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MSRP: $15,100 - $35,700
Invoice: $14,804 - $33,056
MPG: 24 City / 30 Hwy
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Kia Soul Review

The 2015 Kia Soul ranks 5 out of 41 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Kia Soul, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 Kia Soul is ranked:

The 2015 Kia Soul impresses reviewers with upscale cabin materials and an abundance of standard and optional features.

The 2015 Kia Soul is available with either a 1.6-liter or a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Most test drivers recommend models with the more powerful 2.0-liter engine, but comment that even this engine does not have especially impressive power. A six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission is available. Fuel economy is an EPA-estimated 24/30 mpg city/highway, which is low for a compact hatchback. According to reviewers, the Soul feels composed through turns and has a comfortable ride, but its handling isn't especially athletic.

Reviewers are impressed with the 2015 Kia Soul's upscale cabin materials and stylish interior design. They say both the front and rear seats are spacious, and they are impressed with the availability of features like ventilated front seats and heated rear seats, considering the Soul's price. The Soul has good cargo space for the class and comes standard with Bluetooth, satellite radio and a USB port. Options include Kia’s UVO infotainment system, a rearview camera, an Infinity audio system, HD Radio, navigation with an 8-inch touch screen and a panoramic sunroof. According to reviewers, the Soul's available touch-screen audio system has a sharp display and responds quickly to commands.

  • "Whether you desire value, practicality, stylish looks or surprising technology and amenities in your economy hatchback, the 2015 Soul checks all the boxes." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The competitively priced Soul is a very compelling mix of personality and practicality." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Proving once and for all that it's hip to be square, the Kia Soul stands out from other compacts with a unique look that manages to be both boxy and extremely funky. The affordably priced, hamster-endorsed hatchback also delivers a roomy cabin, ample standard features and numerous optional extras, making it an appealing blend of style and substance." -- Left Lane News
  • "Like a boutique hotel, it has premium qualities that are a cut above the other choices, but it's value-priced." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Volkswagen Golf gets better fuel economy than the Soul, and reviewers say its cabin has luxurious materials for the class. The Golf has a comfortable ride and poised handling, according to test drivers, and they say its available diesel engine delivers ample power and great fuel economy.

Auto journalist say the Mazda3 has ample power, especially with its larger optional four-cylinder engine. The Mazda3 is praised for its upscale cabin materials and nimble handling, and it gets better fuel economy than the Soul.

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Details: 2015 Kia Soul

The 2015 Kia Soul is a front-wheel drive hatchback that comes in three trim levels: base, Plus and Exclaim. The base Soul has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, while upper trims have a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. The all-electric Kia Soul EV is also available, but only sold in select areas. The five-seat Soul was completely redesigned for 2014 and sees few updates for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 11/18/14

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