2012 Kia Soul Base 1.6 from North America

Summary:

Well-equipped for the money, but dicey at highway speeds

Faults:

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.

General Comments:

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

2016 Kia Soul + 2.0 from North America

Summary:

A fun car with lots of personality that makes up for lack of underwhelming engine and audio system

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong so far.

General Comments:

After one week of ownership, here are my impressions:

It's got personality AND it's affordable. I got the designer edition with the red top and white body. The designer editions are only available in the + (plus) trim range, which is disappointing since I would have liked to added a manual transmission (available only on the base model) and the high end UVO radio with Infinity audio package to it.

For being a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder I would have expected fairly decent pep. I don't care for the acceleration at all, but the Sportmatic shifting that lets me sort of choose the shift points makes it bearable. It's definitely no Mini Cooper. Lot of body roll, probably because of the softer suspension and all season tires. It's a smooth, quiet ride though.

The radio in there now, with 4.3" touch screen is meh. The features are cool enough, but the sound is terrible. The highs are tinny, the lows bottom out and make the speakers rattle in a low-fi, cardboard way and the mids are muddy. Overall very flat sounding and extremely underwhelming. I will be replacing the OEM radio as soon as I can afford it.

Overall, I love its personality, the features it comes with, the polished and well assembled interior that doesn't feel cheap, and how affordable it is. There are lots of customizing options for the future when I can upgrade/mod as I can afford it.

Honestly, and I know this is silly, but I wouldn't expect the mid-level trim to have such a basic sounding radio. It truly sounds like an 80s AM car radio. I don't know if it's crappy speakers, or a radio where you can only adjust the bass, mids and highs with no EQ. If anyone has any ideas or experience with this model, I'd love to hear it.

I plan to update this review in 6 months, if I remember!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 7th July, 2016

2016 Kia Soul 1.6 from North America

Summary:

I love it, it's like an SUV, has alot of room inside, but body is smaller so it's much better on gas

Faults:

None.

General Comments:

I love my new 2016 KIA... I love all of the new features from the panoramic sunroof, and the amenities not found as standard in other more expensive autos.

Good on gas, and you have to get in one to see just how big it is inside.

Drives great, with good handling.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2016

2010 Kia Soul from North America

Summary:

Best car I've owned so far!

Faults:

Nothing, absolutely nothing!

General Comments:

I bought my Soul in spring of 2010 in exchange for a Mazda LX that was well over 12 years old. I was tired of climbing down into the car. The ads on TV for the KIA SOUL made it look like a fun car to drive; I'm now 57 and I still think it's fun to drive. I slide ride over to the seat, no more lower back aches, and she fires up for me every time.

Got two car seats in the back for my grandchildren, and I feel perfectly safe with them in my car. Love the hatch back; no more bending over for groceries.

Any issues with the car have come from the manufacturer for preventive care. I have never had such a close relationship with a dealer like I do with KIA. It's bright red, easy to clean, and shines so much people assume it's brand new. 5 stars from me.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th September, 2015