Is your car your pride and joy, or are you ready for a change? Let us know and you could win a £300 John Lewis voucher | No thanks

KIA Soul (2014–)

Last updated 3 August 2018

Practical family car. High quality and attractive cabin. Easy to drive. Practical and reasonably spacious. Steers and handles decently on 17-inch wheels. Outstandingly reliable.
Looks aren't universally popular. Emissions and economy far from best in class. 18-inch wheels wreck the ride.
Updated 20 June 2016

KIA Soul and Soul EV models may suffer loss of directional control. An abnormal noise may occur at the steering gear box when moving the steering wheel to right or left due to pinion plug nut loosening....

Read more


While this second generation Kia Soul may look similar to the original model, it’s actually much improved under the skin with significantly better steering, ride and handling. It's also more than just style over substance. Get past the rather quirky and boxy appearance and you'll find a family car that is impressively refined with a very practical and upmarket cabin. 

The Soul is easily big enough for a family of five and features good quality materials along with a stylish dashboard layout. Standard equipment levels are generous and all cars get DAB radio and air conditioning. There are plenty of customisation options too, with colour contrasting roof choices and a broad selection of alloy wheel designs.

Thanks to the tall, upright cabin there is a huge amount of headroom even for taller passengers, plus it’s very easy to get in and out of from both the front and back rows of seats. Unfortunately the generous passenger compartment means the boot space suffers a little - but it’s still a reasonable size and more than adequate for everyday use.

There are two engines - a 1.6-litre petrol and a 1.6-litre diesel, the latter of which is available with a six-speed torque converter automatic transmission. The diesel offers lower running costs thanks to its economy of 58.9mpg and 125g/km CO2 emissions. It also offers a decent amount of torque so it's the best one to go for unless you’re a low mileage driver. That said, it lags behind some key rivals when it comes to economy and emissions – the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Skoda Yeti are better on this front. 

If you are a keen driver, you will also find the Yeti better to drive on a winding road. There is still a lot to like about the Soul, though. It's reasonably well priced, well equipped, impressively built and offers more cabin space than the usual small crossover model.

Kia Soul 1.6 CRDI Connect Plus and 1.6 GDI StarRoad Tes

Owners' reviews

very reliable, dealers terrible. the dealer I use is 60 miles away but they are excellent, S G Petch
very practical but eats front tyres and handles poorly

Ask Honest John

Value my car

Amount to borrow
Sorry. The minimum loan amount is £1000
To pay back over

My credit score

Best available rate 9.20%

Total repayment £8,930.17

Total cost of credit £1,430.17


48 monthly payments

Apply now

Representative example

Borrowing £7,500 over 4 years with a representative APR of 25.4%, an annual interest rate of 25.4% (Fixed) and a deposit of £0.00, the amount payable would be £239.77 per month, with a total cost of credit of £4,008.96 and a total amount payable of £11,508.96.

CarFinance 247 Limited is acting as an independent credit broker

Universal Square, Devonshire Street North, Manchester, M12 6JH