2016 KIA SOUL

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Vehicle Details

Mileage: 2
Color: WHITE
Body Style: Wagon
Interior: Black
Doors: 4
Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Engine Type: 1.6L I4 16V GDI DOHC
Drive Train: FWD
Fuel: GAS
Location: Tinley Park, IL

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Option & Equipment

1st and 2nd row curtain head airbags
4-wheel ABS Brakes
ABS and Driveline Traction Control
Audio controls on steering wheel
Audio system memory card slot
Black grille w/chrome surround
Bluetooth wireless phone connectivity
Braking Assist
Bucket front seats
Cargo area light
Center Console: Full with covered storage
Clock: In-radio display
Cloth seat upholstery
Coil front spring
Coil rear spring
Cruise control
Cruise controls on steering wheel
Curb weight: 2,784 lbs.
Digital Audio Input
Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
External temperature display
Fold forward seatback rear seats
Front Independent Suspension
Front reading lights
Front suspension stabilizer bar
Front Ventilated disc brakes
Fuel Capacity: 14.2 gal.
Fuel Consumption: City: 24 mpg
Fuel Consumption: Highway: 30 mpg
Fuel Type: Regular unleaded
Gross vehicle weight: 3,836 lbs.
Independent front suspension classification
Instrumentation: Low fuel level
Interior air filtration
Manual front air conditioning
Manufacturer's 0-60mph acceleration time (seconds): 9.2 s
Max cargo capacity: 61 cu.ft.
MP3 player
Overall Length: 163.0"
Overall Widt
Overhead console: Mini with storage
Passenger Airbag
Power remote driver mirror adjustment
Power remote passenger mirror adjustment
Power windows
Privacy glass: Deep
Rear bench
Regular front stabilizer bar
Remote power door locks
Semi-independent rear suspension
Side airbag
Silver aluminum rims
SiriusXM AM/FM/Satellite Radio
SiriusXM Satellite Radio(TM)
Speed Sensitive Audio Volume Control
Speed-proportional electric power steering
Stability control
Strut front suspension
Surround Audio
Suspension class: Regular
Tachometer
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Torsion beam rear suspension
Total Number of Speakers: 6
Trip computer
Urethane shift knob trim
Urethane steering wheel trim
Variable intermittent front wipers
Vehicle Emissions: ULEV II
Wheel Diameter: 16
Wheel Width: 6.5

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Information about Dealer

Purchase of new Optima

5
Gerald Ashley on 11/17/2016

Customer Service: 5.0 Buying Process: 5.0 Quality Of Repair: 5.0 Overall Facilities: 5.0

The purchase of my new Optima went very well, with the help of the sales lady, Pearl Ashby, as well as management. I was very impressed with Kia Motors and the fact that they give veterans/active duty members a discount. Wish more manufacturers did this.

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Vehicle Rating & Owner Reviews

Overall Rating
4.5
  Based on 54 reviews

eeg beater

5
David Hamilton on 11/21/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 2 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 3 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:

check to make sure your car has day running lights and keyless entry for safety when you are a lone

Kia Soul+ Versatile, Quick, Comfort, Safe, Fun

5
dave kelsey on 11/10/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Our new Black 2016 Kia Soul+ is a truly modern car, with 21st century technology, comfort fitting seats, excellent workmanship, and a lot more pep than you might expect. This car is not only great to look at, and it is a real nifty ride, and a dream to park. Premier Kia in Branford took care of everything, making this the most satisfying buying experience yet. Entrance and exit are easy and the large headroom make the this Soul+ a favorite of the over 60 crowd, as we don't bend as well as we used to. So far everybody loves it. and I do too.

My HAMSTA

5
Karen Joyce on 11/04/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Loving this car !! My last car was totaled in August in a rear end collision while I sat at a stoplight. I always thought my 2003 PT Cruiser Turbo would be with me forever. When I found out I could afford a 2016 Kia Soul+, all my car blues went away. The Soul isn't quite as powerful, but it is a fun, quick little car that seems to impress all my friends. I have a Hamster theme going on with a few decals and even a hamster personal license plate. I'm getting about 30 mpg around town while in optional "economy" mode. Another option that I have tried is three levels of steering---normal, sport and comfort. Since I will be 70 years old soon, the "comfort" setting feels easiest for me. The seating is comfortable and spacious. The warranty that came with the car is very impressive. The dealership has been fantastic----they even held a Kia Soul Rally last month where 12 Kia Souls all gathered and traveled from Prescott to Sedona, AZ, for lunch and music. Winding through the local mountains all in a row (11 different colors in the group), we seemed to get lots of attention as we passed some viewpoints and in the mining town of Jerome, AZ. I'm looking forward to many happy years with this cute, bright red, stylish car.

