2014 Soul

2016 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: Gas-engine drivetrains are a bit unpolished at times; significant engine noise in some driving situations

CG Says: The Kia Soul sees just a few updates for 2016. Forward-collision warning and lane-departure warning are available in a Premium package for the top-line Exclaim model (which now comes standard with leather seats). The Premium package also includes amenities such as heated and ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a navigation system. A Designer Collection Appearance package includes 18-inch black-spoke wheels and a two-tone paint scheme in either white with a red roof or red with a black roof. Meanwhile, the all-electric Soul EV adds a lower-priced EV-e trim level, and the top-line EV+ model gets an available Sun and Fun Package that includes a panoramic sunroof and other amenities. 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: $15,800
Plus (+): $19,300
Exclaim (!): $21,200
Soul EV-e: $31,950
Soul EV: $33,950
Soul EV +: $35,950

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

Optional Engine
electric motor
Horsepower
109
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
120 MPGe
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
92 MPGe

2016 Soul Red Zone Special Edition
2016 Kia Soul Red Zone Special Edition