2014 Kia Soul

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  • Styling9.4
  • Performance8.7
  • Interior8.8
  • Quality9.5
  • Recommendation9.3
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  • Styling9.0
  • Performance9.0
  • Interior9.0
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great daily driver by mid 40s (professional) male, South-East USA on 11/05/2013. Trim: 2014 Kia Soul Base, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Test drove both the 2013 and 2014. The difference is night and day. I picked up the 2014 base model (1.6L engine, 6 speed automatic). The 2014 looks more like a mini cooper inside. Nice dash control and radio layout. Engine and road noise is almost non-existent while cruising. Filled her up with premium pure gas (non-ethanol) and am getting 28-31 mpg in city driving. On country roads (50 - 60 mph with occasional red lights) she got 39-42 mpg. Vehicle only has 500 miles on the odo at this time. The rear seats are also larger and comfortable. The seats are also positioned higher up than in a typical small car. It is much easier to get in and out of the Soul compared to a typical small car.
Cons: The 2014 still has a jittery ride. It seems one can feel road roughness even when the road looks even. On the other hand the stiff suspension provides good cornering ability.
Overall review: The new Soul is a good all around car (daily driver with the occasional long distance trips). With the rear seats folded one can have ample cargo capacity. If you need a car to go to work, pickup groceries or kids from school consider the Kia Soul. FYI: I also considered the Jeep Compass and Ford Escape as well. Neither of the two vehicles have the comfort or features the little Kia has.
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  • Styling10
  • Performance8.0
  • Interior8.0
  • Quality10
  • Recommendation9.0
This car is a great value by Tom on 12/18/2013. Trim: 2014 Kia Soul +, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: It rides well in good road conditions. It's very comfortable for a smaller vehicle, considering my wife and I are both on the larger side. It has an amazing high level of features and technology for a car at this price point. It's easy to get into and out of.
Cons: I suppose it's a short wheel base or weight issue, but it is a lot of work to drive this car in bad weather, or on less than ideal roads. It seems hard to keep it pointed in a straight line. The vision lines out the back and to the rears sides is poor.
Overall review: I mostly like this car. It is fun to drive, and the slightly higher profile makes it easier to get in and out of, and gives you a little better view of the road
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  • Styling8.0
  • Performance8.0
  • Interior8.0
  • Quality9.0
  • Recommendation8.0
Best vehicle by Don from Cochabamba Bolivia on 10/22/2013. Trim: 2014 Kia Soul +, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Virtually repair free. I purchased my 2012 KIA Soul in Cochabamba Bolivia and it has been trouble free. It has enough power to get from Cochabamba 8,000 feet to Copacabana 16,000 Feet.
Cons: None
Overall review: I would recommend to anyone who wants a very good very stylish auto
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  • Styling9.0
  • Performance9.0
  • Interior9.0
  • Quality10
  • Recommendation10
3rd KIA by Mark T Gastonia ,NC on 01/16/2014. Trim: 2014 Kia Soul !, Owned less than 1 year.
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Pros: Just bought it, 2014 Soul exclaim model. It looks and Feels like a Korean mini . This is our third KIA, I cannot fault KIA's dependability as our last car the Borrego was almost trouble free for 4 yrs and 51k miles. (battery went bad after 1.5 yrs. and a bearing inside the AC comp was repaired under warrantee.) We hope our new Soul lives up to its reputation. Build quality is excellent The doors shut like a Mercedes. At first is was hard to get used to the idea of No CD player but when you think of it ,it is more about safety and taking your eyes off the road to load and unload CDs
Cons: Nothing so far
Overall review: Would recommend.
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  • Styling10
  • Performance9.0
  • Interior10
  • Quality10
  • Recommendation10
2014 Great Transfromation & Cool, Soulful ride by CITS on 11/19/2013. Trim: 2014 Kia Soul +.
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Pros: Styling, functional, great space for small vehicle with a pleasant ride, with good handling and quite quiet. Nice quality interior. Spunky, fun to drive. Did not feel cheap. (big compliment for such a small vehicle)
Cons: Brakes maybe a bit sensitive.
Overall review: Drove the 2013 & 2014 back to back. Both Plus + with no extra packages, standard 17" wheels. 2014 huge improvement over the 2013. Much smoother ride (2013 bad), & better ride than compact cars I tried, (Chevy Sonic, Nissa Sentra...). Fairly quiet & responsive enough on uphill freeway on-ramp. Brakes very good, maybe a bit sensitive but can do smooth stops. I did not get to try it on twisty roads, but did not notice any body lean on turns in town. Steering felt precise. Interior very nice with padded dash, nice comfy seats, sitting position good for short person, tons of head room. Easy ingress, egress. Am waiting for dealers to get the Exclaim ! trim in. After driving several vehicles have decided on the Soul. (Subaru, Chevy, Nissan, Hyundai, Mini Countryman... I would NOT consider the 2013 Soul due to the ride, noise AND engine-back off the gas on the freeway & it really sucked back. 2014 engine is tweaked differently and much better.
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BB03 - 4/18/2014 9:56:01 PM