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2017 Kia Soul Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Kia Soul was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 8.6

The 2017 Soul has an impressive interior, with surfaces that are soft to the touch and a sturdy build quality. Materials are also upscale for this class. The Soul's cabin is spacious and there is excellent passenger and cargo room. Its infotainment system is user-friendly and functions well.

  • "Upholstery and trim get notably better as you climb the model ladder, with the Soul Exclaim getting contrast stitching on its cloth and leather seats, plus a sporty D-shaped steering wheel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Inside the Soul's cabin, everything still looks familiar and feels well-built with high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces." -- Motor Trend
  • "As with other Soul models, the interior layout is ergonomically sound, and material quality is top-notch in the sub-$30,000 arena." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The Soul seats five on standard cloth seats. Available seating features include combination cloth/leather seats, leather seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, an 8-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and a heated steering wheel.

The LATCH car-seat system in the Soul has two complete seating positions, with top tether anchors that are easy to find and distinguishable from other hardware on the back of the seats. The lower anchors are deep in the seat, but there is enough room to maneuver around the anchors and attach the seat straps.

The Soul has ample headroom for each seating position, due to its high roofline. There is also plenty of legroom in the rear seat.

  • "Backseat passengers have plenty of leg and headroom, while the front-seat occupants enjoy an exceptionally high roof." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The squared-off Soul shames the CX-3-and nearly all other subcompact crossovers – in terms of practicality and interior space. The cabin is airy and spacious, with good sightlines all around, an expansive rear seat with plenty of headroom, and a large cargo area that easily expands by folding the back seat flat." -- Car and Driver
  • The 2017 Kia Soul offers 5-passenger seating, although four will be more comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Soul include cloth seating, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and satellite radio. Optional features include automatic temperature control, a rearview camera, a 5-inch touch-screen audio display, the UVO infotainment system with a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 4.3-inch digital instrument cluster display, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, navigation, HD Radio, two USB ports, proximity-key entry, a push-button ignition, remote start, HID headlights, a panoramic sunroof, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

The available UVO infotainment system is intuitive and easy to use, and smartphone integration through Android Auto or Apple CarPlay works seamlessly. Bluetooth audio and voice controls also work very well with easy setup. Other functions are laid out logically and are simple to control.

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  • "Kia's infotainment system continues to be one of the best because it's easy to use and logical." -- Motor Trend
  • "In the cabin, the '17 Soul can now be had with the newest-generation UVO3 dashboard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Users interact via either a 7- or 8-inch color touchscreen depending on options chosen. The majority of my testing was done with Android Auto onscreen, but I was impressed with the simplicity and fluidity of Kia's onboard navigation." -- CNET
  • "Gauges and controls are logically located and intuitive to use, and using the Uvo interface to control your smartphone is a snap. In addition to upgrading the sound quality, the optional … audio system includes illuminated trim rings for the speakers that flash to the beat of your music. It's a little gimmicky, but we have a feeling some Soul buyers will find it kind of fun." -- Edmunds (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 Soul has 24.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the second-row seats up, and 61.3 cubic feet with them folded down. Both of those values are very high for the class. The Soul's utility is aided by its boxy shape, but the seats don't fold down completely flat with the floor, which makes it harder to transport longer items.

  • Although suited up with fancy features, the Soul remains highly utilitarian. With the rear seats up, the cargo volume is a very useable 24.2 cubic feet. When folded down, the Soul can swallow up to 61.3 cubic feet of stuff. However, I don't understand why the rear seats are merely foldable rather than fold-flat. Shouldn't flat be the standard these days?" -- New York Daily News
  • "More importantly, the Soul remains one of the most usable and spacious offerings in the segment, with an impressive 61 cubic feet of stowage with the seats folded down, besting the cramped Mazda and the cavernous HR-V." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The Soul's boxy shape … offers good cargo space, especially when you fold the rear seatbacks down." -- Kelley Blue Book

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