Soul gets new Kia badge and lower trims get loads of stuff
Manual transmission LX model gone for new year
Kia is giving the Soul a bit of a refresh for 2022. That means the brand’s new badge on the hood (and elsewhere), but it also means a big interior screen update and more of the features you want on lower trim models. It also means the departure of the manual transmission for the 2022 Kia Soul.
Even the base LX is in on the changes for 2021, with the interior touchscreen growing an inch to 8.0-inches. There is also an LX Convenience Package with 16-inch alloys that also brings with it blind spot collision warning, rear cross traffic assist, lane change assist, and forward collision avoidance. Gone from the LX is last year’s manual transmission option for the 2.0L 147 hp inline-four. It’s now automatics across the board.
S, X-Line, and GT-Line all get a 10.25-inch display as standard and the big screen brings along navigation. The new screen comes with dual-zone climate control as well as wireless phone charging and push-button start.
This does make the starting price for the Soul climb for 2022. The base model is now $19,190 for buyers in the U.S., up from $17,590 last year. Ignore the now-defunct manual gearbox, though, and the price is up just $100 for that extra inch of screen.
Higher trims see more of an increase for their extra kit, with S, GT, and X-Line up $800 to start from $21,490 for S and $22,590 for GT and X-Line. The EX remains in the lineup for the 2022 Soul, from $23,490, as does the 1.6L turbo-four, which starts from $27,790, all prices before destination.
Kia didn’t say when the 2022 Soul models would hit dealers but expect them to start arriving in the next few months.