2021 Kia SoulChange year or vehicle
Key specs of the base trim
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- Competent handling
- Turbo engine’s power
- Spacious interior
- High value on lower trims
- Ride can be choppy on rough streets
- Slight touchscreen delay
- Head-up display option uses supplemental reflector, not windshield
- Safety feature limitations on some trims
- Expensive Turbo model
Boxy five-seat hatchback
Front-wheel drive only
Choice of four-cylinder engines, including a turbo
Manual or automatic transmission
Android Auto, Apple CarPlay standard
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What Is the 2021 Kia Soul?
Redesigned last year, the front-wheel-drive Kia Soul is a five-seat compact hatchback with squared-off styling and a roomy interior. Power comes from a standard 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a six-speed manual or a continuously variable automatic transmission. The Turbo trim level gets a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that teams with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Competitors include the Nissan Kicks, Toyota C-HR and Volkswagen Golf.
What’s New on the 2021 Kia Soul?
A rear-seat reminder feature is now standard, and EX and Turbo trim levels gain key-fob-based remote start. Meanwhile, X-Line and GT-Line trims get updated shock tuning.
What Features in the 2021 Kia Soul Are Most Important?
Standard features include:
- Cloth upholstery
- 60/40-split, folding backseat
- 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
- Air conditioning
Available features include:
- Heated front seats
- Heated steering wheel
- Cruise control
- 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system
- Harman Kardon premium stereo
- Illuminated speakers
- Wireless device charging
- Head-up display
- Automatic emergency braking
- Lane-keeping assist
- Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
Should I Buy the 2021 Kia Soul?
The Soul’s optional turbocharged engine delivers good power, but the hatchback’s ride can get bouncy on imperfect pavement. The lack of all-wheel drive may be a deal-breaker for some shoppers, but the Soul offers a lot of value along with good interior space.
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The 2021 Kia Soul currently has 1 recall
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