2018 Kia Soul Hatchback

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City mpg:
24
Highway mpg:
30

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2018 Kia Soul Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Kia Soul Base include Gamma 1.6L I-4 130hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, power mirrors.

2018 Kia
Soul Hatchback

Starting at: $16,100

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  • 2018 Kia Soul ! Hatchback

    • Price:$23,299
    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Shadow Black,
    Interior Color:
    Black,
    Stock #:
    0KC18163,
    Model Code:
    B4542,
    VIN:
    KNDJX3AA3J7898000
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  • 2018 Kia Soul ! Hatchback

    • Price:Please Call
    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Wild Orange,
    Interior Color:
    Black,
    Stock #:
    00555090,
    Model Code:
    B4542,
    VIN:
    KNDJX3AA3J7555090
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  • 2018 Kia Soul ! Hatchback

    • Price:Please Call
    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Wild Orange,
    Interior Color:
    Black,
    Stock #:
    00554929,
    Model Code:
    B4542,
    VIN:
    KNDJX3AA9J7554929
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  • 2018 Kia Soul ! Hatchback

    • Price:Please Call
    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    7-Speed Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Bright Silver,
    Interior Color:
    Black,
    Stock #:
    00520874,
    Model Code:
    B4542,
    VIN:
    KNDJX3AA5J7520874
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  • 2018 Kia Soul ! Hatchback

    • Price:$25,933
    Engine:
    1.6L I-4 cyl,
    Transmission:
    Automatic,
    Exterior Color:
    Inferno Red,
    Interior Color:
    Black,
    Stock #:
    0KC18042,
    Model Code:
    B4542,
    VIN:
    KNDJX3AA3J7517410
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    Tech Package (Radio: harman/kardon AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM Audio, 10-Way Power Adjustable Driver's Seat, 8-Way Power Adjustable Passenger Seat, Blind Spot Detection, )
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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 1
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 130hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Engine torque - 118 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 77.0mm x 85.4mm (3.03" x 3.36")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,140mm (163.0")
  • Exterior body width - 1,801mm (70.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,613mm (63.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,570mm (101.2")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,039mm (40.9")
  • Rear legroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Front headroom - 1,006mm (39.6")
  • Rear headroom - 1,003mm (39.5")
  • Front hiproom - 1,351mm (53.2")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,252mm (49.3")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,410mm (55.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,389mm (54.7")
  • Passenger volume - 2,860L (101.0 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 532 L (19 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,402 L (50 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.6
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 130hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Torque - 118 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 27mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 14.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 24mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 205/60HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/60HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer

Trims

  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
Base 2018 Kia Soul Hatchback Base Search New $16,100   130-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  24 / 30  
Base 2018 Kia Soul Hatchback Base Search New $17,700   130-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 30  
+ 2018 Kia Soul Hatchback + Search New $20,300   161-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 30  
! 2018 Kia Soul Hatchback ! Search New $22,800   201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  26 / 31  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The 1.6-liter engine is slow, with a minimal 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. But if you don’t commute on the freeway, it keeps up. For an entry-level new car, considering the cargo capacity and cool factor, the base model with the six-speed manual is a good car for the money.

The 2.0-liter only comes with the six-speed automatic transmission whose downshifts are responsive and quick, although at freeway speeds, it shifts between fifth and sixth gears too much. It can be locked in manual so it only upshifts at redline, but that probably won’t keep it from downshifting from sixth to fifth.

The turbo engine, built by Hyundai, makes 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, enough so there’s torque steer if you stand on it. With this engine, the Soul is a quick car on a winding backroad.

Not so quick around town, though. Driving slowly, it feels lethargic and unwilling, with a sluggish throttle response and non-linear acceleration; the transition from gliding to accelerating is slow, and it responds to more throttle with too much throttle.

The suspension is right, because the Soul doesn’t feel like a tall box in the corners, and the ride isn’t too busy on its short wheelbase. Twin-path dampers deliver good control, confidence in corners, and isolation from small bumps.

The Soul is no Volkswagen Golf or Mini Cooper, but it’s handling is responsive on a quick winding road, while also accelerating and braking. A Sport mode tightens the steering, making the Soul sporty and fun.

The transmission can be so slow to transition between Drive and Reverse. It gets old fast, especially when you’re in a hurry.

Four-wheel disc brakes are standard, with brake assist and hill-start assist, even on the base model. They work well, easy to modulate for smooth, controlled braking.

Walk Around

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The Soul is as physically perky (if you see it that way) as it’s always been, but that seems like a long time now, so it’s not so fresh any more. It’s still fun to look at. It puts a splash of spirit into the sameness of the highway. Crossovers that all look the same, blah blah boring. The Soul steps out of that.

The proportions are right, as the sharp angles on the chunky sheetmetal work with the roofline. The windshield pillars are abrupt while leaning back a bit, keeping the profile from being too square, although it’s still square.

The Soul needs the body-colored trim in the Plus and Exclaim models, to smooth the lines and enhance the shape. There is a shape, and it’s distinctive.

Interior Overview

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For a compact hatchback, the Soul becomes a compact cargo van. There’s 24.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats, and with them folded there’s a vast 61.3 cubic feet. The Soul might not be svelte, but the shape scores at swallowing bicycles.

And there is an amazing 39 inches of rear seat legroom, more than many midsize crossovers. The Plus and Exclaim have a folding center armrest in the rear, so we’re talking four adults in comfort.

There’s a black sea of plastic in the dash, with chrome and glossy trim. What a missed opportunity to make Soul special. There are some soft materials and upscale touches, such as the steering wheel and gauges that the driver looks down on, because the instrument panel is low.

The centerstack with its controls is canted toward the driver. Speakers sit on top of vents at the edges of the dash. They can be made to throb to the music, in fluorescent blood red.

The seats are firm and supportive, but a tall driver might find himself oe herself sitting too high, with his or her thighs running out of support.

It’s safe to say that Kia didn’t go whole hog on the sound deadening. The turbocharged engine noise breaks into the cabin and howls at 4000 rpm, in the Soul! model. The two slower engines are louder.

Summary

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The Soul lives up to its name; it does have soul, as well as compelling virtues. The base model, especially with the 6-speed manual transmission mated to its 1.6-liter engine, is a good value, although maybe not so much if you have to pay $2000 for a rearview camera (in a package). The 2.0-liter turbo Soul! with the seven-speed dual clutch transmission ! turns the Soul into a pocket rocket.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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Kia Soul ($16,100) comes with cloth seats, air conditioning, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Manual transmission is standard, automatic is available ($17,700). No rearview camera, cruise control, or front center armrest. Soul+ ($20,300) gets upgraded cloth upholstery, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, 17-inch wheels, and body-colored bumpers and trim.

Soul! ($22,800) comes with the turbo engine, 18-inch wheels and sporty exterior bits. Inside, there are leather seats and piano black trim, a 4.3-inch LED instrument cluster, and keyless ignition.

The rearview camera is only available in a package ($2000). (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

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