• Dec 30, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2010 Kia Soul

A little birdie sent us a memo addressed to Kia dealers outlining the prices and specifications for the 2010 Kia Soul, due to hit dealers this April. The base model, equipped with the 122 hp, 1.6-liter inline-four and mated to a five-speed manual gearbox will be sold at an introductory price of $13,995 (including destination charge), and includes six airbags, ABS, ESC, air conditioning, power windows and door locks, an AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with three months of free Sirius satellite radio, along with USB and auxiliary inputs. For the money, the plain-old Soul is a stonkin' good deal and could cause first-gen Scion xB owners to avoid a repeat trip to the ToMoCo dealer.

The Soul + gets a bump in displacement and output, with a 142 hp 2.0-liter four, 16-inch wheels, rear disc brakes, tinted glass, body matched door handles, power mirrors, Bluetooth integration, keyless entry and cruise control. The Soul + will start at $14,950 with a five-speed manual and rise to $15,900 when equipped with the four-speed automatic.

Both the Soul! and Soul sport get the same 2.0-liter mill, but benefit from 18-inch rollers, fog lamps, an upgraded stereo, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and metal interior trim. The Soul! can be equipped with a sunroof and sand/black seats, while the sport model gets unique front and rear fascias, side sills, rear spoiler, a "sport-tuned" suspension, red/black interior scheme and metal pedals. Both models start at $16,950 with a manual or $17,900 with the four-speed auto 'box.

Kia claims that the Soul will have "the most comprehensive list of accessories ever developed for Kia vehicle" ranging from body kits, to wheels, to interior lighting packages and performance upgrades. We're looking forward to getting behind the wheel to see if the Soul can pick up where the second-gen. xB went astray. Hit the jump to read the memo.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      This is the first Kia that I like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mine ears... they have perked up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, when it's time to replace my first year MINI, if the Soul still looks anything like this, it will be on my short list.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Soul
      Soul +
      Soul!
      Soul sport

      Seriously? No... that's not going to be confusing at all.

      That said, not a bad deal all the way around. Would have to drive one first obviously, but this would be the first Kia vehicle I would actual give a look to...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like an envelope opener. Bet it handles like one as well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Ahh Yes, Here we go.

        There always has to be at least 1 ignorant moron that states a comment that shows that yet once again they are as smart as the wet stuff underneath big rocks.

        You Prestor John seriously fail on lack of creativity and intellect. You sir belong with your own kind on Jalopnik.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anybody know what kind of mpgs this is supposed to get?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I will be driving a Soul come April, cuz that's how I roll (or how I intend to roll anyways.)
      I wouldn't worry about the red interior, if it puts you off, it's only available in the Sport trim. The other interior colors are mainly medium grays and charcoal grays....plus gray with light tan I believe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hows about putting the genesis' 2.0L turbo? I know this is a front wheel drive application, but I am sure they use the srt-4's 6spd, all the blocks were co-designed so the the bell housing should line up without much issue. As its rated 220hp on premium and should be able to hit 30mpg highway, especially with the 6spd.

      As for the rear torsion beam the current Civic type R in the UK has torsion beam rear and it manages, I will agree its not optimal, but if done right it would be more than enough for this type of car. At most it would see some auto-x, but I highly doubt people would try to road race these cars.

      based on current naming theme it could be the Soul Sport!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fake vents should be banned though. That 'thing' on the quarter panel better breathe...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Atleast it's integrated into the design and not put there as an afterthought.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A car with ESC and six airbags under 15,000 usd, that is a great value. When the XB was launched in 2003 or 04 it only had a driver and passenger frontal airbags , side airbags were not available for this car, but it did have esc. The soul might be on my future shopping list it has extensive feature list for a base model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Soul + at $15k seems like a real bargain. You can easily option a Yaris or Versa to this price to get similar equipment and won't have nearly the same car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Heck I DID with my Yaris. If the MPG isn't the pits I think I'm switching to this. Should have gotten a 4 door!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Soul models in the dealership are Korean spec models. Just get them to open the hood and check out the 1.6L diesel that I wish the US was getting.
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