2017 Kia Soul

MSRP $16,100 - $22,800

Ranked #1 in Wagon

8.1

Overall Rating

2017 Kia Soul Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 29, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Kia soul was showcased in the year 2008 and since then has been a favorite among youths. Its design was inspired from a wild boar as it's a very important animal in Korean culture. Hip looking mini-crossover that can seat 5 people and a design that's very unique in its own right, gives it a very charming appeal.

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Pros

Unique design

Excellent Value

Spacious interior

Cons

Thirsty engine

Loud when speeds

Driving dynamics not great

What's New?

TBD


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16100

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

top speed

90 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

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

101.2 in.

length

163 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

63.5 in.

curb weight

2884 lbs.

ground clearance

5.9 in.

capacity

passenger volume

101 cu ft.

cargo volume

49.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

3300 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.6 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

6.6

standing 1/4-mile

15.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

177 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/30 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$16,100 onwards

Plus$19,800 onwards

!$22,800 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 Kia Soul in Alien Green color
Alien Green

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

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.8

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.8

Exterior

8.5

Safety

7.9

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


The refreshed 2017 Kia Soul features a mild exterior styling update and a new engine option is added, which is exclusive to the top-range Exclaim trim. The Kia Soul is a boxy compact hatchback or to be precise a wagon. Though it adorns a crossover-like stance but is front-wheel-drive only. There is a Soul EV for sale as well, and we review it separately.

2017 Kia Soul front angle view

Over the period of five years of ownership, the 2017 Kia Soul will cost you around $18,970 for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repair costs. That’s almost $3,800 per year, which is lower than average for a 2017 compact car. 


8.0/10
Features

7.8/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.8/10
Interior

8.5/10
Exterior

7.9/10
Safety


2017 Kia Soul Features

8.0/10

The 2017 Kia soul is available in 3 trim levels for sale, including the base, Plus (+), and Exclaim (!). Starting from $16,100, the base 2017 Kia Soul has some decent standard features including 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system with USB input and satellite radio.

Stepping up to the Plus trim will cost you $19,800 and adds a standard 161 hp 2.0-liter engine, 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, foglights, remote keyless entry, selectable drive modes, cruise control, automatic climate control, center armrests for front and back seats, a 5-inch touchscreen, and a rearview camera. At the top of the range, the Exclaim trim starts at an MSRP of $22,800 for which you get the new 201 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission along with 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and upholstery trim, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.

Trim

Soul

+ (Plus)

! (Exclaim)

MSRP

(manual)

$16,100

-

-

MSRP

(automatic)

$17,700

$19,800

$22,800

Key

Features

Body-color, power outside mirrors

Front fog lights

Outside mirrors w/turn signal indicators

Front fog lights

 

Trip computer

Trip computer

Bluetooth wireless technology

 

Bluetooth wireless technology

Bluetooth wireless technology

UVO Infotainment System w/7" touch screen, Apple CarPlayTM12 & Android Auto

 

2 front, 2 rear, 2 tweeter speakers

2 front, 2 rear, 2 tweeter speakers

2 front, 2 rear, 2 tweeter speakers

 

AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM Satellite Radio

AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM Satellite Radio

AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM Satellite Radio

 

Air conditioning

Automatic temperature control w/cluster ionizer

Automatic temperature control w/cluster ionizer

 

Privacy glass

Air conditioning

Air conditioning

 

Multi-Focus Reflector Headlights

Privacy glass

Privacy glass

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The Soul Plus receives a bigger 161 hp 2.0-liter engine and is available only with the automatic transmission. The Plus trim is the most valuable option as it adds a more powerful engine, a rearview camera, fog lights, and remote keyless entry. You will have to pay $3,700 more than the base price but it's worth considering all the upgrades above. Also, available features are mostly limited to the Plus and Exclaim trims, including a panoramic sunroof, two fast-charge USB ports, a Harmon Kardon audio system, HD Radio, an 8-inch touch screen, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and a navigation system.

