Less than four years after its initial release, third-generation Kia Soul has now been given a facelift for the 2023 model year. In addition to a slightly redesigned exterior, the Boxie compact car gets new options as well as a modified engine and variant line-up.
New for 2023 is the new size headlamp with more distinctive DRL signature wrap around the outer edge of each cluster. The trim pieces attached to the headlamps also give them some texture and feature the latest Kia logo instead of the previous oval-shaped badge attached to the bonnet shut line.
The GT-Line variant featured in the brand new front fascia includes a more prominent front grille / intake with a modern pattern for insertion. Compared to its predecessor, the recent Sol loses its earlier large fog lamps for more discreet LED strips, which frame the grille and are attached to vertical grooves at the corners of the bumper.
At the back, the Soul retains the iconic boomerang-shaped taillights, but the apron below is tweaked to incorporate a single, trapezoidal-shaped exhaust finish on the GT-line – previously a dual-piece outlet. The reflectors are no longer isolated strips on the bumper and are instead part of the vertical cutouts of the bumper leading to a decorative strip above the exhaust.
The available 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels now come with new designs and Kia also offers two new dual-tone color options, including Clear White and Surf Blue, both combined with the Fusion Black roof.
On the inside, Kia says “what has worked best has remained and what has changed has made a good thing even better.” As such, changes to the cabin are minor, with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system now standard on all trims except the entry-level LX. Variants available in the United States for 2023, including the aforementioned GT-Line and LX, S and EX, have been discontinued by the previous X-Line and Turbo.
With the Turbo variant gone, the only engine available for the US-spec Soul is a 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol unit that produces 149 PS (147 hp) and 178 Nm of torque, which drives the front wheels intelligently. Variable Transmission (CVT).
In terms of safety and driver assistance, the standard system includes forward collision avoidance assistance – pedestrian, lane keeping and lane follow-up assistance, driver attention and lane exit warning, high beam assistance and rear occupant warning.
There are also two optional packages, with the LX technology package avoiding blind spot collisions and rear cross collisions, and the GT-Line technology package includes junction turning, highway drive assist and navigation-based smart cruise control.