2016 Kia Soul WARNING REVIEWS

Top 10 Problems. Top 10 Complaints. Top 10 Issues.

2016 Kia Soul Problems Report Includes:


  • 2016 Kia Soul Top 10 Complaints
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  • 2016 Kia Soul Top 10 Problems
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List of Reviews & Complaints: Top 10 Problems. Top 10 Complaints. Top 10 Issues

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Starting at
$17,400
Engine
1.6L inline4

Power
130 hp
EPA - est City/Hwy
24/30
Seats
5

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2016 Kia Soul Problems Report:


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2016 Kia Soul Overview

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The 2016 Kia Soul combines the best attributes of hatchbacks and small crossovers. Middle-of-the-road fuel economy and performance keep it from being a must-have, but overall the 2016 Kia Soul is a solid buy.

The meteoric rise of the subcompact and compact crossover has sounded the death knell for tall, boxy wagons. The 2016 Kia Soul is now the sole carrier of the squared torch passed on by the departed Scion xB and Nissan Cube. It's a funky car that is hard to categorize, possessing qualities of a tall hatchback and compact crossover, but it has styling and a personality that few cars in those segments can match. As befitting a car of its dimensions, the 2016 Kia Soul is immensely practical. The interior is spacious, with plenty of headroom for front row occupants, and even rear seat passengers will find ample legroom. The cargo area is rather modest in size, but folding the rear seats reveals the true benefit of the boxy shape by tripling the amount of carrying capacity. Also generous is the sheer volume of options available on the Soul. The Soul can get pricey as features such as premium leather and ventilated front seats are added, but these aren't even available on most cars in this class. The boxy design of the 2016 Kia Soul affords more usable cargo space than some hatchbacks and small crossovers. The Soul does have some downsides, though. While undeniably practical, the Soul's boxy shape creates invasive wind noise at speed that's hard to ignore. There's also the possibility of a rather harsh ride in Souls equipped with the 18-inch wheels that come bundled with some of the more desirable option packages. Fuel economy is unexceptional, coming in somewhere between subcompact and compact crossovers. Small hatchbacks are typically even more fuel efficient. Some of those hatchbacks are also more fun to drive, such as the 2016 Ford Focus and 2016 Mazda 3. And it's probably worth your time to check out a few of the latest subcompact crossovers, particularly if you want all-wheel drive; the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2016 Jeep Renegade are desirable picks. For those considering the Soul in its more expensive forms, the 2016 Volkswagen SportWagen offers a higher-quality interior and more cargo room. But overall we're still glad to see the Soul carrying the fun-and-funky wagon torch. It's a solid choice for a budget-friendly runabout that does most things well.

The 2016 Kia Soul's funky styling, fun-to-drive attitude, extensive feature content and wagon-based practicality make it a great choice for an urban commuter or as an alternative to a small crossover.

The 2016 Kia Soul gains a bit more standard equipment on certain trim levels. Some option packages have also been revised and renamed. Notably, the Premium package for the Soul! includes forward collision and lane-departure warning systems, both of which are new to the Soul.



2016 Kia Soul Problems




2016 Kia Soul Reviews From Owners (50 Reviews)

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By Mark Hutchinson

on Sep/11/16 01:15 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Love the car. True price not even close

True price is the highest any one should consider. I bought mine for 2k less. To me it is a data point that is an outlier like the sticker price

By Rose

on Nov/18/15 10:15 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul



Awesome!!!!

Purchased a 2016 Kia SOUL two weeks ago. Had a great salesperson named Theo Noor (highly recommend him). Went in their thinking I was going to purchase the Kia Sportage but ended up buying the Kia SOUL. This vehicle was in the price range I was looking to spend. LOVE, LOVE the vehicle so far.

By AGC

on Oct/29/16 06:40 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Great car for its size

The best thing about the Kia Soul is that it is a car where you sit up high like an SUV. There is more than enough space in the cargo area but the ability to lay the back seats down is a great thing. This is not a zoom-zoom car but it is fine for commuting, comfy, decent sound system. Haven't taken any road trips yet but look forward to it.

By JAMES LOPEZ

on Sep/20/16 07:17 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Great value

For the price and guarantee this is an excellent choice

By Stacey Reda

on Dec/26/16 09:19 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Fisher Kia Has Soul

I love, love, love my new Kia Soul! The style, performance and price cannot be beaten! For those looking for a straight-up salesman in the Boulder, CO area, I highly recommend Jeremiah Clark of Fisher Kia! In fact, the entire dealership staff was superb!

By Jean Schanberger

on Oct/02/16 12:06 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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So glad we chose this one!

Looked at a lot of small cars for ease and comfort of older parents and dog. This was the right choice. Plus it's SUPER fun to drive and sporty!

By P Macdonell

on Sep/25/16 03:30 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Slow poke turns into race horse

Slow pickup from first into seconds, then before you know it your at 80!

By Marc

on Jun/01/16 02:42 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Really sad

Realized at about 3k that the clock was running slow, not much about 7 minutes a month. At 1st service told the service tech. couldn't see it because they had the car about 1 1/2 hours. There is along story involved since than, and the clock now loses about 3 minutes a week, getting worse. Kia will not repair this problem because its "not a safety issue and is very expensive" I have now bought my 1st and last Kia product. I just hope I have know more electronic issues with this vehicle even though I bought extended warranty from dealer in case these problems happened. I was told the reason I needed to buy the extended warranty was because electronic issues are very expensive to deal with??????

By James Schooler

on Nov/03/16 03:36 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul



The really cute Kia

The Soul really fits in a garage, is reasonable useful for such a compact wagon. has reasonable power and performance for a compact vehicle. I love mine.

By Jack Chaffee

on Dec/06/15 08:23 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Dont know yet

too early to give a good evaluation, but quite happy so far.

