2016 Kia Soul

MSRP $15,900 - $21,300

Ranked #1 in Wagon

9.2

Overall Rating

2016 Kia Soul Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 2, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Introduced in 2008, the Kia Soul is one of the quirkiest options available in the market. It continues with a boxy design and is powered by two flavors of the engine. It sports a luxuriant cabin setup and with 2016 MY, it offers advanced safety features like a forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

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Pros

Commodious cargo space

Ergonomic and plush cabin

Top-notch safety ratings

Cons

Substandard fuel economy

Rough ride quality

What's New?

Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning features now available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$15900

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

top speed

124 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

97 cu.in.

horsepower

130 hp @ 6300 rpm

torque

118 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

163 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

63 in.

curb weight

2714 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101 cu ft.

cargo volume

61.3 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/26/30 mpg

highway range

400.2 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$15,900 onwards

PLUS$19,400 onwards

!$21,300 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Kia Soul in Caribbean Blue color
Caribbean Blue

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Ratings

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

8.1

Interior

8.8

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.9

9.2

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

9.2

Overall Rating


The 2016 Kia Soul is very popular among the younger generation for its hip-looking appearance and economic price are some other reasons to admire it. The pricing falls in the line of some popular crossovers like the Mazda CX-3, Buick Encore, and Chevrolet Trax.


9.9/10
Features

8.1/10
Engine and Performance

8.8/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety


2016 Kia Soul Features

9.9/10

The 2016 Kia Soul is available in three trim levels: base, Plus (+), and Exclaim (!) and also as a separate EV model. The wagon is rather affordable and falls in a price bandwidth that extends from $16,100 for the base variant to $21,300 for the top-tier trim. As per MSRP, it adds a plethora of standard and optional features, which make it immensely practical and pragmatic.

Trim

Soul

+ (plus)

! (exclaim)

MSRP (manual)

$16,100

N/A

N/A

MSRP (automatic)

$17,700

$19,800

$21,300

Key Features

Body color, power outside mirrors

Aerodynamic windshield wipers, fog lights,

Signature 2.0 Special Edition Package

 

Multi-Focus Reflector Headlights

Front and rear parking sensors

Two-tone exterior paint

 

Privacy glass

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Leather Upholstery

 

Air conditioning

Leather upholstery

LED Interior Lighting

 

AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM 

Heated and ventilated front seats

Heated and ventilated seats

 

Bluetooth wireless technology

cargo cover and a 12-volt cargo area power outlet

Panoramic Sunroof

We Recommend

The 2016 Kia Soul+ is a super hit among youths. It contains all the necessary features for daily driving including Bluetooth, satellite radio, a generous sound system, and auto temperature control. It also gets the automatic transmission as standard which allows for a supple ride. At $19,800 it is a deal you cannot miss.

2016 Kia Soul Engine and Performance

8.1/10

The base variant of the 2016 Kia Soul is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. Soul plus and Exclaim variant gets powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 164 hp and 151 lb.-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only available transmission. Every Soul is front-wheel drive as standard.

The 1.6-liter engine offers enough punch for around town, but it feels underpowered at highway speeds and on steep hills. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 10.3 seconds and can complete a quarter-mile run in 17.6 seconds. The 2.0-liter engine provides swift acceleration and more power while passing freeways. Braking is linear and confident and the wagon is easy to maneuver around tight parking spots and stoplight traffic.

Models

Kia soul wagon

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

MSRP

$16,100

$24,025

$19,960

$20,300

Engine

1.6L I4

1.4L 4cyl

2.0L 4cyl

1.4L 4cyl

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

130 hp

138 hp

146 hp

138 hp

Torque

118 lb.-ft

148 lb.-ft

146 lb.-ft

148 lb.-ft

0-60 MPH

10.3 sec

9.3 sec

8.5 sec

10 sec

Quarter mile

17.6 sec

17.1 sec

15.8 sec

17.3 sec

Top Speed (mph)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The 2016 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax share a similar engine that can produce 138hp and 148lb.-ft of torque. On the other hand, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 produces the highest power of 146hp and also churns out a similar amount of torque. It is also both the quickest and fastest option in the segment and takes 8.6 and 15.8 seconds to the 60mph and quarter-mile mark, respectively.

2016 Kia Soul Fuel Economy

The bigger powertrain manages to return similar numbers as the smaller powertrain. 2016 Kia Soul with its 1.6L 4 cylinders manages a below-average fuel economy. It does 24 MPG in city driving, 30 MPG on the highway, and a combined 27MPG. This is not superior among the lot. However, its fuel tank is the most voluminous in the segment and can hold up to 14.2-gallons. Even its range of 341 and 426 miles in the city and on the highway, respectively, is comparable with segment standards.

