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in Affordable Small Cars

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

Reviewers agree that soft-touch materials and sleek accents make the 2014 Soul’s cabin feel sophisticated. It’s comfortable, too, they say, and offers plenty of space to accommodate both people and cargo. They also appreciate the amount of features that come standard on the base model.

  • "Material quality is where you'll find the big improvements. Poke and prod your way through the interior and you'll notice expanded use of soft surfaces. You might also notice that the window switches and turn stalk operate with a decidedly un-cheap feel. That impression of quality is further enhanced by the cabin's fresh design. The previous circular theme remains, but expressed in impressively upscale fashion. Favorite details include artful speakers placed atop the dash vents and a hefty, ergonomically satisfying steering wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "If the new Soul's exterior doesn't strike you as a major departure, the interior should - it's nothing short of a colossal improvement. Materials look and feel better, the recontoured dual-density seat foams are now kinder to your backside, and the cabin now has a much more mature feel." -- Autoblog
  • "The focus on style continues inside, where a circle-themed design is executed in unusually high-quality materials for the segment." -- Left Lane News
  • "Besides looking more expensive, the cabin should feel that way, too, thanks to the expanded use of soft-touch materials on the center stack, console, and door panels." -- Car and Driver

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Seating

The 2014 Soul seats five. Critics say the Soul has a spacious cabin and that high-quality padding makes the seats comfortable and supportive. The base model offers cloth seats and a six-way manual-adjustable driver’s seat. Upgrades include leather trim, a heated steering wheel, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated seats in both front and back and front-seat ventilation.

  • "Kia switched to using expanding foam to fill body cavities, instead of block foam, and polyurethane-backed carpeting and a new cargo-area liner contribute to a claimed reduction in interior noise. There are now piano-black plastic trim inserts, the seats have improved bolstering and thigh support, and the starter button has been moved down next to the shifter." -- Car and Driver
  • "There's more legroom up front and a smidge more in back." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Adding to the comfort of the 2014 Kia Soul are seats that are softer and more comfortable than the old car's excessively firm units, but that's not the only trick the new seats have up their metaphorical sleeves. Heating in the four outboard positions is now optional with ventilated front seats available as well. Sweaty/chilly hind quarters everywhere should thank the heavens for trickle down vehicle technology." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

The 2014 Soul comes standard with a six-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, satellite radio, USB and auxiliary jacks and steering wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls. Options include Kia’s UVO infotainment system, a backup camera, an Infinity sound system, HD Radio, navigation, keyless entry, push-button start, automatic climate control, a cooled glove box and a panoramic sunroof.

Reviewers note that the base 2014 Soul offers a lot of standard features that keep drivers connected and entertained, especially with the available navigation system, UVO infotainment system and Infinity audio upgrade, which features flashing speaker lights. The layout is intuitive, the touchscreen is responsive and the infotainment system offers plenty of audio and media options, reviewers say.

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  • "With the dash bracketed by speaker towers at either end, sporting piano black trim on the center stack, and sprouting a steering wheel packing more switches than the main server room at Cisco, the new interior is the second-generation Soul's greatest asset. It's slick looking, integrates with any sort of media short of a live symphony orchestra, has simple instrumentation that's easy to scan, there's plenty of flexible room, and it feels like it ought to be in a more expensive car." -- Car and Driver
  • "And in now-familiar Kia fashion, numerous other upscale options are available including automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, a 350-watt Infinity premium audio system and a nifty navigation system with a fast-reacting 8-inch touchscreen." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Many if not most buyers in this segment don't care so much for performance anyway, they want connectivity and styling. Kia gives them that with a new android-based next-gen NAV system and a suite of UVO eServices, an eight-inch capacitive touch control audio/video display and a 10-speaker premium 350-watt Infinity audio system with the all-important pulsating LED speaker rings." -- AutoWeek

Cargo

The 2014 Kia Soul has 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats in use, and 61.3 cubic feet with them folded. That’s an excellent amount of cargo space for the class. Reviewers say that the Soul’s widened hatchback is convenient for loading and unloading cargo.

  • "Due to the Soul's boxy body and tall roof, interior space is ample for four adults, and the cargo area is sufficient for 24.2 cubic feet of gear - nearly as much as larger, more expensive crossover models." -- Left Lane News
  • "The Soul also gains a half-cubic-foot of cargo capacity, but more useful is a 2.4-inch-wider rear hatch opening." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/16/14

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