The Soul is a boxy, upright design that has abundant interior space and affords super-easy access. You sit up high in chairlike seats, surrounded by generous glass area for good visibility. It packs the versatility akin to a small SUV, although it's lower to the ground. But unlike a true SUV, the Soul is available only with front-wheel drive. Distinctiveness remains another part of the Soul's appeal.
Kia Soul Road Test

The Soul is a boxy, upright design that has abundant interior space and affords super-easy access. You sit up high in chairlike seats, surrounded by generous glass area for good visibility. It packs the versatility akin to a small SUV, although it's lower to the ground. But unlike a true SUV, the Soul is available only with front-wheel drive.

Distinctiveness remains another part of the Soul's appeal. The quirky styling and special edition color packages add to the levity. There is also a generous list of options, many seemingly more fitting to a luxury sedan than a boxy econocar, including features like a heated steering wheel and ventilated front seats.

Three different engines are available. Most will have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed automatic transmission. Power delivery was just adequate; some of us wanted more gusto when merging or going uphill. Fuel economy averaged 26 mpg, which is good but not outstanding, especially given the modest power.

Best Version to Get
We would pick the 2.0-liter Plus for the balance between performance, features and price. Buyers can get optional advanced safety features with that trim.  
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