2014 Soul

2015 Kia Soul

Pros: Impressive room for four adults, despite the small overall size; generous levels of standard equipment; lots of “with-it” available features; classy-for-the-class interior materials

Cons: Drivetrain is a bit unpolished at times; significant engine noise in some driving situations

CG Says: After its redesign for 2014, the Kia Soul adds an all-electric model called Soul EV for 2015. Gasoline-powered Souls are mostly unchanged, though the UVO multimedia system is updated with new UVO eServices features and smartphone-app features. Also, the top-line Exclaim models now offer a special interior-trim package. The Soul’s tall, boxy body proportions mean that it packs a surprising amount of passenger and cargo room in a small overall package. In optioned-up form, the Soul also packs a surprising number of comfort and convenience features and a convincingly upscale feel for its class. The expressive, funky-box styling might turn off some shoppers, but the Soul’s handling is a bit more nimble that its looks might suggest. The ride quality is quite pleasant for a subcompact as well. The competitively priced Soul is a very compelling mix of personality and practicality.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices Base: $15,100
Plus (+): $18,600
Exclaim (!): $20,700

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
130
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Horsepower
164
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-24
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

2014 Kia Soul
2015 Kia Soul