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2011 Kia Soul Consumer Reviews

4.7
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I will drive a KIA for the rest of my life

by from St. Charles MO on May 27, 2011

About 6 months back my old gas guzzling tank quit working on me so I hit the pavement to find the best deal on a new car. I came upon the KIA Soul!!! It was love at first sight. The interior is fabulo...
About 6 months back my old gas guzzling tank quit working on me so I hit the pavement to find the best deal on a new car. I came upon the KIA Soul!!! It was love at first sight. The interior is fabulous and the exterior is adorable expecially if you like box cars! I was amazed at the price and had to have one so I signed to papers and the car was mine! As you know the KIA Soul is indeed a 4 banger but it completely had me fooled! You are definitely not sacraficing power in this gas saver. Also, three weeks ago I was in an accident on the highway (Completely not my fault!) and was hit by a driver going 85, my daughter was in the car. During the impact my Soul barely shook! I can honestly say my KIA Soul saved me and my daughter's life! Thank you sooooo much KIA this is the best investment I have made in a long time!
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Perfect 1st New Car in 12 Years

by from Xenia, OH on April 26, 2011

I'm used to driving huge American cars, but the gas prices are killing me. I knew I wanted economical, but not an egg and couldn't afford the premium for a hybrid. Tried lots of the Soul's competition...
I'm used to driving huge American cars, but the gas prices are killing me. I knew I wanted economical, but not an egg and couldn't afford the premium for a hybrid. Tried lots of the Soul's competition before driving one 'just to be sure' and now I am. Once I drove the Soul I was convinced: solid sounding quality - no rattles. I have the A/T and the car drives like a dream and is lots of fun. Effortless around town, gets up to highway speeds fast and cruises comfortably. The options you get at standard are mind-blowing (PW, PL, A/C, Cruise, Tilt, Nice Stereo with iPod/MP3, Bluetooth, etc). I paid twice as much for my last new car, which was a nice car, but guzzled gas. I even had enough left over to go for the upgraded sound system, get some splash guards, give it a full Ziebart treatment and add a remote start/security system. <---that is my only beef - no factory security system. This car is so impressive, you must drive one to see for yourself. I was skeptical, but no more! I would recommend this car to anyone who wants to put fun in their ride while saving some money at the same time. That 10year/100K Warranty lets me sleep at night too.
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very comfortable

by from new hope, pa on May 11, 2011

I am a big guy and I have plenty of room inside, you must sit in one to see how much room there is, plenty of head room.
I am a big guy and I have plenty of room inside, you must sit in one to see how much room there is, plenty of head room.
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Just "Love" it!

by from Texas on April 3, 2011

Living on a farm I have always had large cars, but with gas prices doubling I knew I had to make some family changes. Kids are grown, but I do a lot of HWY driving. Looked at the top 3 brands and came...
Living on a farm I have always had large cars, but with gas prices doubling I knew I had to make some family changes. Kids are grown, but I do a lot of HWY driving. Looked at the top 3 brands and came running back to Kia. The Soul is fun, quirky looking and makes you happy to drive it. For the money it was loaded with options over its competitors. One look at the Soul and I knew it was what I had been searching for. Have had it now for a few weeks and love it more every day. Cargo is large and feel the handsfree bluetooth is essential to we older in years but young at heart generation. I have shown and let others test drive my Soul and they are very impressed. Bet in the months to come I see many more in my area! Good job Kia!
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Truly Delighted!

by from fort Lauderdale on April 5, 2011

Traded my 6 year old BMW X3 for a 2011 Soul ! w/ leather. Really excellent litlle car. Its got a fun nimble, spritely drive quality. The seating position and visability are excellent and VERY comforta...
Traded my 6 year old BMW X3 for a 2011 Soul ! w/ leather. Really excellent litlle car. Its got a fun nimble, spritely drive quality. The seating position and visability are excellent and VERY comfortable. Better A/C, stereo sound and gas mileage than the BMW. Interior holds 4 LARGE adults w/ plenty of room. The upright trunk is plent big enough for a full shopping cart of groceries or luggage for 2+ for a long weekend. Fold the back seats down for even more luggage space. If you can spring for the leather do so. The black and tan combo in the ! makes for a stunning interior and the seats are firmer. Clever how they used black everywhere you touch and tan everywhere you don't touch so the interior stays looking nice and clean. A 5th gear on the auto tranny would be nice for even better gas mileage but acceleration seems surprizingly good for a four cylinder. Build quality seems excellent after 6 months of steady use. Tires could be slightly quieter at speeds over 70 mph. But its still just fine on the highway. You won't regret buying a Soul!
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Love the Soul Plus!