2017 Kia Soul Engine and Performance

7.8/10

"The biggest news in the lineup for 2017 was the addition of a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, which offers 201 horsepower and gives the Soul more, uh, soul. The turbo four is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission" - Car and Driver

2017 Soul Engine and Transmission

The base Soul comes with a 130 hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is optional, and both have a standard FWD drivetrain. The Plus receives a bigger 161 hp 2.0-liter engine and is available only with the automatic transmission. The range-topping Exclaim gets a new 201 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Kia offers the Soul Wagon with a front-wheel-drive (FWD) only.

2017 Kia Soul Engine

We prefer the 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine over the base motor for quite a few reasons. The first is that it's available with a more well-appointed trim level and the base 1.6-liter is a bit too low on power. This makes the 2.0-liter more versatile and good for those who frequently drive on freeways or at higher speeds. The exclusive six-speed automatic transmission which is an option on the 1.6-liter is refined enough and the gear changes are smooth.

Models

2017 Kia Soul

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Chevrolet Trax

MSRP

$16,100

$22,990

$19,960

$21,000

Engine

 1.6L GDI DOHC Dual CVVT I4

1.4L 4cyl

2.0L 4cyl

1.4L 4cyl

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

If you are going with the bae trim, stick with the six-speed manual transmission. Regardless of which transmission you choose, though, there is no difference in fuel economy figures, we'll let you decide if the $1,500 premium for the automatic is worth it or not. By comparison, the Soul’s base powertrain feels rather weak for most driving situations. The second engine performs better and offers adequate acceleration, but it can be noisy under heavy acceleration. The available turbocharged engine with more than 200 horsepower can get up to speed quickly.

2017 Soul 0-60 mph and Quartermile Acceleration

The Kia Soul with the base 1.6-liter engine and 6-speed manual transmission accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 8.3 seconds and the standing quarter-mile in 16.2 seconds. It reaches a top speed of 125 mph. The Exclaim trim which has a turbocharged 1.6 L power plant does the 0 to 60 mph sprints in 6.4 seconds and the standing quarter-mile in 15 seconds.

Models

2017 Kia soul

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Chevrolet Trax

0-60 MPH

8.3 sec

7.8 sec

8.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter mile

16.2 sec

16.2 sec

15.8 sec

17.2 sec

Engine

1.6L

1.4L

2.0L

3.0L

Right off the line, Soul shows a little hesitation, but power builds steadily up to highway speeds. The 1.6-liter turbo-4 borrowed from the Elantra Sport that makes 201 hp and 195 lb-ft will be more than enough for most drivers. Sport mode further sharpens response, stiffens up the steering, and holds onto gears longer.

2017 Soul Handling and Steering

Driving the 2017 Soul, the ride can be a little harsh sometimes, but it isn't particularly as busy and as lean-prone, as some might guess from its tall, short-wheelbase model. The steering feels right at all speeds and modulates well as per speeds. It lightens up at parking lot speeds and gets heavier as speeds increase. Handling the Kia Soul is surprisingly agile and even fun on winding roads. The Kia Soul is very easy to drive and inspires confidence.

2017 Kia Soul Rear View

With the last redesign in 2014, Soul came with a much stiffer structure and it allowed engineers to add more suspension travel overall. The biggest difference is the twin-path dampers is they allow better body control and a more reassuring feel when the car is pushed hard into corners.

2017 Soul Braking Performance

Kia offers four-wheel disc brakes in all three trim levels of the Soul. By comparison, that's a noteworthy upgrade over the rear drums in other budget compact cars. The brake pedal is adequately firm and easy to modulate. Under emergency braking situations, the car remains poised and controllable. The braking distance from 60 MPH to complete halt takes about 114 feet to conclude.

Model

2017 Kia soul

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Mazda CX-3 

2017 Chevrolet Trax

Brake Front

11.0"

11.8"

11.0"

11.8"

Brake Rear

10.3"

10.6"

11.1"

11.8"

Curb Weight

2884 lbs

3237 lbs

2809 lbs

2805 lbs

60-0 MPH

114 ft.

119 ft.

117 ft.

119 ft.

The Kia Soul has 2884 pounds of curb weight, which s average in the compact class. Though Buick Encore is significantly heavier, it also gets bigger discs to compensate. 

