2016 Kia Soul

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Kia Soul. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-27 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    130-hp, 1.6-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual w/OD
  • View more specs

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 2016 Kia Soul

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

2016 Kia Soul Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The Kia Soul is a boxy compact hatchback with room for five people. 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 Mini Countryman and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Kia also sells an all-electric Soul EV that is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

Three price levels are available, a base model, Plus and Exclaim. The base model uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The others come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the automatic transmission.
New for 2016
A new audio system with a 4.3-inch touch-screen and rearview camera is standard on the Plus and Exclaim and optional on the base model. A new Designer Collection available on the Plus includes two-tone paint (white with a red roof or red with a black roof) and 18-inch alloy wheels. Leather seats are standard on the Exclaim, and forward collision and lane departure warning systems are newly available features included in the Premium Package for the Exclaim. The Exclaim’s Premium Package also includes a navigation system with an 8-inch screen, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, and a heated steering wheel.
Significant Standard Features

  • Front bucket seats and 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks
  • Power side mirrors
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Driver-selectabl...
Vehicle Overview

The Kia Soul is a boxy compact hatchback with room for five people. 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 Mini Countryman and Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. Kia also sells an all-electric Soul EV that is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

Three price levels are available, a base model, Plus and Exclaim. The base model uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The others come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the automatic transmission.
New for 2016
A new audio system with a 4.3-inch touch-screen and rearview camera is standard on the Plus and Exclaim and optional on the base model. A new Designer Collection available on the Plus includes two-tone paint (white with a red roof or red with a black roof) and 18-inch alloy wheels. Leather seats are standard on the Exclaim, and forward collision and lane departure warning systems are newly available features included in the Premium Package for the Exclaim. The Exclaim’s Premium Package also includes a navigation system with an 8-inch screen, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade, and a heated steering wheel.
Significant Standard Features

  • Front bucket seats and 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows and locks
  • Power side mirrors
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Driver-selectable steering assist
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 130-horsepower, 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (base model)
  • 164-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Plus, Exclaim)
  • Six-speed manual transmission (base) or six-speed automatic
  • Stop-start technology
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats, ventilated front seats
  • Keyless entry with push-button start
  • Navigation system with 8-inch display

Latest 2016 Soul Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Bigger on the inside

by ellicottr on July 16, 2018

Definitely bigger on the inside than one would think, well laid out and amazing gas mileage! We were surprised with how much room there is! Read full review

(5.0)

plenty of room, pick up and fun to drive

by JerseyJoe from st Clair shores on July 7, 2018

this car has more room I side than you would think. the driving experience is fun to drive with plenty of pick up. we have driven our soul from Michigan yo Miami and loved every minute/mile Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Kia Soul currently has 1 recall

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2016 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