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2016 Kia Soul Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Kia Soul was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.5

The 2016 Kia Soul has a stylish interior that offers a premium ambiance, high-quality materials and lots of available features for the class, auto writers report. The Soul's high-tech features are also easy to use, according to critics, and its boxy shape offers impressive passenger and cargo space.

  • "A modern and expressive exterior is matched by a well-appointed interior offering features not found on some midsize and near-luxury models." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "In optioned-up form, the Soul also packs a surprising number of comfort and convenience features and a convincingly upscale feel for its class." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "The focus on style continues inside, where a circle-themed design is executed in unusually high-quality materials for the segment." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "… the new interior is the second-generation Soul's greatest asset. It's slick looking, integrates with any sort of media short of a live symphony orchestra, has simple instrumentation that's easy to scan, there's plenty of flexible room, and it feels like it ought to be in a more expensive car." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Seating

The Kia Soul seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather seats, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, heated front seats, ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats are available. Critics say the Kia Soul’s front and back seats have plenty of space for four adults.

  • "The Soul's tall, boxy body proportions mean that it packs a surprising amount of passenger and cargo room in a small overall package." -- Consumer Guide (2015)
  • "Due to the Soul's boxy body and tall roof, interior space is ample for four adults. …" -- Left Lane News (2015)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2016 Soul include a USB port, an auxiliary audio input, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and satellite radio. Available features include a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio display, navigation with an 8-inch touch screen, Kia's UVO infotainment system, which can connect with your smartphone, a rearview camera, an Infinity audio system, HD Radio, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof and automatic climate control. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning are new options for 2016.

Auto writers point out that the Soul is available with a long list of high-end features. The controls on the dashboard are easy to use, critics note, and the navigation system has a crisp touch-screen display that responds quickly to user inputs. Test drivers also report that it is easy to control your smartphone with the Soul's UVO infotainment system.

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  • "Gauges and controls are logically located and intuitive to use, and using the Uvo interface to control your smartphone is a snap." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "And in now-familiar Kia fashion, numerous other upscale options are available including automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, a 350-watt Infinity premium audio system and a nifty navigation system with a fast-reacting 8-inch touchscreen." -- Kelley Blue Book (2014)
  • "Our hipster will appreciate the super-sharp, Android-based navigation and infotainment display." -- Automobile Magazine (2014)

Cargo

The 2016 Kia Soul has 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats and 61.3 cubic feet with its rear seats folded, which is more space than almost any rival in its class. Critics like that the Soul’s cargo capacity rivals that of bigger and pricier crossover SUVs.

  • "This hatchback's boxy shape and folding rear seats make it surprisingly spacious. …" -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "… the cargo area is sufficient for 24.2 cubic feet of gear - nearly as much as larger, more expensive crossover models." -- Left Lane News (2015)
  • "Kia's Soul will be a friendly companion for errand running, too, as its boxy shape provides a surprising amount of luggage and cargo space." -- Edmunds (2015)

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