2017 Kia Soul Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2017 Soul’s base engine gets an EPA estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, which is below average for the class. Surprisingly, fuel efficiency increases with the more powerful engines. The larger 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine raises this MPG rating to 25/30 mpg city/highway, and the turbocharged engine in the Soul Exclaim delivers 26/31 mpg city/highway.

Model

2017 Kia soul

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Chevrolet Trax

MPG (city)

24

25

29

25

MPG (highway)

30

33

34

33

MPG (combined)

27

28

31

28

Fuel Capacity 14.2 gallon 14 gallon 12.7 gallon 14 gallon
Range (city/hwy/combined) 341/426/383 350/462/392 368/432/393 350/462/392

There is no difference in fuel consumption with either the automatic or the manual transmission as both can return 24mpg in the city. It y=on you now if you want to spend $1,500 premium for the automatic for its extra ease of use.

2017 Kia Soul Interior

8.8/10

"The Kia Soul's cabin feels big and spacious, even if you ignore its relatively small footprint. The rear seats are especially spacious, with plenty of head- and legroom for taller passengers. The panoramic sunroof further enhances the sense of space" - Edmunds

2017 Soul Seating and Comfort

The 2017 Kia Soul comes standard with cloth upholstery and seating for five. Considering the low starting price of around $16,000, the panels are well grained and feel substantial but there is a lot of plastic throughout the interior. However, most spots you touch are padded.

There are ample controlling options and primary controls as well as buttons that are well labeled and easy to use. The tall stance of the Soul allows a slightly taller ride height which makes getting in and out of the car a smooth affair.

Model

2017 Kia soul

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Chevrolet Trax

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

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

39.6/55.5/40.9

39.58/54.18/40.82

38.4/53.5/41.7

39.6/54.1/40.8

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.5/54.7/39.1

38.78/52.55/35.75

37.2/50.4/35.0

38.8/52.8/35.7

The Soul's cabin is big and spacious, even if you ignore the small wheelbase. There is ample headroom for each seating position, due to its high roofline. The rear seats are spacious too, with plenty of legroom. The optional panoramic sunroof also enhances the sense of space inside.

Opting for the top trim gets you better quality material and seat trim. Available features include combination cloth/leather seats, leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an 8-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a heated steering wheel.

2017 Soul Infotainment System

The technology and entertainment features in the 2017 Soul include a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. A 5.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment is standard on Plus models with a rearview camera. The available UVO infotainment system is based on the Android Linux operating system instead of the Microsoft backend of previous versions. It is intuitive and easy to use, and smartphone integration through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay works seamlessly.

Optional features include automatic climate control, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touch-screen display, the UVO infotainment system with a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 4.3-inch digital instrument cluster display, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, navigation, HD Radio, two USB ports, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, and a panoramic sunroof.

2017 Soul Cargo Space

The Kia Soul has 18.8 cubic feet of cargo capacity available behind the rear seats with the cargo tray in place—24.2 cubes without it. Capacity increases to 61 cubic feet with the seats folded which are better than most hatchbacks.

Model

2017 Kia soul

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Chevrolet Trax

Cargo Volume rear seat up

24.2 ft.3

18.8 ft.3

12.4 ft.3

18.7 ft.3

Cargo Volume rear seat down

49.5 ft.3

48.4 ft.3

44.5 ft.3

48.4 ft.3

A removable bin under the cargo floor accepts smaller items. Kia has taken care of your small items with storage options like Bins, pockets, and cupholders. Other vehicles offer more and larger storage options.

2017 Kia Soul Exterior

8.5/10

"You'll still immediately recognize the 2017 Kia Soul for what it is, but there are a couple of minor tweaks to the exterior. Front and rear bumpers have changed a bit, with the Soul Plus getting body-color inserts, and the Soul Exclaim getting black." - Kelley Blue Book

2017 Soul Dimensions and Weight

The 2017 Kia Soul has a boxy shape which is a mix of a hatchback, a wagon, and an SUV. It's a refreshing take on the car and Kia has done well to give it a funky style, and a youthful approach. The boxy shape makes the most of the interior space. 

