Which Kia Soul Has A Push Button Start?

December 3rd, 2021 by

Since the early 2000’s, car manufacturers began making cars that do not require a key to start the vehicle.  Drivers use their key fob to enter the vehicle, and by pressing the brake along with a “start/stop” button in the car, it starts up.  This feature has delighted drivers for years, and according to Nationwide over 4.4 million vehicles were equipped with this feature back in 2019.  This number has only continued to rise since then.

Kia released its subcompact SUV, the Kia Soul, in 2010.  It caught the attention of the public with its variety of bright paint colors and unique shape.  Not only does the Soul turn heads when driving down the street, it has come packed with incredible features throughout the years.  As technology has progressed, the Kia Soul has advanced with it.  With all of the technology that the Soul offers, does it offer a push button start?  If so, which generations of the Soul offer this feature?  Let’s find out.

Benefits of a Push Button Start

Since a push button engine does not require the driver to put a physical key in the ignition of the vehicle, it gives a hands-free approach for the driver.  Since they do not need to take their key fob out to lock, unlock, or start their car, it allows them to keep the fob in their purse or pocket.  

Additionally, the fob has a unique ID signal in it that syncs to the car, making it the only fob able to unlock and start it.  This makes it incredibly difficult to steal another person’s vehicle.  Not only does the fob have that unique signal, it also needs to be inside (or very close) to the vehicle and the driver needs their foot on the brake to turn on the engine.

Third, since the car detects the presence of the key fob, it stops itself from locking with the fob inside.  This way, drivers no longer have the anxiety and hassle of locking themselves out of their own cars.

2010-2013 Kia Soul (First Generation)

The first generation of the Kia Soul offered three trim levels, with an additional sport trim in 2011.  The Soul provided quirky names for its trims: base, +, and ! (exclaim).  All four years of this generation received excellent safety reviews.  Each year, they were rated as Top Safety Picks by the IIHS.  

In addition to its safety, the Soul offers a roomy cabin with a good amount of cargo space.  This makes it a pleasure to ride in.  The 2012 and 2013 models have peppier engines, adding some fun to the drive as well.  It even comes equipped with Bluetooth and navigation on some models.

 

Push button start is available on the following Kia Soul models:

2010 Kia Soul

  • Push button start is NOT available during this year.

2011 Kia Soul

  • + trim (automatic engine only)
  • ! trim
  • Sport trim (this is the only year with the sport trim)

2012 Kia Soul

  • ! trim

2013 Kia Soul

  • ! trim

2014-2019 Kia Soul (Second Generation)

For the second generation of the Soul, Kia added more trim levels.  There are a total of six: base, +, !, EV, EV+, and EV-e.  The EV brought the addition of an electric Soul, which was only available in select locations.  During its remodel the compact SUV grew only slightly, but that being said, it provides more space than most SUVs in its class.  It has a maximum cargo capacity of 61.3 cubic feet.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto became available in the 2017 model, but were not standard on all trims until 2018.  In 2019, the Soul received a standard 5-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, and a backup camera.

The Kia Soul offered a push button start every year for this generation:

2014 Kia Soul

  • + trim
  • ! trim

2015 Kia Soul

  • + trim
  • ! trim
  • EV trim
  • EV+ trim

2016 Kia Soul

  • + trim
  • ! trim
  • EV trim
  • EV+ trim
  • EV-e trim

2017 Kia Soul

  • + trim
  • ! trim
  • EV trim
  • EV+ trim
  • EV-e trim

2018 Kia Soul

  • + trim
  • ! trim
  • EV trim
  • EV+ trim
  • EV-e trim

2019 Kia Soul

  • + trim
  • ! trim
  • EV trim
  • EV+ trim

Soul

2020-2022 Kia Soul (Third Generation)

The third and most current generation of the Kia Soul was released in 2020.  They changed the quirky trim names for this generation to be a bit more streamlined: LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, and Turbo.  Every year, the Soul adds more features to make it even more impressive, shining above the other vehicles in its class.  It even won “Best Subcompact SUV for the Money.”

The newest generation has an even stronger base engine than the last.  It also includes a larger touch screen display than before, and more standard available features.  In 2021, the rear occupant safety feature was introduced, to alert drivers in case someone gets left in the vehicle.  For the newest Kia Soul, the manual transmission was discontinued.  The LX trim even received a new technology package.

The Kia Souls in the third generation with a push button start include:

2020 Kia Soul

  • GT-Line trim
  • EX trim
  • GT-Line Turbo trim

2021 Kia Soul

  • EX trim
  • Turbo trim

2022 Kia Soul

  • S trim
  • X-Line trim
  • GT trim
  • EX trim
  • Turbo trim

Visit Carolina Kia Today!

Are you looking for a new Kia Soul with a push button start in the High Point, North Carolina area?  Carolina Kia can help!  We are a family-owned dealership that has been operating since 1942.  With one of the largest selections of new and pre-owned Kia vehicles in the area, we are more than happy to help you find the perfect Kia to bring home. 

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