2012 Kia Soul Base 1.6 from North America
Well-equipped for the money, but dicey at highway speeds
On occasion the automatic transmission shifts hard, and continues that behavior for a few days. It then goes back to normal. Dealer doesn't know what to do about it.
Tire pressure monitoring system keeps giving false readings, when tires are in fact inflated properly. Dealer has offered to fix this for an outrageous charge.
Nice car for the money, and other than the faults above it's been very reliable. However, this is a tough car to drive on the highway. The steering is extremely light and has no feedback at all, and the suspension doesn't feel like it will keep the car pinned down to the road at highway speeds. Ride is jiggly even when on smooth pavement. We bought it as we needed a cheap, reliable car for our business, but wouldn't buy another one primarily due to the handling issue. If Kia could get the European handling down, this car would be an unbeatable value.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th July, 2016