2021 Kia Soul

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Key specs

Base trim shown


Body style


Combined MPG


Seating capacity

165.2” x 63”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

  • Competent handling
  • Turbo engine’s power
  • Spacious interior
  • High value on lower trims

The bad:

  • 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

6 trims

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Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2021 Kia Soul trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • 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

2021 Kia Soul review: Our expert's take

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:

  • Moonroof 
  • 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.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.7
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.6
  • Exterior 4.8
  • Reliability 4.6
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Most recent consumer reviews


Great vehicle

Bought it based on father's review of his happy to say I'm glad I went with it great vehicle with great fuel mileage. Plenty of leg room as I'm very tall and came with great options.


The best car

I jhave been buying my 2021 Kua Soul 1 year ago, everything is excellent. Also, I only spent a oil+filter change. No problem. It is runninggreat


Satisfied customer.

I got a used 2021 only one owner Soul with just 5400 miles in a local dealer, been driving it for two weeks, making 25 to 26 mpg within the city, haven't driven it yet on the road but I can tell it's roomy inside, I am a fat 240 pounds guy and I fit very well behind the wheel. Mine is the basic LW trim but I feel safe and confident. The inside noise is not so high and the ride feels smooth. It has enough power to start quick and easy to move forward. Only dislike is that feature to stop the engine at the light for gas save but fortunately it can be disabled by pressing a key underneath the dashboard on the left.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Kia
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
60 months/100,000 miles
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
10 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
165-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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