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Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Kia Soul ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Compact Cars category. Currently the Kia Soul has a score of 8.5 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.4
Safety: 9.7
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2015 Kia Soul Review

The 2015 Kia Soul has high safety scores and an incredibly roomy interior, both for people and cargo. Its acceleration is below-average for the class, preventing it from ranking among the very best. 

Pros & Cons

  • Ample cargo space
  • First-rate cabin materials
  • Roomy passenger seating


  • Sluggish acceleration
  • Poor fuel economy for the class


2015 Kia Soul Overview

Is the 2015 Kia Soul a Good Used Car?

The Kia Soul is possibly the most practical vehicle in the compact car class, offering abundant space for passengers and cargo. For this reason – and its excellent safety scores – we named the Soul our 2015 Best Hatchback for Families. The Soul won't thrill you with its performance, but its high-quality interior makes this car an attractive choice to drive every day.

Used 2015 Kia Soul Performance and Interior

The 2015 Kia Soul is available with two different four-cylinder engines producing either 130 or 164 horsepower. Base models can be found with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, while other trim levels only have the automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard in all models (all-wheel drive is not available). Both drivetrains deliver unimpressive acceleration, though the larger variant gives you a bit more pep than the smaller setup. The Soul has balanced handling and ride quality, with precise steering and strong brakes. It can soak up most bumps in the road for a reasonably comfortable ride.

The 2015 Soul gets low fuel economy for its class. The standard 1.6-liter engine is rated at 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the larger engine gets 23/30 mpg city/highway.

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Thanks to its boxy shape, the Soul is one of the most spacious compact cars you can buy; even tall passengers should have plenty of room in either row. The standard cloth seats are comfortable, and some models are equipped with Nappa leather upholstery, heated seats in both rows, or ventilated front seats. The Soul has two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors and a third tether anchor for the middle seat. The cavernous cabin also gives the Soul the most cargo space in its class, rivaling some small crossover SUVs.

Standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. The Soul's available UVO infotainment system is a standout; its 8-inch touch screen is responsive and user-friendly, and it has integrated navigation. Other features you may want to look out for include an Infinity premium audio system, a panoramic moonroof, push-button start, and proximity keyless entry. The Soul's upscale interior quality sets it apart from other budget cars.

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Used 2015 Kia Soul Prices

Pricing for a used 2015 Kia Soul ranges from about $10,600 for a base model with manual transmission to about $14,800 for a Soul ! (Exclaim) model. Prices vary based on the car's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 26 Reviews Analyzed

We compiled the findings of 26 Kia Soul reviews and analyzed safety results, reliability scores, and total cost of ownership predictions to help you make the best buying decision possible.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Kia Soul?

The 2015 Kia Soul has a predicted reliability score of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power and Associates, which is considered slightly above average across the industry.

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How Safe Is the Soul?

The 2015 Soul has high safety ratings for its class. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named it a 2015 Top Safety Pick, awarding it the best score of Good in each individual crash test. The Soul also earned five out of five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera is the 2015 Soul’s only available driver assistance or advanced safety feature, but you won’t find it in every model.

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Should I Consider Another Used Soul?

Kia began the Soul’s second generation with the 2014 model year and made few major changes for 2015. Therefore, buying a 2014 model instead will get you a very similar car for less money. However, if advanced safety features are important to you, you'll want to consider a 2016 Kia Soul. It offers available technology updates like forward collision and lane departure warnings.

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Which Used Kia Soul Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Soul is available in three models: base, + (Plus), and ! (Exclaim). With low average prices and a small price range between trims, your money is best spent on an Exclaim model. This trim gets you leatherette seats, a rearview camera, and automatic headlights. You'll want to narrow your search even further to find a model equipped with the UVO infotainment system.

For added peace of mind with your used-car purchase, consider a certified pre-owned Soul. Kia’s certified pre-owned vehicles receive the balance of the original 10-year/100,000-mile new-car powertrain warranty, plus a one-year/12,000-mile Platinum warranty for non-powertrain parts. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

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2015 Kia Soul and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2015 Kia Soul or 2015 Honda Fit?

The subcompact 2015 Honda Fit may be a smaller car, but it rivals the Soul in passenger and cargo space. Though the Honda has less horsepower than the Kia, it gets moving quickly and delivers excellent fuel economy on top of that. All 2015 Fit models include a rearview camera and a 5-inch audio display, and you can find add-ons like a touch-screen infotainment system, HondaLink smartphone integration, and a blind spot camera system. The Fit crams a lot of highlights into an affordable package, which is why we named it our 2015 Best Subcompact Car for the Money and Best Hatchback for the Money.

Which Is Better: 2015 Kia Soul or 2015 Scion xB?

One of the few things the Soul and the 2015 Scion xB have in common is a quirky, boxy appearance. The result is good cargo and passenger room in both models, but the Soul should be the better buy overall. The xB’s weak engine, inefficient transmission, stiff ride, and paltry fuel economy should be enough of a turn off, but it has lower safety scores than most of its class as well. One positive of the xB is that it includes features like a touch-screen infotainment system, HD Radio, and a rearview camera, so you won’t have to search for these desired extras.

Which Is Better: 2015 Kia Soul or 2015 Toyota Corolla?

The 2015 Toyota Corolla has excellent fuel economy and one of the highest predicted reliability ratings on the market, making it a great daily driver. Its performance metrics are comparable to the Soul. Since the Corolla is a sedan, you won’t get the hatchback practicality of the Soul, but it's still a great choice in this class.

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