2011 Kia Soul Owner Reviews
- Exterior Styling
- Interior Comfort
- Quality & Durability
Good for the money ? How about just good.
I purchased a new Soul + AT in April 2011. Black, with dealer add-ons such as bug deflector, mats, window visors, trunk tray, wheel locks. Factory options included the 360w upgraded stereo package. Pricing was insanely competitive; MSRP was 22k, but thanks to incentives and an aggressive dealership, I got out-the-door for 16.3k ! Style - wise, I wasn`t exactly fond at first. The small, rounded front end is a puzzling contrast to the rest of the aggressive angular body styling, and the wheels are too small. Inside, however, is excellently executed with simple controls, lighting, and materials. A small, meaty wheel, nice gauge package, and short-throw automated manual make for a surprisingly fun driver. Handling is better than expected, and the small 4cyl - while harsh sounding under load - is pretty peppy. The main drawback in the mechanics is the four speed tranny. Seats are firm and comfortable, well-bolstered, covered with a nice spill-resistant fabric, and well-suited for tall drivers. The back has a fair amount of legroom, enabling my toddlers to climb in and out unassisted - a big plus in a small car. Rear storage is aided by the under-floor compartment and tray. Split folding seats lay flat to accomodate cargo. Factor in savers like a 7500 mi oil change schedule, regular unleaded useage, and a real-world average 29mpg, the warranty, 1st year maintenance, and you`ve got an amazing value. I am a musician and haul alot of gear. I am also a father of two small kids, have a long work / school commute, and make frequent grocery / Home Depot runs. I am also 6`1, and a car enthusiast. So far, the Soul has been a grand slam ! My only (minor) complaint is the four - speed. Why, Kia, not add another two gears ? It would`ve added another $150 in production costs, but improved mileage into the 34+MPG range, and increased driving dynamics. My guess is it will come later in the model run, but overall its picking nits. The Soul is the perfect budget driver for the active Dad
Fun to Look at and Drive!
First impression: It's tight, build quality seems excellent, no rattles, very solid sounding when you open/close doors and hatch. Brakes are soft-touch sensitive, steering is responsive, best of all I got 27 M.P.G. in the city on my first tank of gas (sticker says 24/30), but I must admit I drive pretty conservatively. A reviewer elsewhere pointed out the paint was thin and I have to agree. I've only had it a week and I already have a rock chip and I opened one of the doors barely touching part of a chain link fence and it came right off so be careful. If you drive a lot of highway you might consider Ziebert's Z-Shield or Kia's front Mask. The 2.0 in the + seems peppy, gets up to highway speeds as fast and cruises comfortably at 65. I didn't find the engine noise or road noise to be bothersome. I've since had Ziebarts sound barrier installed, and now it's even quieter. The upgraded sound system is awesome! Every bit as good as the after-market Pioneer system I had installed in my previous car. Bluetooth: If you have a Samsung phone be advised that it will only be a partial compatibility. Any other phone works fine but guess what kind I have. I was kind of disappointed it didn't come with a factory security system. I tested it by double locking it with the windows down and reaching in to open the door - nothing. I'm having one put it and a remote-start at the same time so all is well. ******* had a little more cargo room, but 95% of my driving is just me and around town, so not a real big deal. Taking a trip with 3 people + luggage will be interesting. I researched and looked at a lot of other cars in this class and found they were either too pricy, got bad reviews, or were just too tiny. The Soul + offers features of cars priced much higher, offers a nice economical ride, and it's hard to beat the warranty for peace of mind. I would highly recommend taking one for a test drive and see for yourself.
what a fun car
I just got my Soul in March. What a fun car and good on gas. I love the way it rides, its easy to get in and out of since I have broken my leg and knee on the right side. I have more people come up and tell me "you can go for this!" I researched before I bought and am very please with my Kia. So far so good. Mine is the teal color with a racing stripe One negative is the birds love to perch on the fin on the back and poop down it! ALso I wish there was a button inside to open the back hatch when have groceries loaded in the back, but no biggie. Fun car.
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