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2015 Kia Soul KBB Expert Review

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MSRP $16,015

Fair Purchase Price $14,929
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By Matt Degen - Updated Date: 8/8/2014

There's nothing on the road quite like the 2015 Kia Soul. With its funky exterior design and interior roominess that both come thanks to this vehicle's boxy design – not to mention its sub-$16,000 starting price – Kia's 5-passenger rectangle on wheels is appealing as both an economy car and style statement. This wasn't always the case. When the Soul launched in 2009 it faced rivals such as the Nissan Cube, Honda Element and Scion xB. With the Cube and Element now gone and the xB aging rapidly, the Soul is now the standout among small, boxy cars. Fresh off a revamp, Kia's 5-door hatchback returns for 2015 with impressive technology and creature comforts, plus a new all-electric version available in select states.

You'll Like This Car If...

Whether you desire value, practicality, stylish looks or surprising technology and amenities in your economy hatchback, the 2015 Soul checks all the boxes. The new plug-in Kia Soul EV, meanwhile, offers all that in an electric car with an EPA-estimated range of 93 miles.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Though the latest Soul feels better on the road than its predecessor, it doesn't provide quite the zest of the turbocharged Nissan Juke or Mini Countryman. And while the Soul's shape leans toward utility, this is not built for going off-road like an SUV.

What's New for 2015

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.

Driving It Driving Impressions

With its 29-percent-stiffer chassis and reworked suspension, this latest-generation Kia Soul is far more graceful than the first-gen model that exited in 2013. The cabin is quieter and the suspension does a better job of absorbing all but the largest of road imperfections. While it's true that Kia's funky 5-door hatchback offers the Flex Steer feature to let you tailor steering resistance among three levels, all remain poor conduits of information from the front tires to the driver. Even so, the Soul steers predictably and corners with more confidence than prior versions. Acceleration is merely adequate when overtaking traffic or merging on the freeway, even with the more powerful 2.0-liter engine. Like its gasoline counterpart, acceleration isn't a strong suit of the new Soul EV, but the all-electric Kia did prove quiet and showed respectable handling and responsiveness in our initial test drive.

Favorite Features

UVO is the name for Kia's infotainment suite, which includes everything from audio entertainment and Bluetooth phone pairing to navigation and vehicle diagnostics. For 2015, UVO adds Geo-fencing, Speed Alert, Curfew Alert and Driving Score, all of which can be especially helpful for keeping track of younger drivers and their habits.

A sweat-free posterior is a wonderful thing. How cool is it, then, that the glorious comfort of ventilated front seats is available in the Kia Soul – a car with a sub-$16,000 base price? Sure, the ventilated seats cost extra, but man are they worth it.

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