2018 Kia Soul

Rating7.5

Ranked #3 in Subcompact Wagon

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Starting MSRP 

$16,200 - $22,900

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Key Spec of 2018 Kia Soul
fuel economy

24/27/30

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

130 hp @ 6300 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Commodious cabin

Base engine is anemic

The base trim's convenience package gains UVO infotainment along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto .

Spacious cargo area

Desirable features are optional

The base trim's convenience package also gets automatic climate control.

Top safety ratings

Bigger wheels have unforgiving ride quality

Higher trims get a few feature addition in their optional package and a new exterior color option.

Fuel-efficient and punchy turbo-four engine

Low gas mileage from base engine

2018 Kia Soul Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: October 15, 2022

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This year, the 2018 Kia Soul gets only a few feature updates and a new Wild Orange color joins the palette to complement the quirky styling. The new Kia UVO infotainment system is now available as standard from the Soul Plus onwards and is available with the Convenience package for the base model. The Primo Lit package replaces the Plus Primo package for the mid-range model and gains a few additional features. The 2018 Kia Soul price starts at $17,095 including an $895 destination fee and sees a price hike of just $100 from last year

Featuring a 3-trim lineup of the Soul, the 2018 Kia Soul MSRP can be an expense of $17,095-$23,795 this season. Having said that, it simply translates to the fact that the range-leader 2018 Kia Soul Exclaim (!) will cost you $6,700 more than the base 2018 Soul for enhanced specs and assets.

Model

Invoice Price

MSRP

Base

$15,796 $17,095
Plus (+) $19,329 $21,295
Exclaim (!) $21,698 $23,795

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2018 Kia Soul for Sale

The Kia Soul not only comes at an attractive price tag, but the buying options are also pretty affordable for most buyers. The 2018 Soul finance offers start at $478/month at 3.75% APR for a duration of 60 months while the Soul lease deals begin at just $224/month for a 36-month tenure. The down payment is common for both at $1,795 and the leasing option has a 10,000-mile annual mileage limit.


For budget-oriented buyers, the used Kia Soul can be availed of with a base price of $1,999. Going for older model years like the 2014 Kia Soul could be a matter of $5,788 and Kia Soul 2014 can cost as much as $21,195 along with a listing of up to 842 in total. 

Model Year

Staring Inventory Price

No. Of Listing

2022 Kia Soul (Check Now)

$15,995

329

2021 Kia Soul

$14,900

909

2020 Kia Soul $10,997 1,776
2019 Kia Soul $10,250 1,011
2018 Kia Soul $8,900 971
2017 Kia Soul $5,499 706
2016 Kia Soul $5,900 1,503
2015 Kia Soul $3,900 1,176
2014 Kia Soul $5,788 842
2013 Kia Soul $2,971 655
2012 Kia Soul $2,799 380
2011 Kia Soul $2,497 287

We Recommend

While not many might be able to shell out huge money for the top model with the turbocharged engine, we believe the 2018 Kia Soul Plus offers the most value for money, both in terms of performance and creature comforts.


The 2018 Soul gets three engine options and three gearbox choices. The base engine lacks any soul and offers mediocre gas mileage while the 2.0-liter inline-4 engine is midway between the base and the turbocharged engine. While the turbo-four engine mated with the dual-clutch gearbox makes the Soul a fun-to-drive wagon despite its looks suggesting otherwise. At this price point, the 2018 Kia Soul competes against the segment favorites like the practical Honda HR-V, the frugal Toyota Corolla iM, and the peppy Fiat 500L.  


Trim wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M)$15796$1620083 Listings
4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A)$15796$17800526 Listings
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Over All Rating

7.5

Out of 10

6.00
7.50
7.80
7.90
8.40
7.80
8.10
7.00
Notable Rankings

#3 in Subcompact Wagon

#8 in Wagon


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Trims

Base$16,200 onwards

  • 16-Inch alloy wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • 60/40-Split folding rear seats
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Satellite radio
  • Six-Speaker sound system

+$20,400 onwards

  • Front Fog/driving lights
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Selectable drive modes
  • Upgrade cloth upholstery

!$22,900 onwards

  • 18 inch machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels
  • 2 - 1st row LCD monitor
  • Keyless ignition and entry
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Upgraded exterior trim


Colors and Styles

Build Car
Carribean Blue

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2018 Kia Soul comes with a few features shuffling and addition in its optional packages and a choice of new Wild Orange exterior color (which you see in the picture below). The 2018 Soul got a $100 price bump and starts at $17,095 while it goes up to $23,795 for the top-end Soul Exclaim trim. For the price range, there are three trim options and each trim gets a different powertrain and gearbox combination, the details of which we have talked about in the 'Engine and Transmission' section.

