Kia Soul

Kia Soul

About Kia Soul

The 2017 Kia Soul finally receives the one thing it's lacked since the first hamster-driven 5-door hatchback appeared on our streets: horsepower. The top-level 2017 Soul Exclaim now boasts a 201-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder that delivers the verve the Kia Soul's funky styling and marketing long promised. Beyond the Turbo model's extra power, the entire lineup now offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, blind-spot detection, additional USB inputs and more. The all-electric Soul EV touts gas-free driving, but its range is only 93 miles, and availability is limited. The 2017 Soul is a compelling alternative not just to subcompact SUVs like the Fiat 500X or Mini Cooper Countryman, but also the Mazda3, Chevrolet Cruze and Honda Civic hatchbacks, especially when you consider its long warranty and low starting price.

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2017 Kia Soul
What's new for 2017?
2017 Kia Soul

The 2017 Kia Soul wagon gets a host of upgrades in addition to the Soul Exclaim's new turbo engine. Other updates include available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an 8-way-power passenger seat, blind-spot monitoring, additional USB ports, HID headlights, and a new full-color information display between the gauges for the Exclaim.

  • Expert Rating: 8.7
  • Consumers Rating: 8.9
  • MPG 24|30
2016 Kia Soul
What's new for 2016?
2016 Kia Soul

Kia’s Soul wagon for 2016 gets new options, including 2-tone paint and lane-departure and forward-collision warning systems. The base model receives standard alloy wheels, the Plus trim gains fog lights and a rearview camera, and the Exclaim gains leather seats. A lower-cost Soul EV-e trim is offered, but only in California.

2015 Kia Soul
What's new for 2015?
2015 Kia Soul

The big news is the new 2015 Kia Soul EV electric car, initially for sale in California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Maryland. Other than that, the Soul receives only minor updates such as UVO telematics packaging for base models and available Nappa leather seating in top trims.

2014 Kia Soul
What's new for 2014?
2014 Kia Soul

For 2014, the Kia Soul has been heavily redesigned. That means a new, more rigid chassis, a reworked suspension, updated styling inside and out, and a host of new features. The only major carryover is the engine lineup, which sees slight modifications for 2014.

2013 Kia Soul
What's new for 2013?
2013 Kia Soul

Changes are minimal for the 2013 Kia Soul a year after it received new drivetrains. Among the differences this year are a revised hood badge, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity and steering wheel-mounted audio controls now standard on base models with manual transmission.

2012 Kia Soul
What's new for 2012?
2012 Kia Soul

For 2012, the Kia Soul receives a minor facelift, new drivetrains and a host of new interior features. The Soul Sport trim level has been discontinued.

2011 Kia Soul
What's new for 2011?
2011 Kia Soul

For 2011, Kia will offer two Special Edition Soul models featuring automatic climate control and unique paint and trim.

2010 Kia Soul
What's new for 2010?
2010 Kia Soul

The arrival of the Kia Soul puts an end to Scion's near monopoly on economical, versatile, boldly styled cars aimed directly at the younger set.

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Consumer Reviews

You DO see it on the rental lots!

By on Wednesday, January 25, 2017

I want this car

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Fun to drive, comfortable, good controls."

Cons: "tiny trunk space - but expected."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I have had Kia Soul as extended rentals from Hertz out of BOS twice now. The first time, I walked up and saw the screaming yellow zonker Soul and thought "oh heck no!" I'm 6'5", 290lb. However, I have tended to like funky small cars - my first was a Renault Le Car - so I gave it a shot. The car shot down every one of my fears. The interior was very comfortable even for my big frame, the seats held me well, the car merged effortlessly in Boston traffic, and was far nimbler than I expected.Yes, I had to use the rear seat to hold my luggage but I found myself really enjoying tooling around in the car. So much so that 9 months later an identical car (maybe even the same car) was available for rental and I picked it up again. Back in the '70s auto journalists declared the Renault Le Car as "having living room comfort in a phone booth space." The Soul is a much more solid, more reliable and more safe car, but I think it now gets to wear that laurel."

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

I love it!

By on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, comfortable, roomy, price under 25k"

Cons: "milage could be better"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I am just turning 70 with some physical problems like sciatica and lower back pain. I am about 5'6"tall. I have been looking for a small hatchback for about a year and test drove about 8-9 cars that fit the bill. For ME the priorities were 1. Seat comfort 2. Ability to see over stearing wheel 3. Roominess for errands at home lumber stores, etc 4. Clearance off the ground---ie. some cars hit curb when parking 5. Fun to drive 6. Last but not least: price under $25k There are a number of cars that have better gas mileage and equal roominess, but only one other of them had seats with power assisted drivers seat and lumbar support because they cater to a younger crowd. Kia hit the mark with this car for my age group as well as younger with all the cool technology. It is easy to get in and out of, is peppy enough to pass if needed, has plenty of room, tight enough handling and VERY comfortable. Could have a little better gas milage, but not the make or break feature for me. The warranty is great as well. I love this car every time I get in it!"

148 people out of 154 found this review helpful

Very suprising car

By on Sunday, February 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Quality of build, great standard features, quite a"

Cons: "Could use a higher grade of leather."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

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"I am a former GM engineer and was fed up with GM's quality. This Kia has all the extras that you would find on a high end GM car at a fraction of the price. My only complaint is the leather upholstery does not seem to be real leather. Car drives like a dream when you set the steering control to COMFORT. I get the best milage when the ECO is turned off. This eliminates some downshifting and actually improves milage. The best car you can buy for ride, handling and features."

60 people out of 63 found this review helpful

This is a popular car here

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