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

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

  1. When can you get the 2017 Kia Soul?

2017 Kia SoulIf 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.


  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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
  1. 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.

58 thoughts on “2017 Kia Soul Release Date, Turbo Engine, Colors, Price

  1. With the expected mid-design of the Kia Soul, can we expect the current 2016 model/trims to offer amazing sale prices to make way for the newer cards? If so, how soon? April, May, June of this year?

  2. Kia needs to make the EV Soul more of an traditional Hybrid with a Gas option like they are doing with the Optima. Just having the plug-in isn’t doing much justice for people who wants the hybrid option. They definitely need to bring the Gas Hybrid, Turbo and AWD options to the line-up. The Soul can be customized so much, but still limited to FWD and no additional power which makes the vehicle less appealing to more performance buyers. If no other options start becoming available to Soul, it will be on the chopping block like the Scion XB (which was very popular at one time). People will get bored with it, or either go to Nissan or Jeep to get the power and AWD/4WD options that are need for other people in the market that was interested in the Soul.

  3. they need to get some different colors and upgrade the interior. the interior is very dark. there are no chrome or brushed aluminum accents. it would make a huge difference in the appearance of the interior.
    also, in the ! model, they should offer a bi colored seating like the umber.

  4. I have the 2012! model Soul in the Alien Green. I absolutely love love love this car! But Kia is going to keep playing with the looks till they screw it up! I, too, would love to see the interior played with color wise. Also, the exterior paint could sure be upgraded. I have a 97 Ford Explorer Sport that I also bought brand new and the paint on it is still better than the Kia paint! I already don’t like the rear end of the 2015 Soul. The Soul has a look all its own and should stay that way.

  5. I wish they would come out with a few Pearl Colors, a richer dark pearl blue, pearl white and a tropical pearl blue. Offer these colors with black tops….

  6. I’d like to see an AWD with a manual transmission and improved fuel mpg. I have a ’15 now and am very disappointed with it compared to the ’11 I traded in.

  7. I wish they would put a bigger back up camera in all the models and offer an optional sun roof in the EX range.

  8. Forward collision warning is not enough. Please offer auto braking too! Worth the price!

  9. Turbo engine and manual option for +/! trims

    And bring back the ignition color option!

  10. When I retired, I sold my high dollar nissian titan that was given to me as a retirement gift, then purchased a Soul ! with all the options. Love this car, very easy to park, but at 6’5″, I needed more leg room, so I made new mounts and move the seat back 5″. Will purchase a new one next year, but wish it could get the sport age turbo engine. With 271 horsepower and all wheel drive, it would be a blast.

  11. I have a 2010 Kia Soul. Really have liked it. Holding out/hoping for 2017 purple !

  12. I have a 2014 kia soul love this car. I am looking to upgrade my kia soul, but waiting to see what’s new. I would love a sun roof. I think that will give the soul a classic look. Sun roof that extends from front to bacK what about that. Waiting on my next soul.

  13. I have a 2013 Soul+ and love it! Don’t change it too much..tweak the front and rear but leave the overall shape the same. I wish it had more sound deadeners, better steering and a Turbo. I agree with the comments about “brightening” up the interior! I went from a Mustang to a Soul because of my bad back. I would REALLY like to see a SOUL Sport edition.

  14. I have a 2012 kia ! edition and love it. bought new.If they make it in turbo or awd would buy another one. please kia keep the price affordable and don’t change the warranty best in the industry! we need new colors out there. a very pleased kia soul owner.

  15. Luv the Soul. I welcome any thought of AWD, as being in Northern Ontario, Winters are fun. Add AWD, more fun. Increase engine or add a Turbo to the 2.0. Don’t change a huge amount, keep it simple and the Soul will be around for a while for sure…

  16. I bought my 2012 Soul used & love it. Every time I take it to the Kia Place for Oil Change I get asked if I want to upgrade. I tell them same thing every time “Only when there is a Turbo 2.0 liter Kia Soul !!!!

  17. I love my red soul 2013. I happened to love the all black interior, i think its classy and sleek. I dont like two tone or too much chrome or brushed chrome interior. I think two tone is way to busy……as others have stated, i am hoping for a 4wd or 4×4. And some cool new colors….a cute car like the soul needs some better colors. The alien green is not as vivid as it could be. I would love to see a sparkly cranberry red or purple or bright green, even bring back the orange from a couple of years ago.

  18. Have a. 2010 Soul! .My wife loves it,but I don’t. It’s too noisy,and rides likes bucking bronco.Took a ride in a 2016 and it was significantly better. A turbo version would be a blast especially if it was a 2.0 L. One possible problem is COST,with a current model (!) costing Natein XS of 27 K.

  19. Have seen the new ad for the 2017 Souls.is there going to be a purple like the one in the commercial?

  20. I drove a 2014 Kia Soul for 2 weeks and it was awesome. I am planning on buying a new car in a couple of months, I am seriously thinking of getting one. I would also like it if they had different colors, purple, orange, nice soothing blue. Don’t change the shape much, it is unique and I like it. I don’t care for the cube or the element, so spice up the inside, new colors and you will see many new Souls on the road.

  21. Will the 2017 have blind spot detection and forward collision prevention like the Subaru Crosstrek’s Eye Sight system? These optional systems are very important to me

  22. 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.

  23. had an 2011 Soul. Will never get another Soul until they start making something other than black interior: black seats, black dash, black carpet. Felt like I was inside a casket. REALLY DARK and REALLY HOT. Had to run the AC way too much. And it was still blacker than a gd cave inside

  24. 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.

  25. OH MY GOD! Purple is a must! Or 2nd best is metallic turquoise. I get a new car this year. If the safety features, turbo and colors are not there I will have to get a Hyundai Tucson in Sedona sunset. Please please Kia give me a decent Kia Soul. You have heart, so give me Soul of my dreams. (Ok I won’t insist on pink interior.

  26. 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!!

  27. 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 !!!

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. I have a 15, base w/ 6 speed manual. I love that thing. It’s fun to drive, decent back seat space, and It’s pretty well built. If kia came out w/ a manual version. I might consider doing a trade in.

  33. 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)

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

  35. 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

  36. 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????

  37. Ever so slowly the 2017 Soul ! Trim is being released. Very confused about the color choices though. Kia.com and lots of ads have the Wild Orange color option but it’s not available when trying to ‘build-your-own’. Dealers have no info and have same confusion. Is this a regional color? A delayed release? Limited edition? Can’t seem to get this in Pacific Northwest. Does anyone know?

  38. I’m VERY disappointed in the color choices in 2017. I guess I’ll wait for a yellow to come back, or a brighter, prettier blue. The green is hideous, and looks like vomit.

  39. I’m VERY disappointed in the color choices in 2017. I guess I’ll wait for a yellow to come back, or a brighter, prettier blue. The green is hideous, and looks like vomit.

  40. Very innterestd in finding out the exterior colours for the 2018 Soul.

    Presently have the Kia Rondo EX LUXURY,2014. It’s been a great car,
    still is.

    I’m in the market to purchase the 2018, SX SOUL, BUT,I need to see the colour choices they are offering. Did not like the colour choices for 2017.

  41. Hi, I want 2017 Turbo in red with a black top. There are very few automobiles that have comfortable seating front and rear. The Soul does. Yes, there are many changes I would like to have in the car. However, They are not available. Going to get it anyhow.

  42. 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.

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

  44. 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 🌎 ❤️😍

  45. 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.

  46. 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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