2012 Kia Soul Review
The Kia Soul stands out with its unique looks and good value. With several significant updates this year, test drivers find even more to like about the 2012 Kia Soul.
The Kia Soul’s most significant updates for 2012 are powertrain upgrades that make it more powerful and more fuel-efficient. Inside, test drivers still praise the Soul for its spacious rear seats, impressive standard features list that includes Bluetooth and a USB port and its abundance of interior cubbies. In fact, most critics don’t find fault with the 2012 Kia Soul.
Some reviewers do wish the 2012 Soul had even more power, but they’re willing to let that slide because the Kia Soul isn’t supposed to be as thrilling like the Volkswagen Golf or Mini Cooper. Other than that, they say some shoppers may dislike the Soul’s hard interior plastics and may dislike its quirky exterior even more. However, if you want an affordable, stylish, well-equipped vehicle that’s capable of highway and city driving, the automotive press says the 2012 Kia Soul is hard to pass up.
Other Cars to Consider
Like the Kia Soul, the Scion xB is designed for drivers who want to express themselves. That individuality, however, comes at a price. The Scion xB is more expensive than the Soul, and its fuel economy ratings rank it near the bottom of its class. The xB does, however, have less cargo space than the Soul with the rear seats in use.
The Soul has plenty of passenger space and good cargo room, but it can’t match the Honda Fit, which has more cargo space than any hatchback. The Fit does cost more than the Soul, but the price increase also gives you more spacious seating, passenger seats that flip different ways to help you haul different items and good performance.
Details: 2012 Kia Soul
The 2012 Kia Soul has three trim levels: base, Plus and Exclaim. New for 2012 are powertrain updates, which include more powerful engines, updated manual and automatic transmissions and higher fuel economy ratings. The Soul also has a refreshed exterior, and the interior receives an optional UVO infotainment system.
See the full list of 2012 Kia Soul specs.
- "Kia's entry remains our choice in the boxy little hatchback segment, facing off as it does against the Nissan Cube and Scion xB." -- Car and Driver
- "Soul is a bit more stable and relaxed in highway driving compared to some subcompacts, but its fun-to-drive character might shine through best in urban driving. We applaud Soul's improvements for 2012 that include a more powerful 2.0-liter engine, the addition of Kia's smooth 6-speed automatic transmission, and better noise control." -- Consumer Guide
- "The Soul isn't for everybody. It's for buyers who don't mind its square look and stance. In fact, said buyers might actually crave the boxy dimensions and its associated perks: an ample back seat (more headroom and legroom than Optima) and clean outward sight lines. Throw in the new equipment, wacky paint colors, impending Special Edition variants, and it's another gem for those who think it is hip to be square." -- Motor Trend