Kia Soul 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2017 Kia Soul
|!||1.6L Turbo I-4||FWD||7A||6.5 sec||15.1 sec @ 93 mph||26/31/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
2016 Kia Soul
|EV+||Elec 27-kWh||FWD||1A||9.7 sec||17.4 sec @ 79 mph||120/92/91 MPGe||Car and Driver|
2015 Kia Soul
|+||2.0L I-4||FWD||6A||8.5 sec||16.7 sec @ 84 mph||23/31/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
|!||2.0L I-4||FWD||6A||8.3 sec||16.4 sec @ 86.2 mph||23/31/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Eco Electric +||Elec 27-kWh||FWD||1A||9.2 sec||17.0 sec @ 80.4 mph||120/92/106.9 MPGe||Motor Trend|
|Eco Electric +||Elec 27-kWh||FWD||1A||9.3 sec||17.1 sec @ 79.3 mph||120/92/128 MPGe||Motor Trend|
2014 Kia Soul
|+||2.0L I-4||FWD||6A||8.4 sec||16.5 sec @ 84.1 mph||23/31/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|!||2.0L I-4||FWD||6A||8.1 sec||16.4 sec @ 85 mph||23/31/23 mpg||Car and Driver|
|!||2.0L I-4||FWD||6A||8.4 sec||16.4 sec @ 85.1 mph||23/31/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|!||2.0L I-4||FWD||6A||8.6 sec||16.6 sec @ 84.3 mph||23/31/24.3 mpg||Motor Trend|
|!||2.0L I-4||FWD||6A||8.9 sec||17.0 sec @ 84 mph||23/31/26.8 mpg||Motor Week|
|1.6 Wagon||1.6L I-4||FWD||6M||9.1 sec||16.9 sec @ 84 mph||24/30/24 mpg||Car and Driver|
2012 Kia Soul
|+||2.0L I-4||FWD||6M||7.4 sec||16.0 sec @ 87 mph||24/29/27 mpg||Car and Driver|
|!||2.0L I-4||FWD||6A||8.2 sec||16.4 sec @ 84 mph||23/28/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|!||2.0L I-4||FWD||6A||8.2 sec||16.5 sec @ 85 mph||23/28/---- mpg||Motor Week|
|Eco 1.6||1.6L I-4||FWD||6A||8.9 sec||16.9 sec @ 81 mph||26/31/25 mpg||Car and Driver|
2010 Kia Soul
|Sport||2.0L I-4||FWD||5M||7.9 sec||16.4 sec @ 84 mph||24/30/22 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Sport||2.0L I-4||FWD||5M||8.3 sec||16.6 sec @ 82.6 mph||24/30/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sport||2.0L I-4||FWD||5M||8.7 sec||16.7 sec @ 81.3 mph||24/30/22 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Sport||2.0L I-4||FWD||5M||8.7 sec||16.8 sec @ 82 mph||24/30/26.1 mpg||Motor Week|
About Kia Soul
With its trendy and stylish body and spacious room inside its cabin, the Kia Soul is a truly a unique and special car. It is a beautiful rectangle on wheels which appeals to people looking for a car with a unique design and a very affordable price.
All these years, the Kia Soul has made considerable improvements, considering that when it was first introduced in the car market, it was not well received. Its rivals, the Honda Element, the Nissan Cube and the Scion xB gave the Kia Soul a hard time.
But now, the Kia Soul is the only one proudly standing among the four competitors. The xB is rapidly aging, and the other two have already left the scene a long time ago. Kia must have done something right with the Soul that is why it is here, conquering the compact car market.
A Brief Glimpse at Kia Soul’s History
The Kia Soul was conceptualized in the design center of Kia Motors in California. It was launched at the 2008 Paris Motor Show in 2009.
Mike Torpey designed the Kia Soul. In 2005, he was the newest member of Kia’s design team which has its offices in Irving, California. Torpey was sent to Kia’s home office in Korea to create a new car.
He got his design inspiration from a TV documentary about wild boars, and sketched a caricature of a boar which eventually led to the creation of the Kia Soul.
Initially, critics lambasted the Soul for its harsh ride and inferior interior materials. Kia made considerable improvements on the Soul through the years. Now, Soul’s ride quality and the refinements in the interior materials are one of the best in its class.
The Kia Soul is a compact car, but you will be amazed how ‘big’ its specifications are.
- Engine: 6 Liter, Inline 4 Direct Injection (GDI), 130 hp. @ 6,300 rpm, 118 lb.-ft. @ 4,850 rpm of torque
- Transmission: 6 speed Manual
- Steering: Electric Power Steering (EPS)
- Drive train: Front Wheel Drive
- Brakes: 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/ Antilock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
- Suspension: Front: MacPherson Struts, Gas Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer; Rear: Coupled Torsion Beam Axle, Gas Shock Absorbers
The current Kia Soul is competent enough to enable it to be more athletic compared to its nearest rivals. It is not really a sporty car for negotiating rough roads, but it’s more for making errands to the neighborhood store and going to social clubs.
This car has a closely tuned handling and ride qualities. Thanks to a much stiffer structure allowing its designers to integrate additional suspension travel overall.
The most notable thing about this current Soul model is that it uses new twin-path dampers which result in better body control and a more confident feel when it traverses sharp corners.
With hardware changes, the steering of the new Soul has improved greatly. There is a better sense of center, better steering feel, and better weighting off-center.
In the city, the Kia Soul’s fuel efficiency is just like a small sedan. However, its boxy structure does not fare well on the highway.
The EPA rated the Soul at 24 miles per gallon in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. These figures are for the base model. This is true whether you are driving a Soul with an automatic transmission or a six-speed manual.
The Soul version with a 2.0 liter engine and automatic transmission gets 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway, while the Eco model will give you the best mileage at 24 mpg city, and 31 mpg highway.
You can save more gasoline with the Eco model because it has the ISG or Idle Stop and Go feature, and low-rolling-resistance tires. This set-up can save you a maximum of 6 per cent especially when you are in dense stop-and-go traffic.
Safety scores of the Kia Soul have improved compared to its ratings before. This can be attributed to its redesigned body structure.
The NHTSA has given the car five stars in all categories, except for rollover resistance, where the agency only gave it four stars.
On its part, the IIHS awarded the car top ‘good’ ratings in all of its tests, including the latest small-overlap test. This could qualify the Kia Soul for a Top Safety Pick award. However, without safety features like automatic braking and forward collision alerts, the IIHS cannot give this award to the car.
All trim levels of the Soul are equipped with six airbags, with dual front airbags, seat-mounted side bags and full-length side curtain bags.
Comfort and Quality
Kia has done a great job of making the Soul a smartly packaged utility vehicle with style. Its front seats utilize dual-density foam construction, which is very important for tall and heavy drivers.
In the rear seat, there is plenty of space and legroom, even for tall passengers. But be wary because the Soul is still a compact car. Its width at the backseat will not fit three adults comfortably.
To learn more about Kia Soul, visit the official Kia website.