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The challenges when anyone decides to change are numerous, but almost everyone asks: how do we reinvent ourselves without losing our “soul”. When the Kia design team decided to revamp the 2014 Kia Soul, they knew the funky, fresh design that is the core of the Soul had to be preserved. Looking to “get by with a little help from my (their) friends”, the hamsters returned to Lady Gaga’s hit “Applause”. No coincidence, that after a little one on one time driving the Kia Soul in Minneapolis, I was clapping over the fun and sporty ride Kia fit into Soul’s boxy package.
Colors that pop like Inferno Red, Solar Yellow, and Alien 2; an interior that rocks with an available Infinity® Audio System cranking out through 10 speakers topping out at 350 watts in + and ! trims. The funky Soul also performs well on the road, with a sportster feel that rides well on dry or wet roads.If you’re lucky enough to be riding shotgun, or in the back, you can almost close your eyes and imagine you’re in “da club”.
Not just any club though, with age comes class, and the Soul has stepped it up with a higher quality interior and finishes than the previous models. The leather seats felt plush, and the little touches inspired by the Track’ster make it hip to be square. Best part, the Soul isn’t an exclusive club. With the base price at $14,700, the + (Plus) $18,200, and ! (Exclaim) at $20,300, the Soul has a price point for every driver.
After we crossed over some bumpy railroad tracks, my drive partner and I had a “jinx” moment, when we both noticed how smoothly it took the bumps.Getting behind the wheel, I assumed my favorite feature would be the multicolored LED mood-lights that respond to the music. But with other features like the ability to choose between heated or ventilated seats (Texans like myself thank you); heated steering wheel; panoramic sunroof; and the beautiful and easy to use Android based 8 inch infotainment system, I was like a kid in a toy store trying to choose just one favorite.
I’ll admit I’m a hardcore Android fan, but I think anyone will agree the navigation and infotainment system in the 2014 Soul is one of the most intuitive on the market. On the last leg of the drive we experimented with the Nav system, which saved us from sitting in traffic for 45 minutes, and located me a much needed Starbucks.
Can fun and games be refined and mature? Take a test drive in the 2014 Kia Soul and find out for yourself!
Disclaimer: Kia flew me out to me out to the beautiful Minneapolis, MN to test drive the Kia Soul. All expenses were paid but opinions are my own.