2021 Kia Soul

MSRP $17,490 - $20,290

Ranked #3 in Wagon

7.5

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2021 Kia Soul Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 9, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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A market is a stratum of different subjects, out of which, some prefer the purpose while some go for the show business. Among those subjects, utility orientation paves the way for the wagons. Space, high-towing capacity, and sound ergonomics make it one of the most trusted. Kia is coming with the Soul this year with a perspective to delivering its promise for the aforementioned. The 6-trims Kia Soul is a 5-seater and has a reputation as a family-friendly wagon. 

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Pros

Drive Mode Select

Smart Cruise Control

Sport-Tuned Suspension

Vehicle Stability Management

Cons

LX is underappreciated compared to others

Only two trims have Navigation embedded

Heated seats are also lacking in most trims

What's New?

No major upgrades in the powertrain unit

No change has been brought as per spaciousness and weight reduction

Tuned suspension for X-line and GT-line


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17490

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

top speed

128 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6 speed Manual

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

11/10.3 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

166.6 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

66.5 in.

curb weight

2802 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

12.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.1 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

172 ft.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

1 yr./ 10000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$17,490 onwards

S$20,290 onwards

GT-Line$20,290 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Kia Soul in Sparkling Silver color
Sparkling Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.1

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The trims: LX, S, GT-Line, EX, X-Line, and Turbo are quite a pack of some inspiring features that may get you in a muddle with its finance that starts at $17,590 and goes up to $27,995. But a story never ends without twists and turns. The twists and turns are verisimilitudes of the challengers like the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V, and the Hyundai Kona.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon front view
2021 Kia Soul Wagon rear view

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.1/10
Competition


2021 Kia Soul Features

The Kia Soul is available in six trims with varied exclusive additional packages. It gets Vehicle Stability Management andElectronic Stability Control as a standard. The Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist and Blind Spot Collision Warning exclude the LX and begin from the S trim. Moreover, a power sunroof is available with the GT-Line and Turbo only. The X-line and GT-line get an exclusive body kit. With a little more spending one can have a safety assurance with the Smart Cruise Control which is solely available in the Turbo trim. As far as Navigation is concerned, only the EX and Turbo have that privilege.

Trim

LX

S

GT-Line

X-Line

EX

Turbo

MSRP (FWD)

$17,590

$21,035

$22,135

$22,135

$23,695

$27,995

Key Features

Electronic Stability Control

Premium Tricot Cloth Seat Trim

Sport-Tuned Suspension

X-Line Exclusive Exterior Body Kit

Premium Navigation

1.6L 4-Cyl Turbocharged Engine

 

Hill-Start Assist Control

Drive Mode Select

Lane Keeping Assist

Black Radiator Grille

Heated Front Seats

10.25-inch Touch-Screen with SiriusXM Traffic

 

Multi-Focus Reflector Headlights

Intelligent Variable Transmission

Hot Stamping Type Front Grille

Woven Cloth Seat Trim

UVO link

Smart Cruise Control

 

6-Speaker Audio System

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Assist

D-Shaped Leather Steering Wheel

X-Line Exclusive 18-inch Alloy Wheels

Automatic Temperature Control Air Conditioning

7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission

 

Android Auto, Apple CarPlay

Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist

Blind Spot Collision Warning

Vehicle Stability Management

Wireless Phone Charger

Power Sunroof

The Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and 6-Speaker Audio System are integrated into it across all trims except the Turbo which gets a Harman Kardon Audio System with an external amplifier. On one hand, where the GT-line has a D-Shaped Leather Steering Wheel, on the other, the X-Line has been kept devoid of it. The GT-line and EX both are adorned with the Hot Stamping Type Front Grille.

Which Trim should you buy in the 2021 Kia Soul?

The safety features are very much extended from the S trim, therefore it makes it easier for us to keep the LX out of the scene. Since spaciousness and vehicle stability has been given consideration across all, which is an added advantage in the mid-tier trims over the Turbo expense. The Navigation accessibility and power-heating seats enhance the overall driving experience and thus give a slight edge to the EX trim over others. The GT-line and X-line lack those and Turbo gets them at a relatively higher price. Therefore, EX would be apt.