Moving inside the cabin, the first thing you would realize is the space and the headroom on offer. The cabin quality remains acceptable in lower trims but gets better as you climb the trim ladder or add the optional packages. For more details on the optional package read our 'Features' section. That said, the 2018 Kia Soul is a wagon but falls under the compact car segment thus rivaling Honda HR-V, Fiat 500L, and Toyota Corolla iM.


Buying Advice

The top trim with the turbocharged engine could be the default choice for enthusiasts but for a wider audience, we recommend picking the mid-level Plus(+) trim. This trim gets a bigger and more powerful engine and a host of features that are otherwise optional on the base trim and a few that aren't available on the top trim. Other than that the bigger engine of the Plus(+) trim is also as fuel-efficient as the base engine thus making it a win-win proposition. 

Features
7.5/10

The 2018 Kia Soul wagon is offered in three trims namely base, Plus(+), and Exclaim(!). The base trim starts at $16,200 and has both manual and automatic gearbox options with power coming from the 1.6-liter inline-4 engine. The base trim is barebones and if going for this trim you would need to get the Convenience package that adds automatic headlights, UVO infotainment interface with a 7-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, rearview camera, and automatic climate control.

Moving up you have the Plus(+) trim that costs $20,400 and is powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine which is offered only with the automatic transmission. This trim adds a few more features and all the features of the above Convenience package. While Plus(+) can also be had with the Audio package that adds an eight-speaker Harman & Kardon sound system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, keyless entry and ignition, etc.

Trims Base Plus (+) Exclaim (!)
MSRP (Manual) $17,095 N/A N/A
MSRP (Auto) $18,695 $21,295 $23,795
Features 130 hp, 1.6-liter inline-4 engine Adds or upgrades to 'Base' Adds or upgrades to 'Plus (+)'
  16-inch alloy wheels 161 hp, 2.0-liter inline-4 engine 201 hp, 1.6-liter turbo inline-4 engine
  Height-adjustable driver's seat 17-inch alloy wheels 18-inch alloy wheels
  Rear privacy glass 7-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
  Six-speaker sound system Automatic climate control Keyless entry and ignition
  60/40-split folding rear seats Foglights Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  Air conditioning Rearview camera Upgraded interior trims w/ a mix of fabric and leather upholstery

Another package available is the Primo Lit package that adds power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, power-folding outside mirror, driver-assist features, sunroof, etc. The top most Exclaim(!) trim starts at $22,900 and comes with all the features of the Plus(+) trim minus the features from the Primo Lit package.

Engine and Performance
7.8/10

"The 2018 Kia Soul is fun to drive, with uplevel models exuding a hint of sportiness. Among its four powertrain options are a lackluster base engine, an animated turbocharged engine, and an all-electric Soul EV that’s available in select markets." - Cars.usnews.com

2018 Kia Soul Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Kia Soul offers three engine options one for each of its three trims. The base trim is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-4 engine mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic and putting out 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. The next-in-line Plus(+) trim gets a bigger 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that puts out 161 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque and comes mated to only a six-speed automatic gearbox. While the top-end Exclaim(!) trim is powered by a cracker 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that puts out a tall 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a slick-shifting seven dual-clutch automatic gearbox. 

Among the three engine options, the turbocharged one packs in the most punch and the best fuel economy figures. The base engine on the other hand not only lacks punch but also returns mediocre gas mileage. The mid-level 2.0-liter inline-4 engine is the best of both worlds with the right mix of power and efficiency.

