2017 Kia Soul

Buyer's Guide

Kia's Soul continues to defy convention. Not only has it outlasted its box-shaped peers, the Scion xB and Nissan Cube, it continues to have strong sales despite the recent boom of subcompact crossovers.

For 2017 the Soul rolls along with a mid-cycle update that introduces new features, styling tweaks, a new performance model, plus three new colours: Caffeine Brown, Mysterious Blue, and Wild Orange.

Part of the Soul's popularity is attributable to its blend of features, practicality, high seating position, and an affordable price tag. Compared to similarly priced subcompact crossovers like the Mazda CX-3, Chevrolet Trax, or even the Honda HR-V, the Soul offers more interior and cargo space thanks to its upright roofline and tailgate.

Despite its small size, the Soul is available with big-car premium features including ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, and newly available front power passenger seat. All models feature standard Bluetooth, USB port, trip computer, a wiper de-icer, height-adjustable driver's seat, and power locks and windows; air conditioning and automatic are bundled together. All EX and up trim levels receive a reverse camera, fog lights, keyless entry, cruise control, heated seats, and air conditioning as standard.

Most Souls also get upgraded infotainment systems this year, with the mid-grade EX trim receiving a new 5.0-inch touchscreen, EX+ a 7.0-inch screen, and EX and SX models equipped with the optional Tech package getting an 8.0-inch display with navigation and a new premium speaker system by Harman/Kardon. Models with the 7.0- and 8.0-inch displays get Android Auto, too. Of note: this year will see the return of the illuminated speaker rings, which pulse to the beat of the music.

Kia has also given the Soul an active safety feature upgrade with available blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Lane-departure warning and forward collision warning are also available but limited to the EX trim level with Tech Package.

Last but not least, the top-of-the-line SX and SX Tech trim levels receive a more potent engine to match the hatchback's sporty appearance. Under the hood is the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in various other Kia products, as well as the Hyundai Veloster Turbo. In this application, it produces 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and is paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While this won't make it a serious rival to the VW GTI, Honda Civic Si, or even the similarly-powerful Ford Fiesta ST, performance should be on par with the Nissan Juke.

The Soul SX Turbo also gets unique 18-inch wheels wrapped in low-profile 45-series tires, sports body kit with red exterior grille stripe, dual exhaust, larger front disc brakes, and SX-specific springs and dampers. On the inside, the SX Turbo gets sports seats with cloth and leather upholstery, a flat-bottom steering wheel, contrast interior stitching, and a sport instrument cluster with boost gauge and torque display.

The Soul LX and LX+ are powered by a 1.6-litre direct-injected four-cylinder shared with the Rio. It develops 130 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque, and can be paired to a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, though, the manual transmission is limited to the base LX trim level and is not available with air conditioning. Fuel economy is rated at 9.7 L/100 km city and 7.8 L/100 km highway for the manual version, with the automatic consuming 9.4 and 7.8 respectively. The EX Eco trim level with engine idle-stop was phased out for 2017; the new Niro hybrid hatchback crossover is due later this year.

The upgrade engine featured on Soul EX trims is a 2.0-litre four cylinder that produces 161 horsepower and 149 lb-ft of torque. It's available exclusively with a six-speed automatic. Though larger, the 2.0 offers similar economy to the 1.6 with a 9.5 L/100 km city and 7.8 L/100 km highway rating.

One upgrade Kia hasn't yet made is all-wheel drive. For the time being, all Soul models continue to be front-wheel drive.

Pricing for the 2017 Soul starts at $17,395, with the top-of-the-line SX Turbo Tech selling for $29,995.

