Great little daily use car
So far, this has been an excellent car.
We bought it to replace a wrecked 2007 Ford Focus that we bought new. We looked at all kinds of small cars, and were just really impressed by the total package of the Soul. In fact, we liked it so much we bought a second one for commuting (we both have jobs). Mine, which I will do another survey on when I get more miles on it, is manual.
What I like about the car: it is ridiculously compact for daily use, yet has a lot of interior space. You ride like an SUV, but with small-car economy. Even the base models are loaded out with power everything, Bluetooth, satellite radio, keyless, etc. It's reasonably comfortable for a small car. We have been getting about 30 MPG city in this car, with the automatic. It has a 100k mile warranty on the drivetrain - actually, ours has a lifetime warranty from the dealer. Very inexpensive for a brand new car (about 16k including all the fees for the automatic).
What I don't like: it's a little sluggish with the automatic compared to the manual (now that I have both to compare). There are large blind spots because of the way the windows are designed. The Bluetooth system seems a little schizophrenic sometimes.
All in all, I think Kia really hit a home run with this car. I've had plenty of foreign & American cars, and I'm really impressed with this car's overall package.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th October, 2012