Models 2018 Kia Soul 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota Corolla iM 2018 Fiat 500L
MSRP $17,095 $20,470 $19,590 $20,995
Engine 1.6-liter inline-4 1.8-liter inline-4 1.8-liter inline-4 1.4-liter turbo inline-4
Transmission 6-speed automatic CVT CVT 6-speed automatic
Power 130 hp @ 6300 rpm 141 hp @ 6500 rpm 137 hp @ 6100 rpm 160 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 118 ft-lbs @ 4850 rpm 127 ft-lbs.  @ 4300 rpm 126 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm 184 ft-lbs. @ 2500 rpm

All the rivals are priced close to each other but only the Fiat 500L comes with a turbo-four engine right from the base trim. Thus being powered by a turbocharged engine the Fiat 500 L puts out the best power and torque figures. 

2018 Kia Soul Acceleration

The base engine of the 2018 Kia Soul helps it scoot from 0-60 mph in 8.2 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 16.4 seconds. The turbocharged engine on the Exclaim trim of the Kia Soul is the highlight here that goes from 0-60 mph in 6.4 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 15.0 seconds flat. 

Models 2018 Kia Soul 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota Corolla iM 2018 Fiat 500L
0-60 MPH (sec) 8.2 sec 9.6 sec 9.1 sec 9.0 sec
Quarter-mile (sec) 16.4 sec 17.4 sec 17.2 sec 17.0 sec
Engine 1.6-liter inline-4 1.8-liter inline-4 1.8-liter inline-4 1.4-liter turbo inline-4

As for the rivals, even the more powerful and turbocharged Fiat 500L can't beat the Kai Soul in either of the runs. The Fiat 500L is the fastest among the rivals but remains behind the Soul by 0.8 seconds in the 0-60 mph run and by 0.6 seconds in the quarter-mile run.

2018 Kia Soul Ride and Handling

Being a wagon the first impression of the Kia Soul is of a lousy handling breadbox on wheels. But take the 2018 Soul for a spin and you would realize how easy to drive it is with sorted dynamics. The steering of Soul is light and makes it easy to twirl and maneuver in city traffic. Urban dwellers will also love this along with the small footprint of the Soul thus making it a perfect drive for them. 

Increase the speed and the steering of the Soul weighs up well giving you the much-needed confidence to have some fun with the small wagon. The suspension setup on the other hand is a bit of a disappointment as the ride quality is stiff, especially with the 18-inch wheels. Although increasing the speed dismisses most bumps and undulation with ease. While the stiff suspension ensures better high-speed stability and reassuring panic brake stops. 

2018 Kia Soul Braking

The 2018 Kia Soul under panic braking can stop from 60-0 mph in 114 feet which is among the best in the segment. The Soul gets an 11.0-inch disc at the front and a 10.3-inch disc at the rear. The brakes of the Soul is its strong point exhibiting good bite and composed stopping even under hard braking.

Model 2018 Kia Soul 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota Corolla iM 2018 Fiat 500L
Brake pads Front (in) 11.0 11.5 11.7 12.0
Brake pads Rear (in) 10.3 11.1 11.0 10.4
Curb Weight (lbs) 2,942 2,902 3,031 3,254
60-0 MPH (ft.) 114 125 131 119

Among the rivals, the Kia Soul took the least distance to stop from 60-0 mph while the closest is the Fiat 500L which took 5 feet more to stop from the same. But one point to note here is that the 500L gets bigger front brakes and is heavier by approximately 300 lbs. compared to the Soul.

Fuel Economy
7.9/10

The 2018 Kia Soul powered by the base engine has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 25 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 27 mpg combined. While the same engine with the automatic gearbox sees an increase of one mpg in the highway gas mileage. The bigger 2.0-liter inline-4 engine powered Soul returns 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. While the turbo-four engine powered Soul returns 6 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. Thus the turbo-four remains the most fuel-efficient engine option for the Soul wagon.

Model 2018 Kia Soul 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota Corolla iM 2018 Fiat 500L
MPG (city) 25 28 28 22
MPG (highway) 30 34 36 30
MPG (combined) 27 31 31 25
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 14.2 13.2 14.0 13.2

In this comparison, the Toyota Corolla iM is without doubt the most fuel-efficient car. It returns 28/36/31 mpg in city/highway/combined respectively which is 3 mpg more in the city, 6 mpg more on the highway, and 4 mpg more combined compared to the Soul wagon.

