2014 Kia Soul Consumer Reviews

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2014 Kia Soul
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2014 Kia Soul +

by from America on May 20, 2014

I write this review because all others rave about the finest model (the !) or is written with massive bias. First, let it be known that I am a young male who just bought a 2014 Kia Soul +. Let it also...
I write this review because all others rave about the finest model (the !) or is written with massive bias. First, let it be known that I am a young male who just bought a 2014 Kia Soul +. Let it also be known that I have driven an SUV on a daily basis before. First, I would like to say that for a tall person, this car is perfect. Me, being 6'1, have no problems fitting into this car comfortably in all seats, including back. It is a very comfortable car to leisure around town with, and therefore makes it perfect for the work commute or going to classes, in my case. It's steering I find is soft, yet precise and with the handling in turn, it takes corners like a champ. There is body roll, yes, but coming from an SUV, I do not mind it. It's power is enough to get more fuel efficiency that outreaches other vehicles that I've driven, yet is enough to get over a hill if needed and not putting extra strain on it's engine. Concerning looks, I believe that it drips creativity and personality both inside and out. I believe its the best looking "box" hatchback on the market today. I love this car and do expect it to last through my college years and beyond.
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Dream about Kia

by from Uganda on June 12, 2014

For the money I believe this is one of the best choices out there. Just bought a 2014 automatic 4 cyl model and drove 1100 miles from Calif to Oregon over the Siskiyou Pass (Mt Shasta). Car did great,...
For the money I believe this is one of the best choices out there. Just bought a 2014 automatic 4 cyl model and drove 1100 miles from Calif to Oregon over the Siskiyou Pass (Mt Shasta). Car did great, - averaged 31 on mountains and got 34 mpg on flats. Plaenty of power with the six speed transmisson. We were able to get a three wheeled handicapped scooter, two large suitcases, a man fan and some other things with the back seat down inside the car. Alot of standard features, bluetooth and Serius radio. Car is fun to drive, steering is firm on straight but ez on turns, not like those old fingertip powering steering cars you find. We came from a dodge caravan, this is much better, ez to park, a ton of leg room and surprisingly comfy. I do not think it is bumpy at all, maybe compared to a Lincoln Towncar perhaps. The 2.0 may be a better choice for some people but the smaller engine we have has plenty enough power for most people. Drive one, you will be surprised at what you can buy for under $16,000.
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Great car...great safety

by from Dallas, TX, United States on July 31, 2015

We researched the purchase of the 2014 Kia Soul extensively and have not been disappointed. There are a lot of posts about the car and I'll not add to that, but one area that hasn't been discussed is ...
We researched the purchase of the 2014 Kia Soul extensively and have not been disappointed. There are a lot of posts about the car and I'll not add to that, but one area that hasn't been discussed is the safety of the vehicle in a crash. My wife and I received a call from my daughter at 5:15 AM. She had been driving to a summer job and a guy ran a red light and broadsided her Kia. She said she and her friend were OK and we rushed to the scene. To our surprise there was nothing left of the front of the car with the exception of the engine block. The side impact had literally destroyed the front of the car forward of the passenger cabin. It was amazing that there were no injuries and upon further inspection it was clear why. There were approximately 10 airbags that were deployed during the crash..both high and low. To my surprise there were lower side airbags protecting hip and legs. Safety rating is something I would definitely consider above styling and features but the Soul has both so it's a win-win.
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Went from a Mini Cooper to the Soul

by from Monterey, CA on June 13, 2014

After driving a mini Cooper for ten years, I must say the change was difficult at first. But now I love my Kia Soul. It lacks just a little in power ( I got the smaller engine ), but the ride is very ...
After driving a mini Cooper for ten years, I must say the change was difficult at first. But now I love my Kia Soul. It lacks just a little in power ( I got the smaller engine ), but the ride is very comfortable. The visibility is fair ( again, not as good as the mini ). The interior is great, and the space perfect. The only thing I'd knock is the back seats hit the front ones when you put the seats down. Even with the head rests down, they still touch the front. I wish they would have included a CD player with the satellite radio, but I love having the media player. The car handles well, and is very smooth. My mini had trouble getting into reverse, so it's nice to have a car that doesn't hassle me when I shift ( I got a manual ). Overall its a great start to another 10 years of happy driving.
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Hip luxery car - 2014! 2.0 engine

