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2011 Kia Soul Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2011 Kia Soul was new.


Interior: 8.5

Kia's new models boast nicer interiors than ever before, and the 2011 Soul is no exception. Its well-equipped cabin features decent materials -- even if the plastic is a little hard, shiny and cheap -- comfortable seating and a bright, bold color scheme. 

  • "Beyond some mildly eccentric cabin decor options, including a bold red-on-black color scheme and disco-riffic glow-in-the-dark seat fabric, the Soul's fairly spacious interior doesn't fall too far from the Kia tree: glossy and hard but functional and inoffensive." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Our test car's red dashboard was hard to the touch, but the fabric seats pass muster, the cluster gauges are marvelously sharp and easy to read, and nobody started whining about the center stack before the ignition got a key poked into it." -- Car and Driver
  • "There are lots of thoughtful storage nooks and crannies, along with cool, quirky features such as the audio speakers that flash mood lighting to match the bass notes. Rear seat passengers will find sufficient space behind even tall front seat occupants." -- San Francisco Chronicle


The five-passenger Kia Soul is very spacious and includes plenty of leg and headroom for passengers. Almost every reviewer calls the Soul comfortable. The automotive press has few gripes with the 2011 Kia Soul’s passenger room.

  • "Another key selling point of this vehicle for me was the driving position. The manual height adjustable seat and tilt steering column really helped me get the driver's seat exactly where I wanted it. An added bonus: The seats were comfortable in all positions for long stretches of time." -- Chicago Sun-Times
  • "Legroom is more than adequate for most passengers in front and rear, and there's plenty of head and shoulder room for taller passengers. Kia claims the Soul offers more passenger space than the xB, and it certainly feels spacious, though the Scion wins the cargo comparison." -- Motor Trend
  • "Front and rear rows are surprisingly roomy, but long-legged passengers should try to get the front seat -- the front seats are backed by hard plastic. There's plenty of headroom, and the car is surprisingly spacious overall." -- Truck Trend
  • "Touch points were also nicely padded, meaning your elbows didn't get sore on long hauls from pressing against a hard arm rest." -- The Detroit News
  • "We probably wouldn't recommend going more than two up in the back, but rear passengers will be treated to plenty of head, leg and toe room, although there's no center armrest." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

With its many standard features, the Soul offers a good value for its price. The flashy red accents (on the Sport model) and multitude of interior add-ons should please younger buyers. Though some features are made of hard plastics, reviewers are generally satisfied with their look and feel.

In line with its youthful spirit, the Soul boasts more entertainment and technology options than most cars in its price range. The Soul comes standard with features like USB and auxiliary input jacks, power windows and doors and a tilting steering wheel. Optional features include satellite radio, Bluetooth and a power sunroof.

  • "Although the red seats are a bit much, the fit and finish beat the xB hands down and in some areas equal or better those in the Honda Element." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The dash -- with its cool red inserts -- is perhaps the most innovative of any Kia thus far." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "While plastics are of the hard variety, they are all nicely grained and free of cheap-looking shine. Everything appears to be very well screwed together, with minimal, uniform panel gaps that issued nary a squeak or rattle during our test drive." -- Autoblog


The Soul's cargo area is one of its few downsides. Most reviewers voice disappointment for its small hatch opening and cargo space. On the plus side, the Soul boasts plenty of interior storage cubbies for smaller items -- including under-floor storage. With the seats folded down, it offers 53.4 cubic feet of room. The Soul does offer interior storage cubbies for smaller items.

  • "When we opened the hatch, the Kia's major shortcoming was finally exposed: the hatch opening, for loading large objects, is just too small." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "For smaller items, you'll find the partitioned underfloor tray in the cargo area useful for keeping things organized and from sliding around. Up front, you'll find plenty of cubbies for stashing cell-phones and iPods and the like, along with a glovebox deep enough to hold a laptop computer." -- Motor Trend
  • "The rear cargo space, while small, was big enough for everyday hauling. The split-folding rear seat adds room for large items. The rear hatch is large for easy loading." -- Kansas City Star

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