What are the differences between the 2019 Kia Soul Base vs. Plus (+) vs. Exclaim (!) trim packages?

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Has the energetic new 2019 Kia Soul caught your attention? With three trim levels available, the new Kia Soul offers the versatility and comfort you need to make the most of every drive. Before you sign the dotted line, it is important to decide whether the Base, Plus (+), or Exclaim (!) trim level has the features you want most. The team at Hawkinson Kia in Matteson, IL has done the research for you by comparing the key features with each 2019 Soul model in the following page. If you’d prefer to speak directly to a product specialist before reading further, contact our Kia dealership at (708) 251-4298.

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2019 Kia Soul vs. 2018 Kia Soul: What’s New?

When it comes to exterior design and appearance, the 2019 Kia Soul remains largely unchanged compared to the 2018 model. However, there are a few notable upgrades for the 2019 model year you’re sure to be excited about. Key differences between the 2019 and 2018 Kia Soul models include:

  • The 2019 Kia Soul MSRP is $300 less than the 2018 Kia Soul
  • 2019 Kia Soul models equipped with an automatic transmission have improved fuel economy compared to the 2018 model
  • The 2019 Kia Soul Base trim level includes a longer list of standard safety and technology features that were previously available only on upper trim levels with the 2018 Soul

Engine Options

Each 2019 Kia Soul trim level has a unique engine option. Regardless of which engine you choose, you’ll appreciate supreme fuel efficiency and nimble handling. View the table below for complete engine specs.


1.6L I4

2.0L I4

1.6L I4 with Turbocharger


130 HP

161 HP

201 HP


118 lb.-ft.

150 lb.-ft.

195 lb.-ft.

MPG city/highway




Trim Availability


Plus (+)

Exclaim (!)

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Interior Features and Technology

Which interior comfort and technology features do you want in your new 2019 Kia Soul? Check out the table below to discover which Kia Soul trim is right for you.

2019 Kia Soul Trim

Key Features


Starting at $16,490 MSRP

  • Cloth seat trim
  • Six-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • 5-in. touchscreen display
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Siri® Eyes Free
  • Voice recognition

Plus (+)

Starting at $20,490 MSRP

Base features including:

  • UVO with 7-in. touchscreen
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility
  • Steering-wheel mounted controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Front seat center console with armrest

Exclaim (!)

Starting at $22,990 MSRP

Plus (+) features including:

  • Black cloth and leather-trimmed seating with orange stitching
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

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Standard Safety Features

Regardless of which 2019 Kia Soul model you choose, you can rest assured that you and your passengers will be protected on every trip. Each Kia Soul is equipped with a long list of standard safety features, including the following:

  • Rearview camera
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Hill Start Assist Control
  • Front and rear crumple zones
  • Rear child-safety door locks
  • Vehicle Stability Management
  • Dual front advances airbags


Now that you’ve done some of your research and decided that the 2018 Kia Soul is the compact SUV you’d like to see in your parking spot, the next step is to choose trim package that best suits your individual style. To help you narrow down your options, the team of specialists at our Kia dealership in Matteson, IL has taken some time to highlight what makes each one unique. Continue reading to learn more about the new Kia Soul’s impressive trim package options.

If you have any questions before you move on to the article below, feel free to give us a call at (708) 782-5369 and we’ll be happy to provide answers.


2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul: Trim Package Options

There are three impeccable trim packages available when you choose the 2018 Kia Soul. Whether you choose the Base, Plus (+), or Exclamation (!), you will love every second you spend behind the wheel of the new Kia Soul. If you’re a driver who prefers just the basic necessities, then the Base Soul trim level will be ideal for you. If you’re a tech-savvy driver, then you should consider the Plus (+) trim, which includes smartphone integration, infotainment, and a large touchscreen. The Exclamation (!) is a great option for drivers who want a comfortable and luxurious cabin. Take a look at the table below for details on pricing and feature availability for each trim level.

2018 Kia Soul Trims

Available Features


MSRP: $16,200

  • 1.6L I4 engine with 130 HP
  • Multi-Focus reflector headlights
  • Six speaker audio system
  • Multi-function steering wheel
  • Bluetooth® technology
  • Two 12V outlets
  • Cloth-trimmed seating
  • Six-way adjustable driver’s seat
  • Vehicle stability management
  • Brake assist system

Plus (+)

MSRP: $20,400

Soul features including:

  • 2.0L I4 engine with 161 HP
  • Power heated side mirrors
  • Fog lights
  • UVO eServices Infotainment System with 7-in. touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Rearview camera
  • Drive Mode Select

Exclamation (!)

MSRP: $22,900

Plus (+) features including:

  • 1.6L I4 engine with 201 HP
  • Exterior mirrors with turn signal integration
  • 4.3-in. LCD meter cluster
  • Black leather seat trim
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
  • Piano black interior accents

Kia Soul Specials

If you’re looking to purchase the 2018 Kia Soul at a reduced price, you’ve come to the right place! Head over to our Kia Soul specials page to see all of the impressive deals we have for you to take advantage of.

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2018 Kia Soul

Schedule a Test Drive in Matteson, IL

Have you chosen which 2019 Kia Soul trim level has the comfort and technology features you’re looking for? Browse the new inventory at Hawkinson Kia in Matteson, IL to find the Kia Soul you like best, and then schedule a test drive by calling our dealership at (708) 251-4298.

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