This is yet another area where the Soul steals the hearts of many shoppers; the interior of the little Kia is remarkably fun and rather impressive in terms of quality. You wouldn't expect an interior of this caliber from a car at this price point, yet the Soul utilizes decent materials and injects some excellent modern tech into the cabin. Its boxy design allows for a good deal of space inside, and the design of the interior is far more flowing and rounded than the exterior would have you believe. Is it luxurious? Not exactly. But the inside of the Soul is truly impressive when you compare it to some of its key rivals.
As we mentioned before, the boxiness of the Kia Soul SUV was no doubt a purposeful move from Kia to offer as much space as possible from the inside. The plan worked, and the Soul is still one of the roomiest contenders in the segment at the moment - it's far more spacious than the Hyundai Kona. Front seating is comfortable on the lower trims, but it's the Turbo trim that gets some extra bolstering for a sporty feel. Ten-way power-adjustable seating with two-way lumbar support is reserved for the EX and the Turbo, while a four-way manually-adjustable passenger seat is standard across all models. In terms of measurements, headroom of 39.4 and 39.5 inches front to rear (38.3 in front with the sunroof) and legroom of 41.1 and 38.8 inches, respectively, is downright massive for the segment.
|Kia Soul Trims||LX||S||X-Line||GT-Line||EX||Turbo|
|Headroom Front Seat||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||39.4 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.||38.3 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||39.5 in.||39.5 in.||39.5 in.||39.5 in.||39.5 in.||39.5 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||41.1 in.||41.1 in.||41.1 in.||41.1 in.||41.1 in.||41.1 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||38.8 in.||38.8 in.||38.8 in.||38.8 in.||38.8 in.||38.8 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||55.5 in.||55.5 in.||55.5 in.||55.5 in.||55.5 in.||55.5 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.||54.7 in.|
The interior materials used in the Soul aren't inherently plush or luxurious, with most models favoring cloth upholstery. But the materials are durable and not unattractive, making it less of a downfall. The base LX trim comes with the choice between Black or Gray two-tone woven cloth upholstery, while the S and EX offer the same colors in Tricot cloth and the GT-Line's Tricot cloth is Black only. The X-Line comes exclusively with black woven cloth upholstery, while the Turbo comes with a combination of black SynTex synthetic leather and cloth. Hard plastics are cleverly disguised, thanks to coats of glossy black paint and some imaginative layouts.
If you find yourself hauling things around quite regularly, the Soul is the one for you. The crossover has a big trunk, with 24.2 cubic feet available behind the rear seats. This virtually matches the FWD Honda HR-V's 24.3 cubes and it's also an improvement over the Hyundai Kona's 19.2 cubes. If you need to carry taller items, the Soul is also your best bet, thanks to its flat roofline. With the seats folded, a total of 62.1 cubic feet becomes available, making it a true utilitarian. A double-level cargo board is fitted in the trunk of the GT-Line, EX, and Turbo.
In-cabin storage is befitting of a crossover intended for family use, with a decent-sized glovebox up front, deep door pockets, and dual cupholders. An overhead console is also standard with a spot for your sunglasses.
All Kia Soul models are well-equipped, but true convenience is reserved for the higher trim levels. The entry-level LX and S trims come with remote keyless entry, and a multifunctional tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with cruise control is standard. Drive mode select is also standard, along with electric windows. The LX gets manual air-conditioning and one USB port, while all the other models get dual-zone climate control, an additional two USB ports in the center console, push-button start, and wireless charging. The GT-Line adds a leather-clad flat-bottomed steering wheel, dual sun visors with vanity mirrors, a 12-V power outlet in the trunk, and a dual-level cargo board. The top three trims get a conventional leather-clad steering wheel. The X-Line doesn't add anything in the way of in-cabin convenience and loses the GT-Line's illuminated vanity mirrors, dual-level cargo board, and trunk power outlet. The EX is where the features improve noticeably. This model adds true keyless entry, remote start, a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat, heated front seats, a rear-seat folding armrest with a cupholder, and rear-seat adjustable headrests. It also regains the GT-Line's illuminated vanity mirrors, dual-level cargo board, and trunk power outlet. Piano black trim inserts are reserved for the Turbo, along with LED interior lighting, and a heated, flat-bottomed steering wheel.
The Soul is well-stocked with modern technology even in entry-level models, but it's the top two trims that get the best features. The LX gets a new eight-inch touchscreen display (up from last year's seven inches) and all other models come standard with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display. Android Auto, Apple Carplay, Bluetooth streaming, and AM/FM radio are standard on all trims. Base LX trim gets one USB port and the other trims get three, and the LX also misses out on the other trims' standard SiriusXM, HD Radio, wireless phone charging, and navigation. A six-speaker sound system is standard on all trims but the Turbo, which gets a premium Harman Kardon sound system with speaker lights that enable multiple ambiance themes; Turbo is also the only trim to get a head-up display and supervision meter instrument cluster with an LCD trip computer. Images from either screen are of high quality and the Harmon Kardon system is sure to impress.