Model

Kia soul wagon

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

MPG (city)

24

25

29

26

MPG (highway)

31

33

35

34

MPG (combined)

27

28

31

29

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

14.2

14

12.3

14

Range (miles) (city/highway)

341/426 miles

350/462 miles

368/445 miles

346/476 miles

When compared to the segment, the Mazda CX-3 is the most efficient vehicle on the block and averages 31 MPG. However, it features the least-voluminous tank in the segment of 12.3-gallons and covers a marginally higher range of 368 and 445 miles in the city and on the highway, respectively. On the other hand, the 2016 Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax manage a combined efficiency of 28 and 29 MPG and are connected to a 14-gallon fuel tank.

2016 Kia Soul Interior

8.8/10

The upright and boxy design offers a spacious interior and even tall NBA players will not have any issue getting inside it. The 2 rows seating arrangement can seat five people in relative comfort and they provide good support even on long rides. The cabin design is clutter-free with the central touchscreen assuming prime attention. The steering wheel controls allow for easy operation and add practicality to a usable setup.

Both rows of seats get ample legroom and the upright design ensures more than necessary headroom. The 2016 Kia Soul has 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 61.3 cubic feet with the rear folding seats, which is exceptional for a compact wagon. While ride quality is a bit stiff and rough, it does not turn into an imperfection for passengers on the inside.

Model

Kia soul wagon

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.6/55.5/40.9

39.6/54.18/40.8

38.4/53.5/41.7

39.6/54.1/40.8

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.5/54.7/39.1

38.8/52.55/35.7

37.2/50.4/35.0

38.8/52.8/35.7

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

24.2

18.8

12.4

18.7

In the segment, each vehicle has a standard occupancy of five passengers. While the corporate cousins, Chevrolet and Buick manage similar passenger and cargo space, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 provides maximum legroom for front-seat passengers. However, the comfort of the driver and passenger seat occupants comes at the cost of the rear seat. In addition, even its cargo capacity of 12.4 cubic feet is smaller than its rivals and its volume is a third smaller than the trunk capacity of the 2016 Encore and Trax that hold just under 19 cubic feet.

Salient interior features of the 2016 Kia Soul include:

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Start
  • Leather-wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cloth/Leather Upholstery

How intuitive is the infotainment system of the 2016 Kia Soul?

The ergonomic nature of the cabin also extends to how the infotainment system is placed. The central 4.3-inch touchscreen unit sits centrally and gets surrounded by a number of buttons for enhanced practicality. The steering mounted controls also improve usability and the system gets connected to a 6-speaker sound system as standard. With the optional packages, one can also opt for the Infinity premium sound system, an 8-inch display unit, and Kia’s UVO Telematics. The 2016 Kia Soul! also sports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Some of the salient infotainment features include:

  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • USB Connection
  • Satellite Radio
  • Auxiliary Audio Input

2016 Kia Soul Exterior

9.0/10

The current generation of the 2016 Kia Soul is inspired by the trackster concept of the 2012 Chicago auto show. Its tall rectangular boxy design serves form as well as function. Ground clearance of 5.9 inches is good for clearing out road undulations and a rather upright rear, ensures that visibility is not compromised for an aesthetic appeal.

The 2016 Kia Soul Wagon weighs 2,884 lbs. It is the smallest car on offer. It is 163 inches long, 63.5 inches, and sports the longest wheelbase of 101.2 inches. It is the widest option on offer that measures 70.9 inches.

Model

Kia soul

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

Curb weight (lbs.)

2884

3237

2809

2805

Length(in)

163.0

168.4

168.3

167.6

Width(in)

70.9

69.9

69.6

69.9

Height(in)

63.5

65.2

60.7

64.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

6.2

6.1

6.2

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

100.6

101.2

100.6

When compared to the competitors, the 2016 Buick Encore weighs 3,237 lbs. It measures 168.4 inches similar to the Mazda CX-3 and is also the tallest having a total height of 65.2 inches. It shares a similar wheelbase and ground clearance of 100.6 and 6.2 inches, respectively, as the 2016 Chevrolet Trax.

Some of the standard exterior features include:

  • Rear Spoiler
  • Mud Guards
  • 17/18-inch alloy wheels
  • Wheel Locks
  • Puddle Lights

2016 Kia Soul Safety

9.9/10

The 2016 Kia Soul comes with a lot of standard safety kits and solid build quality to give peace of mind to all the occupants traveling it. It scores a 5-star rating in the crash tests conducted by the NHTSA and is also regarded as on IIHS’ ‘Top Safety Pick’ for the year. Even recalls on 2016 Kia Soul are minimal and have reduced from what they were with previous MY. Some standard safety specifications that add to the capabilities of the wagon include:

  • Dual front advanced airbags
  • Dual front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Anti-lock Braking System
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • Hill-start Assist Control

2016 Kia Soul Final Verdict

With its funky design, sturdy build quality, practicality, and interior space, the 2016 Kia Soul is worth a look if you want something a bit different as there is nothing quite like it available in the market. It does have a poor fuel economy to be honest and is noisy at higher speeds but the positives are much more than the negatives and the Soul should be on your consideration list.