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

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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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 d... Read More

Latest 2015 Soul Stories

Consumer Reviews

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

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best car I've owned.

by Arinov from Naples, FL on September 11, 2018

This car is lovely. In excellent condition (bought used). The stereo system is fantastic. Very comfortable and a very smooth ride. Excellent storage space and back seats fold down easily. Absolutely ... Read full review

(1.0)

Rusting at 30,000 miles

by Dutchsiu from Fowlerville on August 18, 2018

Cool style. Crappy warranty on rust , they will not fix it. I would have never bought a kia if i known it would not stand by warranty 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 - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
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