2010 Kia Soul Basic rental car spec 1.8 petrol? from North America
An underwhelming driving experience
This was a car I rented when I visited the USA in 2010.
It had adequate performance with just my girlfriend and me on board. On the odd occasions we had 4 adults on board, it struggled. I didn't mind beating on it to get a move on, but it got noisy if I worked it hard.
The boot was tiny; we had to fold down the rear seat to get our cases in.
The fuel tank was also too small, 200 miles and I'd be looking for a gas station, although fuel consumption was OK.
We both agreed it was one of the ugliest cars we had ever seen.
It was OK for comfort, the A/C keeping drinks cold in the glove box was a neat touch.
It had a fairly comfortable ride on good roads; Texas country roads exposed some shortcomings though.
We didn't like the small windows, restricting vision more than on a lot of older cars.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 21st November, 2011
9th Jul 2012, 14:13
You make me laugh a lot. Ugly car, the Kia Soul? You'd better check the Nissan Cube, wow, that is a really ugly car.
14th Aug 2012, 14:59
This is actually a very accurate review. I purchased a 2011 Soul new, and had nearly the same thoughts. However I did not like the quality of the interior, the door panels would stain from rain water. I traded my Soul 8 months after purchase due to the poor quality of materials on the interior, rearward blind spots, and lack of power. I felt the fuel economy versus quality was not worth it, and my wife did not feel safe driving it. I do see the draw to the Soul; it does have some good qualities, but its charm does run out quick though.