The really cute Kia

5
James Schooler on 11/03/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: Performance Rating: Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating:

The Soul really fits in a garage, is reasonable useful for such a compact wagon. has reasonable power and performance for a compact vehicle. I love mine.

Great car for its size

5
AGC on 10/29/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

The best thing about the Kia Soul is that it is a car where you sit up high like an SUV. There is more than enough space in the cargo area but the ability to lay the back seats down is a great thing. This is not a zoom-zoom car but it is fine for commuting, comfy, decent sound system. Haven't taken any road trips yet but look forward to it.

My dream car

5
Kim on 10/25/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

If there is one thing I would add to a con list would be no place for a spare tire, don't like that. I love this car so much. So roomy inside and you feel like your sitting up high. Has all the get up and go one could ask for. I would recommend the Kia soul to anyone looking for an economical but stylish car.

KIA Soul purchase

3
george stranovsky on 10/23/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: Performance Rating: Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating:

I purchased KIA soul 2016 and paid $16,300; I received a voucher for $14,395; But when I got to the dealer I ended up paying $2k more. Also I found at home that they charged tax on dealer preparation which was $690 and other licence services which should not have been done. The car is fine, but these additions do bother me.

hamster love

4
Connie pueblo on 10/17/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

I bought a 2013 Soul plus, put 63,000 miles on it, gave it to my daughter. then I bought a 2016 designer plus. The 2013 has been a great car no problems, seats are a little uncomfortable for long trips, I live in southwest Idaho and she does great in bad weather. Overall I give it a ten for ease of getting in and out with bad knees, good MPG, I have had no problems with this car. the 2016 does seem to have better seats and and a few more good features. I think this car is a great value and a fun to drive car!

Great little ride

5
Doug on 10/15/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: Value Rating:

My wife really liked the looks of the car which is a definite plus. On taking a test drive I knew it was what I was looking for, It is extremely easy to get in and out, with the small engine the transmission seems to shift a lot. it is maintaining a 29 mpg which is great in my book. I sets beside a 5 leder awd automatic that gets 14.5 mpg. My previous car was a 232 V6 with a 6 speed stick. while it was fun to drive and averaged about 23 mpg using high test gas , which is 50 cents a gallon more than regular, a roaster which was my dream car and I drove it 9 years, a record for me. As Of now I am well pleased with the performance, handling and overall quality of my KIA.

Horrible seats

1
Fred on 10/13/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 1 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 4

Got the ! Because wanted lumbar support. The seats felt great for a test drive. However driving for 30 minutes headrest pushes your head too far forward and down, regardless of adjustments. Serious neck and upper back pain

Great little car for commuting

5
Ladell Hildebrand on 10/11/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Small car but feels bigger inside. Great on gas too!!!!

2016 KIA Soulful Plus

5
Dave Condon on 10/11/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I purchased a 2016 KIA Plus Soulful because basically that was all the dealer had left of the 2016 models. The Soulful is an optional package on the KIA Soul Plus. I think it adds bigger wheels and also adds a drop down molding piece. Here are what I consider the strong points of the vehicle: The Soulful is very easy to get in and out of. The visibility is excellent with really no blind spots. The variable steering means sharp turns at slow speed and much more forgiving steering at high speeds. The headlights are powerful and the fog lights are tremendous in fog. The overall interior quality is impressive. Fuel economy is acceptable running about 25 mpg in town and 35 mpg on the highway. There are two things I don't really like about the KIA Soulful: (1) the 18 inch wheels and (2) a missing CD player. The 18 inch wheels look cool but ride hard and replacement tires are around $225.00 each. The entertainment package does not have a CD player and only accepts a MP3 format using thumb drives. Everyone I know that has a KIA Soul loves them and to tell the truth, the longer I have my Soulful the more it's growing on me.

So glad we chose this one!

5
Jean Schanberger on 10/02/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Looked at a lot of small cars for ease and comfort of older parents and dog. This was the right choice. Plus it's SUPER fun to drive and sporty!

Our family has a lot of Soul - 2 of them

5
Trudie LaVigne on 09/26/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Great inexpensive cars with large cargo capability, especially with the rear seats down. The 2014 came with a spare tire and tools. The 2016 didn't, which is unsettling to me and we will probably purchase one. Though the car comes with 5 yr. roadside assistance, you never know if you might get a flat and be out of a cell phone range.

slow poke turns into race horse

3
p macdonell on 09/25/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 4 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating:

Slow pickup from first into seconds, then before you know it your at 80!

Plenty of Room for Four 6-Footers!

