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in 2010 Affordable Small Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $9,307 - $11,751
Original MSRP: $13,300 - $18,195
MPG: 26 City / 31 Hwy
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2010 Kia Soul Interior

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Kia's new models are boasting nicer interiors than ever before, and the 2010 Soul is no exception. It's well-equipped cabin features, decent materials, comfortable seating and a bright, bold color scheme.

  • "Interior packaging is one of the Soul's strong suits. The dash features a center switch pod with nice, big knobs. Some of the surfaces feel a bit hard, but the finish looks great for this price range, and the seats are impressive." -- AutoWeek
  • "Our test car's red dashboard was hard to the touch, but the fabric seats pass muster, the cluster gauges are marvelously sharp and easy to read, and nobody started whining about the center stack before the ignition got a key poked into it." -- Car and Driver
  • "For customers concerned with style and comfort, the Soul may actually win them over with its larger seats, reasonable space and funky-yet-intuitive dash complete with a crystal clear display." -- Jalopnik
  • "There are lots of thoughtful storage nooks and crannies, along with cool, quirky features such as the audio speakers that flash mood lighting to match the bass notes. Rear seat passengers will find sufficient space behind even tall front seat occupants." -- San Francisco Chronicle
  • "The interior is a lot more appealing than a traditional economy car's and less out-there than the xB's. With basic black cloth like our tester's, most of the cabin was black with red LED lighting on the stereo and red accents on the gauges. The red and black cloth interior gives the Soul a much more youthful attitude." -- Truck Trend

Seating

The five-passenger Kia Soul is very spacious and includes plenty of leg- and headroom for passengers. Virtually every reviewer calls the Soul comfortable.

  • "Its 100.4-inch wheelbase pays real roominess dividends in the back seat, with six-footers having enough headroom to place a fist between their scalps and the headliner. From a comfort standpoint, this little vehicle is a winner." -- Car and Driver
  • "Another key selling point of this vehicle for me was the driving position. The manual height adjustable seat and tilt steering column really helped me get the driver's seat exactly where I wanted it. An added bonus: The seats were comfortable in all positions for long stretches of time." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Legroom is more than adequate for most passengers in front and rear, and there's plenty of head and shoulder room for taller passengers. Kia claims the Soul offers more passenger space than the xB, and it certainly feels spacious, though the Scion wins the cargo comparison." -- Motor Trend
  • "Front and rear rows are surprisingly roomy, but long-legged passengers should try to get the front seat -- the front seats are backed by hard plastic." -- Truck Trend
  • "We probably wouldn't recommend going more than two up in the back, but rear passengers will be treated to plenty of head, leg and toe room, although there's no center armrest." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

With its high level of standard features, the Soul offers a good value. The flashy red accents (on the Sport model) and multitude of interior add-ons should please younger buyers. While materials still consist of some hard plastics, reviewers are generally impressed with their look and feel.

  • "Although the red seats are a bit much, the fit and finish beat the xB hands down and in some areas equal or better those in the Honda Element." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Soul Sport's bright two-tone red-black dashboard should be witnessed firsthand before committal, but it's an effective way to cheer up what would otherwise be an expanse of hard black plastic. Panel gaps on the Soul's dash are impressively tight, and Kia has done a fine job of creating the impression of more expensive materials." -- Edmunds
  • "The dash -- with its cool red inserts -- is perhaps the most innovative of any Kia thus far." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "While plastics are of the hard variety, they are all nicely grained and free of cheap-looking shine. Everything appears to be very well screwed together, with minimal, uniform panel gaps that issued nary a squeak or rattle during our test drive." -- Autoblog

Entertainment

In line with its youthful spirit, the all-new Soul boasts more entertainment and technology options than most cars in its price range.

  • "The 2010 Kia Soul Sport features an upgraded audio package with more power and a dedicated subwoofer cleanly cached in the rear cargo area. Audio quality is plenty sufficient for the MP3 generation or baby-boomer talk radio." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The Soul's cargo area is one of the only downsides of its spacious, well-equipped interior. Most reviewers are disappointed with the small hatch opening and cargo space. On the plus side, the Soul boasts plenty of interior storage cubbies for smaller items, including under-floor storage.

  • "When we opened the hatch, the Kia's major shortcoming was finally exposed: the hatch opening, for loading large objects, is just too small." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Total interior cargo space is good at 53.4 cu-ft (rear 60/40-split seats folded flat), but others, like the Scion xB trounce it (69.9 cubes)." -- Autoblog
  • "For smaller items, you'll find the partitioned underfloor tray in the cargo area useful for keeping things organized and from sliding around. Up front, you'll find plenty of cubbies for stashing cell-phones and iPods and the like, along with a glovebox deep enough to hold a laptop computer." -- Motor Trend
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