul Turbo is a more potent engine, but the vehicle also brings unique upgrades, inside and outside.
When Will 2023 Kia Soul Be Available?
The 2023 Kia Soul release date is set for the final quarter of 2022. Designers and engineers still have time to finish the development of the new crossover. Since fans expect a big redesign, there will be plenty of changes for the upcoming model. The price might stay under $20,000 for the LX. Heavily loaded Soul is still under $30,000, even with a turbocharged engine.
Competition and Expectations
The subcompact market is still very attractive to buyers. Pricing and gas mileage are the main advantages of all vehicles in this class. US buyers still believe the most to domestic carmakers – Ford, GM and FCA. Also, Japanese vehicles are a good alternative. If you want to make it more luxurious, be ready to spend at least $30,000, or even more if you are after some of the German premium brands.