2017 Kia Soul

#2
in Compact wagons
2017 MODEL

$16,100 - $22,800

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Overview

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.

Kia soul had 3 trim levels namely base model Soul, then you have Soul + and the top range Soul! The retail prices are $17,700, $19,800 and $22,800 respectively.

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Pros

Unique design

Excellent Value

Spacious interior

Cons

Thirsty engine

Loud when speeds

Driving dynamics not great

What's New?

2 colors added to the lineup

No significant Change


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16100

bodystyle

5dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

top speed

129 mph

drivetrain

FWD

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

brake rotors (f/r)

10.3 in. ventilated front disc/11 in. solid disc brakes

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

18.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

3300 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17.6 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

6.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

177 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

13/27/30 mpg

highway range

555 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

No



Styles

 2017 Kia Soul in Titanium Gray color  2017 Kia Soul in Shadow Black color  2017 Kia Soul in Bright Silver color  2017 Kia Soul in Alien Green color
Titanium Gray

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

7.8

Engine

8.1

Fuel Economy

7.7

Interior

8.4

Exterior

8.9

Safety

5.9

Driving

8.9

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 Kia Soul 5dr Wagon

5dr Wagon

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$16,100 - $17,700

Configurations
5dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6M
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (24/27/30)
HP: 130 -hp @ 6300-rpm Torque: 118 lbs.-ft. @ 4,850 rpm
5dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (25/27/30)
HP: 130 -hp @ 6300-rpm Torque: 118 ft-lbs. @ 4850 rpm

 2017 Kia Soul + 5dr Wagon

+ 5dr Wagon

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$19,800

Configurations
Plus 5dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 6A
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (25//30)
HP: 109 -hp @ 8000-rpm Torque: 150 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

 2017 Kia Soul ! 5dr Wagon

! 5dr Wagon

Fuel: Regular unleaded, Transmission: Manual, Seats: 5

$22,800

Configurations
! 5dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
Engine: I-4 Transmission: 7AM
Drivetrain: FWD MPG: (26/28/31)
HP: 201 -hp @ 6000-rpm Torque: 195 lbs.-ft. @ 1,500 rpm

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial October 18, 2018

8.0

Overall Rating


7.8/10
Features

 

8.1/10
Engine

 

7.7/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.4/10
Interior

 

8.9/10
Exterior

 

5.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

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.

Features

7.8/10

Kia soul has 3 trim levels which are Soul, Plus+ and Exclaim! There are 3 engines available, a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder with 130 horses, a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder with 161 horses and a turbocharged 1.6-litre 4-cylinder with 201 horses. The transmissions are limited to 6-speed manual and 6 speed automatic. For the turbocharged model, you get a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

Trim

Soul

+ (Plus)

! (Exclaim)

MSRP

(manual)

$16,100

N/A

N/A

MSRP

(automatic)

$17,700

$19,800

$22,800

Key

Features

  • Body-color, power outside mirrors
  • Multi-Focus Reflector Headlights
  • Privacy glass
  • Air conditioning
  • AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 2 front, 2 rear, 2 tweeter speakers
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Trip computer
  • Front fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control w/cluster ionizer
  • AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 2 front, 2 rear, 2 tweeter speakers
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Trip computer
  • Outside mirrors w/turn signal indicators
  • Front fog lights
  • Privacy glass
  • Air conditioning
  • Automatic temperature control w/cluster ionizer
  • AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • 2 front, 2 rear, 2 tweeter speakers
  • UVO Infotainment System w/7" touch screen, Apple CarPlayTM12 & Android Auto
  • Bluetooth wireless technology

Standard features include air conditioning, AM/FM/MP3/Sirius XM satellite radio, front fog lights, Bluetooth wireless technology, 4 speakers and 2 tweeters, automatic temperature control w/cluster ionizer. The range-topping exclaim trim gets UVO infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay TM12 & Android Auto.

