Kia Soul

In published reviews,
critics awarded this
vehicle an average
overall score of:

85
Priced From $14,400
MPG 31.0
Styles Reviewed
HatchbackHatchback

New Car Test Drive

10/23/11
2011-10-23
87
100

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Sam Moses Sam Moses 7.2 out of 10 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

The Kia Soul offers drive-it-and-forget it simplicity, hatchback versatility, it’s easy on gas and the wallet, and its styling still has personality. It is easy to drive and great fun in urban settings. If it has any vices we have been unable to find them.

SpeedSportLife.com

10/04/12
2012-10-04
87
100

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Byron Hurd Byron Hurd Score Pending 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

The Soul is affordable, efficient and supremely practical. Its dynamic performance is fairly vanilla, but driving everywhere turned out to be far more fun than I had expected.

Winding Road

10/22/12
2012-10-22
87
100

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Chris Martens Chris Martens Score Pending 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

The Kia Soul ! looks the part and offers more power and/or better fuel economy that most of its direct competitors. And it offers a generous helping of fun to go with your order of utility.

CNET.com

07/05/12
2012-07-05
87
100

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Wayne Cunningham Wayne Cunningham 6.2 out of 10 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

Although its cabin and performance tech can best be described as basic and useful, the 2012 Kia Soul stands out from the economy-car herd with its design.

Edmunds.com

12/16/10
2010-12-16
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2011 Kia Soul Hatchback

The 2011 Kia Soul brings hipster styling and a fun-to-drive nature to the realm of the practical hatchback.

About.com

12/20/11
2011-12-20
86
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Aaron Gold Aaron Gold 7.1 out of 10 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

Kia’s done an outstanding job of improving the Soul where improvement was needed, while leaving the good stuff perfectly well alone. It’s still unique, it’s still useful, and it’s still a great value.

Car and Driver

09/20/11
2011-09-20
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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David Gluckman David Gluckman 6.6 out of 10 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

The 2012 Kia Soul has more power, better efficiency, and basically the same price, all in the same useful, packaging-focused little hatch. Planned obsolescence with no real downside.

Edmunds.com

12/08/11
2011-12-08
85
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

The 2012 Kia Soul’s blend of style and practicality — not to mention its affordable price tag, long list of standard and available features and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty — make it one of our top choices.

Edmunds.com

08/09/12
2012-08-09
85
100

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Staff Review Edmunds.com 7.8 out of 10 2013 Kia Soul Hatchback

The 2013 Kia Soul brings hipster styling and a fun-to-drive nature to the realm of the practical hatchback.

DriverSide.com

10/25/11
2011-10-25
85
100

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Alison Lakin Alison Lakin 6.3 out of 10 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

Kia’s Soul is clearly a niche vehicle made for people who are drawn to a car with a quirky, unexpected design. And they’ve added some great features, improved fuel economy, and actually made it more fun to drive.

TheTruthAboutCars.com

10/24/11
2011-10-24
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

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Jack Baruth Jack Baruth 5.3 out of 10 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

Dynamically, the Soul is a real pleasure. It’s swift and sure to operate. If you can live without cruise control, the manual-transmission Soul is an entertaining, useful vehicle.

AutoGuide.com

10/25/11
2011-10-25
84
100

Overall score awarded to vehicle by this critic. [?]

Reviewed By Critic Credibility [?] Style Reviewed
Nauman Farooq Nauman Farooq Score Pending 2012 Kia Soul Hatchback

The Kia Soul might not be the most comfortable, or have the most commodious trunk, or be the quietest commuter, but it is entertaining to drive, it looks even funkier and gets both improved power and fuel economy.

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