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2021 Kia Soul

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$13,143 - $21,895
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2021 LX 4dr Hatchback w/Manual
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Price:   -  From $17,590
2021 LX 4dr Hatchback w/CVT Price:   -  From $19,090
2021 S 4dr Hatchback w/CVT Price:   -  From $20,690
2021 GT-Line 4dr Hatchback w/CVT Price:   -  From $21,790
2021 X-Line 4dr Hatchback w/CVT Price:   -  From $21,790
2021 EX 4dr Hatchback w/CVT Price:   -  From $23,350
2021 Turbo 4dr Hatchback w/DCT Price:   -  From $27,650
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

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: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Overview

What's New

The 2021 Kia Soul returns with only minor changes. Hot off a complete redesign last year, Kia’s compact hatch is still an attractive blend of style and utility.

The top trim has been renamed Turbo, and remote start is now accessible from the key fob as well as Kia’s smartphone app. A rear occupant alert system is now standard on all trims, and middle trims get minor suspension upgrades for a more comfortable ride.

Choosing Your Kia Soul

The Soul still comes in six trims: LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, EX, and Turbo. Prices start from $18,610 including destination for the base LX, and climb to $28,670 for the Turbo.

Engine Choices

Two engines are available for the Soul. The five lower trims utilize a 2.0-liter four-cylinder motor, while the Turbo switches to a 1.6-liter turbochargd four-cylinder, which provides a considerable power boost.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L 4-Cylinder147 hp132 lb-ft31 mpg
1.6L Turbo 4-Cylinder201 hp195 lb-ft29 mpg

The base model starts with a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) is available for $1,500, though it's standard on the other four trims with the 2.0-liter engine. The turbo motor is paired with a seven0speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The Soul is only available in front-wheel drive.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Cabin space is a selling point for the Soul, which does its best to maximize internal space. The Soul seats five, with an impressive 38.8 inches of leg room for rear passengers. Cargo capacity starts at 24.2 cubic feet with the seats in place, but they fold down for a total of 62.1 cubic feet.

Kia Soul

Safety Features

The Soul arrives with a contradictory safety record. The NHTSA gave the car a four-star overall safety rating, which is subpar for modern models. The IIHS disagreed, awarding last year's model with a Top Safety Pick award. That designation is contingent on the Soul having automatic emergency braking, which isn’t included on the base trim.

In fact, the base trim gets no standard active safety features. Moving up to the S brings automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change alert, and lane keeping assist.

Only the Turbo model gets adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection.

Connectivity

Most trims in the Soul lineup use a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system. One USB port, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a six-speaker audio system are also standard.

The GT-Line and higher add a second front USB port, but it's oddly omitted on the X-Line. EX and Turbo trims get a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation and satellite and HD radio, as well as a wireless phone charger. The range-topping Turbo further gets a head-up display and a Harman Kardon audio system.

Kia Soul

LX - From $18,610

The Soul LX keeps features basic in the pursuit of affordability. Active safety features aren't included, and neither is cruise control. Tires sit on simple 16-inch steel wheels. Seats are upholstered in cloth and manually adjustable. The infotainment system is a bright spot, as the LX gets the same 7-inch touchscreen as its siblings.

S - From $21,710

The Soul S adds the active safety features that many buyers these days expect. The CVT is also standard on this trim, and the wheels are alloy (but still 16 inches). Other useful additions include keyless entry, a 10-way power driver's seat, and (thankfully) cruise control.

GT-Line - From $22,810

The GT-Line trim is similar to the S, bringing mostly aesthetic upgrades. The exterior gets 18-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, red accents, fog lights, and a power sunroof.

On the inside, the GT-Line adds an extra USB port and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, but loses the power driver’s seat.

X-Line - From $22,810

The X-Line is another largely superficial kit, but with a focus on ruggedness. Exclusive exterior styling and roof rails come standard, but it doesn't get the sunroof. The X-Line also loses the leather-wrapped wheel, but otherwise resembles the GT-Line in most respects.

EX - From $24,370

The Soul EX offers as much luxury as Kia can muster, without buyers having to commit to the Turbo engine. It gets 17-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, and the sunroof is back.

The EX comes with the larger infotainment screen, navigation, wireless charging, the 10-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, automatic climate control, push button start, and remote start.

Turbo - From $28,670

The Turbo trim pulls out all the stops, starting with the powertrain – the upgraded engine adds an extra 54 horsepower. The Turbo includes all the suspension and exterior upgrades of the GT-Line trim, plus a few of its own: LED headlights, fog lights, and taillights; mirror-mounted turn signal indicators; and a chrome-tipped central exhaust.

