Is the Kia Soul AWD?

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Is Kia Soul all-wheel drive, or only available with front-wheel drive? All-wheel drive enhances traction and handling in difficult driving conditions, so it’s no surprise that many Sunnyvale car-buyers wonder if the Kia Soul offers that kind of capability. The Soul isn’t currently available with Kia AWD, but that doesn’t mean it can’t meet your needs!

Is the Kia Soul Front-Wheel Drive Your Only Option?

If you have your heart set on a Soul, then yes: front-wheel drive is your sole option. But you may want to reconsider what kind of capability you really need: Is Kia Soul all-wheel drive necessary, or is Kia Soul front-wheel drive up to the task instead? You may not be able to equip the Soul with Kia AWD, but there are still plenty of ways to customize your drivetrain and get the performance you need in Santa Clara:

  • The Kia Soul LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, and EX trim come standard with a 2.0L in-line 4-cylinder engine that generates 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. That’s plenty of power for your typical jaunt through Morgan Hill, but upgrading to the Soul Turbo gets you a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
  • The base Soul LX comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission. Some drivers appreciate the engaging dynamics of a manual, but you can upgrade with an available intelligent variable transmission that boosts fuel economy. The IVT comes standard on the S, GT-Line, X-Line, and E trims. The Soul Turbo’s 7-speed dual-clutch offers the best of both worlds: a thrilling drive and fuel-saving technology.

Which Kia SUVs Have AWD?

So, is Kia Soul front-wheel drive the best choice for you? You may want to consider another model. Even if there is no Kia Soul all-wheel drive, you still have lots of AWD options in the Kia lineup:

  • Kia Sportage — A family-friendly favorite, the 2020 Sportage earned a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • Kia Sorento — The 7-seat Sorento is available with Kia AWD across the trim lineup.
  • Kia Seltos — Off-road enthusiasts will appreciate that the Seltos offers both Kia AWD, and specialized features like a roof rack and LED fog lights.
  • Kia Telluride — The full-size Telluride offers Kia AWD capability, Drive Wise safety technology, and the most advanced in-cabin technologies.

Find the Kia AWD or FWD Model You Need in San Jose

Is Kia Soul front-wheel drive the right choice for you, or do you need a model with Kia AWD? The team at Capitol Kia is happy to help you compare the benefits of each. Take a closer look at our new Soul inventory, and apply for financing to get started from home today!

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