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2022 Kia Soul

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2022 LX 4dr Hatchback
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Price:   -  From $19,290
2022 S 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $21,590
2022 GT-Line 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,690
2022 X-Line 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $22,690
2022 EX 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $23,590
2022 Turbo 4dr Hatchback Price:   -  From $27,890
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3 (Good)

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: 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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What's New

The 2022 Kia Soul arrives with minimal changes. Last year’s manual transmission has been discontinued. Kia’s added a few more standard features on mid-level trims, while a new LX Technology Package that lets shoppers add advanced safety features has been added to the base trim.

While these changes seem small, they continue to help the Soul be one of the more well-rounded options in the subcompact SUV segment.

Choosing Your Kia Soul

Kia offers the Soul in six trims: LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, EX, and Turbo. Prices start at $20,365 and go up to $28,965, including destination.

Engine Choices

There are two available engines for the Soul. Five of the six trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the range-topping Turbo is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine.

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

Models equipped with the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder come with a continuously variable automatic transmission that Kia calls an IVT. The turbo trim comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Every Soul comes with front-wheel drive.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

The boxy design may seem odd, but it helps the subcompact SUV maximize interior space. The Soul can seat up to five comfortably, which is a rare quality for the class. Cargo capacity is also impressive, as the Soul offers 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and a total of 62.1 cubic feet of space.

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Safety Features

Kia doesn’t offer the Soul with any standard safety features. Unlike last year, the base LX trim is available with the $900 LX Technology Package. It includes forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane change assist, and driver attention warning. The S comes with a lot of these features as standard. The range-topping Turbo trim comes with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control as standard.

The 2022 Kia Soul earned a four-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS hasn’t conducted its testing on the 2022 model yet, but last year’s Soul was named a Top Safety Pick. The award should carry over for 2022.


The standard LX trim is the only Soul in the lineup to come with an 8-inch touchscreen. The infotainment system includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, a USB port, and six speakers.

S trims and higher come with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, satellite radio, dual USB ports, and a wireless smartphone charger. The Turbo trim is the only one to come with a Harman Kardon audio system and a head-up display.

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Soul LX — MSRP From $20,365

The LX is a basic modern vehicle, focusing on being an affordable subcompact SUV. Standard features include automatic headlights, 16-inch steel wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, remote keyless entry, manual air conditioning, and manually adjustable front seats.

Soul S — MSRP From $22,665

Moving up to the S trim brings 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium cloth upholstery, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Soul GT-Line — MSRP From $23,765

The sporty GT-Line comes with an aggressive body kit, 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, a D-shaped steering wheel, and a sport-tuned suspension.

Soul X-Line — MSRP From $23,765

While the GT-Line is the sporty version of the S trim, the X-Line is the rugged variant. It comes with its own unique body kit that includes exclusive 18-inch wheels, roof rails, silver exterior mirrors, and a black grille.

Soul EX — MSRP From $24,665

The EX builds upon the S trim with heated exterior mirrors, a sunroof, 17-inch wheels, remote start, heated front seats, and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

Soul Turbo — MSRP From $28,965

With the turbocharged engine and the same body kit as the GT-Line trim, the Turbo is the sportiest Soul of the bunch. Standard features on the trim include LED lights, 18-inch wheels, SynTex cloth upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a sport-tuned suspension, and black trim.

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CarsDirect Tip

With the changes, the 2022 Kia Soul S trim stands out as the clear value option in the lineup. Not only does it come with a lot of advanced safety features as standard, but it also comes with more tech features than before.

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Expert Review

  • Attractive looks
  • Spacious, flexible cabin
  • Good infotainment system
  • Fantastic warranties
  • No standard automatic emergency braking
  • Turbo engine has a shifty DCT
  • Turbo limited to one trim
  • Subpar NHTSA crash ratings
Expert Rating
3 (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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Attractive Boxy Styling. While brands such as Honda, Nissan, and Scion (Toyota) have exited the boxy people mover category, Kia has doubled-down with its popular Soul. The vehicle has evolved since its 2008 debut, but it remains the charmer in a category essentially all its own.

Credit Kia with transforming the Soul from a utilitarian econobox to an efficient compact with verve. The canvas isn’t radically different these days, although thin LED headlights, myriad cutlines, and a buzz-cut roofline make this model hard to confuse with anything else on the road.

Inside, the cabin is as spacious as ever, delivering excellent room for four or five in a pinch. Even with gobs of plastic apparent on the lower trims, Kia’s attention to styling imparts much flair. The synthetic leather seats are a nice surprise as they look and feel far more expensive than they are.

Middling to Robust Performance. Kia offers Soul shoppers a choice of naturally aspirated and turbocharged four-cylinder engines. The base offering displaces 2.0-liters with an output of 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Kia used to offer a 6-speed manual transmission, but that choice is no longer available.

Instead, power routes to the front wheels utilizing a continuously variable transmission. This combination is tuned for efficiency and it shows. The difference-maker is the sporty mode as it adds heft to the steering and a bit of grunt to the engine. You’ll notice a slight decrease in gas mileage, however.

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The other choice is exclusive to the top-trim Turbo trim. This one comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Again, power routes to the front wheels, but this time via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Just know that the transmission tends to shudder when shifting at low speeds. Otherwise, this powertrain combination is spry and brings a level of sportiness that is not found in other Soul models.

Fabulous Features. Even the base Soul LX comes fairly well equipped, supplying full power accessories and tech items. An 8-inch touch-screen display is standard and the UVO interface is one of the better ones available. Smartphone compatibility via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker audio system, one USB port, and Bluetooth come standard.

For $2,300 more, the Soul S delivers many more amenities, including a 10.25-inch touch-screen display with navigation. A wireless phone charging pad and dual front USB ports are included. The Turbo trim brings in a Harman Kardon audio system.

Mixed Feedback on Safety. For the most part, Kia does an exemplary job in delivering the safety goods on its vehicles. But the crash-test results for the Soul are a mixed bag with the IIHS rating the Soul higher than the NHTSA. A middling side pole protection rating pulls down the government’s rating.

All but the base trim offers standard automatic emergency braking. Otherwise, Kia equips the Soul with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and lane change assist. Surprisingly, adaptive cruise control is only standard on the top Turbo trim. We think Kia missed an opportunity here.

The Soul’s shape is another challenge, particularly with the big rear pillars. Driver viewpoints are restricted, but at least manageable with the judicious use of the side mirrors and rearview monitor.

Final Thoughts. The base Kia Soul doesn’t offer enough to make it a worthwhile choice in our estimation. But the next-level LX does. Even so, the spread between the middle four of six trims is just $2,000. Therefore, it is worth exploring the various upgrades included when making your choice. As for the Turbo, it delivers the performance we like. Unfortunately, it is limited to the priciest trim, which removes the budget advantage of this little people-mover.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) 2-spd sequential shift control CVT w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
29 / 35 / 32 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
29 / 35 / 32 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
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
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
2,844 Lbs.
Wheel Base
102 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
16.0 " Silver Steel / 16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Surround
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Clock, Seek-scan / Clock
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
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Forward Collision-avoidance Assist-ped (fca-ped) Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Collision Warning Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Change Assist Lane Departure / Lane Keeping Assist (lka) Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Driver Attention Warning (daw) Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
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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