by from Pasadena on January 25, 2015

OK power, 8.1 sec 0-60 is sufficient for me. Super comfortable seat, power seats offer great support and positioning for driver. Quiet for it's class and ride not harsh but can be busy on rough roads....
OK power, 8.1 sec 0-60 is sufficient for me. Super comfortable seat, power seats offer great support and positioning for driver. Quiet for it's class and ride not harsh but can be busy on rough roads. Smoother than small SUV (toy rav4 & hon crv were harsh). Great visibility and the infotainment system is excellent. No MartinLogan speakers but the sound is great for a vehicle, and lots of storage for tunes on the head unit. Interior quality so much better than top of the line Japanese car I had. So far over 1 year, not probs with lots of hard driving in freezing cold and 100+ temps. I found it more comfortable and better quality than the countryman I tested and Soul was notably faster getting on freeway. Brakes are good, can make smooth stops if careful. Space is great with rear seats down. The car feels so much bigger inside than it is, does not feel like a small car. Feels like a small SUV that handles so much better. very litter body lean around turns. The ventilated seats are fab in summer and love them heated in winter and heated steering wheel. Head lights very bright despite the fast drop off. Auto dimming mirror effective. Did scare me once when I applied lots of acceleration getting on the freeway as he just took off! The engine never sounded like it was under strain but I immediately took my foot off the gas as I was at 70 in just a couple of seconds. I do drive it in eco mode but in regular mode it feels much zippier. Been pleased...would get another one in a heartbeat. Passengers impresses with how much better it is than their vehicles. Yup, blows away the Japanese competition...and I loved my other imports. Hip but not prestigious...but the prestige may change when more people get in and see the quality. Even a leading mag called the cheap mid trim one a luxury car. Get in, sit down and enjoy the hip cool Soul!!!
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Do Not Buy if you Park Outside Year Round!

by from Mercer, PA on May 3, 2015

I bought my 2014 Soul in August of 2014. Have driven it roughly 12k miles since. Gas mileage has been great and it got me through a rather nasty winter in northeast PA with no issues even though it is...
I bought my 2014 Soul in August of 2014. Have driven it roughly 12k miles since. Gas mileage has been great and it got me through a rather nasty winter in northeast PA with no issues even though it isn't AWD. Handles well in all weather conditions and offers a very comfortable ride. Have taken it on two long road trips south to Atlanta and Myrtle Beach and enjoyed well over 33mpg on the highway with it using the Eco drive. Storage room is adequate and I've been able to put the seats down and move some furniture when necessary and it carries my bike rack and two bikes on the back no problem. One issue is that the trunk space is not wide enough to accommodate a set of golf clubs, which is a big drawback for me. If we head out to play golf I normally have to drop one of the back seats down to fit the clubs in. The other major drawback to this vehicle is it is made with very cheap parts on the exterior and exterior. I bought my KIA because family friends have owned 3 and have not had any problems with them, but they park inside year round. We do not have a garage and despite using a cover in the winter and summer when it is parked for awhile, the car is showing signs of wear and fading that should not be happening this fast in a brand new car. The back bumper looks awful and is badly faded to where it looks like it is grey instead of black. I've had to buy some touch up color restoration gel just to get it remotely close to what it used to look like. Also the interior dash is fading very quickly and even has a part of it cracking near the shift stick. Very very disappointing to see that this is how a brand new car is less than a year into driving it. A really bad rattle developed in the dash as well and the dealership can't seem to figure it out, something is just loose with the way the dash was built. Car also has a lot of road noise issues. While this is a solid little car, albeit a bit overpriced for how cheaply it is built, I just cannot suggest this to anyone who does not have a garage and has to park outside year round or outside in bad weather conditions. We are already looking to trade it in, but have found another problem, the value on KIAs plummets the moment you drive them off the lot and the Soul isn't worth a fraction of what you paid for it even relatively new. Learned a lesson on this one and will probably not buy another KIA just for that fact alone. They make good cars, but their reputation in the eyes of resale value is not good so you will get screwed on a trade in.
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Uses car for Work