5
David Hild on 09/22/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Small on the outside but surprisingly spacious inside. I'm 6-2 and don't need to push the drivers seat all the way back. And I can sit "behind me" easily. The nappa leather included with the Umber package is beautiful. My friends are floored at how upscale my Soul looks and feels inside. VERY comfortable even for long highway drives. The ride, even with the 18" wheels is fantastic. The car feels well planted and composed. And it's QUIET inside! Selectable modes for steering also a pleasant surprise. In fact, I'm blown away at how good the steering feels compared to earlier Kia/Hyundai models. Excellent 6-speed automatic with fun to use manual mode. Luggage space is a bit tight. But there is more room under the removable cargo floor. Take out the storage bin and you gain a lot more space for suitcases and travel bags. Europeans having been touring in small, space efficient vehicles like the Soul since forever. I've always appreciated well executed car designs based on the comfort of passengers. Highly recommended!

Great value

5
JAMES LOPEZ on 09/21/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

For the price and guarantee this is an excellent choice

Love the car. True price not even close

5
Mark Hutchinson on 09/11/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

True price is the highest any one should consider. I bought mine for 2k less. To me it is a data point that is an outlier like the sticker price

Will Never Buy Another Kia

2
Scott on 09/08/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 2 Value Rating: 5

I bought our Soul new in 2012 and always had it serviced at Haleen Kia. Yesterday, my wife took it for an oil change and they talked her into 'fuel injector service' and 'radiator service' to the tune of $300. Today the 'check engine' light came on and all the sudden Haleen Kia doesn't want to hear about it. I called Kia Moters and they told me all the dealers can do whatever they wanted I should try another dealer which is 59 miles away. So my only real choice is to pay a real mechanic to fix it. After that, it's getting sold. Besides that, it wasn't a bad little car until the Kia grease monkeys got their paws on it and I learned that neither Kia Motors nor their dealers will stand behind the product.

In love with Soul

5
Daisy on 09/05/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I've owned 13 cars, everything from a mustang to an accord and I've never been so happy with a car as I've been with my 2014 Kia Soul Exclaim/w shebang package. This car has everything you could ever need... Comfort, style, sound system, huge sunroof, safety, and smooth, quiet ride. I tell people this is the only car I wouldn't change. Recently a group of teeneagers ended my love affair with my soul, by plowing into me and destroying it but even then I loved it because as huge of an accident as it was, the car stayed in one piece and all my passengers were perfectly safe. I wish they still made it exactly like mine because I wanted another one just like it and wasn't able to find it anywhere in the U.S.... I love it so much I was willing to drive wherever they had one to buy it... This model represents such fun and happiness. Peace hamsters ;) Now I guess I will have to "settle" for something else :(

The real review.

3
Brandon Bron on 08/14/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 3 Performance Rating: 1 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 4 Safety Rating: 3 Technology Rating: 4 Value Rating: 5

Fist off, this is a great bang for the buck "cube car". There is a lot of things I like and miss about this car. But what I will tell you about is the three things that drove me up the wall with this cute thing. 1.Transmission. It could not figure out what gear it was supposed to be in- constantly upshifting and downshifting even while in Cruise it was clueless, and most of the time the wrong gear. For instance every day on my way to work I had to drive up a moderately steep hill. I could not do 35 to 40 mph up the hill. When I gave it a little bit more gas to not bog down, it would downshift and if I let off the gas to keep it at the speed I wanted, it would up shift and start bogging down again. Gerrrr! This transmission is definitely bipolar. 2- The gas pedal...it's basically an on-off switch! There's no way to start this car at a light without sending your passengers head crashing into the headrest. 3- the seats have no economic Lumber support and the top of the seats shoulders and head rest are too far foward, making you feel crunched up. This is just my three things I feel could have been better with this car. The one thing I liked the most was the interior, it was roomy, it was quiet, and the sound system is awesome.

Safe car for your kids!

5
Nancy on 08/14/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating:

I own a 2014 Soul and we loved it so much that we bought one for my 21 year old daughterfor her first car. She hadn't even had it for 1 month when a driver in the center lane of traffic decided to turn right from the middle lane and cut her off at 40 miles per hour. My daughter the lost control of the car from the impact and hit a concrete building almost head on, at approximately 35 miles per hour. I was a passenger in the vehicle with my daughter and I cannot stress enough how impressively this little wagon held up! The front end damage was severe, but the safety features of this vehicle performed exactly as they are meant to and ensured that we both walked away with only minor bumps and bruises from airbag deployment and seatbelts. If you're looking for a safe and reliable vehicle for your precious young driver, the Kia Soul is sure to keep them safe! Im so thankful today that she was driving this particular vehicle, and not the Fiat-sized death box that she really wanted...

The best of all worlds.

5
Jack Van Dyk on 07/14/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Rides higher than the Honda Civic we owned. Accelerates about as good. Seats are very comfortable. Good interior space (for the appearance of size). I like the rear mirror and window visibility (front & side, also) best of all. The key to the Soul is to purchase the Plus or Exclaim model. The engine in the Base is a real under-performer. We paid more to get the bigger engine . . . and so glad for it!!

