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Kia Soul

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Kia Soul 2018 wagon
There is more to the boxy Soul than quirky styling. It packs abundant interior space, with chairlike seats and big windows providing an excellent view out. Though fundamentally a budget hatchback, the Soul can function as an SUV alternative. The driving experience isn't special: The ride is stiff, and handling is sound but unexceptional. Power delivery from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder feels just adequate, and its 26 mpg overall is not outstanding. A more powerful 201-hp, 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder is available, as is a fully electric Soul. An extensive options list includes heated seats and touch-screen navigation. Available safety gear includes automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, and lane-departure warning, but only on select trims.

Road Test

The Soul lives in that increasingly gray area between hatchbacks and SUVs. A boxy, upright design gives it abundant interior space and super-easy access. You sit up high in chairlike seats, surrounded by an ample glass area for good visibility. Overa...


  • Handy and versatile package
  • Lots of upscale features 


  • Overly stiff ride 
  • Not much trunk room when the backseat is up

Best Version to Get

Here are the major decisions you need to make when picking a Soul: Which trim line and engine? Engine availability is connected to the trim line. The base model, appropriately named Base, comes with the non-turbo 1.6-liter engine and your choice of a manual or automatic transmission....


2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/100,000 miles
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/60,000 miles
Body Styles
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 1-speed Direct
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • electric (109 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 (130 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (201 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (161 hp)


Comfort / Convenience
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