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2018 Kia Soul Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.7

The 2018 Kia Soul has a standout interior. High-quality materials, spacious seats, and a massive cargo area are among its highlights. Upgrades like heated seats and a user-friendly infotainment system add even more flair.

  • 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
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Inside the Soul's cabin, everything still looks familiar and feels well-built with high-quality materials and soft-touch surfaces." -- Motor Trend (2017)

Seating

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

The Soul comes with a generous amount of head- and legroom in both rows of seats. It's spacious and comfortable, though carrying five people can feel like a bit of a squeeze.

To secure child safety seats, the Soul has two sets of lower anchors and three tether anchors. The lower anchors are mounted deep in the seat cushions, but otherwise, all of the LATCH hardware is easy to use.

  • The 2018 Kia Soul wagon offers 5-passenger seating, although four will be more comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)
  • "Backseat passengers have plenty of leg and headroom, while the front-seat occupants enjoy an exceptionally high roof." -- Automobile Magazine (2017)

Interior Features

The 2018 Soul comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, satellite radio, and a six-speaker sound system. Available features include the UVO infotainment system with a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, navigation, HD Radio, two USB ports, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, automatic temperature control, a proximity key, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

The controls inside the Soul are straightforward and located right where you want them to be. Kia's UVO infotainment interface is easy to use, and test drivers praise the availability of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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  • "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 (2017)
  • "Kia's infotainment system continues to be one of the best because it's easy to use and logical." -- Motor Trend (2017)
  • "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 Soul has an enormous amount of cargo space for a vehicle this size. It has a 24.2-cubic-foot hatchback, and folding the rear seats down creates a 61.3-cubic-foot cargo hold. The rear seats don't lay completely flat, though.

  • "The Soul's boxy shape provides very good headroom for all passengers, and offers good cargo space, especially when you fold the rear seatbacks down." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2017)
  • 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 (2017)

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