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2015 Kia Soul Review

Thanks to lots of interior space, high-quality cabin materials, and an excellent safety score, the 2015 Kia Soul earns a spot in the top third of our compact car rankings.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy cabin
  • Generous cargo space
  • Quality cabin materials




  • Sluggish acceleration with base engine
  • Below-average fuel economy


Rankings & Awards

The 2015 Kia Soul's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Compact Cars category. It was the winner of our 2015 Best Hatchback for Families award and a finalist for our 2015 Best Compact Car for the Money award and and a finalist for our 2015 Best Hatchback for the Money award and and a finalist for our 2015 Best Compact Car for Families award. Currently the Kia Soul has a score of 8.3 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 6.3
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 9.8
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2015 Kia Soul Overview

Is the 2015 Kia Soul a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 Kia Soul is a good compact car. The Soul has more passenger and cargo space than most of its competitors, as well as some of the best safety scores in the class. Not all is great, however. The Soul's underpowered base engine produces sluggish acceleration. Additionally, its fuel economy estimates are below average for the class.

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 26 Kia Soul reviews, as well as fuel economy estimates, reliability ratings, crash test results, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2015 Kia Soul?

Based on more than 180 listings on our site for the 2015 Kia Soul, its average list price is about $13,200, which is below average for the class. Prices range from roughly $10,000 to $17,000 and vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 Kia Soul Cost to Own?

The 2015 Soul's five-year projected costs for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs are about $20,715, or $4,140 per year. Those are below-average estimates for the compact car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Soul?

The 2019 Kia Soul has a starting price of $16,490 and comes with a number of standard features, including a rearview camera (which was an available feature in the 2015 Soul) and a 5-inch touch screen with voice recognition. You can also add Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning to the 2019 model. If these extras don't interest you, save some money and buy the older, but relatively similar, 2015 Soul.

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If your budget is limited to the average price of a used 2015 Soul, but you'd prefer a new compact car, you’re out of luck. Drop down to the subcompact car class, however, and you’ll find a couple options. The 2019 Chevy Spark starts at $13,220 and the 2019 Ford Fiesta at $14,260. You’ll sacrifice some interior space, but both are good subcompact cars.

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Which Model Year of the Kia Soul Is Best?

The 2015 Kia Soul is part of a generation that debuted for the 2014 model year and includes the 2019 Soul. Significant changes across model years come in the form of available features. Beginning with the 2015 Soul, Kia made Nappa leather upholstery available. For 2016, Kia added available forward collision warning and lane departure warning.

We recommend shopping for a 2017 Soul. In addition to the features noted above, you’ll find some 2017 Souls with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and an eight-speaker premium audio system. There were no major changes for 2018.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Kia Soul?

The 2015 Kia Soul has a slightly above-average reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 Kia Soul Recalls

At the time of writing, there are two open recalls for the 2015 Soul. One addresses the possible loss of steering in some models, while the other involves the possibility of the accelerator pedal bending or breaking. Make sure a Kia dealer has addressed these recalls before purchasing a 2015 Soul.

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Which Used Kia Soul Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Soul comes in three trims: base, + (Plus), and ! (Exclaim). The base trim is lightly outfitted. Its few features include a six-speaker audio system and satellite radio. We recommend the Exclaim trim. It’s the most expensive, but it comes standard with a rearview camera, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic headlights, and fog lights.

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What Does Kia's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Kia offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles five years old or less and with fewer than 60,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. 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 comprehensive Platinum warranty on non-powertrain parts after the five-year/60,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Every CPO Kia must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Kia warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Kia has one of the best CPO programs among affordable car manufacturers.

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How Safe Is the Soul?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 Soul a Top Safety Pick and gave it the highest rating of Good in all but one safety test. The Soul earned the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Soul a five-star overall rating, with five out of five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The Soul doesn't come standard with any active safety features. A rearview camera is available.

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2015 Kia Soul Versus the Competition

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

If space is your top priority, stick with the Soul. If not, the 2015 Honda Fit is a better pick. Though it sits in the smaller subcompact car class, the Fit is roomy for its size. Additionally, the Fit has superior fuel economy estimates and a standard multi-angle rearview camera.

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

The 2015 Scion xB has a boxy shape, like the Soul, good overall passenger and cargo space, and a standard touch-screen infotainment system. The Soul is the superior choice, however. Both cars feature weak base engines, but the Soul has a slightly stronger available engine. It also delivers a more comfortable ride. The Kia’s interior is more upscale, and the Soul has a much better safety score.

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2015 Soul Performance

How Does the 2015 Kia Soul Drive?

The base 2015 Soul has precise steering, composed handling, and a comfortable ride over both smooth and bumpy roads. Models with the larger wheels may deliver a somewhat harsh ride, however. The standard 130-horsepower four-cylinder engine doesn't have a lot of power, but the available 164-horsepower four-cylinder has plenty of get up and go for highway driving. The base engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. A six-speed automatic transmission is available for the base model and standard with the more-potent engine. You may come across a Soul EV model with a 109-horsepower electric motor. It has a driving range of 93 miles and gets 105 MPGe combined.

Does the 2015 Kia Soul Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 Kia Soul gets an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Models with the larger engine get 1 less mpg in the city. Those estimates are below average for the class.

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2015 Soul Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Soul Seat?

There's seating for up to five people in the 2015 Soul, and adults will find plenty of space in each row. The Soul features a refined cabin with top-notch materials and comfy seats. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Kia Soul?

There are two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether anchor on the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Soul's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The only real concern is the lower anchors, which are set too deep in the seats.

2015 Kia Soul Features

Standard features include a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Available features include Kia's UVO infotainment system with navigation, an 8-inch touch screen, HD Radio, and an Infinity audio system.

The available infotainment system features sharp graphics and quick menu response times. You’ll want to make sure your devices can connect to the Bluetooth system since standards have changed over the years.

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2015 Kia Soul Dimensions

Kia Soul Cargo Space

The Soul has 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats up and 61.3 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. These are above-average estimates for the class.

2015 Soul Length and Weight

The 2015 Soul is about 13.6 feet long. Its curb weight range from about 2,710 to 2,840 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Kia Soul Built?

Kia built most 2015 Souls in South Korea.


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