By Jayson Teeman

on Dec/20/16 09:34 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Decent Car...

Dealers are charging way too much for this vehicle and aren't budging. 16,600 for a 2016 manual transmission base model? Seems they would rather have a 2016 on their lot going into 2017. Fine with me.

By David Hamilton

on Nov/20/16 06:10 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Eeg beater

check to make sure your car has day running lights and keyless entry for safety when you are a lone

By Kim

on Oct/24/16 09:09 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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My dream car

If there is one thing I would add to a con list would be no place for a spare tire, don't like that. I love this car so much. So roomy inside and you feel like your sitting up high. Has all the get up and go one could ask for. I would recommend the Kia soul to anyone looking for an economical but stylish car.

By Ladell Hildebrand

on Oct/11/16 09:09 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Great little car for commuting

Small car but feels bigger inside. Great on gas too!!!!

By Ric Robinson

on May/26/16 06:25 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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By Jing He

on Apr/05/16 02:08 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Feels good

Just feel good.

By Chris Hoke

on Nov/18/15 09:42 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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By Nora Zeller

on Jan/08/17 07:35 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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S-L-O-W Acceleration

I have the base model. The resale value sucks. The cargo area is smaller than you would think. I've had some snow related issues but think they are related to the lack of power rather than something with the car itself. Kia leads you to believe that they are the only ones who can service your car. It's not a bad little car but it needs more get up and go.

By C Hutch

on Dec/01/16 01:52 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Nice if could take off useless SAT stations

The eco-mode lowers the mpg in city and on the freeway so I have no idea what the point of it or what it's function is actually supposed to be. Also the radio is really annoying since I have three satellite presets I can either alter remove or replace so now I get to scan through three useless blank stations anytime I want to go from FM to my phone. I have no idea why dealerships have been putting that on the display ever basically trying to force you to pay you for crappy service from a crappy company just makes your company look weak. Also the dealership severely lacked in communication and getting back with me on items to be repaired post buy within the stipulations of the contract.

By Doug

on Oct/15/16 09:44 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Great little ride

My wife really liked the looks of the car which is a definite plus. On taking a test drive I knew it was what I was looking for, It is extremely easy to get in and out, with the small engine the transmission seems to shift a lot. it is maintaining a 29 mpg which is great in my book. I sets beside a 5 leder awd automatic that gets 14.5 mpg. My previous car was a 232 V6 with a 6 speed stick. while it was fun to drive and averaged about 23 mpg using high test gas , which is 50 cents a gallon more than regular, a roaster which was my dream car and I drove it 9 years, a record for me. As Of now I am well pleased with the performance, handling and overall quality of my KIA.

By Daisy

on Sep/04/16 10:01 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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In love with Soul

I've owned 13 cars, everything from a mustang to an accord and I've never been so happy with a car as I've been with my 2014 Kia Soul Exclaim/w shebang package. This car has everything you could ever need... Comfort, style, sound system, huge sunroof, safety, and smooth, quiet ride. I tell people this is the only car I wouldn't change. Recently a group of teeneagers ended my love affair with my soul, by plowing into me and destroying it but even then I loved it because as huge of an accident as it was, the car stayed in one piece and all my passengers were perfectly safe. I wish they still made it exactly like mine because I wanted another one just like it and wasn't able to find it anywhere in the U.S.... I love it so much I was willing to drive wherever they had one to buy it... This model represents such fun and happiness. Peace hamsters ;) Now I guess I will have to "settle" for something else :(

By MARY ANN Curran

on Dec/06/16 07:26 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Sporty Grandma Ride!

Do your research.......Shop Around.........Have your finance ready before you go in......Be ready to walk if they don't give you what you want for the price. If they don't get back to you or treat you with respect..assume they don't really want your business. I've only had the car a few weeks but I love the ride, it's very comfortable..Lots of bells and whistles to get used too. Remains to be seen what the miles per gallon will be because of stop and go nature of my work. Have not had it out on a long trip or in the snow but handles well in the rain.

By Dave Kelsey

on Nov/09/16 11:36 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Kia Soul+ Versatile, Quick, Comfort, Safe, Fun

Our new Black 2016 Kia Soul+ is a truly modern car, with 21st century technology, comfort fitting seats, excellent workmanship, and a lot more pep than you might expect. This car is not only great to look at, and it is a real nifty ride, and a dream to park. Premier Kia in Branford took care of everything, making this the most satisfying buying experience yet. Entrance and exit are easy and the large headroom make the this Soul+ a favorite of the over 60 crowd, as we don't bend as well as we used to. So far everybody loves it. and I do too.

By Tony

on May/24/16 12:01 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Love my Soul!

Kia has done a great job with the Soul. Especially like the ample room (I am 6'3"). Adjustable steering a really nice feature-really like the Sport mode. Very nice interior design and features. Really enjoying Infiniti audio system with HD radio. Ample power with nice, supple ride for a small car. Got the Plus with primo package. Many nice features for a reasonable price.

Have had this Soul for one and a half months so have not driven it in snow as yet, but has done well in rain.

November update: still no snow. Really like heated steering wheel.

By Briley003@cfl.rr.com

on Jan/02/16 12:46 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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My alien soul

I really like my Kia Soul it's small but that is what we were looking for we already have a full size truck it get really good gas mileage more then what they said we would get has a lot of storage room and good leg room in the back seats

By Trudie LaVigne

on Sep/26/16 09:42 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Our family has a lot of Soul - 2 of them

Great inexpensive cars with large cargo capability, especially with the rear seats down. The 2014 came with a spare tire and tools. The 2016 didn't, which is unsettling to me and we will probably purchase one. Though the car comes with 5 yr. roadside assistance, you never know if you might get a flat and be out of a cell phone range.

By Craig Koch

on Mar/19/16 09:45 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Delighted with zippy yellow mini box!