Interior
8.4/10

"The 2018 Kia Soul has a standout interior. High-quality materials, spacious seats, and a massive cargo area are among its highlights." - Cars.usnews.com

2018 Kia Soul Seating and Comfort

Due to its boxy design, the cabin of the 2018 Kia Soul feels roomy. The tall boy design gives you a higher-than-usual ride height which is in between a hatchback and an SUV. Upfront the dash is simple and the material used around the cabin is of acceptable quality. Moving up in the trim level the cabin material quality does improve by a considerable amount. That said, the visibility outside the cabin is overall excellent and the available rearview camera helps overcome the blind spot caused by thick rear pillars.

The seats of the Kia Soul offer a decent amount of comfort but power adjustment and heating and ventilation are optional on the base and standard from the Plus and higher trims. Although the ride quality of the Soul isn't plush but the front seats won't tire you out when sitting for long hours in them. That said, the rear bench could do with some more cushion and feels a bit more firm than the front ones. Seating for five is what the Soul claims but unless you seat three very skinny folks at the back four occupants can only be at ease in the Soul.

Model 2018 Kia Soul 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota Corolla iM 2018 Fiat 500L
Passenger capacity 5 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)   39.6/ 55.5/ 40.9 39.5/ 56.8/ 41.2 39.7/ 54.3/ 41.7 40.7/ 57.3/ 40.0
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)   39.5/ 54.7/ 39.1 38.3/ 54.5/ 39.3 37.5/ 54.1/ 32.7 38.7/ 54.6/ 36.7

The cabin space of the Kia Soul is among the best and at par with the rival Honda HR-V. The legroom and headroom in both rows of the Soul are generous while the shoulder room is a bit lacking in the front row compared to the HR-V.  

Interior Features

  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Available power-adjustable front seats
  • Available automatic climate control
  • Available upgraded fabric upholstery
  • Available leather-wrapped steering wheel

2018 Kia Soul Infotainment System

“Kia’s infotainment system continues to be one of the best because it’s easy to use and logical.” -Motor Trend

The base model of the 2018 Kia Soul wagon gets a six-speaker stereo with USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, etc. Moving to the higher trims you can either add a 7-inch or an 8-inch touchscreen that runs on the UVO infotainment system. Both the units offer smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The 7-inch touchscreen is optional on the base trim while the 8-inch unit is optional on the Plus(+) trim. While optional for the top-end Exclaim(!) trim is the premium Harman & Kardon sound system with LED speaker lights to take the party on the road. Other optional features that are part of the Audio package include satellite radio, navigation, more USB ports, etc.

2018 Kia Soul Cargo Capacity

The 2018 Kia Soul offers a generous 18.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The rear seats can be folded in 60/40-split to accommodate odd or bigger size cargo.

Being boxy in shape the cargo area is well-shaped and with the rear seats folded it can be expanded to 49.5 cubic feet.

Model 2018 Kia Soul 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota Corolla iM 2018 Fiat 500L
Standard Cargo Capacity (ft³.) 18.8 24.3 20.8 22.4
Maximum Cargo Capacity (ft³.) 49.5 58.8 20.8 68.0

In this comparison, the Honda HR-V has the biggest boot of 24.3 cubic feet which is 5.5 cubic feet more than what you get in the Kia Soul.

Exterior
7.8/10

"Now in its second generation, the Kia Soul still has the functionally blessed proportions of the original, though the details have matured in this second edition." -  The Car Connection

2018 Kia Soul Dimension and Weight

The 2018 Kia Soul was last redesigned in the year 2014 and then it received a mild refresh just last year so there are no changes to the exterior design and dimensions of the Soul this year. That said, the Kia Soul is the smallest car in the Kia lineup and it seems like the design engineers were given a free hand to make it look stylish and funky and not a boring breadbox on wheels kind of wagon.

The Kia Soul is a tallboy and stands 63.5-inches in height. It has a smaller footprint though and measures only 163-inches in length and has 101.2-inches of wheelbase. Although to make the cabin roomy and the outer stance more proportioned Kia does give the Soul 70.9-inches of width and 5.9-inches of ground clearance.

