2014 Kia Soul EX GDI 2.0 from North America

Summary:

It seems to be a great car, but the interior fit, finish and quality is what really sold me on it

Faults:

I haven't had it long enough for anything to go wrong with it.

General Comments:

At first I was looking at a 2010 Soul and was leaning towards buying it as the price was good, it had low miles on it, and other than the previous owner being a dog lover (claw scratches on the plastic door panels), I was OK with it. Then I decided before buying it that I should really try out a Sportage just to see if I'd like it better. The Sportage was definitely a step up and at brand new, would have had a much higher price. So after I parked the Sportage, my friend says, "Hey, what about that new Soul?" Why don't you try that one?"

So we did, and I drove it 3 km and there was no question that the 2014 Soul was for me. There were a few things that set it apart, but the one thing that stood out miles beyond anything else was the massive improvements to the interior over previous models. After my Dodge SX, I'd pretty much gotten used to plastic everywhere, and in the Soul, yes, there's still some plastic, but there's a lot less of it. It just feels comfort and quality from the moment I get in.

I give it a 7 on performance, because let's face it, there is no 300HP beast under the hood. The 165HP 2.0 isn't exactly a snail either; I think it balances performance and mileage into an acceptable mix.

It's brand new so I give it the full 10 for reliability, because with the 5 year warranty on everything from stem to stern, I have no worry about mechanical failures at this point.

I'd give the extra point for Dealer Service marks because when I was shopping for it, the dealer made all kinds of promises about free car washes and free oil changes for as long as I own it. I'm not due for the first service yet, but I did go in for a free car wash only to be told I'd have to make an appointment if I wanted that. Nobody said anything about appointments at sales time, so they lose a mark for that. There was no need to promise anything they weren't 100% committed to giving, so I felt they misrepresented that. Any time I find a business that misrepresents anything I always ask myself, "If they misrepresented that, what else weren't they exactly truthful with?"

Considering this engine is brand new, I was surprised to get 28 MPG out of it. I wasn't expecting that good. I'll check often to see where that's going to go.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th July, 2014

8th Aug 2014, 03:50

My 1989 Ford Crown Victoria can get 26-28 MPG highway and that is a big full size V-8 car. This only gets 28 MPG with a 2.0 engine? Wow...

2013 Kia Soul Base Model 1.6 from North America

Summary:

Great, inexpensive, everyday vehicle

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Good, inexpensive car. Totally reliable, and 33-35MPG on the highway, depending on how fast I drive. Reasonably roomy for a guy that's 230 lbs 5' 10". One thing I like is that I don't have to duck down to get into the vehicle.

The only real downside is the base engine doesn't have a lot of power. It's manageable enough for driving around in - I can do 80MPH+ without any problem - but it's not fast to get to that speed. So trying to pass another car on a 2 lane road is a little hairy.

Other than that, I'd have no problem recommending the car. In over a year and 25k miles it hasn't been back to the dealer for anything. And I've got 2 of these cars (the other is a 2012) and it hasn't had any problems either.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st October, 2013