This is a replacement for my under powered original 2006 Scion xB. Don't get me wrong, loved the xB but the Soul+ has the power the xB lacked and is just plain fun to drive! $19K price was delivered, i.e. included tags, tax, and title costs....everything!

By George Stranovsky

on Oct/23/16 12:03 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul



KIA Soul purchase

I purchased KIA soul 2016 and paid $16,300; I received a voucher for $14,395; But when I got to the dealer I ended up paying $2k more. Also I found at home that they charged tax on dealer preparation which was $690 and other licence services which should not have been done. The car is fine, but these additions do bother me.

By Dave Condon

on Oct/10/16 08:17 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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2016 KIA Soulful Plus

I purchased a 2016 KIA Plus Soulful because basically that was all the dealer had left of the 2016 models. The Soulful is an optional package on the KIA Soul Plus. I think it adds bigger wheels and also adds a drop down molding piece. Here are what I consider the strong points of the vehicle: The Soulful is very easy to get in and out of. The visibility is excellent with really no blind spots. The variable steering means sharp turns at slow speed and much more forgiving steering at high speeds. The headlights are powerful and the fog lights are tremendous in fog. The overall interior quality is impressive. Fuel economy is acceptable running about 25 mpg in town and 35 mpg on the highway. There are two things I don't really like about the KIA Soulful: (1) the 18 inch wheels and (2) a missing CD player. The 18 inch wheels look cool but ride hard and replacement tires are around $225.00 each. The entertainment package does not have a CD player and only accepts a MP3 format using thumb drives. Everyone I know that has a KIA Soul loves them and to tell the truth, the longer I have my Soulful the more it's growing on me.

By Phil Smith

on Jan/29/16 08:24 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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First KIA purchase

over all this is a great car it may seam small on the outside but inside it feels roomy. The telescoping wheel is a great feature with my long legs I can sit comfortably with the wheel close to me so my arms are not stretched out straight. My friends have commented on the amount of leg room they have in the back seat as well. the acceleration is a tad slow but with a 1.6 liter engine that should be expected. I opted for the manual transmission by choice, I love shifting on long car rides to help keep me awake. With that being said the shift knob is less than uncomfortable imagine a cue ball mounted on top because that's basically what they give you. The palm of my hand will start to hurt wile I'm stuck in traffic. I have purchased an aftermarket shift knob to replace it.
The EPA rated gas mileage at 31 highway, but with good shifting and keeping with the 65mph speed limit I'm getting 34.5 mpg commuting 100 miles round trip to work and back each day. I do very little city driving, the highway is about 2 miles from my house and my work is about 7 miles from the exit so most of the miles I put on the car are true highway miles.

By Sharyn

on Dec/29/15 04:45 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Letting my Soul Shine

I have been driving my Soul for almost 2 weeks. My husband & I both love it! It handles well & has been easy to maneuver on our busy highways North of Boston. I have had no problem with speed while pulling out & merging with traffic. The driver's side seat electronic seat adjustments have helped me with my visibility as I am on the shorter side. Also, the space under the driver's seat is perfect to stash my bag while driving. The heated/ventilated seats in the front are fabulous & recently sat in the heated comfortable backseat.
I have not experienced driving in snow as of yet, but have driven in rain & at night. The ride has been smooth on all occasions. The ECO button gave me a nice 29mpg for my highway driving.

By Janice

on Jan/25/16 12:57 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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My "Soul" mate!

I was tired of the low seating of sports cars and sedans. Driving my Soul feels like a small SUV, solid, smooth, quiet, roomy, no blind spots. Love it!

By Joe

on Dec/16/15 04:00 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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On NUMBER 2

This is the second Kia Soul that I have owned; the first being a 2011 (WHICH I LOVED, but can't drive standard anymore, which is why I had to buy new) I must say; I LOVED my old one, but this one... OMG SO MUCH nicer!!! More features for the base model (which is what I had before and now) MORE power, MORE room, MORE of everything... I am absolutely IMPRESSED with Kia and how much they have grown since the first few hit the market some years back (I owned a 99 Kia Sportage Convertable 4x4) the quality and pricing is SO awesome! I recommend these cars to anyone and everyone and turn non-believers to believers... Our family NOW owns 3 Kia's we are going onto 5 within the next few weeks... A Sorento (moms) Soul (mines) Sportage (my niece and her husband) and another niece who is going for an Optima and one of my sisters is looking at a Sportage for herself... We are TRULY becoming a family of Kia; absolutely LOVE the new Kia's! If you haven't switched; go take a look, a drive, etc and decide then... I give my Soul and A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

By Connie Pueblo

on Oct/17/16 09:54 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Hamster love

I bought a 2013 Soul plus, put 63,000 miles on it, gave it to my daughter. then I bought a 2016 designer plus. The 2013 has been a great car no problems, seats are a little uncomfortable for long trips, I live in southwest Idaho and she does great in bad weather. Overall I give it a ten for ease of getting in and out with bad knees, good MPG, I have had no problems with this car. the 2016 does seem to have better seats and and a few more good features. I think this car is a great value and a fun to drive car!

By Janice

on Jan/25/16 12:57 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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My "Soul" mate!

I was tired of the low seating of sports cars and sedans. Driving my Soul feels like a small SUV, solid, smooth, quiet, roomy, no blind spots. Love it!

