2015 Kia Soul

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2015 Kia Soul
2015 Kia Soul

Key specs

Base trim shown


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

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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 design 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


2015 Good as New!!

Bigger than it looks. Very comfortable. Very durable. I have had zero problems. I am diligent about oil changes and tire rotations and it performs wonderfully. If I ever buy another new car, I am getting a KIA for sure and most likely the Soul. It is so fun to drive.


Motor made it to 52,000 the blew 3 times

I used to love the car until I reached 52 thousand miles. Found out the Kia is made up of a culture of criminals. I was sold on the car because of the 100 thousand bumper to pumper warranty. Lies, all lies! I would probably buy another but I could never trust the company. Never! They have gone so far that they even stole my new battery and replaced it with some cheep lime green crap. They will steal your money and your car parts. Just don’t do it. Say no to Kia


My second Kia (1st one was Spectra.)

I like most things about this car. I bought this used 2015 model in 2017 with about 20 K miles. I now have just under 57K. Easier to get in and out of than other cars i've owned. Has good seating room - both leg room and head room. I'm 5'10''. If you have the front and back seats occupied, the cargo room in back is very limited. However with the back seats down there's a lot of storage. So if the family is all going to Costco, you can't haul too much stuff home. For that reason in my opinion it is not a good family car. However, I never have anyone else in the car but me except on rare occasions. It has been very reliable so far except 2 things: this week an engine warning light came on with P050A code. It has to do with an air flow problem on cold start up but blogs and forums I've read say it's usually fixed by reprogramming the computer. I have an appointment with Kia in 3 days. If indeed that is the problem (computer) it's way too few miles for computer problems. We'll see. I believe it's out of warranty so that's not good. Secondly I read an article in the news today (2-13-21) that Kia-Hyundai has recalled a large number of cars for engine problems/possible fires. This car has had 3 or 4 recalls now with this one. When it was under warranty I wasn't to bothered but even if the repair is free it still takes time out of one's busy day to get to the dealer. If out of warranty, Not good. Since I bought the car used, and I didn't do enough research, I didn't know it was offered with2 different engines. The 1.6 and the 2.0. I unfortunately got the 1.6. I feel it's underpowered. But I didn't buy it to compete with the jerk speeders and drag racers in their pickups and muscle cars. It's just fine for most things. On the highway you can get around slow pokes it does have enough power for that. The gas mileage is not best in its class, actually near the bottom. However for me, it's so much better than my other car I own (an old Durango) it's like I died and went to Heaven gas mileage-wise. I get around 28 on a highway trip, with a cargo basket on top with stuff in it, but the Durango can barely squeak out 15. Obviously here in AZ if I want to go on a rough back road, I take the Durango. But there are a lot of back dirt roads counties maintain and a regular vehicle like the Kia can handle those kind of roads no problem.

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