2017 Kia Soul Turbo

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For 2017,the Soul officially receives a turbocharged engine option that ups the ante by a significant 40 horsepower. Finally, a powertrain to match the Soul’s entertaining personality. The new model, named the SX overseas, is technically called the Kia Soul,but for the purposes of normalcy, consider it the “Exclaim.” As before,it’s the top model in the range above the Soul Base, which has a 130-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder, and the Soul + (Plus),which has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 161 horsepower. The Exclaim, which uses a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, gets a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps out a much-welcomed 201 horsepower and 196 lb-ft of torque. Because the extra power comes from forced induction, the fuel economy actually goes up slightly, to a claimed 28 mpg combined.

 


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