By Karen Joyce

on Nov/03/16 09:55 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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My HAMSTA

Loving this car !! My last car was totaled in August in a rear end collision while I sat at a stoplight. I always thought my 2003 PT Cruiser Turbo would be with me forever. When I found out I could afford a 2016 Kia Soul+, all my car blues went away. The Soul isn't quite as powerful, but it is a fun, quick little car that seems to impress all my friends. I have a Hamster theme going on with a few decals and even a hamster personal license plate. I'm getting about 30 mpg around town while in optional "economy" mode. Another option that I have tried is three levels of steering---normal, sport and comfort. Since I will be 70 years old soon, the "comfort" setting feels easiest for me. The seating is comfortable and spacious. The warranty that came with the car is very impressive. The dealership has been fantastic----they even held a Kia Soul Rally last month where 12 Kia Souls all gathered and traveled from Prescott to Sedona, AZ, for lunch and music. Winding through the local mountains all in a row (11 different colors in the group), we seemed to get lots of attention as we passed some viewpoints and in the mining town of Jerome, AZ. I'm looking forward to many happy years with this cute, bright red, stylish car.

By Fred

on Oct/13/16 12:15 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Horrible seats

Got the ! Because wanted lumbar support. The seats felt great for a test drive. However driving for 30 minutes headrest pushes your head too far forward and down, regardless of adjustments. Serious neck and upper back pain

By KKTX22

on Jun/10/16 11:45 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Fell in love with my Caribbean Blue Soul!

I recently bought a 2016 Kia Soul Plus in Caribbean Blue and I love it. I originally was going to get it in Shadow Black, but once I saw the Caribbean Blue I knew I had to get it in that color. The Soul handles very nice and smooth. To me there is plenty of space, especially with multiple passengers and you don't feel like you are sitting on top of each other. I am also impress that the radio is a touch screen and it makes it easier to change stations or make a call from it if you wanted your passenger make a call for you. The blue tooth works with a clear sound. I am looking forward to many adventures in my Soul!

By Mike

on Jun/03/16 11:11 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Great for 6'2" tall teacher with a 1 hour commute

I tell people this is a big car without being a big car! If I put the driver seat all the back, it's actually too far! And people behind me are still comfortable!! I love that I can adjust the gas mileage settings (Eco button) for times when I need to accelerate quickly and times when I'm just cruising. There's plenty of storage space with the rear seats up or down. The stereo system is good, I see no reason to replace it. Can't beat the 10 year powertrain warranty (major reason I wanted Kia). I was between Kia or Hyundai for the 10 year warranty, but the Soul is much better deal at under $20,000 for most models. I love this car. My only complaint is the drag in the acceleration when the AC is on, but that will happen with any car.

By Christine Stuart

on Mar/21/16 12:27 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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Fun little Hampster Car!

This car for the money is a great little car. I wish it had a little better handling and braking but overall for the price we really like the Soul. We had a MINI COOPER that was taking us to the poor house in repairs, and we wanted something a little bigger. The Navi system is one of the best love the picture that shows the EXIT .
The seats are very comfortable and the leather is really nice love that smell when you get in.

By Nancy

on Aug/14/16 07:32 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Kia Soul


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Safe car for your kids!

I own a 2014 Soul and we loved it so much that we bought one for my 21 year old daughterfor her first car. She hadn't even had it for 1 month when a driver in the center lane of traffic decided to turn right from the middle lane and cut her off at 40 miles per hour. My daughter the lost control of the car from the impact and hit a concrete building almost head on, at approximately 35 miles per hour. I was a passenger in the vehicle with my daughter and I cannot stress enough how impressively this little wagon held up! The front end damage was severe, but the safety features of this vehicle performed exactly as they are meant to and ensured that we both walked away with only minor bumps and bruises from airbag deployment and seatbelts. If you're looking for a safe and reliable vehicle for your precious young driver, the Kia Soul is sure to keep them safe! Im so thankful today that she was driving this particular vehicle, and not the Fiat-sized death box that she really wanted...

By Scott

on Sep/08/16 04:23 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Kia Soul


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Reliability
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Will Never Buy Another Kia

I bought our Soul new in 2012 and always had it serviced at Haleen Kia. Yesterday, my wife took it for an oil change and they talked her into 'fuel injector service' and 'radiator service' to the tune of $300. Today the 'check engine' light came on and all the sudden Haleen Kia doesn't want to hear about it. I called Kia Moters and they told me all the dealers can do whatever they wanted I should try another dealer which is 59 miles away. So my only real choice is to pay a real mechanic to fix it. After that, it's getting sold. Besides that, it wasn't a bad little car until the Kia grease monkeys got their paws on it and I learned that neither Kia Motors nor their dealers will stand behind the product.

By Johnny

on Mar/09/16 05:06 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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"ITS A SLEEPER"

I looked and test drove tons of vehicles and the fact that I finally settled on my 2016 Kia Soul Exclaim w/ premium package amazes me. I wouldn't think originally that it would be the one. First the fact their isn't many on the road enabled me to get a good price unlike a Honda. Secondly it has a classic 6 speed automatic and NO CVT, I have the upgraded 2.0 which in this class is hard to get something thats not underpowered like the Subaru cross trek. The 2.0 has more then adequate power, my first drive on the highway I was sandwiched between a semi and a lane that was merging so I punched it and was very satisfied with the passing power. The vehicle is very easy to maneuver and drive, the back up camera is very helpful. I have the 8" touchscreen infotainment and it's very responsive the navigation is on a SD card but is excellent with lane guidance. The leather seats are nice and comfortable I will say the passenger seat sits kinda low but I don't care I'm not the passenger. I also have the upgraded infinity stereo and it sounds good but could be better maybe I need to play around with settings. One of my favorite features is the panoramic sunroof with power sunshade it really brightens up the inside of vehicle.
In closing I'm very happy with my Kia Soul and really believe for the money it's a sleeper vehicle.

By Bryan Kauffman

on Mar/30/16 01:33 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Kia Soul


Comfort
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Performance
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4 or 5 depending on expectations

Was looking for something that could hold a family of three, one still rocking a car seat, and be enjoyable when I rode alone to and from work (plus I love the aesthetics). Got a topped out version of the plus model after considering the Exclaim. The features I wanted while shaving off about $1500/$2000 off the price, though I think if I wanted the additional features the Exclaim is certainly worth looking at.

