2012 Kia Soul

MSRP $13,900 - $19,600

Ranked #1 in Wagon

7.0

Overall Rating

2012 Kia Soul Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 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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Pros

Capacious cabin with a comfortable rear seat

Engaging drive

Ergonomic cabin setup

Cons

Polarizing style

Constrained cargo space

What's New?

Upgraded transmission unit

Powerful engine options

Telescopic steering wheel and navigation system


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$13900

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

top speed

116 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

138 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

123 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

MacPherson strut front suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

100.4 in.

length

162.2 in.

width

70.3 in.

height

63.4 in.

curb weight

2615 lbs.

ground clearance

6.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

102.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

53.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/27/30 mpg

highway range

381 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./100,000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$13,900 onwards

PLUS$16,300 onwards

!$19,600 onwards

Colors and Styles

2012 Kia Soul in Alien 2 color
Alien 2

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 Feature

7.0

Features

9.0

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

7.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.0

Overall Rating


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.


9.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety


2012 Kia Soul 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. 

2012 Kia Soul Engine and Performance

7.0/10

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.

2012 Kia Soul Fuel Economy

6.0/10

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.

2012 Kia Soul Interior

7.0/10

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

2012 Kia Soul Exterior

6.0/10

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

2012 Kia Soul Safety

6.0/10

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

2012 Kia Soul 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.