Last Kia I will ever buy

1
Michael on 06/29/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 3 Interior Rating: 1 Reliability Rating: 1 Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating: 1

2016 Kia souls are crap, air conditioning went out over 3 weeks ago, took 2 days to finally get a Kia service dealer to call me back to make an appointment. Finally got it in, part was to be in within a week, then backordered for 3 weeks, now yet another week. Kia says they put it on fast track or something like that, yet I'm still driving in the heat. Its been in the 90's and 100's here. Nothing like having a new car and not having a/c. Never again will I buy a Kia as this has been a horrible experience for me. I owned a 2014 Soul and totally loved it, so much that I traded up for a 2016 Soul, only to find they are made MUCH cheaper than the older models, lots less standard options and poor quality compared to the older ones.

Good for seniors

5
Suziesolo on 06/25/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: Technology Rating: Value Rating:

The Soul is the right size for me. I have arthritis, getting in and out of the Soul is easy. Just the right height! Chevy, Ford and Chrysler should take notice. Older people sometimes need a vehicle that sits a little higher off the ground. It make it a little more comfortable to get in and out. There's nothing out there in this price range of $17,000.

Fell in love with my Caribbean Blue Soul!

5
KKTX22 on 06/11/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I recently bought a 2016 Kia Soul Plus in Caribbean Blue and I love it. I originally was going to get it in Shadow Black, but once I saw the Caribbean Blue I knew I had to get it in that color. The Soul handles very nice and smooth. To me there is plenty of space, especially with multiple passengers and you don't feel like you are sitting on top of each other. I am also impress that the radio is a touch screen and it makes it easier to change stations or make a call from it if you wanted your passenger make a call for you. The blue tooth works with a clear sound. I am looking forward to many adventures in my Soul!

Great for 6'2" tall teacher with a 1 hour commute

5
Mike on 06/03/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

I tell people this is a big car without being a big car! If I put the driver seat all the back, it's actually too far! And people behind me are still comfortable!! I love that I can adjust the gas mileage settings (Eco button) for times when I need to accelerate quickly and times when I'm just cruising. There's plenty of storage space with the rear seats up or down. The stereo system is good, I see no reason to replace it. Can't beat the 10 year powertrain warranty (major reason I wanted Kia). I was between Kia or Hyundai for the 10 year warranty, but the Soul is much better deal at under $20,000 for most models. I love this car. My only complaint is the drag in the acceleration when the AC is on, but that will happen with any car.

Wow

5
Marc on 06/01/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Car is really comfortable, mileage is great, holds more with back seats down than appears from looking at it, very happy with price after all options from factory and dealer installed, cant beat 0% financing. Kia of St. Augustine is assume to work with.

Lookout SOUL

5
ric robinson on 05/26/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 4

Love my Soul!

5
Tony on 05/24/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 3 Value Rating:

Kia has done a great job with the Soul. Especially like the ample room (I am 6'3"). Adjustable steering a really nice feature-really like the Sport mode. Very nice interior design and features. Really enjoying Infiniti audio system with HD radio. Ample power with nice, supple ride for a small car. Got the Plus with primo package. Many nice features for a reasonable price. Have had this Soul for one and a half months so have not driven it in snow as yet, but has done well in rain.

2015 Kia Soul Exclaim w/ Umber2 pkg.

5
BILL Shurtleff on 04/29/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 5 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 5 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

This car has it all. I bought it used from a dealership in Dallas Texas. One previous owner. Clear carfax report. Came w/ all service info she had done. Only one smart key, and no spare tire. I've ordered these 2 items online. Comfortable for 4 adults. Lots of room. I'm 6'4" tall. Almost a stretch for me w/ drivers seat all the way back & and still lots of room in the back seat. Has a killer stereo, subscribed to SIRIUS XM radio. A fun car to drive.

Feels good

5
Jing He on 04/05/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 5 Interior Rating: 4 Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 5

Just feel good.

Great vehicle for the price

5
Gary on 04/02/2016

Performance: 0 Comfort: 0 Fuel Economy: 0 Fun To Drive: 0 Interior Design: 0 Exterior Design: 0 Build Quality: 0 Reliability: 0 Comfort Rating: 4 Performance Rating: 4 Interior Rating: Reliability Rating: 5 Safety Rating: 5 Technology Rating: 5 Value Rating: 4

The 2016 Kia Soul performs better than expected . Interior space is better than expected for a vehicle of this size. Despite the reviews in regards to performance, the 2.0 power plant does a very good job for the normal everyday driver. I have managed to get 29 miles per gallon in town with light foot driving practices. The steering is very responsive and the four wheel disc brakes are much better than average. The ride comfort is a bit stiff on rough roads but acceptable. I would recommend the base+ if you don't need every bell and whistle available. The cost for additional packages is a bit costly in my view. The plus has the back up camera feature and touch screen on the dash. It also has fog lights and automatic headlight feature. I will comment on two areas for change in my view. The fact that the Soul does not have a spare tire is very important to me. The spare tire kit will cost you an additional $200.00. It is possible you could be setting for some time if you depend on roadside assistance. The spare tire will get you on the road in less time by far. The additional area I would comment on is the rear wheel well. The material that is used in the rear wheel well area is almost carpet like. It holds the mud and salt in our area and is hard to clean even with high pressure spray. I am concerned about this materials ability to hold up under mud, snow and gravel situations. It should be a heavy duty plastic like the front wheel well area. Overall it is a great vehicle for the money invested. The 2016 Kia Soul should be considered for the budget minded consumer or anyone that would like to have fun in a new vehicle.

