2018 Kia Soul

2018 Kia Soul
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What’s new

  • More standard features for 2018
  • Part of the second Soul generation introduced for 2014


  • Long list of standard and optional features
  • Attractive cabin with user-friendly controls
  • More passenger space than many small SUVs
  • Excellent crash test scores


  • Ride quality can be overly harsh with bigger wheels
  • All-wheel drive isn't available
  • Unimpressive fuel economy

Which Soul does Edmunds recommend

We like the midgrade Soul Plus. It's a bargain yet comes nicely equipped with just about all the features you'll likely need or enjoy, including an automatic transmission and the 7-inch Uvo infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. Its 2.0-liter engine is noticeably more powerful than the base Soul's 1.6-liter engine. Another nice aspect of the Plus is the array of options available. While you could buy a stock Plus for the budget play, just about everything in Kia's upgrade arsenal is available should you want it, including heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, a Harman Kardon sound system and the latest advanced driver safety aids.

Edmunds' Expert Review

overall rating

4.5 / 5

When it debuted for the 2010 model year, the Kia Soul was difficult to classify. Was it a hatchback, a wagon or something else entirely? In recent years there has been a growing number of so-called subcompact crossover SUVs that provide the elevated seating height and enhanced cargo capacity of larger models but with a lower price tag. Really, they're an awful lot like the Soul in concept. Maybe we can add "trendsetter" to the Soul's list of attributes.

Yet, the 2018 Kia Soul is more appealing than its newfound competitors in a few ways. It has a roomier interior, with greater cargo and backseat space than the often-cramped competition that deserves the name "subcompact." Its crash scores are exemplary. It's also available with more power than its rivals — and not just the 201-horsepower turbocharged engine found in the range-topping Exclaim (!) trim level. The midgrade engine has a better-than-most 161 horsepower, too. And then there's the Soul's list of comfort, convenience and infotainment items at a price that undercuts those little SUVs considerably. You can get a lot more for your money by opting for the Soul.

Unfortunately, one thing you can't get is all-wheel drive, which is something those subcompact SUVs typically offer. Its fuel economy, regardless of engine, also disappoints. That should be of particular concern if you're looking at the Soul as more of a compact car alternative. On the whole, however, the Soul is an attractive little (insert vehicle type of your choice here) that should be a fashionable yet value-rich addition to your garage.

trim levels & features

The 2018 Kia Soul is available in three trim levels: base, Plus (+) and Exclaim (!). Each comes with a different engine. An automatic transmission is standard on the Plus and Exclaim and optional on the base Soul, which comes with a six-speed manual.

The base trim comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (130 horsepower, 118 pound-feet of torque), 16-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a USB port and satellite radio. The Convenience package (automatic transmission only) adds automatic headlights, automatic climate control, a rearview camera, and the Uvo tech interface that includes a 7-inch touchscreen and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.

The Soul Plus includes the Convenience package content and adds a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (161 hp, 150 lb-ft), a six-speed automatic transmission, 17-inch wheels, foglights, heated mirrors, keyless entry, selectable drive modes, upgrade cloth upholstery, a rear center armrest and a cargo cover.

The Soul Exclaim adds a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (201 hp, 195 lb-ft), a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, 18-inch wheels, upgraded exterior trim (gloss black and red accents), upgraded gauges and interior trim, a mix of cloth and leather seat upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and keyless ignition and entry.

The Plus is available with a number of optional packages. The Audio package includes an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, the Exclaim trim's upgraded interior materials, keyless ignition and entry, two USB ports, LED speaker lights and a Harman Kardon premium sound system. The Designer's package adds 18-inch wheels, the leather-wrapped steering wheel and a two-tone roof treatment.

You can also get the Plus with a Primo package that adds a panoramic sunroof, power-folding mirrors, the Exclaim trim's upgraded gauges, heated and ventilated eight-way power-adjustable front seats (with driver lumbar adjustment), heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, and a suite of driver assistance systems that includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot and lane departure warning, and a forward collision warning system with automatic emergency braking. To all of that, the Primo Lit package tacks on xenon headlights and LED running lights.

The Soul Exclaim is available with a Technology package that effectively includes everything it doesn't already have from the Plus' Primo Lit package. The exceptions are the panoramic sunroof, which can be added separately, and leather upholstery, which isn't available at all.

trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our evaluation of a 2017 Kia Soul Exclaim (!) (turbo 1.6L inline-4 | 7-speed dual-clutch automatic | FWD).


