2012 Kia Soul User Reviews

2012 Kia Soul Review Ratings

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PROS
"fuel economy" 6 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"space" 3 reviews
"interior" 3 reviews
"power" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"tires" 2 reviews

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5

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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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davennoraw writes:
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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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Lingfei writes:
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5

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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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drummer705 writes:
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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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MikeinWA writes:
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4

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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.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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John writes:
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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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spt_trac writes:
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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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Reviews From Other Years

2011 Kia Soul Reviews

Great Bang For The Buck By chesterina300

The Soul was an enjoyable sporty little ride, and had no problems with maintenance. Was zippy to accelerate in and still rode well enough in the snow. Heat/AC were both very fine, and its gas mileag... Read More

Great Car, Lots Of Good And Few Negatives With It So Far By jckmuzak

Pros: Rides smooth, blue tooth works pretty good when streaming music. Sound system is awesome, brakes are very sensitive and at times when people cut you off or if you have to stop abruptly it slows ... Read More

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2010 Kia Soul Reviews

I Love This Car But It Has Its Downfalls By libertyroot80

Fuel Economy is excellent. I drive this car from Branson to Springfield for work daily four to five days a week. I fill up on Monday and the gas lasts until the following Monday. For as small as it lo... Read More

Excellent Value By jfgoodman

I love this car. Reliable, practical and economical. It has 95k miles now and only routine maintenance. i would recommend this vehicle to anyone. excellent traction control in central new york win... Read More

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