• Jun 24, 2009
Kia Denim Soul – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to Kia-World.net, pricing for the Korean automaker's new Soul Denim, which we inadvertently stumbled upon in the land of coffee while testing the equally new Forte, will begin at $17,300 with a standard five-speed manual transmission and $18,250 with the optional slushbox. Production will reportedly be limited to 1,200 units, though we'd expect more special editions in the future.

For that sum, the buyer will get the custom Denim Blue paint scheme with offset white striping, white side mirrors and white 18-inch alloy rims as seen in our gallery below. Exterior mods continue with a new rear spoiler and fender-mounted turn signal indicator lamps.

Despite its name, the Kia Soul Denim will not feature an interior sewn up to match your favorite pair of jeans. Instead, black fabric with 'Soul' logo inserts will reportedly cover the seats. Based on the Soul+ model, the Denim will also get the uprated audio and moonroof packages, fogs lights, floor mats and an iPod cable as standard equipment.



[Source: Kia-World.net]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      aargh, Kia didn't have to mimic the pointless RS series when they were copying Scion with their Soul.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1st off - doesn't look much like that flat-slabbed box on wheels called an xB.

        2nd - if Kia copied Scion, then Scion copied Nissan since the Cube predated the xB in Japan by a couple of years (not that the boxy shape originated in Japan since it had long been done in the US, such as the GMC Safari).
      • 5 Years Ago
      @scott.

      you need to compare the spec on the mentioned cars. for the same money, who gives more? for an example,do Toyota and Honda have excellent 5 years 100,000 mile warranty? NO. do they have ESP standard? NO. do they have... you get the idea. Also, as cars have improved in general, reliability and other mechanical specs of said cars are very similar. the design, however, is a different story. you choose whichever you like among them.

      especially with the Soul, the days you bought Kia only because it was affordable is coming to an end. you buy it because you like it, as long as it is within your budget. if you don't like it, go ahead. shop for others!
      • 5 Years Ago
      While I think Kia and Hyundai have came leaps and bounds, they are not there yet, but when I looked at the prices of the Forte and Soul at the local car lot I expected them to be more affordable than their competition....I was way wrong. I don't know why anyone would chose a Forte when they could get a Civic or Corolla for the same or LESS money.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "but when I looked at the prices of the Forte and Soul at the local car lot I expected them to be more affordable than their competition....I was way wrong."

        Ummm ... haven't you noticed that the Forte is just hitting US dealers and the Soul has barely been here a few months? They're still new = they're going to sell at or near sticker. You want cheap? Check out a Spectra.

        BTW as for the Soul Denim, I have to give them credit - not many cars can pull off wearing white wheels, but this version does.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can see picking the Civic over a Forte (aside from a stylistic vantage point), but the Corolla (even if the Forte didn't have a price/standard equipment advantage?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Scott, Hyundai/Kia typically sells these new models at slightly less than competitors to make the customers think they get better value when they walk in and start receiving remarkable incentive. If 2 ppl buy the same car at 12 grand and one was 'originally' 15 grand and the other 13, guess who'd be happier?
        • 5 Years Ago
        And plus, it is my personal choice to select Kia Forte over Civic and Corolla for design and engine choice. I think Forte well deserves the price, only the public perception won't allow it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is WAY better looking than that puke/pea soup green I keep seeing the Soul in around town.

      Then again, pretty much anything is better than that green.

      I'm not a huge fan, but if it keeps soccer moms from buying an Expedition or whatever because this thing is 'cute' I am all for it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no denim interior... no friggin care.
      • 5 Years Ago
      $17,300 fo the look? sorry..........
      daisy1cow
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually have this car. It's a 2010. I don't know about it being limited since I have seen at least 2 more in town, although mines is a 5 speed the others aren't and the other one is an old snotty lady. There are about 5 Souls in town and we all wave at each other, except that other lady. What a fun car, sporty, drives nice, great on gas and NO WAY compare to a civic as someone commented. This is easy to get in and out, plenty of leg room and love it when LMFAO's song comes on, turn it up and turn the speaker lights on. Just a fun car. As LMFAO says "Hatin' is bad"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else notice that the side turn-signal repeater is only on the drivers side of the car? There isn't on in the fender vent on the passenger side. As for the price of the vehicles, Dealerships have for years added on, at least here in the desert, a "Desert Protection Package" which is about 200-2000$ for a wax-job & scotch-guard. There are also usually "market adjustment" fees for new or high-demand vehicles that is tacked onto the "Dealer Suggested Retail Price" which is usually a skinny sticker next to the MSRP sticker. A serious buyer w/ good credit can get MSRP with minimal negotiation, possibly even invoice. I always say take the stuff off the car or I'll go to a dealership who will, most dealerships today are hurting enough to do that for you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HOT!!!

      /sarcasm
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kia Soul Denim...I'll take mine in Flair Bottoms option. ;p
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why is the stripe on the wrong side? The stripe is supposed to signify the driver's side of the vehicle. WTF?
      • 5 Years Ago
      My company's got a lot of denim fabric from AMC Gremlins lying around. Perhaps we should contact some local Kia Dealers...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This reminds me of my mother's Levi Gremlin she had back in the early '70s.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Idk why, but this Soul makes me think of bigger Mini. While I would not buy a Kia they have been doing better with putting some soul (no pun intended) into their cars. They dont look like mindless ecoboxes. It's not my thing.
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