Who knew you could package this much space and utility—enough for four adults, or five in a pinch—into such a small footprint? I was told that I was a liar by the dealership and brushed off by Kia. We seem to be getting about 28 mpg and I think something this small should o better. Replaced a 2006 Hyundai Tucson. Upgrade to the Soul Plus and Exclaim models equipped with the 2. After negotiating the price I was very happy with what I paid.
All is well with us and the Soul. A Design Collection package is now available and adds two new contrasting exterior colors: white with a red roof and red with a black roof. I purchased the intermediate model and spent far too much money for a car of this quality. Resale value is expected to be very good for the Soul, better than the Jeep Renegade and on par with the Nissan Juke. The Kia Soul for 2016 retains the original's tall, rectangular profile, but stays fresh thanks to a reworked front end and tall taillights.
Plus models add a larger engine and automatic transmission, cruise control, keyless entry and upgraded cloth trim. Thanks to a much-improved structure that was introduced with the current generation, two years ago, the Soul now provides a smooth, comfortable ride, yet it's taut enough to lend a feeling of security. Looking at some of the details, the Soul gets a distinctive lower air intake from that concept design, and with the grille and headlamps tucked upward somewhat, it has a visual effect of making the hoodline seem higher than it is. Kia has taken the right path with its Soul—respecting the distinctive profile and design that it simply got right from the start, and letting it evolve to a second-generation model that's perhaps somewhat sportier and more inspired in its details. A much stiffer structure came with the last redesign, in 2014, and it allowed engineers to add more suspension travel overall while more closely reeling in pitching motions. Moving to the back seat, there's plenty of head room and leg room for all but the tallest adults—even our 6-foot-6-inch tester would be comfortable enough for several hours back there.
Although there is a good sense of center, and better weighting off-center than in many other comfort-focused small cars. The downshift behavior from the transmission is a little over-eager on the highway, where it too easily lets the engine race and bounces between the very tall sixth gear and fifth. The industry's seem to think that's okay. Leather seats are standard on the Exclaim, and forward collision and lane departure warning systems are newly available features included in the Premium Package for the Exclaim. Meanwhile, Base models equipped with the Convenience Package add a 4. Cargo volume rear seat down cu. Although it's lacking modern accident-avoidance technology, it offers far better protection than the first-generation Soul that was sold through the 2013 model year.
Remedy Kia will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and secure the pinion plug or replace the steering gear assembly, as necessary, free of charge. When operating a vehicle, never use a vehicle system that takes your focus away from safe vehicle operation. What We Think In a 2014 First Test review, we said that the Soul has a roomier and more comfortable interior, and a quieter cabin than the previous model. At the ripe age of 71, I find it a real kick to drive. The base model receives standard alloy wheels, the Plus trim gains fog lights and a rearview camera, and the Exclaim gains leather seats. Can't fit a bike in the back, too short. My 2016 Kia Soul + has style, comfort and great performance.
The others come with a 2. Base models use a 6-speed manual the automatic is optional. More comfortable than I would have expected. The only thing I didn't like was no spare tire. Performance is probably the one area in which the 2016 Kia Soul doesn't over-deliver.
For 2016, Kia has added an inexpensive Convenience Package that allows a rearview camera, touchscreen audio, and satellite radio on base models; there's also a new Designer Collection package that brings a two-tone exterior. Gas mileage to me is great. Leather seats are standard on the Exclaim, and forward collision and lane departure warning systems are newly available features included in the Premium Package for the Exclaim. The car seems to have decent power. The engine noise you hear inside the cabin is the only reminder that this model is built on economy-car roots. Back up camera, but no keyless entry. There's one thing that serves as a reminder of the Soul's economy-car origins, and that's engine noise.
Premium tunes can be heard via an Infinity audio system with a prominent center speaker. Cargo volume rear seat down cu. The navigation system is one of the best on the market. Vehicle Details The 2016 Kia Soul features a 2-row, 5-passenger cabin whose looks and functions improve as you climb the three trim levels, from cloth seats in base models to available Nappa leather in top-line versions. The big screen is easy to read and changes the background at night so it is easy to see. The Exclaim model was on the dealer floor and I wanted the. Back-seat space is impressive, but keep in mind that the Soul has the width of a small car.