Model 2018 Kia Soul 2018 Honda HR-V 2018 Toyota Corolla iM 2018 Fiat 500L
Curb Weight (lbs) 2,942 2,902 3,031 3,254
Length (in) 163.0 169.1 170.5 167.0
Width (in) 70.9 69.8 69.3 70.2
Height (in) 63.5 63.2 55.3 65.3
Ground Clearance (in) 5.9 6.7 5.5 4.7
Wheelbase (in) 101.2 102.8 102.4 102.8

Compared to the rivals, the Kia Soul is the tallest and widest car here. While the Corolla hatchback is the longest (7.5-inches longer than the Soul) while the Fiat 500L and the HR-V have the longest wheelbase among all (1.6-inches more than the Soul).

Exterior Feature

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Available automatic headlights
  • Available foglights
  • Available 17- and 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available sunroof
Safety
8.1/10

Even though the 2018 Kia Soul misses out on advanced driver-assist and safety features in the base trim yet it managed to grab the top honors of 'Top Safety Pikc+' from IIHS. Further, the IIHS gave the 2018 Soul the highest rating of 'Good' in five out of six parameters. The NHTSA in the same line gave the 2018 Soul a perfect score in overall safety rating with a perfect score in front and side crash test while in the rollover mitigation test it was given four out of five stars. 

Safety features:

  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available forward-collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking
  • Available lane-departure warning
Competition
7.0/10

2018 Kia Soul Vs 2018 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is the direct competitor of the Kia Soul when it comes to cabin space and overall practicality being offered in a small car. Both the cars offer almost similar cabin space but the longer HR-V has more cargo space to offer compared to the Soul. Another similar aspect of both cars is that both of them get good safety ratings.

That is where the similarity ends. When we talk about the powertrain the HR-V gets only one while the Soul has three on offer thus giving more choice and flexibility to the user. That said, the turbo-four engine of the Soul gives it an upper hand over the HR-V in terms of performance on offer. Thus making Soul a more compelling choice between the two.

2018 Kia Soul Vs 2018 Toyota Corolla iM

The 2018 Toyota Corolla just like its sedan sibling isn't special in terms of engine, performance, or cabin. What it does offer are better reliability, high gas mileage, and a fuss-free ownership experience. But wait the Kia Soul also has an above-average reliability rating with a much better proposition to offer its customer against the Corolla hatchback.

The Soul has peppy engine options and a more spacious cabin with better quality material used inside. The exterior dimensions of the Soul are compact compared to the much longer in length Corolla hatchback thus it is easier to drive the Soul in the city.  That said, the Corolla also remains uninspiring to drive compared to the Soul. Thus our pick would again be the Soul over the Corolla hatchback here.

Final Verdict

The 2018 Kia Soul is an appealing car. It has three engine options that cater to a large set of audience. It has a spacious cabin and thanks to its tallboy design it offers a commanding view of what's ahead and a generous amount of headroom in both rows. The safety ratings of the Soul are class-leading but the advanced driver-assist features limited to the higher trims and optional package is a bummer. That said, for urban dwellers, the Kia Soul is a perfect companion that can handle mundane grocery runs and fun drives over the weekend with equal zest.

 

Features

vehicle bio
base price

$22900

body style

4dr Wagon

engine type
displacement

97 cu in

horse power

201 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

195 lb.-ft. @ 1500 rpm

transmission

7-Speed Automated Manual

dimensions
length

163 in

wheelbase

101 in

width

75 in

curb weight

3232 lbs

Height

64 in

Ground Clearance

6 lbs

capacity
passenger volume

101 cu ft

cargo volume

49.5 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

26/28/31 mpg

highway range

440.20 mi

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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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FAQs

What is better a Kia or Hyundai?

While both the sister companies offer similar vehicles with a lot of chassis and powertrain sharing, Kia offers more unique & bold styling. Kia also offers more value in terms of loaded features, warranty coverage and the price it is offered at

How many miles is a 2018 Kia Soul good for?

The 2018 Soul gets an EPA-rated 24/30 MPG in city/highway conditions and with a 14.3-gallon fuel tank on offer, the Soul is good for about 426 miles on a single tank of gas.

Are there any issues with the 2018 Kia Soul?

The 2018 Kia Soul problems aren't many and are limited to its engine, powertrain, and airbags. That said, there have been only about 100 complaints registered for over 100,000 units sold in the US.

Is Kia Soul 2018 reliable?

The 2018 Soul reliability rating of 80/100 by J.D. Power is amongst the best in the segment. There have been only one recall and very few complaints, making it one of the more reliable options in the market.

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