2012 Kia Soul

Rating7.9

Ranked #1 in Wagon

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Starting MSRP 

$13,900 - $19,600

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Key Spec of 2012 Kia Soul
fuel economy

25/27/30

fuel type

regular unleaded

horsepower

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

2012 Kia Soul Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 28, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Kia Soul is a car like no other. It’s easy and fun to drive and can be maneuvered without the slightest of difficulties. While its exterior design language might not be its strongest suit, the wagon receives credit for its commodious cabin feel and top-notch safety scores. While the cargo space isn’t best-in-class, it is still higher than what most of its competitors have to offer.

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ProsConsWhat's New

Capacious cabin with a comfortable rear seat

Polarizing style

Upgraded transmission unit

Engaging drive

Constrained cargo space

Powerful engine options

Ergonomic cabin setup

Telescopic steering wheel and navigation system

Over All Rating

7.9

Out of 10

Pricing and Features9.00
Pricing and Feature7.00
Features9.00
Engine and Performance7.10
Fuel Economy7.00
Interior8.10
Exterior8.00
Safety9.10
Competition7.00
Notable Rankings

#1 in Wagon

#1 in Subcompact Wagon


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Trims

Base$13,900 onwards

  • 15-inch steel Wheels
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Front manual air conditioning
  • Seek-Scan Radio
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/Satellite

PLUS$16,300 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Remote keyless entry

!$19,600 onwards

  • 18-inch machined aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Parking assist
  • Siriusxm AM/FM/HD/Satellite
  • Sliding and tilting glass Sunroof


Colors and Styles

2012 Kia Soul in Alien 2 color
Alien 2

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

For the MY 2012, the wagon undergoes evident and essential changes. These primarily include new and more powerful engine options and updated transmission systems for superior ride quality. However, problems with 2012 Kia Soul are that it falls in a rather secluded segment where you seldom find a plethora of competitors. Its direct rivals include the Honda Fit, Scion xB, and Nissan Cube.


Features
9.0/10

The 2012 Kia Soul is available in three trim options. Amongst them, the trims share two engine and transmission options but have a standard drivetrain setup. The feature load differs with each step up the ladder, but even the base variant, which receives a price tag of $13,900 is equipped with practical and pragmatic features that make it an apt and budget-friendly choice.

Trim

Base

+ (Plus)

! (Exclaim)

MSRP (Manual)

$13,900

$16,300

N/A

MSRP (Automatic)

$15,700

$17,300

$19,600

Key Features

Auxiliary Power Outlet

Adds to or retains features of Base

Adds to or retains features of + (Plus)

 

Cloth Upholstery

Keyless Entry

Sun/moonroof

 

Air Conditioning

Heated Mirrors

Rearview Camera

 

Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers

Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors

Fog Lamps

 

Power Door Locks

Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel

Auto-off headlights

 

Power Steering

Wireless Cellphone Hookup

Premium Sound System

We Recommend

The 2012 Kia Soul! is an all-around package that packs luxurious features like a rearview camera and fog lamps into this affordable wagon. Being available with a more powerful engine and an automatic transmission system, it is an absolute delight to drive. 

Engine and Performance
7.1/10

The 2012 Kia Soul features two engine options. While the base motor is available only with the entry-level trim, it produces adequate power and torque and is rated at 138hp and 123lb.-ft, respectively. The “+” and “!” on the other hand, make use of a 2.0L inline-4 engine option and churn out 164hp and 148lb.-ft of torque. While the 6-speed manual transmission is standard, a 6-speed automatic transmission is available as optional on the base and mid-level trim, while the top-tier trim gets it as the only option.

The drivetrain of the 2012 Kia Soul is standard and the wagon transfers all its power to the front wheels of the vehicle. The 1.6L inline-4 engine helps the vehicle to sprint from 0-60 mph in 8 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile run in 16.4 seconds, which is nearly the average for the class.

Models

Kia Soul Wagon

Scion xB

Honda Fit

Nissan Cube

MSRP

$13,900

$16,300

$15,325

$14,980

Engine

1.6L inline-4

2.4L inline-4

1.5L inline-4

1.8L inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

Horsepower

134hp

158hp

117hp

122hp

Torque (lb.-ft)

123lb.-ft

162lb.-ft

106lb.-ft

117lb.-ft

0-60 MPH

8 seconds

9.1 seconds

8.2 seconds

10.4 seconds

Quarter mile

16.4 seconds

16.6 seconds

16.3 seconds

17.6 seconds

Top Speed (mph)

N/A

100 MPH

119 MPH

N/A

When compared to the competitors, all three contemporary vehicles make use of an inline-4 engine option and are channeled as FWD variants only. While the 2012 Scion xB produces the highest power and torque outputs of 158hp and 162lb.-ft, respectively, the 2012 Honda Fit is the least powerful unit. However, it is quicker than most of the competitors and the Honda hatchback takes 8.2 seconds to the 60mph mark, while the Scion clocks a similar feat in 9.1 seconds. The Nissan Cube is the slowest in the segment and its quarter-mile timings of 17.6 seconds, feel underwhelming for the class.

