The unique, stylized-toaster look of the 2023 Kia Soul and its iconic advertising campaign, which has hamsters bopping along to dance music, reveal a lot about the people who choose to drive them.
With a starting price that is thousands cheaper than that of competitors like the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Jeep Renegade, and Kia Seltos, the Kia Soul is also a fantastic value.
It's not the most thrilling vehicle to drive, and its front-wheel-drive continuously variable automatic transmission and 147 horsepower four-cylinder are the only available pairings.
However, the Kia Soul offers a comfortable ride and a number of qualities that make it a pleasure to own.
Kia Soul Engine The 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower is the only option now that the sprightly, 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine has been removed from the range.
A variety of driver assistance features, such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance, and rear cross-traffic alert, are included as standard equipment on the Kia Soul.
The only available powertrain is a front-wheel-drive 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).
Kia Soul Price With a starting MSRP of $19,790, the 2023 Kia Soul is among the least expensive cars in its category.
Kia Soul MPG The Soul has an EPA rating that ranges from 28 mpg in the city to 35 mpg on the highway, which is not bad for a vehicle that appears to lack aerodynamics.
Its main competitors, the Nissan Kicks and the Hyundai Venue, have comparable highway mileage but outperform the Kia in the city, averaging 31 and 30 mpg, respectively.
Kia Soul Interior The interior of the Kia Soul has been given just the right amount of young cheekiness to complement its stylish exterior.Like colourful trim and textured door panel inserts.
Additionally available features include heated seats and a heated steering wheel, ambient lighting, a smartphone charging pad, a head-up display, push-button start, and keyless entry.
With a variety of interior colour options and two-tone paint options, the Kia Soul also gives owners some degree of customisation.
The tall-roofed ute's cargo section has enough for seven carry-on baggage, and when the back seats were folded (although they don't fold entirely flat), we were able to stow 20 cases.
Only four people could fit behind the back seat in Kia Soul and 17 people with the seats down in the Venue due to its smaller hold and lower rear seat room.