2018 Kia Soul
2018 Kia Soul
Many weren’t convinced by the unique styling of the Kia Soul when it was launched, but the look has proved to be a big hit with buyer. If the greatest compliment is imitation, the Kia Soul is being complimented by many a rival manufacturer designs. But what does the 2018 Kia Soul have to offer buyers new to this bestseller?
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Why Buy the 2018 Kia Soul?
Although the Soul has a pretty small footprint, the boxy design helps to create an interior that feels a lot bigger than it is. The tall roof inevitably lends an airy feel to the cabin, but clever packaging has also been employed to make the absolute most of the available dimensions. The seats are supportive, great for commuters and road warriors.
Though the 2018 Kia Soul is small, it is mighty when it comes to cargo space. Though, of course, you won’t find as much space for hauling as you would with a larger crossover, you will find a useful 18.8 cu.-ft. of cargo space with the seats up and the cargo tray in place, 24.2 cu.-ft. without it in place, or 61.3 cu.-ft. with the seats folded down. Rear passengers get a very generous 39.1 inches of leg room–these are midsize sedan numbers in a subcompact crossover SUV.
Why is the Kia Soul So Popular?
The compact, boxy, tall stance of the Kia Soul makes it instantly recognizable, and that attracts buyers who don’t just want a plain vanilla SUV style.
Another big advantage of the Kia’s unique styling is its almost eternal appeal–though it hasn’t been substantially changed since it was launched, the Kia Soul doesn’t look like it’s aged one little bit. Just like the best things in life, it’s even better in person than in photographs.
Is the Kia Soul AWD (All-Wheel Drive)?
No–right now Kia offers the Dynamax Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system only on the Kia Sorento and Kia Sportage.
Is the Kia Soul Good on Gas?
The tall, boxy shape of the 2018 Kia Soul may provide plenty of usable interior space, but it does have a slightly adverse effect on fuel economy compared to a similar sized sedan or hatch. That said, you’ll get a range of fuel economy numbers depending on the engine you choose. The most fuel-efficient is perhaps surprisingly also the most powerful. The 1.6 turbo and dual-clutch transmission combination delivers EPA fuel economy ratings of 26 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg combined.
Of course, if fuel economy is your number one priority, you might consider the 2018 Kia Soul Electric, which gets an astonishing 124 MPGe in the city, 93 on the highway, for a combined average of 108 MPGe.