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2016 Kia Soul

2016 Kia Soul

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$7,968 — $15,860 USED
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Hatchback
5 Seats
26-27 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2016 Kia Soul exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2016 Kia Soul
  • Five-seat compact hatchback
  • Choice of two four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission
  • USB port standard
  • Bluetooth connectivity standard

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2016 Kia Soul Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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 ste...

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

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
310 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

Read reviews that mention:

(1.0)

still crappy kia

by concerned customer from ft Smith ar on June 15, 2020

kia kia kia still crap they look nicer but engine still not enough power still feels like your driving an 80 pinto can't wait to never buy kia again Read full review

(5.0)

Great ride for the $

by Oldpro from LaPine, Or on May 22, 2020

This car meets our needs ,my wife ( 5')can get in and out easily, seats are very adjustable, I (6') have no problems in or out, mileage is great ( mpg 31- 35) , leather seats, just a great car and it ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2016 Kia Soul currently has 2 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Kia

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    120 months / 100,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

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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.

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