2017 Kia Soul Specifications

There are 9 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $17,395 MSRP
8.8
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
130 hp @6300 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Body style Hatchback
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
5dr Wgn Manual LX $17,395 5 Hatchback
5dr Wgn Manual LX 130 hp @6300 rpm 118 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed M/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr Wgn Manual LX 163" 70.9" 63" 101.2"
5dr Wgn Manual LX
5dr Wgn Manual LX Cloth Seats
5dr Wgn Manual LX
5dr Wgn Manual LX
5dr Wgn Auto LX $19,995 5 Hatchback
5dr Wgn Auto LX 130 hp @6300 rpm 118 ft-lb @4850 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr Wgn Auto LX 163" 70.9" 63" 101.2"
5dr Wgn Auto LX
5dr Wgn Auto LX Cloth Seats
5dr Wgn Auto LX
5dr Wgn Auto LX
5dr Wgn Auto EX *Ltd Avail* $21,395 5 Hatchback
5dr Wgn Auto EX *Ltd Avail* 161 hp @6200 rpm 149 ft-lb @4700 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr Wgn Auto EX *Ltd Avail* 163" 70.9" 63" 101.2"
5dr Wgn Auto EX *Ltd Avail*
5dr Wgn Auto EX *Ltd Avail* Cloth Seats
5dr Wgn Auto EX *Ltd Avail*
5dr Wgn Auto EX *Ltd Avail*
5dr Wgn Auto EX $21,495 5 Hatchback
5dr Wgn Auto EX 161 hp @6200 rpm 149 ft-lb @4700 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr Wgn Auto EX 163" 70.9" 63" 101.2"
5dr Wgn Auto EX
5dr Wgn Auto EX Cloth Seats
5dr Wgn Auto EX
5dr Wgn Auto EX
5dr Wgn Auto EX+ $23,395 5 Hatchback
5dr Wgn Auto EX+ 161 hp @6200 rpm 149 ft-lb @4700 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr Wgn Auto EX+ 163" 70.9" 63" 101.2"
5dr Wgn Auto EX+
5dr Wgn Auto EX+ Cloth Seats
5dr Wgn Auto EX+
5dr Wgn Auto EX+
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo $25,995 5 Hatchback
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo 201 hp @6000 rpm 195 ft-lb @1500 rpm 7-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo 163" 70.9" 63" 101.2"
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo N/A
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo
5dr Wgn Auto EX Premium $25,995 5 Hatchback
5dr Wgn Auto EX Premium 161 hp @6200 rpm 149 ft-lb @4700 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr Wgn Auto EX Premium 163" 70.9" 63" 101.2"
5dr Wgn Auto EX Premium
5dr Wgn Auto EX Premium Leather Seats
5dr Wgn Auto EX Premium
5dr Wgn Auto EX Premium
5dr Wgn Auto EX Tech $28,095 5 Hatchback
5dr Wgn Auto EX Tech 161 hp @6200 rpm 149 ft-lb @4700 rpm 6-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr Wgn Auto EX Tech 163" 70.9" 63" 101.2"
5dr Wgn Auto EX Tech
5dr Wgn Auto EX Tech Leather Seats
5dr Wgn Auto EX Tech
5dr Wgn Auto EX Tech
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo Tech $29,995 5 Hatchback
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo Tech 201 hp @6000 rpm 195 ft-lb @1500 rpm 7-Speed A/T Front Wheel Drive
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo Tech 163" 70.9" 63" 101.2"
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo Tech
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo Tech N/A
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo Tech
5dr Wgn Auto SX Turbo Tech

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Owner Reviews: 2017 Kia / Soul

Average Rating

2010 Kia Soul

Trim: 4U Burner
by soul4uburner on 10-22-2012
Great car to drive
I have driven my Kia Soul 4U Burner for two years now and I love driving it every day. The ride at times can be a bit harsh over rough roads with the 18inch wheels and sport suspension but overall it's a great car to drive around. On the highway it cruises efforlessly along with traffic and has adequate power for passing. The first generation of the car has only a 4 speed automatic which can feel a little tired off the line sometimes but as I said it's adequate for most every day situations.

The interior is laid out very nicely and has excellent visability. The stereo is amazing for a stock unit and the heated seats come in handy on a cold morning. There are some harsh plastics on the doors and can be a little uncomfortable for lengthy traffic jams to lean your arm on.

In terms of fuel economy it is pretty good but could be a little better. In my personal experience I tend to get about 450-500 kms on a full tank but that might just be my driving style.

It is fairly cheap to run but be warned new tires will cost a pretty penny at 18inches.

Overall I love the Soul.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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2012 Kia Soul

by Kat-Win on 10-18-2012
Love MY Soul
This is by far one of the best vehicles I've ever driven. It's cute, compact, and awesome on fuel! Despite it's "tiny" look, it offers loads of leg room and lots of room for groceries. I was very hesitant to purchase a Kia, as I've test driven a Kia about 6 years ago...and I was less than impressed. Kia has come a very long way! I love that the "Extras" weren't Extras with Kia, they came standard - heated seats, cruise control bluetooth, Floor Mats!
Love this vehicle!!
Overall
4.5
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2011 Kia Soul

by Ramona on 10-16-2012
Tougher and stronger then I ever expected!
Just like the title says, it's far tougher then I had expected.

i went from a Jeep to this car and still go everywhere that I went with my Jeep (that's legal). :)
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
5/5
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