2017 Kia Soul Turbo First Drive Made Hotter by the 1.6-Liter Turbo Four Cylinder

Nov 29, 2016 06:51 AM EST | Leonora Puno

The 2017 Kia Soul Turbo was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing a turbocharged Soul that has the power that customers were clamoring for. Car buyers can now opt for latest version, the Soul Turbo Exclaim, which has been made more sporty-looking.

The Soul Turbo Exclaim's turbocharged 1.6 -liter engine is paired with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission smooth and quick shifts. The engine produces 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, this is evidently an improvement and although it does not make the Soul Turbo as powerful as other cars, it is expected to perform better than other CUVs, according to AutoBlog.

Kia has made a lead in the CUV segment as it is able to sell hundreds of thousands of cars considered as such. The addition of the Soul Turbo Exclaim to its line of CUVs is Kia's way of keeping its ground as maker of affordable yet high-performing cars. It features best fuel economy at 28 miles per gallon. It has 18-inch wheels and surrounded by chrome grill, and a dual chrome twin-tip exhaust.

By adding the Soul Turbo Exclaim to its product list, the company was able to give car lovers a sportier option, according to vice president, product planning KMA Orth Hedrick.

Although the Soul Turbo Exclaim retains the spaciousness and comfortable interior, several upgrades were applied to make its look rival that of an SUV. The steering wheel is D-shaped and wrapped in leather and a push button smart key. Its audio system is boosted by 8 speakers and an 8-inches touch screen display was added. Car buyers can opt to have a Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Detection for increased safety, according to Kia.

The release of the Soul Turbo Exclaim is a highly anticipated event for car enthusiasts who look for best-priced yet high-quality vehicles.

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