Designed to match the exterior of the Soul, the interior feels premium, refined, and stylish. A plethora of hard plastics are found throughout, but soft-touch elements are found on all key touch points. None of it looks or feels cheap, however, with a grained pattern and curves to the dashboard that just makes sense ergonomically. Small hints at the less serious side of the Soul are found in curious places too, with speakers protruding from the driver and passenger air vents, visible seat stitching, and a sporty instrument cluster. Higher trim levels also see the addition of colorful stitching on the steering wheel, seats, and a matching inlay on the shifter. With the addition of the panoramic sunroof on the Exclaim, the Soul boasts a premium feel usually reserved for vehicles with a much higher price tag.
The 2019 Kia Soul is a five-seater with an emphasis on space. Headroom at the front and rear are a generous 39.6- and 39.5-inches respectively, ideally suited to even adults taller than six-foot. With the inclusion of the sunroof, those figures reduce to 37.9-inches both at the front and rear but impact little on tall occupants. Rear-seated passengers are greeted with spacious seating too, with rear shoulder room a comfortable 54.7 inches, and 39.1 inches of legroom. The seats themselves are quite accommodating as well, with gentle but firm padding. Whether it be teenagers or full-size adults, the Soul has the space to take passengers anywhere you want to go, comfortably.
|Kia Soul Trims||Base||Plus||Exclaim|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.6 in.||39.6 in.||39.6 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||39.5 in.||39.5 in.||39.5 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||40.9 in.||40.9 in.||40.9 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||39.1 in.||39.1 in.||39.1 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||55.5 in.||55.5 in.||55.5 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||53.2 in.||53.2 in.||53.2 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||49.3 in.||49.3 in.||49.3 in.|
The interior of the Soul is fashioned with grained hard plastics, with a dark finish on the dashboard, door panels, and center console. Color-matched soft padding is conveniently placed on the elbow rests and other major areas and the dash does have a soft-touch element to it. The Base model sees the seats dressed in black tricot cloth, with no leather or color options available. Go for the Exclaim model though, and black leather seats come as standard, with the inclusion of colored stitching and a glossy black trim surrounding the infotainment system. The Plus trim sees the most options, however, with black woven cloth, gray two-tone woven cloth, and even gray two-tone leather available.
The Kia Soul offers decent cargo space for its segment, with total cargo volume at 24.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and 61.3 cubic feet with the seats down. Space inside the trunk is very limited with the rear seats up, offering just enough storage space for a tall suitcase or about five large shopping bags. However, with the rear seats folded the square space is ideal for loading large items. Optional from Kia is a cargo tray placed at the bottom of the trunk that provides storage for miscellaneous items and even fragile goods, for added convenience. This does reduce cargo volume with the seats up to a mere 18.8 cubic feet, and 49.5 cubic feet with the seats down.
Interior storage is average, though, and while the bins, door pockets, and cupholders are adequate in number and size, they aren't exceptionally sizable and several fail to accommodate a smartphone comfortably.
|Kia Soul Trims||Base||Plus||Exclaim|
|Max Volume||49.5 in.||49.5 in.||49.5 in.|
Kia certainly didn't leave the Soul feeling under-equipped with features, driving strong focus towards convenience and practicality. As standard, you get power mirrors, auto light control, a rearview camera, cruise control with steering wheel mounted controls, power windows, power door locks, air conditioning, and a day/night rearview mirror. Upgrading to the Plus trim, you gain heated outside mirrors, Drive Mode Select (DMS), remote keyless entry, climate control, and a center console armrest. The Exclaim trim adds mirror-mounted LED turn signals, and push-button start as standard. Optional extras include power adjustable seats, as well as heated front and rear sats on higher trims. In terms of driver assistance, optionally available on the mid-spec Plus and top-level Exclaim are autonomous emergency braking (Plus only), forward collision warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, and blind spot monitoring. Why these features aren't included, or even available, on the Exclaim trim beggars belief.
The Kia Soul is an entertainment powerhouse, and its infotainment system is indicative of that. As standard, the Soul comes equipped with a five-inch touch-screen display that features AM/FM/MP3 and SiriusXM radio streaming, delivering loud and clear audio through six speakers with two dash-mounted tweeters. Connectivity comes in the form of Bluetooth, USB, and auxiliary inputs, with steering-wheel-mounted audio controls to boot. Both the Plus and Exclaim models see the infotainment system upgraded with a seven-inch touch-screen display, and native Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. The sound system can be bolstered even more on the latter two trims if opting for the optional Audio Package, which upgrades things to a Harman Kardon speaker system with a subwoofer and external amplifier.