Fuel Economy
7.0/10

The 2012 Kia Soul’s MPG figures are rated at 25, 30, 27, respectively, when traveling inside the city, on the highway, or combined. With the higher-placed 2.0L inline-4, the efficiency falls two notches across the board. It features a standard fuel tank that can hold up to 12.7-gallons of fuel. However, its range remains unaffected and by covering 317.5 and 381 miles in the city and on the highway, it is easily comparable with its competitors.

Models

Kia Soul Wagon

Scion xB

Honda Fit

Nissan Cube

MPG (city)

25

22

27

25

MPG (highway)

30

28

33

30

MPG (combined)

27

24

29

27

Fuel tank capacity (gal.)

12.7-gallons

14-gallons

10.2-gallons

13.2-gallons

Range (miles) (city/highway)

317.5/381 miles

308/392 miles

286/350 miles

330/396 miles

The 2012 Honda Fit gains ascendancy in the segment by averaging a combined mileage of 29 MPG, however, it sports the least voluminous fuel tank and consequently loses out range. On the other hand, while the Scion xB is the least efficient and averages 24 MPG, the 2012 Nissan Cube manages similar efficiency as the Kia. However, both these wagons come fitted with larger fuel tanks and consequently cover a range just of 400 miles on the highway.

Interior
8.1/10

The 2012 Soul has a minimalistic cabin, that is not devoid of an affable aura to it. By sporting several standard specifications right from the base trim, Kia aims at establishing a holistic environment that allows for ease of travel by inducing comfort and merging it with practicality, thanks to the abundant storage spaces, an intuitive infotainment system, and steering mounted controls.

The upholstery options look and feel appealing and the seats in themselves are a tryst with comfort and bestow maximum pleasure when on the go. There is ample head-, shoulder-, and legroom for all passengers and the boxy design of the vehicle improves the airy nature on the inside. While the rear-seat row is the largest in the segment, the only visible drawback we see with the 2012 Kia Soul, is its restricted cargo capacity that has lower storage ability and space than most of its competitors.

Models

Kia Soul Wagon

Scion xB

Honda Fit

Nissan Cube

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (head/shoulder/leg) (in.)

40.2/55.1/42.2

40/55.8/40.7

40.4/52.7/41.3

42.6/52.2/42.4

Second (head/shoulder/rear) (in.)

39.6/55.1/39

41.2/54.7/38

39/51.3/34.5

40.2/52.4/35.5

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

23.7

11.6

20.6

11.4

Each vehicle in the segment has a standard seating capacity of five passengers. While space upfront is highest in both the Kia and Nissan, the Scion has one of the highest spaces for rear-seat occupants. In terms of cargo capacity, the 2012 Honda Fit is the only vehicle that comes close to the 2012 Soul Wagon and has a total cargo capacity of 11.4 cubic feet.

Some of the salient interior features include:

  • Tilt and Telescopic Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Dual Vanity Mirrors
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cruise Control

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2012 Kia Soul?

The 2012 Kia Soul features highly intuitive infotainment that comprises a 7-inch UVO touchscreen, as standard. The hi-tech and new-fangled system comes equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, satellite radio, and USB connection. However, if these features do not cater to the tech-savvy person in you, Kia also provides an optional voice control and recognition system, an iPod interface, and an optional Infinity sound system. Some of the other infotainment features include:

  • Radio Data System
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Mast Antenna
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • 4-speaker sound system
  • MP3 Player
Exterior
8.0/10

The front fascia of the Kia looks utterly polarizing and has an old-school to it, however, the tiger-nose grille sits well in tandem with the beefy hood and adds quirkiness to the design. Being a wagon, it is undoubtedly boxy, but with an upright rear end, visibility and practicality remain uncompromised. The horizontally-placed taillights are rather likable and look subtle and easy-going. The 2012 Kia Soul’s tire size will depend solely on the trim you opt for

The 2012 Kia Soul sports a love it or hate it design. However, its boxy design is similar in dimensions to other wagons in the segment. It weighs 2,615 lbs and also sports a wheelbase of 100.4 inches and also has the highest ground clearance of 6.5 inches. It is 162.2 inches long, 70.3 inches wide, and 63.4 inches tall.

Models

Kia Soul Wagon

Scion xB

Honda Fit

Nissan Cube

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2615

3027

2496

N/A

Length (in.)

162.2

167.3

161.6

156.7

Width (in.)