Inside, the Turbo gets the Harman Kardon audio system, ambient lighting, and the head-up display. The steering wheel is heated, and the seats are wrapped in synthetic leather. The Turbo is alsp the only trim in the Soul lineup to get adaptive cruise control.

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CarsDirect Tip

The 2021 Kia Soul LX carries a tempting price tag, but we’d skip it in favor of the S trim. The added safety features make it a better value.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Funky styling
  • Serious cabin space
  • Good warranty
Cons
  • Checkered safety
  • Cheap materials
  • Poor optional transmission
Expert Rating
3.1 (Good)

Our expert ratings are based on seven comprehensive criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value.

You can interpret our ratings in the following way:

: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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Mary Poppins’ car. The best part about the 2021 Kia Soul is getting inside. This is a compact crossover that can fit five adults. Seriously.

Front seats are spacious and supportive, and the rear seats are a miracle of modern engineering. Your adult friends won’t mind sitting in the back. Cargo space is excellent, with 24.2 cubic feet behind the seats and 62.1 with them folded. The seats don’t fold completely flat, but we’ll forgive them.

The Soul’s practicality and its price may be enough to sell many buyers. We don’t blame them. In lower trims, however, sacrifices must be made – finish and materials feel cheap. Matters improve further up the range, but higher prices ding the Soul’s cheap-and-cheerful charm.

Soul? A little… What’s in a name? Starting with the (in)famous hamster commercials, the Kia Soul has always been marketed on its personality.

The good news is that it does have some. Where many hatchbacks and crossovers opt for swooping curves, the Soul stays square, and it pays off. A floating roof looks sharp, and the boxy profile helps keep that interior spacious.

The Soul got a full redesign last year, which brought a 147-horsepower base engine mated to a continuously variable transmission or a manual. It provides motivation enough for around town, but the Soul can struggle on passing maneuvers. The ride is pleasantly smooth and reasonably confident, but it doesn’t have the fun factor of competitors like the Honda Civic.

An optional 201-hp turbocharged engine should inject some extra character, but it’s held back by the transmission. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is clunky at low speeds, which makes it unpleasant in traffic.


Kia Soul

Good tech, mixed safety. Kia generally excels at providing standard technology, and the Soul mostly follows the trend. Every trim gets at least a 7-inch touchscreen with smartphone compatibility and USB ports. Upper trims get a larger 10.3-inch screen, but both are good.

The IIHS praised the Soul’s automatic emergency braking system, but it isn’t standard on every car. The base LX trim (the only one under $20,000) comes with no active safety tech, which is a difficult omission to swallow as competitors increasingly make these features standard.

Blind-spot monitoring is also held back from the base trim, and the Soul’s chunky rear pillars make it a desirable addition. With all the safety features, the Soul was good enough for an IIHS Top Safety Pick award.

Still, the NHTSA didn’t agree, awarding the car only four stars overall. Safety is one thing modern cars should do well, and a mixed record could be a black mark for family buyers.

Thrifty at times. If we were buying a Soul, we’d skip the base trims that lack safety tech. We’d also skip the topmost trims, which are nicely outfitted but carry a heftier price (and an inferior transmission).

Instead, we’d stay in the middle of the range. Here, the Soul is good value. Premium cloth seats, the best active safety tech, and plenty of aesthetic upgrades can be had without straying too far from $20,000.

Rounding out the picture is Kia’s strong five-year/60,000-mile warranty. The Soul isn’t the thriftiest compact car on the market, but it isn’t thirsty either.

Final thoughts. The 2021 Kia Soul retains its most important attributes: a low price of entry and a magically capacious cabin. For compact car buyers, only the Honda Fit can rival the Soul’s practicality.

A mixed safety record is a shame, and we recommend choosing your trim carefully. Those concerns aside, the Soul’s looks, features, and value make it an appealing buy.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Transmission
6-spd man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 31 / 28 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 31 / 28 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.3 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$55
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
62.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
165.2 "
Exterior Width
70.9 "
Exterior Height
63.0 "
Front Headroom
39.4 "
Rear Headroom
39.5 "
Front Legroom
41.1 "
Rear Legroom
38.8 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.5 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.7 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,802 Lbs.
Wheel Base
102 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
16.0 " Silver Steel
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Exhaust
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Cloth
Front Seat Type
Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
6-way
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
4-way
Front Armrests
6-way
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
Speakers
6
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Driver
Tinted Windows
Deep
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Power Outlets
2
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / 100,000 Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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