2017 Kia Soul
- Long list of standard and optional features
- Attractive cabin with user-friendly controls
- More passenger space than you might expect
- Excellent crash test scores
- Ride quality suffers with larger wheels
- Unimpressive fuel economy for a car in this class
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Which Soul does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4.5 / 5
The Kia Soul is one of those cars that challenges labels. Is it a hatchback or a wagon or an SUV? It's really a mix of all three, and though this combination has the potential for failure or mockery, Kia put together a car that takes the best that each style has to offer.
Historically, the Kia Soul has been compared to other oddballs such as the Scion xB and Nissan Cube, both of which capitalized on their boxy shape to make the most of interior space. The Scion and Nissan rivals have since been discontinued, leaving the Soul in a class of one. Subcompact SUVs are now gaining popularity and could certainly be considered competitors.
The Soul, however, gets a distinct edge over the competition with its funky style, youthful approach and a peppier turbo engine that debuts this year. Add to that a generous warranty and top safety scores, and the Soul's appeal is strong, no matter your age.
2017 Kia Soul configurations
The 2017 Kia Soul is classified as a wagon, but really it's more like a compact crossover SUV. It is available in three trim levels: Base, Plus (+) and Exclaim (!). The base model comes with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (130 horsepower, 118 pound-feet of torque) that is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic is optional, and both drive the front wheels only. The Plus receives a 2.0-liter engine (161 hp, 150 lb-ft) and is available only with the automatic transmission. The Exclaim gets a new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine (201 hp, 195 lb-ft) along with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Standard feature highlights for the base Kia Soul include 16-inch alloy wheels, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker audio system with USB input and satellite radio.
Stepping up to the Plus trim adds 17-inch wheels, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, foglights, remote keyless entry, selectable drive modes, cruise control, automatic climate control, center armrests for front and back seats, a 5-inch touchscreen and a rearview camera. At the top of the range, the Exclaim includes 18-inch wheels, keyless entry and ignition, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and upholstery trim, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto.
Some features are available on supporting trims as options. Other bundled add-ons include the Audio package for the Plus (a navigation system, an 8-inch display, a Harman Kardon audio system, speaker lights that change with the music, keyless entry and ignition, and two USB ports), the Primo package (panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, a 10-way power driver seat, 8-way power front passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, a heated steering wheel, power-folding mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, a lane departure warning system and forward collision warning). The Exclaim is eligible for the Technology package that includes most of the above options along with xenon headlights.
Noise & vibration3.5
Ease of use4.0
Getting in/getting out4.5
Audio & navigation
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2017 Kia Soul video
TRAVIS LANGNESS: I'm automotive editor Travis Langness. And this is the Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Kia Soul. For 2017, the Kia Soul's biggest upgrade is the new turbocharged engine with stronger power and more performance. You can only get the turbo engine on the Soul's top trim level, but we think it's worth the cost. On top of the increased performance, you also get a nicer cabin and more tech features. Unfortunately, the ride quality suffers with the bigger wheels. And overall, the Soul has unimpressive fuel economy for a car in this class. On the inside, the Soul's got an attractive cabin with lots of user-friendly controls and more passenger space than you might expect from a car this size. It's not typical that we recommend the top trim level. But with the Kia Soul, it's definitely worth the extra cost. You get peppier turbo engine. And the price increase over the mid-range model isn't that big. Bottom line is the Kia Soul is a high-quality, , utilitarian and competitively priced car that we definitely recommend. For more reviews of key competitors, go to YouTube and check out more of the Edmunds Expert Rundowns.
2017 Kia Soul Expert Rundown Review
Looking for a great mix of a hatchback, wagon and SUV? The 2017 Kia Soul might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Soul safety features:
- UVO eServices
- Assists you with getting help through automatic crash notification and roadside assistance at the push of a button.
- Blind-Spot Detection
- Alerts you if there's a vehicle lurking in a blind spot or crossing behind you in a parking lot.
- Lane Departure Warning
- Gives an audible warning if you start drifting out of your lane without signaling.
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2017 Kia Soul for Sale
Kia calls it a crossover, others call it a wagon or a hatchback, but whatever you call the 2017 Kia Soul, its shape — kind of a stylized shoe box — catches your eye as its ready-for-anything attitude piques your interest. Generally thought to be aimed squarely at the youth market, the Soul does, in fact, make a pretty good all-around family hauler for shoppers looking for a vehicle that's affordable, practical and roomy, yet strikes a different chord than the average compact hatchback or SUV.
Changes for 2017 include an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a larger touchscreen and additional USB ports, as well as an available power passenger seat and HID headlights. But the biggest news is the new turbocharged engine, available only on the line-topping Soul ! (Exclaim) trim level, which provides a much-appreciated boost in power.
The standard engine for the Soul is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 130 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. Next up is a 2.0-liter four that puts out 161 hp and 150 lb-ft. And then there's the new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that cranks out 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. The base engine comes linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, while the 2.0-liter powerplant gets a six-speed automatic transmission, and the turbo drives the front wheels through a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic.
Fuel economy for the 2017 Soul with the base engine and the standard manual transmission is EPA-rated at 27 mpg combined (24 city/30 highway). Opt for the new turbocharged powerplant, however, and the rating jumps a bit to 28 mpg combined (26 city/31 highway).
The five-seater Soul's boxy shape results in a surprisingly roomy interior, but is better suited to four passengers and their cargo. Folded rear seats expand the Soul's load capacity to rival that of most small SUVs. Attractively styled, the cabin features generally high-quality, soft materials; and a variety of trim levels, packages and options allow buyers to personalize the Soul to near-luxury levels.
One complaint about the Soul had been that its lackluster engine performance didn't match its zippy looks. Now, with the addition of the available turbo, that issue has been put to rest. It doesn't elevate the Soul to sport-coupe territory, but it provides plenty of highway passing power and enough punch off the line to satisfy most drivers. The ride might be a bit on the harsh side, but it's no worse than most vehicles in this class. And the recently revamped suspension system does give the Soul excellent cornering ability for a rather tall vehicle.
The Soul's Base trim level comes well equipped, with such features as alloy wheels, air-conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity. The mid-level Soul + (Plus) adds comfort and convenience features, as well as the 2.0-liter engine. The top-of-the-line Soul ! (Exclaim) adds leather-trimmed seats, piano black accents and other luxury touches, not to mention the turbocharged powerplant. Let Edmunds help you find the 2017 Kia Soul that best meets your needs.
2017 Kia Soul Overview
The 2017 Kia Soul is offered in the following submodels: Soul Wagon. Available styles include 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A), + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A), ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M).
What do people think of the 2017 Kia Soul?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 Kia Soul and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 Soul 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 Soul.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2017 Kia Soul and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2017 Soul featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.
Our Review Process
This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.
We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.
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