2011 Kia Soul

  • 2011 Kia Soul Base Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      31
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      122/115
    • ENGINE
      1.6L I4
    • MSRP
      $13,300
  • 2011 Kia Soul Exclaim Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      142/137
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,495
  • 2011 Kia Soul Plus Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      142/137
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $16,495
  • 2011 Kia Soul Sport Hatchback
    • MAX MPG
      30
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      142/137
    • ENGINE
      2.0L I4
    • MSRP
      $18,495
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2011 Kia Soul Review

Cool cute car -- great value and fun too!

Reviewed by Automotive on

In a Nutshell
The 2011 Kia Soul is a compact, four-door hatchback that is both practical and trendy. Sold with one of two engines, either of which is fuel efficient, the 1.6 liter inline four engine with 122 horsepower mated to a manual five speed or a 2.0 liter inline four cylinder engine paired to a manual five speed or automatic four speed transmission.

The trim levels for the Soul are the Base, Exclaim, Plus, and Sport. The hatchback is safe and practical with stability control, traction control, and airbags. However car has some far-out features, such as speakers that pulse with the beat and a hounds tooth patterned interior. With an EPA fuel economy rating in the 26 mpg city/31 mpg highway range, the Kia Soul is economical.

New for 2011

Among the minor changes to the 2011 Kia Soul are grip-type exterior door handles, while heated side mirrors are optional. Also now standard are rear-seat headrest height adjustment and illuminated window switches, and blue and green have been added to the speaker lights. New optional features include automatic climate control, leather seats, a cargo cover, and a push button start.

Essentials

Engines: 1.6L I-4, 2.0L I-4
Transmissions: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Body Style: Four-door hatchback
Trims: Base Hatchback, Exclaim Hatchback, Plus Hatchback, Sport Hatchback

On the Outside

A cute "econocar," the Kia Soul combines charm and practicality, attracting younger buyers, while not compromising on safety or fuel economy.

From the Inside

Even though not all that heavy, the Kia Soul has an optional engine that isn't all that powerful, even with 20 more horsepower than the smaller engine. With the 2.0-liter engine, the Soul makes it to 60 in 8.3 seconds and does the quarter mile in 16.6 seconds at 82.6 mph. However, the Soul's ride can be rough, and the manual transmission is vague and unrefined.

Driving Performance

Even though the Soul isn't all that heavy, the optional engine isn't all that powerful -- and that's got 20 more horsepower than the smaller engine. With the 2.0-liter, the Soul reaches 60 in 8.3 seconds, and completes the quarter mile in 16.6 seconds at 82.6 mph. The Soul's ride can be rough and the manual transmission is unrefined and vague.

Safety Equipment

Standard safety equipment on the 2011 Kia Soul includes dual front airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard are disc brakes with four-channel ABS with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution, stability control, and traction control.

Gas Mileage

Base: 26 mpg city/31 mpg highway
Exclaim, Plus, Sport: 24 mpg city/30 mpg highway

Plusses

  • Cute design
  • Cool interior styling
  • Low price
  • Adequate power

Minuses

  • Small cargo area
  • Noisy engine
  • Rough ride
  • Annoying body roll

Rating

Cool cute car -- great value and fun too!

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