The Kia Soul is a long-standing star among subcompacts. This hatchback is small in size but offers plenty of cargo space. The interior is spacious and comfortable, with a wide range of standard amenities. It is a smooth ride and offers a competitive fuel economy. Kia backs it with a long warranty.
The Soul is a unique package that combines urban utility and style. The cabin is small but offers plenty of space for passengers and cargo, despite its size. There are two engines available and zero emission electric trims. The Soul is suitable for almost all buyers.
Pricing and Trims
Six trim levels are available for the Soul: LX-Line, S, X-Line and EX. The base trim and the Designer Collection trim are available for electrified models.
The base LX includes 16-inch steel wheels, rear privacy glass, and power-adjustable sides mirrors. The cabin includes a tilt-and telescoping steering column, six-way manually adjustable driver seat, and a back seat with a 60/40 split. A 7-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 6-speaker stereo are all standard features. Prices start at $17,500
The Soul S starts at $20,000, and includes 16-inch alloy wheels. There is also a center-console armrest with storage space. Remote keyless entry and driver-assistance features such as forward collision mitigation, blind-spot warning, lane-keeping assist, and a drowsy drive monitor are now standard.
The GT-Line 2.0L comes with gloss-black side mirrors, unique rear and front bumpers, and gloss-black fender garnish. It starts at $20,300.
The Soul X-Line adds additional amenities like roof rails and front fog lights, as well as a leather-wrapped steering column. For a starting price of $21,500, this trim includes unique 18-inch alloy wheels.
The Soul EX is priced at $22,500 and includes projector headlights as well as LED positioning lights. Standard features include heated side mirrors and a rear-seat center armrest, cupholders, an 8-way power-adjustable driver seat, and dual-zone automatic temperature control.
The GT-Line 1.5T starts at $27,500. It includes LED headlights as well as LED taillights. Standard features include a power sunroof, chrome-tipped central exhaust, and a power sunroof. This trim level features a heated steering wheel, Harman Kardon premium sound system, and a Harman Kardon premium stereo system. The forward collision mitigation system now includes pedestrian detection. This top trim also comes standard with adaptive cruise controller and a head up display.
Kia’s Soul comes with options like front and rear mudguards, and a two-tone roof treatment.
Performance and Engine
The standard engine of the Soul is a 2.0-liter powerplant, which produces 147 horsepower. It also generates 132 pound-feet. The GT-Line 1.5T has a turbocharged turbocharged 1.6-liter motor that produces 201 horsepower and 195 pounds-feet torque. The electrified models have an electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 291 pounds-feet torque.
There are three transmission options available depending on the trim level: a six-speed manual or a seven speed automatic. For gas-only models, fuel economy is 29/35 mpg in the city/highway.
The Soul’s large cabin can accommodate five people. It has a modern design with a symmetrical central stack and sculpted dash.
The cargo space is a major strength of this small crossover. With the rear seats in place, the cargo area can hold up to 24.2 cubes of cargo. The Soul can hold up to 62.1 cubic yards of your belongings if you lower the rear seats.