4 or 5 depending on expectations

5
bryan kauffman on 03/30/2016

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Was looking for something that could hold a family of three, one still rocking a car seat, and be enjoyable when I rode alone to and from work (plus I love the aesthetics). Got a topped out version of the plus model after considering the Exclaim. The features I wanted while shaving off about $1500/$2000 off the price, though I think if I wanted the additional features the Exclaim is certainly worth looking at. Driving Impression: Engine - meh. Just okay with the 2.0 liter. But, I am fine with that. If they come out with the much discussed turbo model, I think that will sell briskly and make it the alternative to the VW GTI. Doesnt struggle to keep up in traffic or pass. Just doesnt blow your hair back. Braking seems solid. Wind noise is less than I expected considering the shape. Ride feels composed on the highway. Visibility is spectacular. Body roll around corners is average. Interior - Got the leather with ventilated/heated seats, a huge touch screen display with navigation (no service to buy to use it either.....bonus!) Back seat easily fit my kid's carseat. Would probably be tight if he was still in an infant seat. Lots of soft touch materials. Odometer display is a bit lackluster. Back seats are comfy for an adult of average height. Nice bonus that the outboard seats are also heated. USB port and 2 120v adapters up front too. Storage - Plenty of cup holders, a nice little cubby space for change and a glasses holder. Armrest storage feels a little insubstantial and doesnt come with any useful trays or anything. Wish you could adjust it a bit. glove box is cavernous. The rear storage cover is great and can be adjusted or removed if needed. Storage being the rear seats is adequate and honestly larger than anticipated considering the size of the vehicle. Storage under the floor cover are a wonderful surprise. Overall: I would probably give it a 4.5 star review if possible. I think, dollar for dollar, it checks all the boxes and then some with room for only minor improvements. I am thrilled with it and actually am looking a lot more forward to my commute.

Fun little Hampster Car!

5
Christine Stuart on 03/21/2016

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This car for the money is a great little car. I wish it had a little better handling and braking but overall for the price we really like the Soul. We had a MINI COOPER that was taking us to the poor house in repairs, and we wanted something a little bigger. The Navi system is one of the best love the picture that shows the EXIT . The seats are very comfortable and the leather is really nice love that smell when you get in.

I'd never even considered a Kia Soul !

5
Alec Little on 03/21/2016

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I bought my Kia Soul ! about a month ago. My wife has always driven larger SUVs and I've driven a 4-door Pickup truck for the past 10-years. I fully expected the Soul to have sluggish pickup and I expected to be bounced around like in any lightweight economy vehicle. Let me tell you, this car is comfortable, it has plenty of pep (2.0L) and is fun to drive. I'm particularly pleased with the quality of the materials and workmanship in the car. Plus this Soul! has more electronics than I have ever had in my previous luxury vehicles. I was so impressed that I purchased the extended bumper-to-bumper warranty which I have never done before. I had driven my pickup for 10-years and if my impressions prove correct, I'll be driving this just as long.

Delighted with zippy yellow mini box!

5
Craig Koch on 03/19/2016

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This is a replacement for my under powered original 2006 Scion xB. Don't get me wrong, loved the xB but the Soul+ has the power the xB lacked and is just plain fun to drive! $19K price was delivered, i.e. included tags, tax, and title costs....everything!

"ITS A SLEEPER"

5
Johnny on 03/10/2016

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I looked and test drove tons of vehicles and the fact that I finally settled on my 2016 Kia Soul Exclaim w/ premium package amazes me. I wouldn't think originally that it would be the one. First the fact their isn't many on the road enabled me to get a good price unlike a Honda. Secondly it has a classic 6 speed automatic and NO CVT, I have the upgraded 2.0 which in this class is hard to get something thats not underpowered like the Subaru cross trek. The 2.0 has more then adequate power, my first drive on the highway I was sandwiched between a semi and a lane that was merging so I punched it and was very satisfied with the passing power. The vehicle is very easy to maneuver and drive, the back up camera is very helpful. I have the 8" touchscreen infotainment and it's very responsive the navigation is on a SD card but is excellent with lane guidance. The leather seats are nice and comfortable I will say the passenger seat sits kinda low but I don't care I'm not the passenger. I also have the upgraded infinity stereo and it sounds good but could be better maybe I need to play around with settings. One of my favorite features is the panoramic sunroof with power sunshade it really brightens up the inside of vehicle. In closing I'm very happy with my Kia Soul and really believe for the money it's a sleeper vehicle.

