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2016 Kia Soul Guide
Get the best online car shopping experience with expert reviews of the 2016 Kia Soul. Read more to learn about the most important features and important factors to consider when researching the 2016 Kia Soul.
Overview2016 KIA SOUL
If you're looking for a different kind of ride, a compact with real personality like you, its driver, then take a closer look at the 2016 Kia Soul. Far from looking like your average car, the Kia Soul is a different kind of compact vehicle, looking like a miniature crossover hatchback wagon with the space inside to match. Fun to drive and cool to look at, the 2016 Kia Soul is a truly unique vehicle and one of the last remaining entries in its subcompact crossover class. For 2016, Kia adds two-tone paint to the Soul as well as forward-collision and lane-departure warnings and alloy wheels standard with the base model. US News declared the 2016 Kia Soul the top hatchback, the No. 3 compact car, and the No. 4 affordable smart car of 2016 as well as the best compact car, and hatchback of the year for families.
Full of FeaturesYou'd be hard-pressed to find a feature you want in a compact car that you can't find either standard or as an option in a Kia Soul with the exception, perhaps, in the way of all-wheel drive. The vehicle even has features not found on other cars in its own class, like ventilated premium leather front seats and its UVO infotainment apps and eService monitoring and alert features, including curfew alert, driving score, speed alert, geo-fencing, navigation, and Bluetooth pairing. What's more, controls for all these features are easy to use. You can even get the Kia Soul as an electric vehicle with the Soul EV.
SpaceThe fact that the Kia Soul is classified as a compact or a subcompact belies the tremendous roominess inside the cabin. Headroom is generous in the front, and legroom is likewise generous in the rear. Though the cargo area is only modest, when you fold the rear seats flat, you reveal three times the capacity.
Reliability Is KeyThe 2016 Kia Soul gets top safety scores and comes with a long warranty, giving you the confidence it will last. In fact, the 2016 Kia Soul earns some of the lowest estimated overall ownership costs of its class. J.D. Power gives the 2016 Kia Soul four out of five stars for reliability.
A Roaring RideDue to the boxy shape of the Kia Soul, some degree of wind noise and vibration is unavoidable. This is made more intense when you choose the 18-inch wheels, which can give a rougher-than-desired ride too. Still, the vehicle does offer a stiff suspension and a firm chassis.
Soft PowerPower is not one of the Kia Soul's strong suits. With no turbocharged engine options and those engines available only providing between 109 and 164 horsepower, acceleration can be lagging, particularly in the base model.
Non-Competitive Fuel EconomyFor its class, the 2016 Kia Soul could have better fuel economy, averaging only 24 mpg in the city and 30-31 on the highway. Upgrade from the base 1.6-liter engine to the 2.0-liter engine, and gas mileage goes up to 31 mpg on the highway although it remains at 24 mpg in town.
2016 Kia Soul Reviews
4.8 OUT OF 5 (446 Reviews)