Driving Impression: Engine - meh. Just okay with the 2.0 liter. But, I am fine with that. If they come out with the much discussed turbo model, I think that will sell briskly and make it the alternative to the VW GTI. Doesnt struggle to keep up in traffic or pass. Just doesnt blow your hair back. Braking seems solid. Wind noise is less than I expected considering the shape. Ride feels composed on the highway. Visibility is spectacular. Body roll around corners is average.

Interior - Got the leather with ventilated/heated seats, a huge touch screen display with navigation (no service to buy to use it either.....bonus!) Back seat easily fit my kid's carseat. Would probably be tight if he was still in an infant seat. Lots of soft touch materials. Odometer display is a bit lackluster. Back seats are comfy for an adult of average height. Nice bonus that the outboard seats are also heated. USB port and 2 120v adapters up front too.

Storage - Plenty of cup holders, a nice little cubby space for change and a glasses holder. Armrest storage feels a little insubstantial and doesnt come with any useful trays or anything. Wish you could adjust it a bit. glove box is cavernous. The rear storage cover is great and can be adjusted or removed if needed. Storage being the rear seats is adequate and honestly larger than anticipated considering the size of the vehicle. Storage under the floor cover are a wonderful surprise.

Overall: I would probably give it a 4.5 star review if possible. I think, dollar for dollar, it checks all the boxes and then some with room for only minor improvements. I am thrilled with it and actually am looking a lot more forward to my commute.

By Andre

on Jan/14/16 10:09 PM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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This little car is amazing

I was looking for a Honda CR-Vibrations but decided to get the Kia Soul. No regrets.
- The best infotainment in the market.
- 10 way power - very comfortable - heated and cooled front seats. Heated rear seats.
- Cooled glovebox
- Panoramic moonroof. Spectacular!
- Best warranty 10 years
- Great design. Unique.
- Smooth ride
- Easy to get in and out

By Alec Little

on Mar/21/16 08:52 AM (UTC)

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2016 Kia Soul


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I'd never even considered a Kia Soul !

I bought my Kia Soul ! about a month ago. My wife has always driven larger SUVs and I've driven a 4-door Pickup truck for the past 10-years. I fully expected the Soul to have sluggish pickup and I expected to be bounced around like in any lightweight economy vehicle. Let me tell you, this car is comfortable, it has plenty of pep (2.0L) and is fun to drive. I'm particularly pleased with the quality of the materials and workmanship in the car. Plus this Soul! has more electronics than I have ever had in my previous luxury vehicles. I was so impressed that I purchased the extended bumper-to-bumper warranty which I have never done before. I had driven my pickup for 10-years and if my impressions prove correct, I'll be driving this just as long.

By Tim Parker

on Nov/24/15 09:01 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Kia Soul


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Fun car and a great value!

I shopped for a Soul a year ago and ended up buying a Honda Civic instead. No knock on the Civic, but it just wasn't the right car for me, and I found myself still looking. I came back around to the Soul. Kia had special financing, and the dealer was offering a better deal than I could find a year ago, so I took the plunge and bought the 2016 Soul+ with the Audio/Nav package. Wow! I'm so glad I bought it!

I love the extra driving height and extra headroom. There's more room in the back seat. There's more cargo room. It's fun to drive. Acceleration is good with the 2.0 liter engine. Handling is good. Pro reviewers talk about "numb" steering but I don't notice it. It drives and handles fine. That said, it's not a sports car so don't buy this if that's what you want. It has lots of creature comforts like a great audio system that thumps you in the chest if you want it to, but can be tamed if desired. The nav system works well. I didn't think I wanted it, but now that I have it I use it often. I like the climate control system. I have it set and never need to touch it. It keeps the cabin comfortable no matter what the outside temp is. It has a large touch screen that is easy to use and pretty intuitive. You can check Kia's site for a full breakdown of features. For me the important thing is the features it has all work together to create a fun and comfortable driving experience. I've only had it a month so I can't comment on long term durability, but so far there's not a squeak, not a rattle, everything works flawlessly, and the materials and workmanship are first rate, especially for a vehicle in this price range. A+ for the Soul!

By Brandon Bron

on Aug/14/16 04:42 PM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Kia Soul


Build Quality
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Reliability
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Comfort
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Performance
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The real review.

Fist off, this is a great bang for the buck "cube car". There is a lot of things I like and miss about this car. But what I will tell you about is the three things that drove me up the wall with this cute thing. 1.Transmission. It could not figure out what gear it was supposed to be in- constantly upshifting and downshifting even while in Cruise it was clueless, and most of the time the wrong gear. For instance every day on my way to work I had to drive up a moderately steep hill. I could not do 35 to 40 mph up the hill. When I gave it a little bit more gas to not bog down, it would downshift and if I let off the gas to keep it at the speed I wanted, it would up shift and start bogging down again. Gerrrr! This transmission is definitely bipolar. 2- The gas pedal...it's basically an on-off switch! There's no way to start this car at a light without sending your passengers head crashing into the headrest. 3- the seats have no economic Lumber support and the top of the seats shoulders and head rest are too far foward, making you feel crunched up. This is just my three things I feel could have been better with this car. The one thing I liked the most was the interior, it was roomy, it was quiet, and the sound system is awesome.

By BILL Shurtleff

on Apr/29/16 08:34 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Kia Soul


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2015 Kia Soul Exclaim w/ Umber2 pkg.

This car has it all.
I bought it used from a dealership in Dallas Texas.
One previous owner.
Clear carfax report.
Came w/ all service info she had done.
Only one smart key, and no spare tire.
I've ordered these 2 items online.
Comfortable for 4 adults.
Lots of room. I'm 6'4" tall. Almost a stretch for me w/ drivers seat all the way back & and still lots of room in the back seat. Has a killer stereo, subscribed to SIRIUS XM radio.
A fun car to drive.

