2017 Kia Soul Hatchback

Welcome to the Online Vehicle Showroom at Superior Kia of Fayetteville, AR. We understand how serious a vehicle purchase can be, so we want to do all we can to help you make an informed decision. With our Online Vehicle Showroom, you can find all the in-depth information you need about every new Kia in this year's lineup. Checkout paint colors and interiors, compare trim features and available packages, and see which vehicles we currently have in stock. And if you have any questions about your financial options, our Finance Department is here to take care of you. Once you find a vehicle that you're interested in, contact us for more information or come inĀ for a test drive.

City mpg:
Highway mpg:

Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.

2017 Kia Soul Hatchback Overview

The standard features of the Kia Soul Base include Gamma 1.6L I-4 130hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 16" aluminum wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, power mirrors.

2017 Kia
Soul Hatchback

Starting at: $16,100

View New Inventory

Yes, I'm Interested


  • Air conditioning
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • AM/FM radio - SiriusXM
  • MP3 decoder
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 6
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth
  • Basic warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 120 months/100,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/100,000miles
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 5
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Rear seats - bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Engine displacement - 1.6 L
  • Engine horsepower - 130hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Engine torque - 118 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 77.0mm x 85.4mm (3.03" x 3.36")
  • Compression ratio - 11.00 to 1
  • Exterior length - 4,140mm (163.0")
  • Exterior body width - 1,801mm (70.9")
  • Exterior height - 1,613mm (63.5")
  • Wheelbase - 2,570mm (101.2")
  • Turning radius - 5.3m (17.4')
  • Front legroom - 1,039mm (40.9")
  • Rear legroom - 993mm (39.1")
  • Front headroom - 1,006mm (39.6")
  • Rear headroom - 1,003mm (39.5")
  • Front hiproom - 1,351mm (53.2")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,252mm (49.3")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,410mm (55.5")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,389mm (54.7")
  • Passenger volume - 2,860L (101.0 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 532 L (19 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 1,402 L (50 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Door mirrors - body-color
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 1.6
  • Cylinder configuration - I-4
  • Horsepower - 130hp @ 6,300RPM
  • Torque - 118 lb.-ft. @ 4,850RPM
  • Number of valves - 16
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed manual
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 27mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 14.2gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 24mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 30mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Adjustable head restraints - driver and passenger w/tilt
  • Front wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 205/60HR16.0
  • Rear tires - 205/60HR16.0
  • Wheel size - 16"
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer


  MSRP Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
2017 Kia Soul Hatchback Search New $16,100   130-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd man.  24 / 30  
2017 Kia Soul Hatchback Search New $17,700   130-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 30  
+ 2017 Kia Soul Hatchback + Search New $19,800   161-hp 2.0L 4-cyl  6-spd auto  25 / 30  
! 2017 Kia Soul Hatchback ! Search New $22,800   201-hp 1.6L 4-cyl  7-spd auto with auto-shift  26 / 31  


Driving Impression

Mitch McCullough

The base 1.6-liter engine is slow. One hundred thirty horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque is minimal. But if you don’t commute on the freeway, it keeps up. For an entry-level new car, considering the cargo capacity and cool factor, the base model with the six-speed manual is a good car for the money.

The 2.0-liter only comes with the six-speed automatic transmission whose downshifts are responsive and quick, although at freeway speeds, it shifts between fifth and sixth gears too much. It can be locked in manual so it only upshifts at redline, but that probably won’t keep it from downshifting from sixth to fifth.

The new turbo engine, built by Hyundai, makes 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque, enough so there’s torque steer if you stand on it. With this engine, the Soul is a quick car on a winding backroad.

However, when driven slowly, running errands around the neighborhood, it can feel lethargic and unwilling, and with non-linear acceleration. Throttle response is sluggish when transitioning from coasting to slow or moderate acceleration. Push on the accelerator harder and it then it surges with more gusto than wanted. In short, the car feels sluggish.

Underway, Soul is neither as tippy as the boxy profile suggests nor is the ride as busy as the short wheelbase suggests. Twin-path dampers deliver good control, confidence in corners, and isolation from small bumps. The Soul offers reasonably responsive handling, braking and acceleration when driven quickly on a winding road, where it can feel sporty and fun, and there’s a Sport mode that firms up the steering, but the Soul is no VW Golf or Mini Cooper.

The transmission can be so slow to transition from Drive to Reverse and back to Drive that it reminds us of an old movie where the sea captain moves the power lever from Half to Full, an engineer below deck sees the lever has moved and then shouts “Full steam ahead!” to another seaman who moves a lever to increase engine speed. This can seem tedious when in a hurry.

Walk Around

Mitch McCullough

The Kia Soul’s shape is still perky, but not so fresh any more. The proportions are right, as the sharp angles on the chunky sheetmetal work with the roofline. The windshield pillars are abrupt while leaning back a bit, keeping the profile from being overly square.

The Soul needs the body-colored trim in the Plus and Exclaim models, to smooth out and enhance the shape.

Interior Overview

Mitch McCullough

There is a sea of black plastic in the dash panel, with some chrome and glossy trim to add contrast. There are some unexpected upscale touches, such as the steering wheel, gauges, and some soft materials. The instrument panel is low so the driver looks downward at it. The centerstack with its controls is canted toward the driver. Speakers sit on top of vents at the edges of the dash.

The seats are firm and supportive, but a tall driver might find himself too high, and there might not be enough support for long thighs. The Plus and Exclaim have a folding center armrest in the rear. But the best part is, there’s an amazing 39 inches of rear seat legroom, more than many SUVs.

Soul offers a good level of standard equipment for a base compact, but there’s no cruise control or center front armrest. The rearview camera is available in a package costing $2000, a high price for a basic safety feature.

There’s good cargo room inside, with 24.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats, and with them folded there’s a vast 61.3 cubic feet; the Soul is like a tiny cargo van.

The Soul gets back to being an inexpensive compact car when it comes to interior noise. The Exclaim’s turbo motor drones into the cabin, and begins to howl when the engine tops 4000 rpm. The other two slower engines are louder.


Mitch McCullough

The Kia Soul does indeed have some soul, along with some compelling traits. The base model, even with its speed-challenged 1.6-liter engine and six-speed gearbox, offers a good value. The new 201-horsepower turbo with the seven-speed dual clutch transmission makes the Soul an enjoyable driving companion when the revs are kept up.

Sam Moses contributed to this report, with New Car Test Drive editor Mitch McCullough reporting from New Jersey.

Model Lineup

Mitch McCullough

Kia Soul ($16,100) comes with cloth seats, air conditioning, Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Manual transmission is standard, automatic is available ($17,700).

Soul+ ($19,800) gets upgraded cloth upholstery, a 5.0-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, 17-inch wheels, and body-colored bumpers and trim.

Soul! ($22,800) comes with the new turbo engine, 18-inch wheels and sporty exterior bits. Inside, there are leather seats and piano black trim, a 4.3-inch LED instrument cluster, and keyless ignition.

All Souls get a great warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles, and the powertrain for 10 years or 100,000 miles. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Your privacy is important to us.

Kia takes your privacy seriously and does not rent or sell your personal information to third parties without your consent. Read our privacy policy.

true true true true true true true true true true true true