Versatility, practicality and value

5
Bucki on 02/29/2016

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I purchased a 2016 KIA Soul Base automatic. I paid $14.5k before taxes and registration. At this price point the Soul represents an excellent value and I would recommend it. Strong points: Versatility, practicality and excellent warranty. The wagon/hatchback layout is much more versatile than a traditional sedan, at a significantly lower price than a comparably-sized SUV/crossover. KIA’s 5y/60k miles bumper-to-bumper and 10y/100k miles powertrain warranty offers excellent protection for budget-minded buyers. Weak points: Lackluster performance and comfort. Performance from the stock 1.6L engine is adequate but the Soul is definitely not a fast vehicle. Very smooth transmission with relatively low gearing helps to maintain car dynamics, but at the expense of fuel economy and engine noise. Comfort is good for short drives, but long road trips are tiresome. And don’t mistake the Soul for a “real” SUV/crossover – if you want higher ground clearance, AWD or even minimal towing capability, look elsewhere. Performance: The Base 1.6L engine delivers adequate power for city driving and reasonable highway performance, but the Soul isn’t fast. The transmission gearing keeps the engine relatively revved-up (compared to other modern cars), helping to improve driving dynamics, but at the expense of fuel economy and increased cabin noise. Even with 4 adults the Soul does not feel underpowered at normal highway speeds and typical interstate inclines, but acceleration is only adequate, at best. Fuel economy isn’t what one would expect from a vehicle of this size. The 6-speed automatic transmission is very smooth and usually picks the right gears for the driving conditions, helping to make the most of the little engine. But it also keeps the rpm’s relatively high (close to 3,000 at interstate speeds), resulting in more engine noise. Comfort: The Soul offers a lot of space for the money and there is enough room for 4 fully grown adults to ride in relative comfort. Sitting position is very good with generous leg, head and elbow room, both in the front and the rear. However, the seats are not all that comfortable for long rides. Front seats offer good lateral support, but lumbar support is nonexistent, and there are a few “hard spots” in the seatbacks making prolonged rides somewhat tiring. Rear seats are very flat bench-like, and the seatback angle does not help to adopt a relaxed position for a long ride. Access is excellent thanks to the low floor, tall roof and large doors. The ride is stiff but adequate for the size and class of vehicle, and not overwhelmingly harsh. Cabin sound level is good during city driving and adequate at highway speeds. Both engine and road noise are kept down to reasonable levels. Quality and fit-and-finish: Interior materials are good for vehicle class and price. All panels fit nicely and everything seems solid and well made. There are no squeaks or rattles when driving over uneven road surfaces, and in general the vehicle feels very solid. Cargo space and versatility: The wagon/hatchback layout offers a lot of versatility. The cargo space is adequate and the trunk layout is very clever. There is a cargo organizer tray under the trunk floor, allowing to keep valuable out-of-sight and organized, at the expense of some cargo space above. This tray can be removed, and the trunk floor can be lowered increasing the cargo space by about 30% to accommodate large suitcases. And of course the back seats can be folded, providing plenty of space for large objects. Equipment: As all KIAs, the Soul comes well equipped even in the most basic trim, with a good audio system that includes satellite radio, Bluetooth and voice commands. Pairing-up a phone is quick and easy, and voice commands work generally well. The basic A/C-heater performance is adequate and it is not as noisy as in other economy vehicles. Privacy glass is a nice detail that helps to keep your stuff out-of-sight and the interior cool. Soul comes without a spare tire, but you can buy a tire-jack kit for under $200. Safety: Passive safety is very good with a 5-star rating from NHTSA and Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The Base model lacks some of the modern active safety features such as lane departure, blind spot monitoring or front collision warning/avoidance, but for the price it is a very safe choice. Visibility is very good all-around. Controls are simple, intuitive and very ergonomic. Handling and steering are adequate considering that the Soul is pretty high. Braking is adequate with good pedal feel. Headlights are average with good low-beams. High beams have good reach but provide little illumination to the road surface. Final verdict: For less than $15k the Soul is a strong value and an excellent choice for anybody who wants a versatile, practical vehicle on a budget. KIA’s excellent warranty provides extra protection that otherwise is only available through a pricey extended warranty.

