Is there a Kia Soul turbo for 2017?
The Kia Soul is an interesting and unique vehicle offering a wide range of exciting features and options, but is there a Kia Soul Turbo for 2017? The answer may surprise you and we have all the details right here.
Which trim level has the turbo engine?
There are three trim levels for the 2017 Kia Soul, and they have some slightly strange naming conventions. First you have the self-explanatory Base model, followed by the +, before you finally get to the top trim !. Yes, outside of the base, the Soul uses symbols and punctuation to denote their trim levels.
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The only trim that has the turbo engine is the !, but that turbo engine comes standard. The other Soul trims have more traditional 4-cylinder engines with a 1.6-liter engine in the Base trim and a 2.0-liter engine in the + trim.
Soul turbo engine specs
Considering how lightweight the Kia Soul is, coming in at only 3,232 pounds at the ! level, this turbo engine is immensely powerful. It generates 201 horsepower while pushing out 195 pound-feet of torque and still providing a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Kia Soul turbo transmission
Perhaps even more interesting than the turbo on the engine, is what transmission this particular engine is mated to. Connecting the power to the wheels is a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. If those words frighten you, don’t let them. This is still an automatic transmission, but an amazingly advanced automatic transmission at that.
In regular transmissions, the clutch has to disengage the gear, then the selector has to change the gear, before the clutch can re-engage, but a dual clutch works a little differently. In a dual clutch, you have two clutch packs, with one being attached to the even gears and the other being attached to the odd gears, and only one clutch being engaged at a time.
When the transmission thinks a shift is coming, it engages the next gear to the disengaged clutch. When the shift does occur, the transmission’s gear selectors are already in place, and all it has to do is disengage one clutch and then rapidly engage the other clutch. All this makes for smoother shifts, faster acceleration, and higher fuel efficiency.