What Is the 2022 Kia Soul?
The front-wheel-drive Kia Soul is a five-seat compact hatchback with a boxy shape that pays off in the form of a roomy interior and spacious cargo area. Power comes from a standard 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a continuously variable automatic transmission, or an optional 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that pairs with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Competitors include the Hyundai Venue, Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR.
What’s New on the 2022 Kia Soul?
The base LX trim level gets a larger 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system, while S, X-Line and GT-Line trims add a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, push-button start, a wireless device charger and dual USB ports.
What Features in the 2022 Kia Soul Are Most Important?
Standard features include:
- Keyless entry
- Cloth upholstery
- 60/40-split folding backseat
- Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity
Available features include:
- Heated front seats
- Harman Kardon premium stereo
- Head-up display
- Automatic emergency braking
- Lane-keeping assist
- Blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert
- Adaptive cruise control
Should I Buy the 2022 Kia Soul?
The Kia Soul remains a strong value, with lots of interior space for a vehicle its size. A few things are missing, however, including all-wheel drive and comparatively few standard active safety features.
To get the turbocharged engine you’ll have to upgrade to the top trim level, which negates some of the Soul’s money-saving appeal. Of all the Soul’s trims, the S is the best deal, with a larger multimedia screen and safety features like automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist and blind spot warning.