2012 Kia Soul User Reviews

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PROS
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"ride" 6 reviews
"power" 4 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"handling" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"seat" 3 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"tires" 2 reviews

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The soul! is the perfect car to run around in, its size makes it very easy to park. the steering is precise and it takes corners well. Last but not least is the fuel efficiency.

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This would be it does not have a arm rest for the back seat

snuggabear69
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I Really Like The Soul, Its A Really Fun Car To Drive. — I love the look of the Soul its sporty and compact, not to mention the seats are very comfortable and supportive. Maintenance cost has been very low because the only time its been to the dealer was for oil change. The acceleration is very good and handles well for its size.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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The Soul is great for people who like the height and visibility of a full size SUV in an overall smaller profile with great gas mileage.

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With the back seats up, not a lot of cargo space.

Kurtzd
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Soul For All — I think the Sould was originally aimed at a young audience, but it's SUV feel and great visibility, available backup camera in a smaller profile with great gas mileage seems to work for older people as well. I am retired, and have been approached by many older people who are interested.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Interior space, ease of handling, funky style!

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Interior noise, poor quality interior materials

davennoraw
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Perfect Small Car If Only..... — I have really enjoyed my 2012 Kia Soul ! because it's easy to maneuver, it has great interior space for a small car, a great set of features for the price and nice gas mileage. I love the funky style too. What needs major improvement is the comfort of the seats, particularly the front seats, the road noise inside the cabin and the overall quality of the interior materials. It has an overly "plastic" feel, the floor covering is more like indoor/outdoor felt than carpet and the cloth seats are not easily spot cleaned. The level of road noise was supposedly improved for the 2012 model but I find it so loud that it often interferes with using the UVO voice controls. I notice that once again for the 2014 model, Kia is touting improved interior noise levels. Wish I could swap my 2012 for the newest model!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Excellent safe all around car.

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Some people dont like it.

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Buy It. — You will love driving this auto it has alot of reliability.You can not go wrong for the money. Plenty of room and not to bad on gas also.Buy one today they drive forever . Police and taxi cabs used these ,for one reason. I have seen the with 400 k miles.

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Excellent vehicle for what I paid for! This is a fun and practical vehicle that I would recommend those who would like to have their first inexpensive mini SUV.  V4 with 2.0 in my Soul Plus that actually can run really smoothly and quickly on the freeway. I mean even the base model will give you all the techno perks such as Bluetooth, keyless entry, Sirius radio (upon subscription), power doors and windows, and huge glove box. Impressive!

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No spare tire, but I guess most newer cars are not equipped with spare tires anymore.

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I Love This Vehicle, Period. — It is my first Kia car, and I am looking forward to another Kia car when I am ready to upgrade. Kia Soul plus is such a cute sporty vehicle for a small family. The safety rating is excellent. Gas mileage is pretty good. It has a "cartoon" looking on the outside, yet very comfortable inside.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Excellent little SUV type vehicle. Comes with a lot of excellent standard items such as power windows, locks, cruise control, awesome radio, hands free mobile telephone system, the 16" tires gives it a great ride and even had an "Eco" button for fuel economy driving. I've added vent window visors, front bug shield, matching "green" seat covers, green floor mats (even though it comes with a full set of black floor mats - standard), a tow hitch and planning on installing the "fog Lights" I purchased on ebay for the vehicle within the next few weeks. Comes with the 1.6 or the 2.0 ltr engine.

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the standard  195/15" tires was just a tad bit too small in my opinion.  Switch up to the 16" rims/tires o the 18" low profile tires/rims if you like that.

spt_trac
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Awesome Little Suv — Like the commercials show, the Gerbils make an excellent statement for promoting this vehicle. Fun to drive/operate and 12 gallons of gas goes a long way, especially with the gas prices constantly rising. I encouraged a friend to purchase one and she went out and purchased "3" - 2013 Souls for herself and 2 of her grand daughters.

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It fit everything I needed to hold and still looked really cool doing it. It has every bell and whistle it could and is still very affordable

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It could use a little more power

drummer705
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Great Car. I Would Buy Another One — I liked everything bout this car. I think it looks great. It handles wonderfully. The ride is nice. The sound system is great. It fits almost two full drum sets which is huge being as I am a drummer. All in all it is a great car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Overall good car all around and has many features you would not expect to have on a lower priced vehicle.

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- Doesn't have audible alarm for Low Fuel
- A little low on power
- Fuel economy is nothing like they said it would be.  I average 26-27 mpg (if I can believe the factory installed gauge that measures it).  I have not done an actual gas mileage check myself using actual miles driven verses gallons purchased.  Besides, I don't know if I would believe the odometer for that purpose either. I would have to travel a known distance to truly confirm it.

jili
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Fun To Drive, Reliable Transportation, Roomy Inside, Lots Of Features. — Overall, this is a great car and I hope I can afford another one someday. It is easy to park, very roomy inside. Feels like a mini-SUV. Plenty of head room, seats are upright, rather than slouched like some cars. Easy to get in and out of. Very easy to steer and drive. Feels like driving a go-cart sometimes. Just fun!

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Snappy handling, good in bad weather, trouble-free, interior well layed out with lots of extras especially for this price.  Fuel mileage rebate eligible is a plus.

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Rear seats don't recline all the way.  For whatever reason this  2012 + model didn't come with cruise control, while the 2011 + model did.   Mileage not as good as 2011 models.  Wish they had the blue color for 2012 but it was discontinued.

chesterina300
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Another Great Ride — Like the 2011 version, the 2012 model was really a great car with lots of extras for the price tag - holds its value well too. Still 30+ MPG. Sporty and fun to drive, does fine in bad weather, good instrument panel layout. The sliding sun visors are the best - all cars should have them! Bluetooth and media worked well - space was no problem for basic trips, but big things like bicycles are a challenge. Overall a great vehicle, my 2nd one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Nice little car that is easy to park and drive around town.  Reasonable fuel economy and power and great room inside though nothing fancy.  Does have a lot of features that other cars do not such as Bluetooth, USB port etc.

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Smallish in cargo area but OK for what it is, fuel economy is OK but less than original stickers stated though KIA does pay for the supposed difference in MPG.

MikeinWA
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Nice Little Car With Some Nice Features Though Not Real Fancy. — Visibility and ability to drive is good though handling is nothing stellar. Power is also Okay but not too strong though this is good as the suspension is not really up to more power. Braking has been fine. The car is small in length so fees for the ferry are the lower rate, it is shorter than 14 feet. Interior room is great for seats and it was fine for a trip from the west coast of Washington over to Yellowstone and back. Rear cargo space is a little limited when the seats are all up but volume is not bad for such a small car.

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