by from Orlando, FL. on April 15, 2011

It is a great little ,car and a good value. I 'really' like the features, fit and finish and the mileage could be better, but I easily get 400 miles per tank at 55mph with the cruise. I opted for the ...
It is a great little ,car and a good value. I 'really' like the features, fit and finish and the mileage could be better, but I easily get 400 miles per tank at 55mph with the cruise. I opted for the Zylon treatment at purchase, and it paid for itself a couple weeks ago when the car was outside in a violent hail storm that lasted about 3 or 4 minutes. With jagged ping pong ball size hail I thought that I would find a broken front and back windshield and hundreds of chips and scratches. NO scratches, no chips and no broken glass at all! Even tho the impacts were hard enough to leave dents in the steel hood and roof and on the side panels it left the paint in perfect condition. WOW!
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Roomy Soul

by from Mansfield, OH on July 22, 2011

We bought the car because of health problems in getting into lower slung sedans or too-high vans & SUVs. What we found is that this car is under a magic spell--it's bigger on the inside than it looks ...
We bought the car because of health problems in getting into lower slung sedans or too-high vans & SUVs. What we found is that this car is under a magic spell--it's bigger on the inside than it looks on the outside. And the back storage area is also higher up than a sedan's trunk, so it's easy on the back. Not as wide as a more expensive car, but still comfortable in the front seat. And the back seats are not what we euphemistically call "punishment seats" in our family. You actually have leg room back there. Mileage not what's advertised, but then, I've never had a car that actually gets the miracle MPGs that they say it'll get. We're averaging between 24 and 28 mpg. Sirius XM radio a nice addition, and we got the keyless car, which means you only have to have the key fob on you to unlock or start the car. LOVE that feature. Overall, we have been very happy with our decision, and we looked at the other boxy little car, the Cube, too.
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Great Car

by from Oregon on November 16, 2010

For the price I couldn't ask for more. It is very quiet, Roomy, and has tons of extra's that my wife loves. Plus, it is super compact when trying to park or manouver. Great Job Kia.
For the price I couldn't ask for more. It is very quiet, Roomy, and has tons of extra's that my wife loves. Plus, it is super compact when trying to park or manouver. Great Job Kia.
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GREAT choice for a 1st car, or 2nd, or 3rd ...

by from Houston, TX on February 24, 2011

After driving old buckets for the past 4 years, this car is an AMAZING change. I'm 21 and for my first NEW car, i'm glad I chose the 2011 Kia Soul. I don't even know where to start with all of the fea...
After driving old buckets for the past 4 years, this car is an AMAZING change. I'm 21 and for my first NEW car, i'm glad I chose the 2011 Kia Soul. I don't even know where to start with all of the features this thing comes with. iPod compatibility, bluetooth hands free talk, free 3 months of sirius radio, abs antilock disc brakes, electronic stability control, and so much more. The ride is relatively smooth over bumpy roads and the handling is fantastic. This baby cuts corners like no one's business and the steering is incredibly firm. The inside is VERY spacious and the back seats fold down completely to make even more room. There's a storage compartment with different sections to place things like jacks, flares, and etc underneath the trunk area floor. The frontal visibility is outstanding and the back visibility is almost equally as clear. There are two slight blind spots because the back pillars are extremely thick, but if your side mirrors are adjusted correctly, you should be able to see just fine. Also, the 10 year/100,000 warranty AND the 5 year/60,000 mile 24 hour roadside assistance is the reason why I gave this car 5 stars for reliability. Even though i've only had it for 2 weeks, Kia made sure that i'll be able to rely on them for the next 5-10 years. All in all, i HIGHLY recommend this car!
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just had to buy this car

by from dayton ohio on August 21, 2011

I was in a wreck a few weeks ago and i had to take my car to get worked on. the rental car they gave me was a kia soul. as soon as i drove it out i knew i had to have one. three days later i returned ...
I was in a wreck a few weeks ago and i had to take my car to get worked on. the rental car they gave me was a kia soul. as soon as i drove it out i knew i had to have one. three days later i returned the car to the rental place and drove to a kia lot and bought one. i have the + model with a five speed. ive only driven suvs and this car might look tiny but im 6'2 and i have plenty of room inside. being a 2L engine i was suprised that i can get it to chirp the tires up to thrid with traction control on. i wasnt in the market for porformance but something that gets better than 10mpg. and this little thing sure does. i used to to do SPL comps and the sound system in this is by far the best stock stereo system ive ever seen. not too loud but amazingly clear. i will be upgrading mine but the average joe wouldnt need to unless you like driving in a mobile metallica concert. the accesories that the car comes with is out of this world. bluetooth sat radio cruise power everything. the one problem ive noticed in the 3 days ive owned mine is the plastic on the doors scuffs just by looking at it too hard and is almost impossible to buff clean. so if you buy one be weary of the plastic parts if u want it to stay clean. the back hatch is super tiny compared to my old suv but with the seats down its not too bad. i doubt you could fit a large tv in there but the average consumer wouldnt have porblems with it.the back seat is giant which is a big plus for me and my friends since we are all around 6 foot tall. love this car and was def the best bang for you buck. if you just need something cheap and gets even better gas than i wouldnt get this. but i needed somehting to get from home to a skate park and that i could blast music out of. this is perfect.
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