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2021 Kia Soul Interior Review

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Interior: 8.5

The 2021 Kia Soul's interior quality is in line with many class rivals', but some competitors feature more soft-touch materials and brighter cabins. Still, the Soul boasts ample passenger and cargo space, comfortable seats, and an intuitive infotainment system.

  • "Material quality varies, with higher trims trading rigid plastic surfaces for fashionable stitching and softer materials." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's just a shame Kia didn't make this useful interior as characterful as the exterior. It certainly attempted to funk it up with triangular patterns in the doors, a squircle-shaped center stack and tweeters nestled against the air vents, but Kia rendered them all in shades of black or dark grey, hiding them even further in a colorless, drab interior." -- Autoblog (2020)
  • "Like many similarly priced cars, the Soul uses hard plastics throughout its interior, although pricier models have more soft-touch bits. Assembly is impeccable, however, and the overall style feels more aspirational than before. Kia maintains a level of quirkiness inside, upgrading the old model's light-up door speakers—which could pulse to the beat of music—for available LED-backlit panels mounted higher on the front doors that can put on the same show but are now visible in the daytime." -- Car and Driver (2020)

Cargo

There's loads of cargo room in the Soul. It has up to 24.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and an impressive 62.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. This is more space than most other subcompact SUVs. A dual-level cargo board is available, and it allows you to raise the cargo floor to be in line with the folded rear seats. This is handy for stowing long cargo.

  • "This area expands from a minimum of 18.7 cubic feet (keep in mind that the average midsize sedan’s trunk is about 16 cubic feet) to a massive 62.1 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. The shape is also exceptionally practical, thanks to the squared-off design." -- Autotrader
  • "Adding to the Soul’s functionality is an optional dual-level floorboard that can be positioned low for maximum cargo space or raised to create a flat load area flush with the folded rear seats." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The cargo area ranges between 18.7 and 24.2 cubic feet, depending where the configurable load floor is positioned. The 60/40-split rear seats don't quite fold flat, but maximum cargo storage of 62.1 cubic feet is one of the best in class." -- Edmunds (2020)

Seating

The Soul has seating for up to five people, with spacious head- and legroom in both rows. The driver's seat has a raised position that helps give the Kia good outward visibility. The seats also provide plenty of comfort. Cloth upholstery is standard, while upgraded cloth upholstery, cloth and synthetic leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped, flat-bottom steering wheel are available.

For installing child safety seats, there are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the Soul’s rear outboard seats, as well as a tether anchor for the rear middle seat.

  • "An elevated seating position and large side glass give occupants a superb outward view." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Soul’s inherent boxiness also brings benefits for rear passengers, offering sufficient headroom for a 6-footer. Legroom is equally generous, making the Soul perfectly capable of taking four adults on long trips." -- Autotrader
  • "The high-seating position provides great visibility, and the high roof keeps you from feeling like your head is in the ceiling. There's plenty of adjustment in the wheel and seat, so a comfortable position is a breeze to find. While they don't have much shape, the seats are still comfy thanks to soft thick cushions that make the ride even more comfortable. Space is bountiful for all occupants, and your five-foot ten-inch author easily fit behind himself in the rear seats that feature a nice reclined shape." -- Autoblog (2020)

Interior Features

The Soul's standard UVO infotainment system features a 7-inch touch screen with well-arranged primary controls and easy-to-use physical knobs for climate and audio functions. The system comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, six speakers, a USB port, and Bluetooth.

Available features include a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, push-button start, wireless device charging, a 10.25-inch touch screen, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a Harman Kardon audio system.

The only standard active safety features are a rearview camera and a rear-seat alert. Available driver aids include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, adaptive cruise control, and a head-up display.

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  • "Since most Americans own a smartphone, Kia has kindly included Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration on all trims. These technologies allow users to access their phone’s music, podcasts, navigation apps, and other abilities safely through their vehicle’s touchscreen." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A 7-inch touchscreen is now standard, and a new 10.3-inch screen is available on higher trims. Even the smaller of the two is easy to navigate, with an intuitive layout and attractive display. Some functions are buried in the settings menus, but nothing that you'd want to change on a day-to-day basis." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "When it comes to safety, Kia offers a comprehensive slate of active safety features on the … Soul, though you'll have to step up past the LX to get any of them." -- Motor Trend (2019)
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