The 2017 Soul continues with its abrupt windshield pillar and a flat roofline profile that manages to be boxy without being too square. Higher trims get body-colored exterior, but even base models aren't short for good looks.

Model

2017 Kia soul

2017 Buick Encore

2017 Mazda CX-3

2017 Chevrolet Trax 

Curb weight (lbs.)

2884

3237

2809

2805

Length(in)

163.0

168.41

168.3

167.6

Width(in)

70.9

69.85

69.6

69.9

Height(in)

63.5

65.26

60.7

64.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

6.22

6.1

6.2

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

100.60

101.2

100.6

Track width (in) F/R

62.0/62.5

60.62/60.62

60.0/59.9

60.6/60.6

In terms of size, the compact Soul has a small footprint and a wheelbase measuring 101.2 inches, which is average in the class. At 163 inches, the 2017 Soul is slightly shorter, still, it offers ample room inside and class-leading cargo space. The vehicle's curb weight ranges from 2,884 pounds to 3,366 pounds., depending on the trim you choose.

2017 Kia Soul Safety

7.9/10

The NHTSA gave the 2017 Soul a great five-star overall safety rating. The IIHS gave the Soul a Good score on all crash tests. Since the car is not available with automatic emergency braking it gets a Basic rating in the front crash prevention test.

The 2017 Soul is available with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. However, forward collision warning and lane departure warning are only available in the mid-grade Plus trim.

  • Dual front advanced airbags
  • Dual front seat-mounted side airbags
  • Height-adjustable front seat-belt anchors
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
  • Front & rear 3-point seat belts

2017 Kia Soul Competition

2017 Kia Soul vs 2017 Buick Encore

The design language of the encore looks subtle. It doesn’t feel butch and looks everyday car-like. The Encore's interior space, engine, practicality options are almost similar to Chevrolet because both are built by GMC. The overall difference between Soul and Encore is evident in the design language and the price tag. It retails close to $23,000, almost $7,000 more than Soul, making it the most expensive option currently on sale when compared to base trims.

2017 Kia Soul vs 2017 Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 is one of the sportiest mini SUV that is currently on sale in the market. It has a really good engine which has a good amount of power and very frugal at the same time. However, it’s not spacious at the back which might make the passengers feel cramped and cargo volume is also less when compared to the competition. Also, to be noted is the fact that the starting price is over $19,000 dollars which might make you think once. Overall, it should be considered when you are looking for a small SUV.

2017 Kia Soul Final Verdict

The 2017 Soul is a good compact car to buy. It is affordable and spacious, and it has excellent safety and predicted reliability ratings. While some rivals are more fun to drive, they can’t quite match the Soul’s value and overall practicality. Also, compared with the new 2018 Soul which is almost $1000 pricier than the average price of 2017 Soul and adds standard with adaptive cruise control, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Still, we would favour a used 2017 Kia Soul to save money as most features are available on higher trims.


2017 Kia Soul FAQs

How much does a 2017 Kia Soul cost?

The 2017 Kia Soul price ranges from $16,100 for the base trim and goes up to $22,800 (MSRP) for the top-range Exclaim trim. Kia offers three engine options to choose from with either a manual or an automatic transmission.

How many MPG does a 2017 Kia Soul have?

The 2017 Soul’s base engine gets 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Fuel efficiency increases further with the more powerful engines. The larger four-cylinder engine gets a rating of 25/30 mpg city/highway, and the turbocharged engine in the Soul Exclaim delivers 26/31 mpg city/highway.

How long will a 2017 Kia Soul last?

About 200,000 miles, Like any other car, the 2017 Kia Soul needs proper maintenance and care. With regular service and oil changes, your Kia Soul should last up to about 200,000 miles.

Are there any recalls on a 2017 Kia Soul?

The 2017 Kia Soul didn't undergo any recalls for safety issues. However, the 2017 Kia Soul had some overall problems, like engine problems, seat belt, and airbag issues, and electrical issues, still, all were minor and rectified without making a recall.