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2017 Kia Soul Turbo: More tech and much more power

Kia's quirky Soul gets a healthy dose of power and a tech overhaul for the 2017 model year.

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The 2017 Kia Soul gets a lot of small changes and one massive performance change.

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A new 1.6-liter turbocharged model now sits at the top of the lineup.

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All Soul trim levels get visual upgrades, but the Turbo's look is unique and much more aggressive.

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Power is now stated at 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque.

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The Turbo is good for a stated 28 mpg combined. Meanwhile, the naturally aspirated models get a 1-city-mpg bump.

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Kia makes no suspension or handling upgrades to the Turbo aside from larger 18-inch wheels with 235mm wide tires.

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Power reaches the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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More powerful models feature no Turbo badging, but differentiate themselves with red-trimmed side skirts and the badges. This can be difficult to see on red or orange examples.

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The Soul Turbo feels peppier around town than its naturally aspirated siblings, but the performance difference mostly disappears on the highway.

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The new Soul Turbo model hits the road later in 2016 with a starting price of $22,650. As tested, our example stickered at $27,620.

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