2015 Kia Soul

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Kia Soul. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    130-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2015 Kia Soul

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

2015 Kia Soul Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Kia Soul is a boxy compact hatchback with room for five people. Redesigned last year, the Soul comes with front-wheel drive and a choice of two four-cylinder engines. A manual and an automatic transmission are offered, and competitors include the Scion xB, Mini Countryman and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
New for 2015
Kia's available UVO eServices communication system gains geo fencing, speed alert, curfew alert and driving score capabilities.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 16-inch wheels with covers; 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels available
  • Body-colored mirror housings and door handles
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available LED taillights
  • Available fog lights

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available heated front and rear seats
  • Available ventilated front seats
  • Stereo with USB port and MP3 jack; Infinity premium stereo available
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Air conditioning; available automatic air conditioning
  • Available cruise control
  • Available illuminated speakers
  • Available push-button start
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available cargo cover
  • Available navigation system with 8-inch screen

Under the Hood

  • 130-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 164-hp, 2.0-liter four-cyl...
Vehicle Overview

The Kia Soul is a boxy compact hatchback with room for five people. Redesigned last year, the Soul comes with front-wheel drive and a choice of two four-cylinder engines. A manual and an automatic transmission are offered, and competitors include the Scion xB, Mini Countryman and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport.
New for 2015
Kia's available UVO eServices communication system gains geo fencing, speed alert, curfew alert and driving score capabilities.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 16-inch wheels with covers; 16-, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels available
  • Body-colored mirror housings and door handles
  • Available panoramic moonroof
  • Available xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Available LED taillights
  • Available fog lights

Interior Highlights

  • Cloth upholstery; leather available
  • Front bucket seats and a 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Available heated front and rear seats
  • Available ventilated front seats
  • Stereo with USB port and MP3 jack; Infinity premium stereo available
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Air conditioning; available automatic air conditioning
  • Available cruise control
  • Available illuminated speakers
  • Available push-button start
  • Available heated steering wheel
  • Available cargo cover
  • Available navigation system with 8-inch screen

Under the Hood

  • 130-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Available 164-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual transmission; six-speed automatic available
  • Driver-selectable power-steering assistance
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera

 


Latest 2015 Soul Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Have not had a minutes trouble out of this car

by Junkman on June 20, 2018

I have owned all makes and models of cars and I like this one as well as any I have had It has plenty of room inside gets great fuel mileage and is fun to drive Read full review

(5.0)

Most comfortable car ever

by grammybae from Baltimore, Md on June 20, 2018

We did a lot of research on the best car for me. I'm 75 years old and my knees can be an issue when getting in and out of a regular sedan. This car has a great rating in Consumer Report and lives up ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Kia Soul currently has 2 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 Kia Soul Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Overall evaluation
good
Retraints and dummy kinematics
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Restraints and dummy kinematics
good
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Kia

Program Benefits

164-point inspection, Carfax vehicle history report, 10-year/unlimited mileage 24-hour roadside assistance including trip-interruption services and lockout assistance

  • Limited Warranty

    10 years / 100,000 miles

    10-year/100,000 mile powertrain limited warranty; towing/rental/travel breakdown benefits; eligible for additional comprehensive mechanical failure. Comprehensive: 12 months/12,000 miles from date of purchase.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 164 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Soul received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker