Feb 19, 2010
Reviewed By SCM Staff
Price as Tested $18,345
Likes

Surprising pep from 142-hp, 2.0L, 16-valve CVVT 4-cylinder; airbags galore, potent stereo makes good use of subwoofer and external amp; plenty of room for people (rear seats up) and stuff (rear seats folded).

Dislikes

Sizable and rather annoying blind-spot at right rear C-pillar; exterior styling is definitely love-it-or-hate-it; noisy at freeway speeds; 5-speed manual feels antiquated.

Verdict

With its funky, boxy shape, and its trendy, lights ablazin’ interior, the Soul is aimed squarely at a segment far younger than I, but for those very reasons, along with 26 mpg combined and a frugal pricetag (just $13,300 for the Base), it hits the mark. It’s a necessary step for Kia, and it should do very well.

Fun to Drive
3.0 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.0 rating
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