While its basics carry over, the 2016 Kia Soul adds features to its Base, Plus and Exclaim model lines while revising their option rosters. Key among them is a new Premium Plus Package for the Soul Exclaim highlighting forward collision and lane departure warnings. Kia is looking raise the top-line Soul from its current IIHS Top Safety Pick status to a Top Safety Pick+ rating.
The Soul Base — $16,515 with a 6-speed manual or $18,015 with the 6-speed automatic — gets alloy wheels as standard. Automatics with the $500 Convenience Package add a 4.3-inch color touchscreen, SiriusXM satellite radio and integrated Rear Camera Display. Swapping the 130-horsepower/1.6-liter four for a 164-horse/2.0-liter engine, the autoshift-only Soul Plus starts at $20,015 and gains gloss black bumper “tusks,” fog lights and integrated Rear Camera Display for 2016. It also offers a new Designer Collection package culled from the Soul EV that matches two-tone exterior trim — white with a red roof or red with a black roof – with an 18-inch wheel/tire package and leather steering wheel/shift knob trim.
Soul Plus buyers also can opt for an Eco Package with the Idle Stop and Go system and low-rolling resistance tires on 16-inch wheels, an Audio Package with navigation and dual-zone climate control, and a Primo Package adds leather upholstery, panoramic sunroof, heated front/rear seats and more. Also on offer are the Signature 2.0 Special Edition Package that adds two-tone paint, leather seats, HID headlamps, LED running/tail lights and 18-inch wheels/tires as well as the returning Red Zone Special Edition Package.
Commencing at $21,915, the range-topping Soul Exclaim carries over but does sweeten the optional Umber Color Package 1 with HID headlights plus premium Nappa leather seating surfaces and armrest accents. In addition to the aforementioned safety systems, the new $4,400 Premium Package includes navigation, an upgraded Infinity audio system and LED mood lighting along with all of the other items in the Primo Package while offering Umber Package 2 that also brings a full Nappa leather interior trim. The 2016 Kia Soul arrives in showrooms this month.
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