70.3

69.3

66.7

66.7

Height (in.)

63.4

63.4

60

65

Ground clearance (in.)

6.5

5.1

N/A

6.3

Wheelbase (in)

100.4

102.4

98.4

99.6

The Honda Fit which is a hatchback is a direct competitor to the 2016 Kia Soul Wagon due to its dimensions. While both vehicles, the Honda is a tad bit shorter in overall height and sports the shortest wheelbase in the segment of 98.4 inches. On the other hand, the 2016 Scion xB is the longest wagon measuring 167.3 inches, and has the best-in-class wheelbase of 102.4 inches. However, it lags in ground clearance, where the Nissan Cube ranks second in the segment and stands at 6.3 inches from the ground.

Some of the salient exterior features include:

  • Splash Guards
  • Sun/moonroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Body-colored side mirrors
  • 15/16/18-inch wheels
Safety
9.1/10

The 2016 Kia Soul recalls are limited, thanks to a slew of safety features. Even with the base trim, it comes equipped with a large number of safety features that include ventilated disc brakes and 4-wheel ABS. It scores 4-stars in the crash test conducted by the NHTSA and is rewarded as IIHS’s “Top Safety Pick” for the current year. Some of its other safety features include:

  • Brake Assist
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Hill-start Assist Control
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Traction Control
  • Stability Control
Final Verdict

A 2012 Kia Soul for sale commands an affordable price tag and with several features embedded in it as standard, the wagon makes for an aplomb choice in the segment. While its design isn’t the most refined, its quirkiness will cause buyers to stop and stare at it. In all other aspects, the Kia Soul is a testament to the brand’s ideology of creating niche vehicles. Its adequately luxurious, spacious, and is both powerful and efficient. By being a combination that unifies all essentialities into one, it is a go-go vehicle. 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$13900

body style

4dr Wagon

engine type
displacement

97 cu in

horse power

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

123 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Manual w/Overdrive

dimensions
length

162.2 in

wheelbase

100.4 in

width

70.3 in

curb weight

2615 lbs

Height

63.4 in

Ground Clearance

6.5 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

102.3 cu ft

cargo volume

53.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

25/27/30 mpg

highway range

381 mi

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.


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Darrell Crist

2012 Kia Soul

PLUS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

3

User Overall Rating

Posted On: May 2, 2022

Poor sound insulation inside the cabin.

Pros - Nothing

Cons - Cabin noise, Liftgate, Alloy wheels.

Reliability issues. I am not at all happy with my Kia Soul. The cabin makes a lot of wind noise at speeds above 60 mph. The liftgate lever doesn't work for some reason. Also, the alloy wheels got a crack recently while I drove over a pothole at 30 mph. Really poor build quality. The quality of service is not at all good. I really have no idea if they really inspect the car during service.

5/10
Features
3/10
Interior
6/10
Design
3/10
Safety
3/10
Reliability
3/10
Deal Value
3/10
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Jasmine Hudson

2012 Kia Soul

4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 16, 2022

A family car

Pros - Looks, Roomy.

Cons - Noisy, Power.

Not the quietest The Soul really doesn't feel great in term of the drive but this car offers ample cabin space which makes it a good family driver. Noise from the engine is something that I've had to adjust with. For some reason, staffs here like to keep their customers waiting.

6/10
Features
8/10
Interior
7/10
Design
6/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
2/10
Dealer Review

M

Melissa

2012 Kia Soul

PLUS 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

6

User Overall Rating

Posted On: December 30, 2021

Getting used to its gas mileage!

Pros - Pocket-friendly commuting, Maneuverability in traffics

Cons - Coarse ride quality, Excess road noise, Spare parts availability

Fuel-efficient compact wagon This car drives great on gas but, the ride quality became very coarse after the odo surpassed 100K miles. I purchased it with 32K miles and commuted it regularly for the past five years. So far, I've replaced its brake calipers, engine valves, and torque converter to get the job done. Its gas mileage is the only key factor and I'm looking to own this car for that spec...

5/10
Features
6/10
Interior
5/10
Design
5/10
Safety
5/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
9/10
Dealer Review

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Kia Soul 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$20,753
5 Year Cost To Own
$37,333
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $37,333
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$4,330$1,437$1,308$1,497$1,461$10,033
Insurance$1,176$1,217$1,293$1,357$1,368$6,411
Fuel$1,748$1,826$1,825$1,960$1,947$9,306
Maintenance$534$794$741$1,187$1,725$4,981
Repairs$-35$-47$-38$-39$628$469
Financing Interest$1,270$1,088$755$443$169$3,725
Taxes and Fees$1,800$168$182$111$147$2,408
Total Cost-To-Own$10,823$6,483$6,066$6,516$7,445$37,333
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