How efficient is the 2018 Kia Soul?

By Product Expert | Posted in Kia Soul, Technology on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 at 7:21 pm
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2018 Kia Soul fuel efficiency

The Kia Soul is fun, sporty, beautiful, and did we mention fun? But is it efficient? Find out here as we take a deep dive into the most unique Kia vehicle and explore the 2018 Kia Soul fuel efficiency in all possible configurations.

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Before we can have a serious discussion about efficiency, we have to talk about the engine options. There are actually three of them, and we will have to explore the efficiency of each of these. We’ll also tell you which trims get which engines so you can make an informed decision.

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The base model Kia Soul gets a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine. Above that, the Soul Plus gets a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. The top trim Soul Exclaim gets a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder again, but this time it’s equipped with a turbocharger for more fun.

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1.6-liter efficiency

As this engine comes with the base model Soul, there are actually two transmissions available. You can either get the base model Soul with a 6-speed manual that’s good for 24-city mpg and 30-highway mpg, or you can get a 6-speed automatic that gets even better efficiency with 25-city mpg and 30-highway mpg.

On the performance side, this engine produces 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque.

2.0-liter efficiency

With a bigger engine comes bigger responsibility and some smarter technology. It’s that technology that enables this engine to produce up to 161 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque while still getting very respectable efficiency numbers. How respectable? How about the same as the base Soul?

That’s right, even with the same 6-speed automatic transmission, this engine gets 25-city mpg and 30-highway mpg.

1.6-liter turbo efficiency

With the top trim comes even more power. This little turbocharged engine can output up to 201 horsepower and an even more impressive 195 pound-feet of torque. This engine takes things a step further and adds a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which makes for insanely smooth shifts that are nearly unnoticeable.

The complete package also makes for the best fuel efficiency in the lineup with 26-city mpg and 31-highway mpg.


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