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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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LATEST MODEL
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

Cute, Fun and Practical!

By on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,058

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"This car will blow the impression of KIA as a cheap carmaker out of the water. Yes it is affordable, but it doesnt feel cheap at all. higher end materials and touch inside make all the difference. The car has little road noise and is packed with convenience features others in this price range are lacking."

17 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Gets the job done but...

By on Saturday, July 22, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 10,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Reliable"

Cons: "Lack of power"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"After owning for almost a year and 10,000 miles later, I feel qualified enough now to provide a real world review for the 2016 Kia Soul. I purchased brand new the base 1.6 model. The only features I have above the bottom of the barrel base model is the automatic transmission to give me a center console and cruise control. So lets quickly list out the Pros and Cons and then get into the details. Warning this review ended up longer than I expected. PROS -- Reliable, Cargo room, People room, Interior Design, Soft touch materials almost everywhere, Handle to close back hatch, Sits high for commanding road view, Easily step in and out (no falling in and climbing out), Lots of amenities for base model, Maintenance every 7,500 miles, Mostly quiet interior. CONS -- Fuel economy (good, but could be better), Lack of power, Driver arm comfort, High rpms on highway, No rear AC vents for second row passengers, Ride can be bumpy due to short wheelbase. REVIEW -- I needed a reliable, cheap vehicle that had plenty of room for people with moderate cargo space and the Soul is what I settled on. I could not afford the Sportage. My wife works hours that make it a challenge for her to handle dropping our son off at school and picking him up so that duty falls to me. Still sitting in a booster seat, my son is able to easily open the rear passenger door, climb in, shut the door, and buckle himself up without assistance. The doors open wide and have a just right weight to them. With over 39 inches of rear leg room, he has plenty of space even with the front passenger seat pushed back to seat a six foot adult; who also sits comfortably up front. In my previous vehicle, I had to continually slide the front passenger seat back and forth if I drove when all us guys went to lunch at the office. While I have never sat in back myself, I do wish the back of the center console had AC vents. My commute involves city, backroads, and highway with backroads and city making up the majority of traveling. I baby the engine as much as possible to conserve fuel. While the Soul is rated at 30mpg highway, I average about 29-31mpg per tank with the low fuel warning light coming on after around 360 miles of travel. Topping off the tank with regular 89 octane (glad it does not require premium) a little over 11 gallons cost around 19 dollars at current gas prices. With as small as the motor is, I would expect to get a minimum of 35mpg. I do not go by the average mpg the dashboard reads. I reset the trip counter to zero every fill up and calculate the miles driven by gallons for most accuracy. The dashboard has always reported 2-3mpg better than I am actually getting. The ECO mode is useless, at least for me. With the mode engaged, AC operations is reduced and the computer forces the transmission to upshift more rapidly to keep the rpms down. While I understand the logic, this is a poor system to implement on a vehicle that is already underpowered. Traveling over hills, the ECO mode makes the transmission confused and it is constantly upshifting and then downshifting. You can actually feel the strain in the seat and steering wheel. To best describe it, it is like driving up a hill while attached to a rubber band being stretched. You are moving, but an invisible force is pushing against you trying to hold you back. Not only is that annoying but makes fuel economy worse. I leave ECO mode off and take the power the little engine can muster uninhibited. Gear selection is more normal without ECO. I am a big user of cruise control. As long as the road is flat or downhill, it is fine. If it is hilly, the small 1.6 I-4 simply does not have enough in it to pull the vehicle without downshifting. This makes you either take it out of cruise on every hill or simply forgo it and manually drive. This aggravates me to no end. I like to set it and forget it. It helps with mpgs and not worrying with speeding. Once up to speed, the small motor is geared to rev high. At 75mph, it is clocking 3,000rpm. While I know it is designed for it, and I could run it all day at this speed and not hurt it, listening to the engine buzzing at that speed gets to me. I purposely will not go faster than 70mph (~2,800rpm). This is a box on wheels with a big flat nose. Wind drag has a huge pull. I believe my mpgs would be a lot better if the vehicle were more aerodynamic and it had an eight-speed transmission to lower the rpms. The wind drag is so strong that I hardly have to use the brakes when exiting the highway. The wind almost stops the vehicle for you so I just let it coast most of the time. I do have an issue with finding a comfortable driving position for my arms. The seat, however, is comfortable for my entire back side. I tend to prop my left elbow on the soft touch window sill and drive with my fingers just above the steering wheel controls. The steering wheel does tilt and telescope and has a nice feel. For reliability, I have had no issues of any kind. Kia reliability holds true to its name so far. A+ for this. I like that the back hatch has a handle to close it. You dont have to touch the vehicle exterior getting your hands dirty. I also like the storage tray under the cargo floor. I use it all the time to keep groceries and other items from sliding around. Under the cargo tray is a fix a flat system. There is no spare tire. So, if you require one, it can be purchased separately. There has always been enough room for me to load what I need and never lower the rear seats. The radio system supports AM, FM, Satellite, Aux, USB, and bluetooth with no CD player. I connect my iPhone via USB for charging and can control the iPod function with the radio and steering wheel controls. The sound system is adequate as to be expected; not bad enough for me to invest in an aftermarket system but it is not awesome either. I can place hands free calls by voice command and receive calls all via the steering wheel. I actually find myself driving with no music most of the time enjoying the quiet. The cabin is fairly quiet at normal speeds but gets windy with motor whine on the highway. I also like the layout and information provided on the dashboard. All the gauges are easy to read and see. Glare from the sun is not an issue as everything is back lit with lights even when the exterior lights are off. Outside temp is always displayed and you can quickly switch between the other displays for trip A, B, average mpg, etc. I love the fact that I sit up high and can see the hood. My past vehicles, the nose sloped down sharply and you didnt see anything past the bottom of the windshield. Getting in and out of the vehicle is easy too. You do not fall in or climb out. Overall, I can live with it. The Soul gets the job done. Will I keep this vehicle long term? Most likely no. I will eventually trade back to a sports car like I used to have before the family arrived. I feel most at home behind a strong V6 or a V8, but until then, let the little 1.6 I-4 buzz on. I hope this review helped you if you are deciding to get one."

5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I love this car!

By on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 36,000

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: "Drives smooth, roomy, comfortable, sleek"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"For such an affordable car, the KIA Soul is really worth every penny. I have been wanting one for a long time, and it exceeded my expectations when I finally got behind the wheel. It drives very smoothly, and is very comfortable. It is compact but also pretty roomy inside; it doesnt feel claustrophobic at all. There is plenty of room for passengers, human or otherwise. I have had it for nearly a month now, and I havent had a single regret. I got the black version, and I have received many compliments on it; I have heard that it is very sleek, more than once. I love it!"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

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