We are 103,000+ car owners sharing real-world car information.

Join Us

2013 Kia Soul Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: 2013 Kia Soul review (3 week rental) by jrexplore



Sign in or join to like this review.

Reviewed: 2013 Kia Soul

4dr Hatch 164-horsepower 2.0L I4 6-speed shiftable automatic FWD

Why the 2013 Kia Soul?

Powertrain performance

The biggest surprise in driving this car for 3 weeks was the powertrain. The 6 spd automatic with 2L motor is brilliant when driven in the select shift manual mode. Instant upshifts and downshifts, no lag in response, immediate compression braking on downshifts. I drive a 5 spd manual usually, and nobody can shift as fast as this car with a clutch and manual. The engine provides good acceleration and gets buzzy enough at higher revs to let you know what is going on in the engine. A lot of fun for a reasonable price.

Driving position & visibility

The Soul has excellent headroom for tall drivers, and doesn't put the seat right on the floor to achieve headroom. Rather, it relies on a 63 inch vehicle height to gain headroom and driver visibility. The outward visibility is very good. The seating position is excellent, the seat being located far enough off the floor for good comfort, like getting into a SUV. The seat material itself is not particularly comfortable, but with the good seat position I was able to just put a foam pad behind my back for lumbar support and be comfortable enough for a 2 hour drive.

Fuel economy

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.

Interior storage compartments

Lots of places to put things that normally get in the way in a car, like maps, water bottle, purse, sunglasses, etc.

Controls and instruments

The controls are intuitive- no problem for this low tech guy to understand.

Why Not the 2013 Kia Soul?

Ride smoothness

The RIDE is tuned for smooth pavement, and the car bounces around too much over pavement joints. The ride on gravel roads is very harsh, and was our only complaint in all the driving we did. I would look into better tires and shocks to improve this situation. The car came with 16 inch wheels . I assume the 18 inch wheels would be worse.

Return to top

Sign in or join TrueDelta to post your own thoughts.

Return to top

See TrueDelta's information for all Hatchbacks
See TrueDelta's information for all Kia models.