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2012 Kia Soul Consumer Reviews

4.5
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Good car for the money, comfort could improve

by from Savannah, GA on August 22, 2011

Just took a round trip from Savannah to Atlanta in a brand new Soul. As a front seat passenger there and a driver back. My one complaint with this car would be comfort. The seats are comfortable, but ...
Just took a round trip from Savannah to Atlanta in a brand new Soul. As a front seat passenger there and a driver back. My one complaint with this car would be comfort. The seats are comfortable, but the door armrest are too narrow and the console armrest is set to far back and not soft. Road noise is noticeably above average. You also feel the road more than average. Fuel mileage averaged about 31mpg. The car handles well and the engine is no slouch. Visibility is very good and you do not feel crowded inside the car. This vehicle has about 1000 miles on it now so it would be hard to rate reliability, but the car offered up no problems. The exterior styling is not really my taste, but it's not so bad. Much better than the Xb or Cube. Interior is about average and what you'd expect to find nowadays in a car like this, plain, well laid out and easy to find the buttons and info you need. Overall, I think the car is a very good value for the money, just wish they would fix a few comfort issues.
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Good Value

by from Delaware, OH on December 31, 2011

Solid little vehicle. Great interior room for 4 persons, 5 with little fuss. Handling is great. Gas mileage is not what is advertised. I drive "cop safe" speeds and getting @29.5 avg. with the 2.0L mo...
Solid little vehicle. Great interior room for 4 persons, 5 with little fuss. Handling is great. Gas mileage is not what is advertised. I drive "cop safe" speeds and getting @29.5 avg. with the 2.0L motor. The 2012 model has a noticeable boost in horsepower and it is a blast to drive. The 6-speed automatic works very smoothly. I don't know why one would want the standard shift when this transmission can be shifted manually as well when you want to have a little fun. The interior is kind of plain but well crafted. The controls are excellent except for the control stalk for the windshield wipers. It is counterintuitive. You lower the lever to increase the wiper speed instead of moving it up. (Move up to speed up.) The variable speed on intermittant wiper operation seems to be only 2 speed. To be fair, I have noticed this shortcoming on many other makes of vehicles. I was considering a couple of other vehicles in the compact class but the interior room and "bang for the buck" value of the soul handily beats them out in comparison shopping. In spite of the hip-hop hamster commercials, it really is a very practical vehicle and Kia could sell quite a few more if they had a two-tiered advertising approach. The other tier being geared toward folks who are looking for a vehicle that has a lot of utility and is also a blast to drive.
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More than the sum of its parts

by from Florida on July 27, 2011

Purchased a 2011 soul ! 7 months ago and just completed a 2600 mile trip from FL up through DE and PA driving back to FL via Roanoke, VA and Asheville, NC. This little car has been superb in all regar...
Purchased a 2011 soul ! 7 months ago and just completed a 2600 mile trip from FL up through DE and PA driving back to FL via Roanoke, VA and Asheville, NC. This little car has been superb in all regards. It has not required one single repair. The handling is excellent, cruises comfortably at 75 miles per hour and the a/c and sound system are excellent. Bluetooth and Sirrus radio make long trips much more tolerable. I have owned many new cars but have to admit Kia got this one right. My only critiques ---It could be slightly quieter at high speeds and seat height adjustment should be added to the front passenger seat. And another gear or two added to the auto-transmission. But I have read that the 2012 model has addressed these.
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Happy with the soul

by from Texas on September 30, 2011

We Purchased the 2012 Kia soul a little over a month ago. I commute to school an hour one way everyday, and have made one MS to TX and back trip already. I continually get 32+ mpgs and find that the c...
We Purchased the 2012 Kia soul a little over a month ago. I commute to school an hour one way everyday, and have made one MS to TX and back trip already. I continually get 32+ mpgs and find that the car handles very well, except during high winds. (I drove home from MS during a tropical storm). The interior is roomy, I love the sound system, and have had no problems with anything. The only complaint I have about the interior is that it could be a little more comfortable. Other than that I think this is a great car for the price. (I also have the 6 speed man. Trans. And find that the engine has quite a lot of "get up and go"!)
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Love My Grasshopper!