By Bucki

on Feb/29/16 07:04 AM (UTC)

Vehicle

2016 Kia Soul


Build Quality
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Versatility, practicality and value

I purchased a 2016 KIA Soul Base automatic. I paid $14.5k before taxes and registration. At this price point the Soul represents an excellent value and I would recommend it.

Strong points: Versatility, practicality and excellent warranty. The wagon/hatchback layout is much more versatile than a traditional sedan, at a significantly lower price than a comparably-sized SUV/crossover. KIA’s 5y/60k miles bumper-to-bumper and 10y/100k miles powertrain warranty offers excellent protection for budget-minded buyers.

Weak points: Lackluster performance and comfort. Performance from the stock 1.6L engine is adequate but the Soul is definitely not a fast vehicle. Very smooth transmission with relatively low gearing helps to maintain car dynamics, but at the expense of fuel economy and engine noise. Comfort is good for short drives, but long road trips are tiresome. And don’t mistake the Soul for a “real” SUV/crossover – if you want higher ground clearance, AWD or even minimal towing capability, look elsewhere.

Performance: The Base 1.6L engine delivers adequate power for city driving and reasonable highway performance, but the Soul isn’t fast. The transmission gearing keeps the engine relatively revved-up (compared to other modern cars), helping to improve driving dynamics, but at the expense of fuel economy and increased cabin noise. Even with 4 adults the Soul does not feel underpowered at normal highway speeds and typical interstate inclines, but acceleration is only adequate, at best. Fuel economy isn’t what one would expect from a vehicle of this size. The 6-speed automatic transmission is very smooth and usually picks the right gears for the driving conditions, helping to make the most of the little engine. But it also keeps the rpm’s relatively high (close to 3,000 at interstate speeds), resulting in more engine noise.

Comfort: The Soul offers a lot of space for the money and there is enough room for 4 fully grown adults to ride in relative comfort. Sitting position is very good with generous leg, head and elbow room, both in the front and the rear. However, the seats are not all that comfortable for long rides. Front seats offer good lateral support, but lumbar support is nonexistent, and there are a few “hard spots” in the seatbacks making prolonged rides somewhat tiring. Rear seats are very flat bench-like, and the seatback angle does not help to adopt a relaxed position for a long ride. Access is excellent thanks to the low floor, tall roof and large doors. The ride is stiff but adequate for the size and class of vehicle, and not overwhelmingly harsh. Cabin sound level is good during city driving and adequate at highway speeds. Both engine and road noise are kept down to reasonable levels.

Quality and fit-and-finish: Interior materials are good for vehicle class and price. All panels fit nicely and everything seems solid and well made. There are no squeaks or rattles when driving over uneven road surfaces, and in general the vehicle feels very solid.

Cargo space and versatility: The wagon/hatchback layout offers a lot of versatility. The cargo space is adequate and the trunk layout is very clever. There is a cargo organizer tray under the trunk floor, allowing to keep valuable out-of-sight and organized, at the expense of some cargo space above. This tray can be removed, and the trunk floor can be lowered increasing the cargo space by about 30% to accommodate large suitcases. And of course the back seats can be folded, providing plenty of space for large objects.

Equipment: As all KIAs, the Soul comes well equipped even in the most basic trim, with a good audio system that includes satellite radio, Bluetooth and voice commands. Pairing-up a phone is quick and easy, and voice commands work generally well. The basic A/C-heater performance is adequate and it is not as noisy as in other economy vehicles. Privacy glass is a nice detail that helps to keep your stuff out-of-sight and the interior cool. Soul comes without a spare tire, but you can buy a tire-jack kit for under $200.

Safety: Passive safety is very good with a 5-star rating from NHTSA and Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The Base model lacks some of the modern active safety features such as lane departure, blind spot monitoring or front collision warning/avoidance, but for the price it is a very safe choice. Visibility is very good all-around. Controls are simple, intuitive and very ergonomic. Handling and steering are adequate considering that the Soul is pretty high. Braking is adequate with good pedal feel. Headlights are average with good low-beams. High beams have good reach but provide little illumination to the road surface.

Final verdict: For less than $15k the Soul is a strong value and an excellent choice for anybody who wants a versatile, practical vehicle on a budget. KIA’s excellent warranty provides extra protection that otherwise is only available through a pricey extended warranty.


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2016 Kia Soul Problems Report:


  • 2016 Kia Soul Top 10 Complaints
  • 2016 Kia Soul Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Kia Soul Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Kia Soul Reviews
  • 2016 Kia Soul Defects

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Is the 2016 Kia Soul Reliable?



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Exterior Dimensions

Exterior Dimensions

  • WHEELBASE
    101.2 Inches
  • OVERALL LENGTH
    163.0 Inches
  • OVERALL HEIGHT
    63.0 Inches
  • MIN GROUND CLEARANCE
    5.9 Inches
  • BASE CURB WEIGHT
    2784 pounds


Interior Dimensions

Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Capacity
    5
  • Front Leg Room
    40.9 Inches
  • Front Shoulder Room
    55.5 Inches
  • Second Leg Room
    39.1 Inches
  • Second Shoulder Room
    54.7 Inches
  • Cargo Volume
    24.2 cubic feet


Transmission

Transmission

  • Transmission Type
    AUTOMATIC
  • Final Drive Ratio
    3.96 Inches
  • Driven Wheels
    front wheel drive


Suspension

Suspension

  • Front Suspension Classification
    Independent
  • Rear Spring Type
    Coil Springs
  • Independent Suspension
    Front
  • Rear Suspension Classification
    Semi-independent
  • Front Stabilizer Bar
    Yes
  • Front Spring Type
    Coil Springs


