2016 Kia Soul

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$15,900

starting MSRP

2016 Kia Soul
2016 Kia Soul

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

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

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • Base

    $15,900

  • +

    $19,400

  • !

    $21,300

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2016 Kia Soul trim comparison will help you decide.

Notable features

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

2016 Kia Soul review: Our expert's take

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

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.7
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value for the money 4.7
  • Exterior styling 4.7
  • Reliability 4.8

Most recent consumer reviews

4.7

Just bought it very comfortable for small car

What I was looking for comfort not feeling cramped great gas mileage looks good sporty has some zip for a four cylinder fold the back seats down plenty of cargo space

5.0

I bought a used car 10/24/2019, a 2016 Kia Soul.

The 2016 Kia Soul that I bought on 10/24/2019, from Midwest Kia in Wichita KS, was a single owner car with 35,743 miles on it. It was well taken care of. To this day, it drives very well, very dependable. I am very keen on making sure that all oil changes and needed maintenance are done when needed. I hope to keep this car for many more years. By the GRACE OF GOD, the car is fully paid for, which makes it even better. I also make sure that all taxes, registration fees, and insurance premiums are paid and fully up to date.

4.9

Nice so far

My first car, very nice so far. My mom had one as well and recommended it to me. It's a little funny looking but I like it.

See all 330 consumer reviews

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
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
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
View all cpo program details

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