by from Gilbert, AZ on January 22, 2012

I was initially looking for a small SUV, but none of the new models were available at the time I visited my Kia dealer. My son and the salesman thought I should consider the Soul. I said "That's the u...
I was initially looking for a small SUV, but none of the new models were available at the time I visited my Kia dealer. My son and the salesman thought I should consider the Soul. I said "That's the ugliest car, and I wouldn't be caught dead in it!" They urged me to sit in it, and my eyes just lit up at all the room, the wide windshield, and the console. We went for a test drive and I offered to take everyone to California, right on the spot! I didn't want to get out. It handled like a sports car, and I was in LOVE!
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Car as a graduation gift

by from Vallejo, CA on September 16, 2011

We bought our 18 year old daughter the 2012 KIA Soul and so far not a single complaint from her. She mostly drives in the freeway between home and school. Our only concern is that we've noticed her ga...
We bought our 18 year old daughter the 2012 KIA Soul and so far not a single complaint from her. She mostly drives in the freeway between home and school. Our only concern is that we've noticed her gas consumption is not quite close to the estimated milage per gallon. It's suppose to get an estimated 34+ miles to a gallon, but it looks so far as if it's only getting within the 27+ instead. Other than that, she's quite happy and content.
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My favorite Kia

by from Claremont NH on April 12, 2012

This is my fourth Kia; my first was a Ford Aspire back in 1996. I've been hooked ever since. I liked the Soul since its introduction in 2009, but wanted to wait for Kia to work out the bugs inherent w...
This is my fourth Kia; my first was a Ford Aspire back in 1996. I've been hooked ever since. I liked the Soul since its introduction in 2009, but wanted to wait for Kia to work out the bugs inherent with any new product. It was worth the wait! The 2012 Soul I purchased has good power (2.0L engine), a decent interior, and a killer sound system. The ride is small-car bumpy, but I expected that. The stiff suspension makes it a kick to drive on a curved road. The 6-speed manual transmission is a little tricky to get used to, but it shifts smoothly. I like that the car tells you when to upshift; this helps in the adjustment to a 6-speed. There is good all-around visibility, and I noticed no true blind spots. The outside rearview mirrors are conveniently oversized. That panoramic windshield reminds me of the old days of huge cars with big front glass. The front visibility is worth the price of admission. Projector headlamps give great night vision, even without foglamps. The tailgate lifts effortlessly, and dropping the rear seats gives a relatively large cargo area. So far I am averaging 31.8 MPG; I expect better once the engine is a little more broken-in. Kia has a winner with this vehicle; one can hope they come out with an AWD option in the future.
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SOULmate

by from Scottsdale, AZ on February 6, 2012

I have had my Moss SOUL + for a week now. I also have a 2011 BMW 535i xDrive. The SOUL is more fun to drive and easier. I got the UVO option and find the speech works better than the BMW. The radio is...
I have had my Moss SOUL + for a week now. I also have a 2011 BMW 535i xDrive. The SOUL is more fun to drive and easier. I got the UVO option and find the speech works better than the BMW. The radio is great. The build quality seems top notch to me. While the BMW is much quieter, the SOUL is very respectable. There are a lot of details which make the car so practical . The back seat floor is flat - no hump. The back seat is 60/40. There are cubby holes everywhere. When the lease is up on my BMW, I might decide to save a lot of money and get a hopped up SOUL !.
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Dad looking out for daughter heading to college.

by from Kansas City on December 29, 2012

Funky looking car that turns heads. I wanted a very safe car and this has everything offered by any competitors such as antilock brakes, electronic stability control and side curtain air bags as stand...
Funky looking car that turns heads. I wanted a very safe car and this has everything offered by any competitors such as antilock brakes, electronic stability control and side curtain air bags as standard equipment. Engine has good punch to it. Suprised with how well the car drives. Absorbs bumps in the road quite well. We are getting 25+ mph in suburbia driving only. AC and heat are strong. Reliabilty has been perfect after 11 nonths. Excellent head room (and I'm 6'4") and front and rear head room. Only gripe is a little busy dash as it relates to jamming in info such as outside temp and current mpg and such into such a small area on the dash.
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BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ENGINES! Check out this mpg

by from San Diego, CA. on May 18, 2012

Purchased as my first new vehicle! I should mention that when test driving there is a HUGE difference between the engine sizes and the feel of the vehicle. I noticed activating the Active Eco decreas...
Purchased as my first new vehicle! I should mention that when test driving there is a HUGE difference between the engine sizes and the feel of the vehicle. I noticed activating the Active Eco decreased the torque and with the smaller engine it was a dramatic difference. I know now how Fred Flintstone felt moving his car from a stop. I opted for the larger engine and I am SO PLEASED. Even activating the Active Eco doesn't seem to phase the performance of the vehicle, except at high speed in VERY steep inclines... but that should be expected. When driving between 45-55 mph on cruise I've had 43.5 mpg. Yes, I have photos too... I didn't believe it myself. The feature in the exclaim model that stopped and started the engine when the vehicle was not in motion, while inventive as a gas saving feature seemed questionable. Only con: no arm rests (save $800 for replacements, the extra $5k for the model w/ arm rests is not worth it)
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