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MSRP: $14,900 - $20,500
Invoice: $14,595 - $19,521
MPG: 24 City / 30 Hwy
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Kia Soul Review

The 2014 Kia Soul ranks 6 out of 40 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.

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Test drivers say that the redesigned 2014 Kia Soul delivers spunk, space and oodles of features at a low price point, though it lacks the refined handling of some of its rivals.

The Soul comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is optional. Most automotive critics test drove models with the 2.0-liter engine, and say that while it is fine around town, even this more powerful engine struggles when passing on the highway or on steep hills. The base model is equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic is available. Reviewers say the automatic shifts smoothly. The EPA reports that the 2014 Kia Soul gets up to 24/31 mpg city/highway, which is poor for the class. Critics say the Soul provides a comfortable ride even on bumpy roads and that its steering is accurate and responsive.

Auto writers are impressed with the Kia Soul’s high-quality materials and comfortable, supportive seats. They say the cabin is roomy, and that the Soul offers a fantastic amount of cargo space for the class. They praise the bevy of standard features, including a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary inputs and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. The available UVO infotainment system keeps drivers connected and has an intuitive touch screen, test drivers say. Other available features include a backup camera, an Infinity sound system, navigation, push-button start, automatic climate control and a panoramic sunroof.

  • "Like a boutique hotel, it has premium qualities that are a cut above the other choices, but it's value-priced." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "It's cool, connected and inexpensive, which is what the kids seem to want today. Their parents might want it, too." -- AutoWeek
  • "The 2014 Kia Soul retains its hipster flavor and fun-to-drive hatchback nature while upgrading engine power, interior and ride quality." -- Edmunds
  • “The 2014 Kia Soul is beautiful inside and out, impressively refined for its $15,495 starting price (that's including destination) and can march on proudly as a wonderfully practical compact car alternative." -- Kelley Blue Book

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Other Cars to Consider

While not as spacious as the 2014 Kia Soul, the Ford Focus hatchback provides a good amount of cargo space. Reviewers praise the Focus for its nimble handling and upscale interior, and it also gets good fuel economy for the class.

Though it’s a little pricier than the Soul, the Fiat 500L offers ample cargo space and unique styling. Critics say the 500L has a smooth and comfy ride, and it has a more powerful turbocharged engine and plenty of standard features.

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Details: 2014 Kia Soul

The 2014 Kia Soul is a front-wheel drive hatchback that comes in three trim levels: base, Plus and Exclaim. The base model has a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission, while the Plus has a more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The five-seat Soul has been completely redesigned for 2014.

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Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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