Kia Soul Timing Belt Or Chain ? (2009 – 2017)

Does A Kia Soul Have A Timing Belt (Cambelt) Or A Chain?

Here is a list of timing belts and timing chains for a Kia Soul. Reference the model year with the corresponding engine to see if your car has a belt or a chain.


Kia Soul
Model YearEngineBelt / Chain
2009 - 2014 (First gen, AM)1.6L Gamma I4 122 hptiming chain
2.0L Beta IItiming belt
1.6L U Diesel (D4FB)timing chain
1.6L Gamma GDItiming chain
2.0L Nutiming chain
2014 - 2017 (Second gen, PS)1591 cc Gamma II GDItiming chain
1999 cc Nu I4timing chain
1582 cc U II dieseltiming chain
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Which models have a belt/chain?


Kia soul cars with the Gamma and Nu engines have a chain while the ones with the Beta engine have a belt. In 2012 Kia soul cars for Europe got the 1.6 L GDI and CRDI engines with a 6 speed manual and automatic. In the same year, the 2.0 Nu engine was introduced. The GDI engine produces about 138 hp and the Nu engine about 162 hp. The Beta and U engines produce around 140 hp and 125 hp respectively.

In 2014 a limited edition of the Kia Soul was released called the "Red Zone" with red accents and alloy wheels of which around 2000 were made. Other limited editions for the Soul include the Soul Denim of which 1200 were made and the Dragon version of which 1900 were produced. In 2010, the Soul Flex was the first flexible fuel vehicle in Kia's lineup and had a better fuel economy than their existing gasoline cars.