2013 Kia Soul Base Model 1.6 from North America


Great, inexpensive, everyday vehicle



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

2013 Kia Soul Exclaim 1.6 from North America


Worrisome on the highway


I apparently left one of the interior lights on and awoke to a dead battery the following morning. In my view, there should be an automatic timer on any lights once the key is removed from the ignition, as I am accustomed on all my cars. My fault though. Kia was great in responding and recharging the battery after a thorough check of the vehicle.

General Comments:

The Soul is a wonderful small SUV with great headroom. Unfortunately, its interior is designed for kid tastes, but that didn't prevent me, an old timer, from choosing the Soul. I thought that it was the best buy for the bucks. I test drove it around the neighborhood and found it to be good - not great.

It was not until I purchased the vehicle and had it on the road, that I realized there is maybe a major worrisome flaw. The vehicle does not hold the road well on turns at high speeds. I suspect that this is because the wheelbase is too short and the center of gravity too high. I am not an engineer, but I have driven many, many different cars over the years, and have never felt this uncomfortable about any vehicle on the highway. The car is otherwise a great buy, but the flaw makes it unacceptable, and I'm shopping around, even though my car is brand new.

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

Review Date: 1st March, 2013

31st Mar 2013, 18:42

Best bang for the buck? Seriously, try the Suzuki Kizashi.

1st Apr 2013, 22:51

What do you expect, seriously? You bought a Kia!

31st Oct 2013, 21:23

I have two of these cars, and I think this review is wrong. I'm not sure what the reviewer means making turns at high speeds. The vehicle is more top heavy than, say, a Miata, but unsafe? Not in the least. I've put 25k miles on my 2013 and have never felt unsafe - except when trying to pass on a 2 lane highway, because it's not super fast!

25th Jan 2016, 03:41

Seriously? Many people are unaware of the strides Kia is making globally. Styling, fit and finish are outstanding. Kia is now #2 in quality, lagging only behind Porsche.