Wheels

Wheels

  • Tire Type
    All Season
  • Rear Tire Width
    205
  • Rear Tire Profile
    60



Safety

Safety

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System:
    Yes
  • Head Airbags
    Front And Rear
  • Passenger Airbag Deactivation
    Occupant Sensing Deactivation
  • Side Airbags
    Dual Front


Entertainment

Entertainment

  • Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
    Yes
  • Total Number Of Speakers
    6
  • Digital Audio Input
    Auxiliary Audio Input And USB With External Media Control
  • Radio
    AM/FM


Exterior

Exterior Features

  • Exterior Mirror Adjustment
    Power


Interior

Interior Features

  • Front Air Conditioning Zones
    Single
  • Front Air Conditioning
    Yes


Mechanical

Mechanical

  • Engine
    1.6L Inline4 16 Valve Gas Regular Unleaded
  • Front Suspension
    independent
  • Rear Suspension
    semi-independent
  • Fuel Capacity
    14.2 galons
  • Rear Brake Type
    Disc
  • Front Brake Type
    Ventilated Disc

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Vehicle Performance

Eco Electric / FWD / 1A

  • 0-60 Mph
    9.2 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    17.0 sec @ 80.4 mph
  • Source
    Motor Trend

! / FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.3 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.4 sec @ 86.2 mph
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    Motor Trend

/ FWD / 6A

  • 0-60 Mph
    8.5 sec
  • 1/4 Mile
    16.7 sec @ 84 mph
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    Car and Driver

True Market Value

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edmunds The TMV® shows how much a car could be traded in for at the dealership. The TMV® price shown is always based on the style of the vehicle selected. Options and color adjustments are not taken into consideration. *

  • Trade In Price
    $10,281
  • Private Seller Price
    $11,637
  • Dealer Price
    $12,660
  • Original MSRP
    $17,400


2016 Kia Soul Problems Report:


  • 2016 Kia Soul Top 10 Complaints
  • 2016 Kia Soul Top 10 Issues
  • 2016 Kia Soul Top 10 Problems
  • 2016 Kia Soul Reviews
  • 2016 Kia Soul Defects

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2016 Kia Soul JD Power

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  • Better than most

  • About average

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INITIAL QUALITY STUDY

The Initial Quality Study (IQS) examines issues experienced within the first 90 days of new-vehicle ownership. This study measures car quality by analyzing problems reported in the mechanical quality and design of areas such as powertrain, body and interior, and features and accessories.


  • OVERALL QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - MECHANICAL
  • OVERALL QUALITY - DESIGN
  • POWERTRAIN QUALITY - DESIGN
  • BODY & INTERIOR QUALITY - DESIGN
  • FEATURES & ACCESSORIES QUALITY - DESIGN

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2016 Kia Soul Features


Fuel Efficiency

  • CITY
    24 mpg
  • HIGHWAY
    30 mpg
  • EMISSIONS STANDARD
    Federal Tier 2 Bin 5
  • GREEN HOUSE GAS SCORE
    5
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2016 Kia Soul Key Factors: Current Warranty

Warranty Terms Are Listed In Years/miles. Listed Details Represent Standard Offers. Programs May Vary By Model.


TYPE OF COVERAGE
REMAINING
  • BASIC
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years
  • POWERTRAIN
    10 years / 100,000 miles
    9 years
  • CORROSION
    5 years / 100,000 miles
    4 years
  • ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE
    5 years / 60,000 miles
    4 years

2016 Kia Soul Key Factors

Data provided by Edmunds

Pros

  • Attractive cabin with user-friendly controls and ample passenger space
  • Loads of available features
  • Long warranty
  • Excellent crash test scores.

Cons

  • Harsh ride quality with larger wheels
  • So-so fuel economy.


2016 Kia Soul True Cost Of Ownership

Data provided by Edmunds

The TCO® is the total five-year costs of owing a vehicle. Seven cost categories make up the TCO® (depreciation, insurance, financing, taxes & fees, fuel, maintenance and repairs), also take into account any applicable federal tax credit.

ITEMS YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4 YEAR 5 5 YEAR TOTAL
Insurance$1,164$1,205 $1,247$1,291 $1,336$6,243
Maintenance$237$575 $800$705 $2,543$4,860
Repairs$0$0 $0$0 $670$670
Taxes & Fees$1,696$160 $151$144 $137$2,288
Financing$678$540 $395$245 $87$1,945
Depreciation$4,720$1,326 $1,167$1,034 $927$9,174
Fuel$1,558$1,605 $1,653$1,702 $1,753$8,271
True Cost To Own ®$10,053$5,411 $5,413$5,121 $7,453$33,451

*Warranty’s Cover 75% Of Anticipated Maintenance And Repairs.

**Prices provided by Edmunds True Cost to Own® (TCO®)



2016 Kia Soul NHTSA Service Bulletins

Data provided by Edmunds

Date Complaint Filed: 01/30/2016

Component(s): UNKNOWN OR OTHER

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

The panic button on the key fob is not recessed so it activates when you don't want it to. i have contacted both the kia dealer where i bought it and also kia consumer affairs and both could not solve the problem. it is a design flaw. anytime i have the key fob in my pocket it is likely to engage the panic button. it has happened 8 times. people think there is an emergency. please let me know what nhtsa can do to correct this problem. (i previously had a 2013 kia soul and the design of the key fob was different so i never had the panic button go off by mistake.) help.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/17/2016

Component(s): ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Crash: NoFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

Driving this car high speeds (freeway) for longer periods of time (30 minutes or more per day) for more than 3 consecutive days affects my overall health and ability to drive the car. it get chronic headaches, trouble concentrating, sleeping problems, dizziness, forgetfulness, exhaustion, and anxiety which affect my reaction time and alertness while driving, and ability to make proper decisions in traffic. there was no accident, since i discontinued driving the car as soon as i became aware of the problem. i also went to a doctor who confirmed that i am sensitive to the battery of the vehicle (see attached). i contacted the manufacturer but they are not willing to help. i had the car serviced at the local kia service dept., but they say the battery is working properly.


