2015 Kia Soul

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$15,190

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Wagon

Body style

26

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

163” x 63”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Interior quality
  • Many upscale features available
  • Panoramic moonroof available
  • Heated steering wheel available

The bad:

  • Peculiar body-colored liftgate panel
  • All-wheel drive not offered
  • Modest cargo volume

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • Base

    $15,190

  • +

    $18,690

  • !

    $20,790

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Notable features

  • Five-seat compact hatchback
  • Choice of two four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • USB port standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity standard

2015 Kia Soul review: Our expert's take

What Is the 2015 Kia Soul?

The 2015 Kia Soul is a compact front-wheel-drive hatchback with seating for five. It's offered in three trims: Base, Plus and Exclaim. There's also an electric Kia Soul EV, which is covered separately. Competitors include the Scion xB, Mini Countryman and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport – vehicles that similarly seem like they might be SUVs but also might not be.

What's New on the 2015 Kia Soul?

The optional UVO eService communication system adds geo fencing, speed alert, curfew alert and a driving score function.

How Does the 2015 Kia Soul Compare to Other Compact Hatchbacks?

The Kia Soul was redesigned in 2014, adding higher-quality finishes to the cabin and overall broader appeal. Compared with the Fiat 500L, Mini Countryman and Scion xB, it offers more cargo space. Its affordable entry price makes it a solid option for younger drivers searching for a functional yet funky car.

What Features in the 2015 Kia Soul Are Most Important?

Under the hood of the 2015 Soul you'll find a 130-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Driver-adjustable power-steering assistance and front-wheel drive are also standard. Performance options include a 164-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

Standard features include 16-inch wheels with covers, body-colored mirror housings and door handles, cloth upholstery, front bucket seats, a 60/40-split folding backseat, stereo with USB port and MP3 jack, air conditioning and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls. Available features include 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic moonroof, xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights, LED taillights, fog lights, a cargo cover, heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats, automatic air conditioning, cruise control, illuminated speakers, push-button start, a heated steering wheel, Infinity premium stereo and a navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen.

As required in all new vehicles from this year, the 2015 Kia Soul comes standard with front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Other standard safety features include front-seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. A backup camera is optional.

Should I Buy the 2015 Kia Soul?

Cabin quality is impressive for the money, and you can choose from a variety of available upscale features like a panoramic moonroof and a heated steering wheel. All-wheel drive isn't offered at all, which could deter drivers living in harsher climates. Style-wise, the Soul is as boxy as ever with smoothed edges here and there, but the body-colored liftgate panel looks out of place. And while its cargo space outshines some competitors, it's still on the modest side. 

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.6
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews

2.0

Engine problem

My 2015 kia souls motor is burning oil. I've had 3 catilitic converters put on. There's a recall on the motor for this exact problem . Kia knows what they did wrong but still won't fix my car. Due to the fact that the car was left to me when my mother passed away . I have been the driver of this car from the day my mother purchased it because she was unable to drive herself due to illness. I'm considered a 2nd owner and I've been told it had to literally blow a rod as driving . Blow a rod sounds dsngerous but i hsve to put myself and others in dsnger in order to be covered under the warranty. I'm afraid to drive it out of fear of being stranded in bad area, catching on fire or causing a wreck and hurting myself my children or other drivers. It really is such a shame kia can't resolve the problem. After all they have sold me an unsafe hazardous vehicle . Knowing they have messed up this vehicle and doing nothing shows exactly what type of company they are. Smh it's horrible knowing they're putting my life in danger yet found a way to not take responsibility its not very reputable in my opinion. Shame on them!

5.0

Car reliable and safe to drive after concerns

The car is very reliable, bigger in the inside than you would expect, rides smooth, but the best part is its perfect for shorter people.

5.0

good vehicle

hi, the only issue is the theft problem, state farm is canceling my insurance because kia is not offering a software update to eliminate the problem. thanks

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Safety

Based on the 2015 Kia Soul base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
14.7%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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