We Recommend

 Kia Soul is a super hit among youths. We would recommend you the plus trim. It contains all the necessary features for daily driving including Bluetooth, satellite radio, a generous sound system, and auto temperature control.

Engine

8.1/10

"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

Engine and Transmission

Kia Soul wagon comes with 1.6L 4-cylinder CVVT engine that makes a considerate 130 horses and 118-pound-feet of torque. The base trim is mated to a 6-speed manual. It is priced at $16,100 which is a very good price for a starting model.

Models

Kia Soul wagon

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

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

In comparison, Mazda CX-3 is most powerful with a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine developing 146 horses and 146-pound-feet of torque. However, in terms of torque figures, Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax have 148-pound-feet of torque. Transmission wise, all except Kia Soul are available in automatic whereas the latter is also available in automatic. The Kia Soul is the cheapest of the lot and Buick Encore.

Acceleration

Kia Soul has a 4-cylinder engine which gives it a sober acceleration timing. The 6-speed manual transmission with a 1.6L engine takes Soul 0-60MPH in 10.3 seconds and clears the quarter mile in 17.6 seconds.

Models

Kia soul wagon

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

0-60 MPH

10.3 sec

7.8 sec

8.5 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter mile

17.6 sec

16.2 sec

15.8 sec

17.2 sec

Engine

1.6L

1.4L

2.0L

3.0L

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

6.5

6.3

5.7

9.3

In comparison, Buick Encore is the quickest to 0-60MPH taking 7.8 seconds. Mazda CX-3 comes in second in 0-60MPH timing with 8.5 seconds but pulls away from the rest of the crowd in the quarter-mile sprint with a time of 15.8 seconds. The Soul is last in both the acceleration timings.

Handling and steering

Kia soul was previously known for its harsh ride but after the 2016 facelift, it did get a little balanced and provided a good amount of comfort and decent ride quality. There is a large amount of body roll when going through corners at a good speed but when driving at normal speed, Soul is pretty decent. The gearbox is shoddy when it comes to instant acceleration. The steering is nicely weighted and doesn’t keep the driver in a tense condition.

Braking

Kia Soul comes with 11-inch ventilated discs in the front and 10.3-inch ventilated discs at the back. Being a short and tall car at the same time, it weighs in at 2,884 pounds. The braking distance from 60 MPH to complete halt takes about 114 feet to conclude.

Model

Kia soul wagon

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

Brake Front (in.)

11.0

11.8

11.0

11.8

Brake Rear (in.)

10.3

10.6

11.1

11.8

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2884

3237

2809

2805

60-0 MPH (ft.)

114

119

117

119

In comparison, Buick Encore and Chevrolet Trax have bigger brakes at the front with 11.8 inches and Trax has biggest brakes at the back too with 11.8 inches discs. Chevrolet weighs in at 2,805 pounds which makes it the lightest among the competition. Mazda CX-3 pretty close in the weight with Chevrolet at 2,809 pounds. Stopping distance from 60-0 is where Kia soul gets the edge at 114 feet. Chevrolet and Mazda are the lightest but take more distance to stop when compared to Kia at 119 and 117 respectively.

Fuel Economy

7.7/10

Kia Soul with its 1.6L 4-cylinder manages a below average fuel economy. It does 24 MPG in city driving, 30 MPG on the highway and a combined 27MPG.

Model

Kia soul wagon

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

MPG (city)

24

25

29

25

MPG (highway)

30

33

34

33

MPG (combined)

27

28

31

28

In comparison, Kia Soul has the least favorable figures gives it the last place. Mazda CX-3, on the other hand, has the best fuel economy with 29 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway and a combined 31 MPG figure. Chevrolet and Buick have the same figures as they both carry the same engine 25 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on the highway and 28 MPG combined.

Interior

8.4/10

"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

Seating and Comfort

Kia Soul is a mini SUV and provides for a very spacious interior thanks to unique design philosophy. It is very well packaged with plenty of head and legroom up front and in the back for passengers. The seats are comfy and gives a good support.