2021 Kia Soul Engine and Performance

6.5/10

It is true that one expects a wagon to be multi-functional in its approach and so does the Kia it seems. It arms the Soul with a 2.0L I-4 which can exhale a power surge of as much as 147 hp at 6200 RPMs and a torque of 132 lb-ft at 4500 RPMs. Thus, it is not just spacious but impressively powerful as well. This powertrain pack is in line with either a 6-Speed Manual in the LX trim or an Intelligent Variable Transmission in mid-tier trims or a DCT in Turbo trim. This FWD layout is one of the quickest as well with 8.2 seconds and 16.5 seconds for the 0-60 mph mark and quarter-mile respectively.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon engine bay

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

MSRP

$24,525

$22,595

$25,595

$23,485

Engine

2.0L I-4

1.4L Turbocharged I-4

1.8L I-4

2.0L I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

Intelligent Variable Transmission

6-Speed Automatic

CVT

6-Speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

147 @ 6200

155 @ 5600

141 @ 6500

147 @ 6200

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

132 @ 4500

177 @ 4000

127 @ 4300

132 @ 4500

0-60 MPH (seconds)

8.2

9.3

8.6

6.4

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

16.5

16.8

16.5

15.1

Top-Speed (MPH)

123

116

125

127

Though we can assume the Kia Soul and Hyundai Kona as siblings in their engine configuration, the latter is more dominant in both scales. The Hyundai Kona is also the fastest in the lot with a top speed of 127 mph. It is also interesting to note that the Chevrolet Trax has a higher performance curve yet is overwhelmed by others. This drives us towards the importance of the rev-band range where the Chevy needs a rework.

How well does the 2021 Kia Soul handle?

The wagons are not among those which have sound dynamics, partly due to the size and mass transfer. But they can be engineered to be so. The 2021 Kia Soul has a Motor-Driven Power Steering that manages the response from the wheels. With such weight, it becomes obvious to have independent strut front suspensions and torsion beams in the back along with anti-roll bars.

The handling is also assisted by some advanced safety aids and the 4-wheel ABS that keep a check-in avoiding wheel slippage and loss of traction at the time of sudden hard braking. Therefore, one can have decent control over it.

2021 Kia Soul Braking Performance

The 2021 Kia Soul is equipped with 11” rotors in the front and 10.3” in the rear. The 4-wheel ABS with front vented discs are capable of bringing the car to a standstill within a braking distance of 115 ft. This is by a mile one of the best figures in the segment. The braking enclosure includes an Auto Emergency Braking & Warning Technology at its service. The overall braking performance can be credited to a lightweight chassis as well which reduces the forward pull at the calipers.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon ride and handling

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11

N/A

11.5

11

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.3

N/A

11.1

10.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

2844

3124

2959

2899

60-0 (feet)

115

N/A

121

129

As it is clear from the data that Kia Soul tends to have absolute supremacy in this domain. The Hyundai is comparable to the Kia in terms of its weight yet is underwhelming with its braking distance of 129 ft. Despite having one of the largest rotors, the Honda HR-V is not way above the Kona. Hence, all the rivals have definitely a long way to travel to match up with the Soul. The data for the Trax is not available which may have enlightened us much more about the bigger picture. 

2021 Kia Soul Fuel Economy

5.0/10

It has been discussed earlier that Kia offers a real deal in its Soul powertrain. With an Intelligent Variable Transmission, the 2.0 L I-4 gives a whooping mileage of 35 mpg on the highways, 29 mpg in the city, and 31 mpg on average. These numbers are fascinating as it comes with an exciting performance curve. The fuel tank capacity of 14.3 allows it to have the highest range of 500 miles among the competitors. The higher power-weight ratio is one of the many reasons that can’t be ignored for such an achievement.

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

MPG (City)

29

24

28

27

MPG (Highway)

35

32

34

33

MPG (Combined)

31

27

30

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

14.3

14

13.2

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

414.7/500.5/443.3

336/448/378

369.6/448.8/396

356.4/435.6/396

The engine twin Hyundai Kona offers an almost parallel mileage with 33 mpg on the highways and 30 mpg overall. The Chevrolet Trax comes with the least economy among them but a relatively bigger fuel tank compensates for its range. The HR-V lays behind the Soul at the sweet second spot in this specific domain. Therefore, the Kia Soul is simply a cornerstone with its powertrain prowess in this segment. 

2021 Kia Soul Interior

8.6/10

The Kia Soul is a 5-seater that gets so much more than expected with each and every trim. The cabin is encompassed by the Woven Cloth Seat Trim which comes as a standard. This can further be upgraded to the Premium Tricot Cloth Trim in higher variants like the S and GT-Line trims. One gets a Painted Matte Silver Front Door Speaker as a standard with the D-Shaped Leather Steering Wheel in the GT-Line and Turbo. Moreover, one is entitled to a Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column that makes the front row pretty flexible.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon cockpit area

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.4/55.5/41.1

39.6/54.1/40.8

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.6/55.5/41.5

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.5/54.7/38.8

38.8/52.8/35.7

38.3/54.5/39.3

37.8/54.7/38.8

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

62.1

48.4

58.8

45.8

Apart from the aforementioned, the Turbo interior accents and setup is one of a class with its Harman KardonAudio System which is coupled with the Center Speaker, Subwoofer, and External Amplifier. Moreover, it does get a Supervision Meter Instrument Cluster that is pretty attractive. On the scale of spaciousness, it marks top-notch with a cargo capacity of 62.1 cubic ft. In comparison to others, it offers a far better front and second row as well. Some of the features are:

  • Woven Cloth Seat Trim
  • Painted Matte Silver Front Door Speaker
  • 6-Speaker Audio System
  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column

What’s there to keep you entertained in the 2021 Kia Soul?