Date Complaint Filed: 07/29/2016

Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES

Crash: YesFire: NoNumber of Injured: 0Number of Deaths: 0
Summary:

While driving in regenerative brake mode and coming up to a stop light, i let the regenerative brake to slow the car to around 10 km/hr then applied the normal brake to slow down the rest of the way. the brake pedal did not engage whatsoever. i did not feel any resistance and the pedal went all the way to the ground. because i couldn't stop, i hit the car in front of me - low speed so luckily no one was hurt. there were no warning lights about brake failure either before or after the incident occurred. pedal was floored and there was no acceleration, only mild deceleration (i.e. still from the regenerative brakes presumably) thus i am quite confident this was not a case of pedal misapplication.






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2016 Kia Soul Review

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The 2016 Kia Soul combines the best attributes of hatchbacks and small crossovers. Middle-of-the-road fuel economy and performance keep it from being a must-have, but overall the 2016 Kia Soul is a solid buy.

The meteoric rise of the subcompact and compact crossover has sounded the death knell for tall, boxy wagons. The 2016 Kia Soul is now the sole carrier of the squared torch passed on by the departed Scion xB and Nissan Cube. It's a funky car that is hard to categorize, possessing qualities of a tall hatchback and compact crossover, but it has styling and a personality that few cars in those segments can match.

As befitting a car of its dimensions, the 2016 Kia Soul is immensely practical. The interior is spacious, with plenty of headroom for front row occupants, and even rear seat passengers will find ample legroom. The cargo area is rather modest in size, but folding the rear seats reveals the true benefit of the boxy shape by tripling the amount of carrying capacity. Also generous is the sheer volume of options available on the Soul. The Soul can get pricey as features such as premium leather and ventilated front seats are added, but these aren't even available on most cars in this class.

The boxy design of the 2016 Kia Soul affords more usable cargo space than some hatchbacks and small crossovers.

The Soul does have some downsides, though. While undeniably practical, the Soul's boxy shape creates invasive wind noise at speed that's hard to ignore. There's also the possibility of a rather harsh ride in Souls equipped with the 18-inch wheels that come bundled with some of the more desirable option packages. Fuel economy is unexceptional, coming in somewhere between subcompact and compact crossovers. Small hatchbacks are typically even more fuel efficient.

Some of those hatchbacks are also more fun to drive, such as the 2016 Ford Focus and 2016 Mazda 3. And it's probably worth your time to check out a few of the latest subcompact crossovers, particularly if you want all-wheel drive; the 2016 Honda HR-V and 2016 Jeep Renegade are desirable picks. For those considering the Soul in its more expensive forms, the 2016 Volkswagen SportWagen offers a higher-quality interior and more cargo room. But overall we're still glad to see the Soul carrying the fun-and-funky wagon torch. It's a solid choice for a budget-friendly runabout that does most things well.

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2016 Kia Soul EV Review

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For those wanting to reduce their carbon footprint without minimizing their visual footprint, the 2016 Kia Soul EV won't forsake anonymity in the name of efficiency.

The Kia Soul EV joined the still-growing field of conventional economy cars converted to electric powertrains in 2015. As such conversions go, the Soul EV is off to a promising start, with a stylish exterior, a long list of standard equipment and hatchback versatility. In short, the 2016 Soul EV is blessed with strong fundamentals, but Kia has done a credible job with the EV part, also. The result is a fully competitive product with an EPA-estimated 93-mile driving range.

This impressive range is largely a function of its 27 kWh (kilowatt-hour) lithium-ion polymer battery, which gets its juice from one of two charging ports concealed behind a sliding panel in the grille. The AC port accepts either household-grade 120-volt current (requiring 24 hours for a full recharge) or 240-volt current (5 hours), while the special DC port's 480-volt current provides an 80 percent charge from empty in a claimed 33 minutes. Of course, 480-volt power sources don't exactly grow on trees, but Kia has equipped a number of its EV dealerships in California with DC charging stations, enabling Soul EV owners to (at least in theory) to go on extended road trips with minimal downtime. The company has also partnered with PlugShare to aid in finding the nearest charger, as well as the Greenlots charging station network to facilitate additional long-distance travel.

The 2016 Soul EV's flush grille and special alloy wheels are the most obvious visual clues to the Electric's identity.

But what about states other than California? That's the significant issue with the Soul EV. Although Kia does plan to offer it in five additional states by the beginning of 2016, the Golden State will be the focal point for the immediate future. If able to buy or lease a Soul EV, however, you'll find little to argue with. The only functional compromise relative to the regular Soul is a modest loss of rear leg- and headroom; even so, a couple of adults can still sit in back in reasonable comfort. Surprisingly, cargo space isn't affected by the battery under the floor, and the Soul EV actually feels more responsive around town -- despite its additional heft -- than its gas-powered counterpart due to the electric motor's instantly available 210 pound-feet of torque.

If you're shopping for an electric vehicle, there are a few other options you might want to check out. The Nissan Leaf has a longer optional range this year and, as the segment's pioneer, it has years of experience and proven reliability. The Ford Focus Electric provides only 76 miles of range and has a tight backseat and trunk, but it offers better handling and a high-quality cabin. There's also the Volkswagen e-Golf, which features classy, understated styling and an exquisitely trimmed interior, and the stylish and easy-to-park Fiat 500e. The 2016 Soul EV compares favorably, though, especially for those who enjoy the conventional Soul's unconventional vibe.

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