Most drivers won't need the added power from the Kia Soul Exclaim's turbo engine, but there's no doubt any driver will appreciate it. We were surprised by how entertaining and capable this boxy little car is on a twisting road, which translates to a more confident ride for less than sporty drivers.


The Plus trim's standard engine has more guts than most competitors' powerplants, and the Exclaim's turbo engine really can't be matched. Right off the line, there's a little hesitation, but power builds steadily to highway speeds. Sport mode sharpens response.


The brake pedal is appropriately firm and easy to modulate. With more aggressive braking, the car remains poised and controllable. The brakes remain strong even after repeated use.


The steering effort feels right at all speeds. It lightens up at parking lot speeds and gets heavier as speeds increase. There's a good on-center feel to keep you tracking straight on the highway for effortless road trips.


The Kia Soul is surprisingly agile and, dare we say, even fun on a winding road. It takes a little getting used to, but you can drive it much harder than you'd expect.


The turbocharged Exclaim has a dual-clutch automatic transmission that can be annoyingly hesitant in traffic. Otherwise, and with other trims, the Soul is very easy to drive with confidence whether you're commuting, maneuvering in a tight spot or blasting along some fun roads.


The Soul rides a little stiffer than other SUVs, but it's far from being a deal-breaker. Even on long drives you're unlikely to feel fatigued.

seat comfort

Despite having only basic adjustments, the front seats are comfortable after several hours on the road. The rear seats are a little firm and flat by comparison.

ride comfort

The Soul's suspension is the same regardless of trim level. The ride quality is stiffer than that of other compact SUVs, but even on really rough roads, it's never objectionable. Wheel size does make a difference, so test-drive different trims.

noise & vibration

Wind and road noise is always present, but it's not so loud that it becomes intrusive. Under more aggressive acceleration, the engine can get a little loud, but it sounds pretty good for a four-cylinder.

climate control

The single-zone automatic climate control is easy to use, and once set, rarely needs to be adjusted.


There's a lot of plastic throughout the interior, but the panels are nicely grained and feel substantial. Any spots that you regularly touch or rest your elbows on are padded. Really, it's better than most.

ease of use

Primary controls, as well as buttons and knobs for secondary systems, are well labeled and easy to operate.

getting in/getting out

The tall doors and slightly taller ride height make getting in and out of the Kia Soul a breeze, even in tight spots.

driving position

You sit taller in the Soul than in a sedan, but not quite as high as in a typical compact SUV. It's an excellent compromise that gives you a great view of the road.


Generally the Soul has more room than subcompact SUV competitors. Its cabin feels big and spacious, even if you ignore its relatively small footprint. The rear seats are especially spacious, with plenty of head- and legroom for taller passengers. The panoramic sunroof enhances the sense of space.


The rear roof pillars are pretty thick, but overall outward visibility is excellent. There's no guesswork when backing into a spot, and you won't have to rely too much on the rearview camera.


Materials used and construction are slightly better than expected for a car at this price. Even better materials and nicer seat upholstery can be found in the top Exclaim trim and with the Plus Primo package.


The Soul's boxy shape allows it to make the most of all available space. Cargo capacity is better than in most subcompact SUV competitors, though space aft of the back seat is still only so-so. Interior storage could also be better.

small-item storage

Bins, pockets and cupholders are adequate but not particularly generous or clever. Other vehicles offer more and larger storage areas, as well as thoughtful solutions for phones and personal items.

cargo space

There's up to 19 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats if items are piled to the top. Capacity increases to 61 cubic feet with the seats folded (but they don't fold flat). It's better than most hatchbacks and subcompact SUVs, and it even beats some compact SUVs.


Kia exceeds expectations when it comes to technology. A lot of features are built into the touchscreen infotainment system (including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), which is easy to reach and operate. Response time is immediate, and the optional audio system delivers a solid punch.

audio & navigation

The optional Harman Kardon audio system sounds great and is easy to operate. Similarly, the navigation benefits from sharp screen resolution and easy-to-read graphics. The mix of physical and onscreen buttons makes switching between systems quick and simple.

smartphone integration

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included with the Uvo3 touchscreen interface, which is optional on the base trim and standard on all others. One USB port is standard, and two are optional.

driver aids

Lane departure and blind-spot warning systems are packaged together with adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking system.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Kia Soul.