First KIA purchase

4
Phil Smith on 01/29/2016

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over all this is a great car it may seam small on the outside but inside it feels roomy. The telescoping wheel is a great feature with my long legs I can sit comfortably with the wheel close to me so my arms are not stretched out straight. My friends have commented on the amount of leg room they have in the back seat as well. the acceleration is a tad slow but with a 1.6 liter engine that should be expected. I opted for the manual transmission by choice, I love shifting on long car rides to help keep me awake. With that being said the shift knob is less than uncomfortable imagine a cue ball mounted on top because that's basically what they give you. The palm of my hand will start to hurt wile I'm stuck in traffic. I have purchased an aftermarket shift knob to replace it. The EPA rated gas mileage at 31 highway, but with good shifting and keeping with the 65mph speed limit I'm getting 34.5 mpg commuting 100 miles round trip to work and back each day. I do very little city driving, the highway is about 2 miles from my house and my work is about 7 miles from the exit so most of the miles I put on the car are true highway miles.

My "Soul" mate!

4
Janice on 01/25/2016

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I was tired of the low seating of sports cars and sedans. Driving my Soul feels like a small SUV, solid, smooth, quiet, roomy, no blind spots. Love it!

My "Soul" mate!

4
Janice on 01/25/2016

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I was tired of the low seating of sports cars and sedans. Driving my Soul feels like a small SUV, solid, smooth, quiet, roomy, no blind spots. Love it!

This little car is amazing

5
Andre on 01/15/2016

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I was looking for a Honda CR-Vibrations but decided to get the Kia Soul. No regrets. - The best infotainment in the market. - 10 way power - very comfortable - heated and cooled front seats. Heated rear seats. - Cooled glovebox - Panoramic moonroof. Spectacular! - Best warranty 10 years - Great design. Unique. - Smooth ride - Easy to get in and out

A most excellent and fun little car

5
Paul Wilson on 01/08/2016

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I am 6' 5" tall and over 300 pounds. I have trouble finding cars I can be comfortable in. My spouse of course is a little gal at 5' 2" so we needed to find something we could agree on. This is not my first Kia or even my first Soul. We originally bought a 2000 Rio which our daughter drove into the ground. We also bought a 2011 Soul 1600cc with 5 speed manual. That was a very fun car but it had two big issues. Cruise control was not available even in aftermarket for that year and it was too loud on the freeway. The engine noise restricted it to being an around town car. No way were you going to drive 1,000 miles to visit your in-laws. So we traded the 2011 in for the 2016 base with 1600 engine and 6 speed automatic. You’re sitting there thinking “but it’s no bigger.” Well, it isn’t and then it is. The interior is a little roomier, but more importantly the gear ratio is very different and this has a lot more get up and go because of the gearing. It has cruise control and has great sound deadening which the original did not have. This car has many other features the 2011 Soul did not. It has selectable steering, sort of a drive by wire system. It has an ECO engine mode which provides optimal acceleration for economy driving. The stereo is easy to use and includes satellite as well as USB and Aux jack. I plug my smartphone in and play music by way of Pandora. Unlimited channels and cheaper too, plus I can reject songs I don’t care for. Try that SeriusXM. The 1600 engine has been around for a long time and runs like a Swiss watch. My base model also has auto on/off headlights, electric windows, as well as keyless remote for doors and trunk lid. Perhaps the best feature was the price. It was $16,635. One thing I like is the heat and air. Simple to use and you don’t have to constantly tweak the temperature setting. Fog on windshield disappears almost instantly. Kia did a lot to improve the Soul. Soul’s are tight well built cars that are fun to drive. Six months later. Nothing has changed. We are very happy with this car. We have had no problems with it. Controls are intuitive and easy to use.

my alien soul

1
briley003@cfl.rr.com on 01/02/2016

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I really like my Kia Soul it's small but that is what we were looking for we already have a full size truck it get really good gas mileage more then what they said we would get has a lot of storage room and good leg room in the back seats

Letting my Soul Shine

5
Sharyn on 12/30/2015

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I have been driving my Soul for almost 2 weeks. My husband & I both love it! It handles well & has been easy to maneuver on our busy highways North of Boston. I have had no problem with speed while pulling out & merging with traffic. The driver's side seat electronic seat adjustments have helped me with my visibility as I am on the shorter side. Also, the space under the driver's seat is perfect to stash my bag while driving. The heated/ventilated seats in the front are fabulous & recently sat in the heated comfortable backseat. I have not experienced driving in snow as of yet, but have driven in rain & at night. The ride has been smooth on all occasions. The ECO button gave me a nice 29mpg for my highway driving.

