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

Expert Review Articles

by Paul Williams
November 17, 2016
201 horses for the new Soul

Owner Reviews: 2017 Kia / Soul

Average Rating

2011 Kia Soul

Trim: 2u
by Pandrea1221 on 07-08-2017
Lots of space, reliable vehicle
Our Kia has been very reliable in the 5 years we have had it. It has a basic interior with simple features, but the design works. It is great on gas. The interior is very spacious, lots of space to travel, great vehicle for large dogs to ride around in and it handles like a small vehicle so you don't feel like you're driving a big boat. Overall it has held up very well with heavy daily usage.

Some of the cons which aren't a huge deal- you can hear road noise when driving on highways, the seats get a little uncomfortable during long drives. (4+ hours). An arm rest on the passenger side would be nice. It doesn't have a lot of "oomph" if you need to accelerate quickly.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
3/5
Performance
3/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
3/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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2015 Kia Soul

by dnova310 on 06-18-2017
Very nice
Very good on fuel, and very comfortable ride. Its a lot more roomy on the inside than it appears. I enjoy the sound system as well.
Overall
4.0
Comfort
4/5
Performance
4/5
Fuel Economy
4/5
Interior Design
4/5
Exterior Styling
3/5
Reliability
4/5
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2016 Kia Soul

by Mindy-loo on 06-14-2017
Lots of fun to drive
I've had my Soul for a little over a year now, and I am very pleased with it. Peppy on the highways. Easy to turn in small parking lots. Fuel efficient. So very cute!

I love the panoramic sunroof, but the most pleasant surprise is how much I love the heated steering wheel. Living in Northern Ontario, this makes a big difference in the comfort of winter driving. So far I have been delighted with everything.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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