Love this car!
Happy Soul Owner, 3/8/2018
(Kia Soul base model, auto, tinted windows, convenience package) I've only had the car for a few weeks but I really love it. Fun to drive, comfortable, good gas mileage, handles great. Very happy.
WOW !!!
Mark, 3/25/2018
So far I am impressed. I purchased a mini spare for this vehicle. Not comfortable with the inflator they provide. Good MPG. Good visibility. Reasonably quiet for ride and engine noise. I would recommend.
Great Bang For The Buck
Dana, 2/6/2018
This car is a great value for the money. When Kia introduced this car, they seemed to be marketing it toward the younger crowd, but most of them I see on the road are driven by more mature folks. The reasons are simple: ease of entry, upright driving position, good headroom, comfortable seats, lots of standard features (even in the base model,) decent acceleration, decent gas mileage, decent cargo area, the ability to carry a large cargo load with the rear seats folded, the ability to install a roof rack, and the handy, large tailgate. Sure, it's an a no-nonsense econobox, and it certainly isn't flashy, but if it's an economical, comfortable, practical car, (that's fun to drive,) with a good warranty, that you're looking for, this may be your ticket.
Lots of fun while being practical
Gary H., 4/21/2018
We bought the ! (Exclaim) in Wild Orange that has the 7 speed Turbo. It is equipped with the Tech Package and the panoramic sunroof. It's worth the extra money ($4,000). Certain Youtube professional reviewers said to get the Sunroof and I am glad we did. The sport drive mode makes getting on the expressway a cinch. It has nice pickup and go! Gas mileage comes as advertised.This car is pretty comfortable. The sound system is above average in the Tech upgrade along with an 8" screen. Handling is above average with the wide 18" tires. I really like this car (especially in Wild Orange). Bought new in mid February 2018. Now with 2500 miles.
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Features & Specs

25 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
130 hp @ 6300 rpm
25 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
161 hp @ 6200 rpm
26 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed automated manual
201 hp @ 6000 rpm
24 city / 30 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed manual
130 hp @ 6300 rpm
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Our experts’ favorite Soul safety features:

Forward Collision Warning System
Warns you of stopped or rapidly slowing vehicles ahead and automatically applies the brakes if you don't respond.
Lane Departure Warning System
Warns you when you've started to drift from your lane.
Blind-Spot Detection System
Alerts you to vehicles in your blind spot through lights located in the side mirrors.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall5 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall5 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat5 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover14.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
  • Roof Strength Test
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

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Kia Soul vs. Honda Fit

Compared to the Fit, the Soul has a more upright seating position that gives it a commanding view of the road. Its taller load floor also means you don't have to bend down to get gear from the trunk. With the rear seats up, the Soul has more cargo space, but the Fit's rear seat cushions can flip up, giving you greater ability to carry tall and skinny cargo items.

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Kia Soul vs. Honda HR-V

It may not have the same funky styling as the Soul, but rest assured Honda's HR-V is a worthy rival. The Soul edges out the Honda with its acceleration and infotainment system, but the HR-V is better on fuel. It also has the same flip-up rear seating like the Fit. Of the two, only the HR-V is available with all-wheel drive.

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Kia Soul vs. Jeep Renegade

You could just about call the Renegade Jeep's version of the Soul. While both are equally adept at hauling gear, the Jeep lacks the rear seat room, straight-line performance and drivability of the Soul. But, at the expense of fuel economy, the Renegade features an available all-wheel-drive system and off-road credibility with the Trailhawk version.

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2018 Kia Soul for Sale

Kia Soul 2018 ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
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More about the 2018 Kia Soul
2018 Kia Soul Overview

The 2018 Kia Soul is offered in the following submodels: . 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 2018 Kia Soul?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Kia Soul and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Soul 4.5 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 2018 Soul.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Kia Soul and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 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.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.5 / 5.0


4.5 / 5.0

Acceleration4.0 / 5.0
Braking4.0 / 5.0
Steering4.0 / 5.0
Handling4.5 / 5.0
Drivability4.0 / 5.0


4.0 / 5.0

Seat comfort4.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort4.5 / 5.0
Noise & vibration3.5 / 5.0
Climate control4.0 / 5.0


4.5 / 5.0

Ease of use4.0 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out4.5 / 5.0
Driving position4.0 / 5.0
Roominess4.5 / 5.0
Visibility4.5 / 5.0
Quality4.0 / 5.0


4.0 / 5.0

Small-item storage3.0 / 5.0
Cargo space3.0 / 5.0
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What's a good price for a New 2018 Kia Soul?
2018 Kia Soul + 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

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2018 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A)

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2018 Kia Soul 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M)

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2018 Kia Soul ! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

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