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2015 Kia Soul Overview

Kia Soul Reliability

Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Kia Soul 13
9.52380952381% 9.52380952381% Fewest Trips Most Trips
see reported repairs
  39 Souls, 9.8 months of data per Soul, average 13300 miles

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Kia Soul repairs by problem area

Engine (6%)

Transmission and Drivetrain (0%)

Brakes and Traction Control (0%)

Suspension and Steering (18%)

Electrical and Air Conditioning (24%)

Paint, Rust, Leaks, Rattles, and Trim (53%)

Other (0%)

Chart based on 17 repairs.
See TSBs and recalls for the Kia Soul.

TrueDelta Reviews the Gas Mileage of the 2015 Kia Soul

2015 Kia Soul Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2015 The top reason to buy any EV is fuel economy. Both the Soul EV and the e-Golf used about 20 kWh of electricity per 100 miles of suburban driving, with the Kia perhaps ten percent less efficient than the Volkswagen. Their EPA MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) ratings are 120/92 and 126/105, respectively. With the average cost of a kWh about 12 cents, this works out to 2.4 cents per mile. Some people will pay one-third this amount by recharging at night in an area with low rates. Assuming 30 MPG and $2.50 per gallon (low by recent historical standards), a fairly efficient gasoline-powered car burns 8.3 cents of fuel per mile. Drive a little over 10,000 miles a year, and the annual savings works out to $600 even assuming 12 cents per kWh. But what about range? This will vary based on driving mix and style. Go easy on the pedals--especially the brakes--in the suburbs without heat or A/C and it's easy to beat the EPA range estimates of 93 miles for the Soul and 83 for the Golf. The former was the best during 2015 for any compact EV, while the latter was about the class average. (For 2016 the Nissan LEAF will have an EPA range esimate of 105 miles.) Of course, that's quite a few qualifications. In cold or hot weather running the heat or A/C will significantly reduce range. To help avoid this, the seats in the top trim Soul EV can be heated or cooled. Those in the e-Golf can only be heated. Highway miles drain the battery packs even more quickly than the EPA figures suggest, because the EPA assumes a relatively low cruising speed. On a 70-MPH Interstate the e-Golf's range fell by about a third. The Soul EV, with a taller, chunkier body, should suffer at least as much. Still, most people rarely need to drive farther than these cars can go between charges unless they're traveling (in which case a non-Tesla EV isn't practical). Recharging via a standard wall outlet can take over 15 hours in either car. Anyone who will often drive more than 50 miles per day should seriously consider having a 240-volt wall charger installed in their home. Chargers cost about $600, but this is without installation, which can easily add another $600 (depending on the specifics of your house). full 2015 Kia Soul review
2015 Kia Soul Gas Mileage: Neutral
YearComment
2014 A year ago Kia had to adjust the EPA ratings of many of its cars, and compensate owners accordingly. The Soul suffered the most savage cut, with its EPA highway rating falling from 34 mpg to 28. For 2014, half of this loss has been regained. But 31 still falls short of the Fiat 500L's 33.The EPA city rating remains 23 mpg, one below the 500L. In real-world suburban driving the trip computer reported averages from 25 to 36, the lower number when driven without care for economy, the latter with a lot of care and some luck with traffic signals. The Fiat managed a bit better. On a 70-mph highway the Kia's trip computer reported 30.7, little better than the 2012 and well below the 35 reported by the Fiat's trip computer. full 2014 Kia Soul review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Gas Mileage of the 2015 Kia Soul

2015 Kia Soul Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
We averaged 29 mpg US gallon driving in 100 degree weather in Phoenix for 3 weeks with the AC on continuously. Driving at a spirited pace, not just cruising along. full 2013 Kia Soul review
2015 Kia Soul Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Poor at 30MPG! Its stated highway mileage was 34MPG. Never have we got that.... full 2012 Kia Soul review
 
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