Kia Soul (2014-2018) review - Practicality, comfort and boot space
The Soul is spacious and comfortable, if a bit lacking in clever packaging details
Up front in the Kia Soul, it’s easy to get comfortable as there’s plenty of seat and wheel adjustment, plus you get a wide range of storage options, including a deep glovebox, door bins, and a centre console cubby with cup-holders. Higher trim models come with handy features like a reversing camera, navigation and Bluetooth.
There’s only the one five-door body-style, but that boxy profile makes it a spacious car to ride in – five adults should be able to travel in relative comfort. You also sit quite high, and with a good-sized glass area visibility is excellent.
The Kia Soul is bigger and more practical than ever. Compared to the first generation Soul, the latest version has a 20mm longer wheelbase and is 15mm wider, which contributes to a more spacious cabin and extra luggage room. It’s also 10mm lower to the ground so it’s easier to get in and out and headroom hasn’t been affected.
Leg room, head room & passenger space
The high roofline gives excellent headroom and the rear seats are comfortable. A small transmission tunnel also increases rear passenger space and you’ll have no trouble fitting three adults across the rear bench.
However, unlike some crossover rivals, the rear seats don’t slide and there’s no clever folding modulation. Isofix seat mounts for children are fitted as standard though.
Boot space has increased by 14 litres to 354 litres compared to the previous model, plus you get extra storage under the boot floor. Even though the rear seats don’t fold fully flat you get 1,367 litres of luggage space if you load to the roof with the seats down.
A heating and cooling system for the battery pack in the EV model means you lose some of that underfloor storage however, reducing the boot space to 281 litres.
In this review
- 1Kia Soul reviewThe latest Kia Soul keeps the chunky looks of the previous model, but improves practicality and equipment
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Soul’s engines feel a bit old-school, as the petrol is thirsty and the diesel clatters
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsDisappointing economy and emissions figures mean the Soul will be pricier to run than it could be
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Soul stands out in a crowd, and Connected models feel especially up-to-the minute
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot space - currently readingThe Soul is spacious and comfortable, if a bit lacking in clever packaging details
- 6Reliability and SafetyThe Kia should perform reliably, but Euro NCAP expressed reservations after crash testing