2010 Kia Soul Review


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2010 Kia Soul Overview

The Kia Soul, a five-seat crossover SUV based on a stretched and stiffened Kia Rio platform, debuted at the LA Auto Show in 2008 and will be offered as a 2010 model. With its five-door hatchback design, front-wheel-drive drivetrain and fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, it seems slated to tackle the urban youth market in a move that will endlessly be compared to Scion. Four trim levels - Base, Soul+, Soul!, and Soul Sport - stretch across two engines, a 1.6- and a 2.0-liter inline four.

Neither engine offers blistering performance - 122 hp for the 1.6 and 142 for the 2.0 - but the 2.0 at least seems to offer sufficient power and pep for around-town driving, if not highway passing or hill climbing. As the engine is pushed, it becomes ragged and harsh tones penetrate the cabin, and while no test drives could be found for the 1.6, one can only assume this will be exacerbated with its loss of displacement and power.

As with Scions, the major points of attraction for the Soul come in the form of extreme affordability and unique customizability. Even the top-tier Soul Sport is estimated to fall below twenty thousand dollars, and a long list of options coupled with many standard high-tech features are slated to attracted younger audiences. If high performance isn’t much of a concern, the Soul seems a likely candidate to make a lot of noise in its debut year.


A CarGurus contributor since 2008, Michael started his career writing about cars with the SCCA - winning awards during his time as editor of Top End magazine. Since then, his journalistic travels have taken him from NY to Boston to CA, completing a cross-country tour on a restored vintage Suzuki. While his preference is for fine German automobiles - and the extra leg room they so often afford - his first automobile memories center around impromptu Mustang vs. Corvette races down the local highway, in the backseat of his father's latest acquisition.

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    Kia Soul Accelerating In It Own

    I drive a 2010 Kia Soul and have noticed recently that when I have my AC on, it jerks a little when I press on the brakes to stop. It's enough to where I have to press on my brakes pretty hard but ...

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    Only The Driverside Window Works On My 06 Kia Soul

    just the driver side window works the rest do not function at all ,why is that??

    63 views with 3 answers (last answer about a week ago)

    Hard To Start, Dies At Idol Occasionally

    My Kia Soul just recently became difficult to start after driving and 3 times has died while sitting at a stop light. My engine light is not on. Up until 2 weeks ago it would start in one turn of ...

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    Has Anyone Else Had A Problem With Sudden Acceleration In A Kia Soul? Mine ...

    My 2010 KIA SOUL which we bought from the dealer fully reconditioned used (one year ago), took off from a dead stop at a stop light with my foot on the brake when I began to release the brake to move ...

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    What Else Should Be Changed When The Timing Belt Is Replaced?

    time belt is being replaced what else should be replaced

    21 views with 1 answer (last answer 2 months ago)