Since the beginning of the current generation, Kia Soul has fascinated us, even winning a subcompact crossover comparison test. Now it is entering its fourth model year and Kia is giving it an update. The 2023 Kia Soul has new styling and more standard security features. Unfortunately, it loses our favorite trim level.
Styling tweaks are light but noticeable. The front fascia sees the biggest changes, especially with light. The headlights at the top are large, though still connected by a bar, and the large bottom lights have almost disappeared. The back has some light changes, with new lighting, and new wheel and paint combinations, such as black on white and black on blue. The interior hasn’t changed much, but the larger 10.25-inch infotainment screen is ideal for everything except the base LX trim.
Speaking of trim, the Soul lineup has shrunk. The X-Line model, which used to feature exterior trim to give it an off-road look, is now gone. For those who want a sporty look, the GT-Line trim remains, but the GT-Line turbo that we won a few years ago with a 201-horsepower 1.6-liter engine and dual-clutch transmission has been discontinued. As such, all Souls are only available with a naturally ambitious 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a CVT. It produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.
What’s welcome is the increased number of standard security features across the line, even on the bare-sister LX. These features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane concentration, automatic high-beam headlights, driver attention alerts and rear-seat occupant alerts. Some notable safety features include automatic emergency braking that can detect objects when taking a turn and blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts to avoid collisions.
New spirits are on sale this summer. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but hopefully it will start at around $ 20,000, like the outgoing model.