Does not recommend this car

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Saddened by Kia Soul

by from Chicago, IL on December 3, 2015

I decided to stick with the Kia Soul when my first Kia Soul (2011) lease was up and leased the 2014 model. The 2014 Soul has been a huge disappointment. I was rear-ended and even though the back looke...
I decided to stick with the Kia Soul when my first Kia Soul (2011) lease was up and leased the 2014 model. The 2014 Soul has been a huge disappointment. I was rear-ended and even though the back looked as though it had not been messed up very much, there were $7000 worth of damages to the undercarriage. Recently, I have also found out that my car did not come with a spare tire. I did look in the place where there was a place for a spare tire and even called the auto body shop who had fixed my car after the wreck. I thought they had forgotten to put it back in! The auto mechanic there called Kia with my VIN to cross-check the spare tire number and they informed him they had not included spare tires in the 2014 model! They believed the "mobility kit," which included an air pump and a can of Fix a Flat, would suffice. Nope. It sure doesn't Kia.
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Does not recommend this car

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Kia Soul, Sell itself , It great car, I love it!

by from Wayne, Michigan on October 29, 2015

My 2014 Lime Color Kia Soul, Sell itself each time to everyone that has seen it. First thing they say is: Wow, I love that color, and its so roomy for its size, It got a lot of get up and go..and easy...
My 2014 Lime Color Kia Soul, Sell itself each time to everyone that has seen it. First thing they say is: Wow, I love that color, and its so roomy for its size, It got a lot of get up and go..and easy to park in, Very well built car, and I, feel very safe in it. When you shut the doors,, It sounds solid, A lot of space in back for grocery. Great in both city and highway, as I fill up every 2-3 weeks, which is nice.
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for a low-priced car, it seems good thus far

by from Dallas, TX on August 16, 2015

Kias have been known as throw-away cars, but they have improved in quality and reliability. I carry large items but I expect occasional use so I wanted to spend as little as possible. So we bought as ...
Kias have been known as throw-away cars, but they have improved in quality and reliability. I carry large items but I expect occasional use so I wanted to spend as little as possible. So we bought as new a 2014 Soul + that the dealership was using as a demo. The bumpers seem like a flimsy plastic, and the backing of the back seats seems thin and potentially easy to scratch. Some cover is needed on it. But inside the needed amenities exist. Unfortunately the important rear camera is an option packaged with unnecessary items, so it's hard to pay for this important safety item. (One can be installed separately.) My car is automatic, but the speeds sometimes don't change easily. Unclear if this is a know feature or a problem with this specific car. The printed documentation is thin, so there are items whose function I don't know. But overall, it's a good option for those who want a bare-bones these days.
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Very nice with some suggestions

by from Minneapolis, MN on August 23, 2015

We bought the base 2014 Soul. I couldn't tell a great difference in the plus model's extra horsepower. The base has everything the plus model has except the stronger engine and 1 more inch larger tire...
We bought the base 2014 Soul. I couldn't tell a great difference in the plus model's extra horsepower. The base has everything the plus model has except the stronger engine and 1 more inch larger tires. For that you'll spend about $12-$1300.00 more. Drove it through a Minnesota winter and it did quite well getting around in the snow. Something about the Soul's balance or stance made it do pretty good in winter driving. One thing I wasn't happy with was Kia's color choices. The colors are pretty bland and you can't get red in the base model.
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