One of the more successful members of the boxy hatchback genre, the Soul is a likable economy car with enough charisma to stand out in a crowded parking lot. Its unconventional design produces a roomy interior and youthful presence that give the Soul an advantage in the entry-level price class.
What's New for 2015
Redesigned just last year, the Soul gets trim revisions only.
Choosing Your Kia Soul
The front-drive Soul offers legitimate room for five passengers along with 19 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down the rear seat and you're looking at 61 cubic feet, enough to put it firmly in compact crossover territory.
The standard 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine produces 130 horsepower and comes with your choice of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The automatic is mandatory with the available 2-liter four-cylinder, which puts out a healthy 164 horsepower. Expect about 26 mpg in combined driving with either engine.
The Soul is available in three trim levels: Base, Plus and Exclaim.
- The available Sun and Sound package delivers the panoramic sunroof, automatic climate control, navigation and the Infinity Audio system.
- The Whole Shabang package includes the Sun and Sound contents, plus leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, xenon headlamps, keyless ignition and an upgraded instrument panel.
- The new Umber package, which is available by itself or with the other packages, features an umber-colored Nappa leather interior and gloss black wheel inserts.
With so many high-end options available, it's not hard to add $10,000 to the Soul's base price, Unless you're stepping down from a luxury vehicle, the mid-level Plus should deliver everything you want without testing the limits of affordability.