Just like its interior, the Kia Soul does not leave you unsatisfied with its packages. A 7-inch Color Touch-Screen Display with AM/FM/MP3 Player serves as a starter in the unit. This is then amplified with a 6-Speaker Audio System, Rear-Camera Display, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. As we move up to the higher trims the offerings get exciting with the Premium Navigation and UVO link in the EX and the Turbo trims.

2021 Kia Soul Wagon infotainment screen

The Turbo trim has an exclusive 10.25-inch Color Touch-Screen Display and Wireless Phone Charger with SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio with a hefty price increment. The Dual Center Console with USB Charging Ports further makes up the list of features that can get you tempted. The highlights of this section are:

  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 7-inch Color Touch-Screen Display 
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio
  • UVO link

2021 Kia Soul Exterior

8.0/10

An exterior appeal is as important as an interior accent. With regards to the Kia Soul, it fairly leaves a dent in its overall outlook with an unimpressive expression throughout. The exterior packages that come along do try to fill up the void to some extent. The Black Radiator Grille on the LX, S, and the X-Line covers most of the front fascia. While the same is accomplished with the Hot Stamping Type Front Grille in the GT-Line, EX, and the Turbo. On top of that, the X-line and GT-line get an exclusive body kit for them. The rear of it is pretty impressive with a touch of Chrome-Tipped Center Exhaust. 

2021 Kia Soul Wagon 

Models

2021 Kia Soul

2021 Chevrolet Trax

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Hyundai Kona

Curb Weight (lb)

2844

3124

2959

2899

Length (inches)

165.2

167.2

170.4

164

Width (inches)

70.9

69.9

69.8

70.9

Height (inches)

63

64.9

63.2

61.6

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.7

6.2

5.4

6.7

Wheelbase (inches)

102.4

100.6

102.8

102.4

In terms of dimensions, one can’t conclude much as they are well within the standard figures and close to one another. The Chevrolet Trax appears to be a little more than the others for its weight department and thus needs a reduction for sure. The dimensional aspect of the Kia Soul depicts that it has been contained well within a compact design cuboid to avoid a much-expected toppling for such Bodystyle. Some of the features are:

  • Hot Stamping Type Front Grille
  • Black Radiator Grille
  • Chrome-Tipped Center Exhaust
  • X-Line Exclusive Body Kit

2021 Kia Soul Safety

7.0/10

The Kia Soul has an artillery of advanced and standard safety features which include the Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Anti-Lock Brake System, and many more across all trims. The higher trims may seem a bit more flashy with the Blind-Spot Monitoring and Forward Collision-Mitigation Assist which become standard from the S trim. The batch of features further extends to Smart Cruise Control that is available in the Turbo trim. 

Apart from the Active features, the passive features and body structure are also well-engineered. The Structural impact resilience makes it worthy of the “Top Safety Pick” award by the IIHS. Further adding to that, it gets a 4-overall rating in the NHTSA crash tests which concretes the safety dimension for the Kia Soul. A few features are: 

  • Forward Collision-Mitigation Assist
  • Smart Cruise Control 
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Vehicle Stability Management

2021 Kia Soul Competition

9.1/10

2021 Kia Soul vs. 2021 Chevrolet Trax 

The Kia Soul is a top scorer on all fronts right from space management to fuel economy. Its richness is with its powertrain abilities on the track without any compromise with the practicality. Unfortunately, the same cannot be stated for the Chevrolet Trax as in comparison to the Soul, it lags behind in all the parameters. It also lacks cargo space. On the whole, Kia Soul will suit your budget. 

2021 Chevrolet Trax 

2021 Kia Soul vs. 2021 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is quite an intuitive one that has a decent fuel economy and cargo spacing, unlike Trax but these miss by a few inches to outclass the Kia Soul. The Soul has a better performance and braking efficiency than the HR-V. Moreover, the Kia has a higher value return when invested in it with much better ergonomics and comfortable row seatings. Thus, one should give a preference to the Soul over the HR-V.

2021 Honda HR-V

 

2021 Kia Soul Final Verdict

The Kia Soul is one of the best in the segment with top-performing figures in all categories. One can be assured of his/her safety with its baggage of features that are meant for that purpose. Among all, the LX is surely not a one to be given preference but apart from that, one can choose any trim which suits his/her finance and expense. Further adding to that, the Hyundai Kona can also be thought of simultaneously.

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