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

39.58/54.18/40.82

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

When comparing Kia soul to competition, Mazda CX-3 has a tad better legroom up front. Rest overall in the interior space and comfort Kia Soul is the winner in every department.

Infotainment System

There is no touchscreen in the base Soul trim and plus+ trim. However, you do get standard Bluetooth technology which lets you connect your phone to the car’s system to take calls and stream music. Satellite radio Sirius XM is a good feature as you listen to many stations and not just your regular FM/AM frequencies. Unavailability of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay makes this infotainment a bit dull as they are almost standard in every car nowadays.

Cargo Space

In cargo space, Kia has room for your everyday luggage. With the rear seats up, it gives you a space of 18.8 cu ft whereas when you fold the seat down, the volume increase to 49.5 cu ft giving you the practicality wherever you go.

Model

Kia soul wagon

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

Cargo Volume rear seat up (ft.3)

18.8

18.8

12.4

18.7

Cargo Volume rear seat down (ft.3)

49.5

48.4

44.5

48.4

In comparison, Buick and Chevrolet almost have the same cargo space as Kia with 18.8 and 18.7 cu ft respectively. However, when you fold the seats down, Kia has the best cargo volume at 49.5 cu ft and Buick and Chevrolet are identical at 48.4 cu ft of cargo volume.

Exterior

8.9/10

"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

Dimensions and Weight

Kia Soul is 163 inches in length, 70.9 inches wide and 63.5 inches tall. Ground clearance of 5.9 inches is good for clearing out road undulations. The wheelbase of 101.2 inches gives the interior a roomy feel and keep passengers at ease.

Model

Kia soul wagon

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3 SUV

Chevrolet Trax SUV

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 comparison, Buick Encore is the longest and tallest with 168.4 inches and 65.2 inches. Kia Soul is the widest with 70.9 inches. Mazda and Kia have the best wheelbase at 101.2 inches providing for ample room inside the cabin. Chevrolet and Buick have a high ground clearance of 6.2 inches giving better space to tackle uneven road surfaces.

Safety

5.9/10

Kia Soul comes with a lot of standard safety kit and a solid build quality to give a peace of mind to all the occupants traveling it. Standard features are:-

  • 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

IIHS Rating

IIHS has rated Kia Soul good in many departments barring the front crash prevention which gets a basic rating.

Crashworthiness 

Small overlap front driver side

Good

Small overlap front passenger side

Acceptable

Moderate overlap front

Good

Side

Good

Roof strength

Good

Head restraints & seats

Good

Front crash prevention

Basic

Headlights

Good

Child seats anchors (LATCH)

Acceptable

NHTSA Rating

NHTSA has given 5 Star overall rating to KIA soul which goes to show how well built is this funky car.

Overall rating

5 star

Overall frontal barrier crash rating

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating driver

5 star

Overall side crash rating

5 star

Side barrier rating

5 star

Side pole rating driver front seat

5 star

Combined side rating rear seat

5 star

Rollover rating

4 star

Side barrier rating driver

5 star

Frontal barrier crash rating passenger

4 star

Combined side rating front seat

5 star

Side barrier rating passenger rear seat

5 star

Competition

Kia Soul vs Buick Encore

The design language of the encore looks subtle. It doesn’t feel butch and looks everyday car like. The interior space, engine, practicality options are almost similar to Chevrolet because both are built by GMC. The overall difference 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.

Kia Soul vs Mazda CX-3

It 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.

Kia Soul vs Chevrolet Trax

The design language is a little more stretched. Exteriorly, it looks butch and strong as you would expect from Chevrolet brand. It’s high ground clearance and added length gives it a little more presence on the road. It is also the lightest and has a better fuel economy thanks to its engine. Interior space is good but not at the level of Soul. Practicality is also good providing luggage and storage space. The price point might play a factor in buying decision as it’s above $20,000.

Final Verdict

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

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