2014 Kia Soul: Five surprising things on the all-new model

By now, you've probably seen the new Kia Soul ad featuring a sleeked out, slimmed down hamsters and Lady GaGa's "Applause" song. While I thought the ad was funny, and I blogged about it, I didn't really get the full import of the commercial until I drove the 2014 model. This next-gen Soul might look the same on the surface, but it is so fundamentally different that it truly gets a radical transformation that's similar to turning a chubby hamster into a suave chipmunk look-alike. From the fit and finish to the quiet-and-smooth up-level 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine, the all-new Kia Soul manages to be both quirky and luxurious.

My test vehicle was the top-of-the-line ! model with The Whole Shebang Package. So, the emphasis here is on luxurious.

Here are 5 things that totally surprised me when I first got behind the wheel ...

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  • Other than $10,000, does "whole shebang" have a meaning translated from Korean or Hamster?

    Options worth 66% of the base price sort of gets it into Porsche territory, although the concept of the car seems pretty neat.

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