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2017 Kia Soul

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$16,100

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Hatchback

Body style

27

Combined MPG

5

Seating capacity

163” x 63.5”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • New turbocharged engine's performance
  • Outward visibility
  • Interior quality
  • Many upscale features available
  • Panoramic moonroof available
  • Heated steering wheel available

The bad:

  • Gets pricey quickly
  • All-wheel drive not offered
  • Jittery ride with 18-inch wheels
  • Transmission can hesitate
  • Backseat headroom tight with moonroof
  • No automatic emergency braking

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

  • Base

  • +

    $19,800

  • !

    $22,800

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2017 Kia Soul trim comparison will help you decide.

See also: Find the best Hatchbacks for 2024

Notable features

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

2017 Kia Soul review: Our expert's take

By Bill Jackson

Exterior & Styling

The Kia Soul is boxy; given its fairly high ride height, it could be mistaken for an SUV. Its proportions are good and the upright styling helps the Soul stand out in a crowd.
 
The Soul Exclaim has a few styling tweaks to separate it from a regular Soul, including red-accented body trim, a chrome grille surround, a unique tailgate badge and dual chrome twin-tip exhaust.

How It Drives

Interior

Ergonomics & Electronics

Cargo & Storage

The Soul has a smaller cargo area than one might expect from its boxy body; the fairly shallow cargo area behind the backseat is closer in size to a sedan’s trunk than a hatchback’s cargo area. If cargo-carrying is important to you, be sure to eye the Soul’s hatch before buying.

Kia executed the hatch pretty well by mounting the latch low, so it’s easier for shorter-statured people to reach and open the liftgate. And I don’t think it opens too high for those same folks to close the hatch.
 
The Soul’s load floor was also at just the right height: I didn’t have to stoop to get things, but nor will shorter folks likely be challenged by the height.

Safety

The 2017 Kia Soul received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating — good — in its small overlap front test as well as the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, head restraint and seat tests (see details). For a better look at how the Soul ranks among other small cars in the Institute’s test, click here.
 
The Soul doesn’t have as many advanced safety features as some competitors. Our test car was equipped with blind spot warning but lacked the Primo option package that adds forward collision warning and lane departure warning to the Plus trims. Despite its available forward collision feature, however, the Soul doesn’t include autonomous emergency braking. This is a shortcoming, as competitors like the Subaru Impreza (through its EyeSight system) and the Mini Countryman offer some form of emergency braking and adaptive cruise control.

Value in Its Class

The Soul’s sticker price is a bit surprising, if for no other reason than Kia made its name offering cars that were — and in many cases still are — less expensive than its mid-range competitors. But times change, and the Soul — and compact hatchbacks as a whole — haven’t been “econoboxes” for some time.
 
Both the Countryman and Impreza are being redesigned for 2017, and while we can’t yet compare the driving experience, a look at their features is helpful.

The Kia Soul we drove had $5,000 worth of options, including a heated steering wheel, heated seats front and rear, a panoramic moonroof (itself a $1,000 stand-alone option) and a navigation system, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Its price tag totaled $27,620.

Mini says the Countryman will start at $27,450 (all prices include destination charges) and come standard with a panoramic moonroof, rear parking sensors (which our Soul didn’t have) and a sliding and reclining backseat (our Soul didn’t have this, either), but no heated front or rear seats and no heated steering wheel.
 
The Impreza’s base model 2.0i hatchback starts at $19,215. It features standard, full-time all-wheel drive (not offered on the Soul), Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Picking higher trims gets you closer to the same content as the Soul, though as of this writing no version had heated rear seats or a heated steering wheel.

So, based on features and price, the Soul — while expensive — offers features that are competitive or better than what others in the class offer for the same price.
 
Ultimately, the Kia Soul isn’t a slam-dunk winner in its segment. It’s got a lot of content and is a nice size for maneuvering around the city, plus its visibility is good, but the jittery ride alone would make me test-drive some competitors, as well.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.8
  • Interior 4.8
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value 4.8
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.8
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Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

I call my car, big red that I am concer

I love my Kia soul I have had to have an engine put in. I had to have a fuel pump put in the brake pads keep going out. I am concerned about the hazards about the airbag not deploy , major concerns or no the engine. I have a feeling it’s not gonna last, I need another car

3.0

Engine failure, highly consuming engine oil.

My family has owned 2 Kia souls, it’s a cute & fun car with bright colors. Both had a 2.0 engine that consumed gallons of oil (a gallon a month) Kia looked into it starting at 80 k miles, response was “that’s to bad” made it to 122k and got rid of it. This 2.0 engine has this issue everywhere, check out YouTube. Would not recommend anything with this engine.

4.0

Don't buy a used one with a key start lol

I have owned a Kia Soul Brownstone Edition for 6 years now. It hasn't given us any issues aside from a brake ABS failure in warranty. However, since Kia skimped out on immobilizers, I wouldn't get one without push button start, which is most of them, unfortunately. While they extended the warranty on the engine, they have plenty of fundamental issues with it, and also, my Kia after 4 years, has noises in front and back suspension sway bars, and the strut tower bearings make noise. While these don't need to be fixed, they make the car sound like crap. I just drove a 2019 Kona with the same amount of miles, and the suspension on that was just fine. Might be due to the larger wheels and smaller profile tires, I don't know. If Kia ever sells the EV soul in the US, I'd get that. So far, they've been good.

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Safety

Based on the 2017 Kia Soul base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
5
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
5
Overall rating
5
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
14.7%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
5
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
60 months/60,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/100,000 miles
Powertrain
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years or newer/less than 80,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
12 months/12,000 miles
Powertrain
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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