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As of now, Kia Middle East doesn’t have any plans to bring the turbo Soul here
We always rated the affordability and usability of the Kia Soul, but there would usually be a powertrain-related niggle keeping us from recommending it as best-in-class. From the start, the Soul was available regionally with only an asphyxiated four-cylinder and a four-speed automatic, but Kia Middle East has rectified that recently and customers now get a choice of up to 150 horsepower and a six-speed automatic (or a six-speed manual for those who like to live dangerously…when they try to sell on…).
Kia North America however went one up and just revealed the new 2017 Soul Exclaim, which packs a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine making 201 horsepower, mated to a new double-clutch seven-speed automatic ’box.
Besides that four-cylinder lump borrowed from its cousin, the Hyundai Veloster Turbo, which reaches 100kph from zero in about 7.5 seconds, the Kia Soul Exclaim also includes bits exclusive to the model, such as 18in wheels, red accents around the body, chromed grille and, for the first time on a Soul, they’ll have you know… dual chrome exhaust tips.
Interior kit as standard includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, push start and smart key, plus Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. Harman Kardon provides the beats with a 315-watt sound system featuring eight speakers, with all infotainment controls optionally available in a new 8.0in display.
The model is exclusive to the US market but here’s hoping Kia Middle East comes to its senses and offers this loaded Soul in our region, too.