On NUMBER 2

5
Joe on 12/17/2015

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This is the second Kia Soul that I have owned; the first being a 2011 (WHICH I LOVED, but can't drive standard anymore, which is why I had to buy new) I must say; I LOVED my old one, but this one... OMG SO MUCH nicer!!! More features for the base model (which is what I had before and now) MORE power, MORE room, MORE of everything... I am absolutely IMPRESSED with Kia and how much they have grown since the first few hit the market some years back (I owned a 99 Kia Sportage Convertable 4x4) the quality and pricing is SO awesome! I recommend these cars to anyone and everyone and turn non-believers to believers... Our family NOW owns 3 Kia's we are going onto 5 within the next few weeks... A Sorento (moms) Soul (mines) Sportage (my niece and her husband) and another niece who is going for an Optima and one of my sisters is looking at a Sportage for herself... We are TRULY becoming a family of Kia; absolutely LOVE the new Kia's! If you haven't switched; go take a look, a drive, etc and decide then... I give my Soul and A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Kia has officially blown me away

5
Brian on 12/13/2015

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Let me preface this review with the fact that my daily driver is a BMW X5, and my previous vehicles were Infiniti JX and 2 Lexus GX470's. So I tend to be very harsh when reviewing non-luxury cars (I absolutely can't stand my wife's Toyota Sienna, but then again, I don't have to drive it). We purchased this car primarily as a third family vehicle now that our son is driving. My goal was to find a nicely equipped vehicle with excellent safety and great visibility. Honestly, I wasn't too concerned with interior quality, fit/finish or ride quality. My goal was a decent car for around $20k. We looked at quite a few different cars: Mazda 3, VW Golf, Honda Fit, Honda Civic, and Toyota Corolla. After test driving the snot out of all the above named cars, we kept comparing everything to the Kia Soul. We ended up purchasing a 2016 Soul + with the audio and primo pkg's and some add ons (MSRP $25,550) for $21,325. We actually had an offer from a dealer that was 3 hours away for $20,680 but I didn't really feel like driving 6 hours round trip to save a few hundred dollars. What floored me is the fact that the Kia Soul absolutely blows away the competition for what you get for the money. The interior is excellent at this price point: Leather seating, a mixture of soft touch, hard touch surfaces and a very intuitive navigation/entertainment system with a feature called Evo that allows you to set notifications on various parameters such as traveling outside of a certain geographic radius, driving over a designated speed or driving past a set curfew (all of which are excellent for keeping track of your young drivers), plus the feeling of a spacious cabin. The ride is firm yet comfortable and cabin noise is far better then expected and the fact that for $21k you get auto on/off headlights, leather, navigation, keyless remote entry and keyless engine start, remote start, panoramic sunroof, upgraded audio system with subwoofer (that is actually pretty darn good), fog lights, LED interior lighting, speaker lighting, homelink rear view mirror, rear view camera, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, leather wrapped steering wheel, etc. Simply put, the Kia Soul was far better equipped for the selling price vs. all of the other cars we considered (the VW Golf was close to $30k for similar equipment and still didn't include cooled seats or heated rear seats). My only complaint is the cheap Nexen tires that came on the vehicle. They are pretty bad. Within the first week, we had a pretty light rain and I was spinning the tires from a stop. Needless to say, I took off the Nexen and put on Pirelli's and the difference in performance is not only night and day, but the road noise has improved as has the ride quality. The point of my review is that Kia was never on my radar screen, but my wife thought that the Soul was cute and quirky so I drove it expecting to quickly cross it off the list. I never expected this type of quality from a car that only cost $21,000. I remember sitting in an MBA class about 5 years ago with a fellow student doing an analysis of Kia and thinking to myself that "Kia will never be able to compete with the major automobile companies because they make cheap crap." Well, today I'm eating crow.... gladly. They've given us a very nice vehicle for a reasonable amount of money. Great job, Kia.

Dont know yet

5
jack chaffee on 12/07/2015

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too early to give a good evaluation, but quite happy so far.

Fun car and a great value!

5
Tim Parker on 11/25/2015

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I shopped for a Soul a year ago and ended up buying a Honda Civic instead. No knock on the Civic, but it just wasn't the right car for me, and I found myself still looking. I came back around to the Soul. Kia had special financing, and the dealer was offering a better deal than I could find a year ago, so I took the plunge and bought the 2016 Soul+ with the Audio/Nav package. Wow! I'm so glad I bought it! I love the extra driving height and extra headroom. There's more room in the back seat. There's more cargo room. It's fun to drive. Acceleration is good with the 2.0 liter engine. Handling is good. Pro reviewers talk about "numb" steering but I don't notice it. It drives and handles fine. That said, it's not a sports car so don't buy this if that's what you want. It has lots of creature comforts like a great audio system that thumps you in the chest if you want it to, but can be tamed if desired. The nav system works well. I didn't think I wanted it, but now that I have it I use it often. I like the climate control system. I have it set and never need to touch it. It keeps the cabin comfortable no matter what the outside temp is. It has a large touch screen that is easy to use and pretty intuitive. You can check Kia's site for a full breakdown of features. For me the important thing is the features it has all work together to create a fun and comfortable driving experience. I've only had it a month so I can't comment on long term durability, but so far there's not a squeak, not a rattle, everything works flawlessly, and the materials and workmanship are first rate, especially for a vehicle in this price range. A+ for the Soul!


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