2021 Kia Soul

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Updated on: March 23, 2021

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The 2021 Kia Soul is available in six trims - LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, EX, and Turbo with prices starting at an MSRP of $17,590 for the base LX trim. The would is available in two engine configurations - a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine making 147hp and 132 lb-ft of torque and a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder making 201hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

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If you would like a greener option the 2021 Kia Soul EV is being redone but is delayed till later in the year. The interior is simple and more functional with cloth upholstery coming in black unless you get the Turbo trim which adds red stitching. Kia for the exterior will continue to offer its usual range of eye-catching colors and a bunch of accessories for the Soul. The 2021 Kia Soul comes into competition with the Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V, and Subaru Crosstrek.

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Pros

Fun to drive character

Affordable

Fuel efficient

Easy on maintenance

Cons

Poor braking performance

Boxy design looks outdated

What's New?

Rear occupant alert standard in all trims

Keyfob remote wireless start-stop function in EX and GT Line Turbo trims.

New suspension setup for improved ride quality.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17490

bodystyle

4dr Wagon

passenger capacity

5

top speed

123 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6-speed Manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

11/10.3

dimensions

wheelbase

102.4 in.

length

165.2 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

63 in.

curb weight

2802 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

12.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.1 cu ft.

maximum towing capacity

8900

payload

1056

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.5

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

25/27/31 mpg

highway range

426 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

1 yr./ 10000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos

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Trims

LX $17,490 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 16" Silver Steel Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • 7" Touch Screen Display
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Gloss Black front Bumper
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Camera

S $20,590 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 16" silver Aluminum Wheels
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) 2-spd CVT w/OD Transmission
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

X-Line $21,690 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Fog Lights, Roof Trim
  • Push Button Start
  • Rugged Black Exterior Body Trim w/ Silver Accents

GT-Line $21,690 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • Automatic day and night rearview mirror
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Navigation System

EX $23,250 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 10.25" Digital Instrument Cluster
  • 17" Alloy Wheel
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic
  • Heated Outside Mirrors w/ LED Turn Signal Indicator
  • Keyfob & Smart Device Remote Keyless Entry
  • Premium Cloth Seat Trim
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

Turbo $27,650 onwards

201 hp @ 6000 rpm | 1.6 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" Alloy GT-Line Wheels
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Harman Kardon Audio System with Speaker Lights
  • Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel
  • Synthetic Leather and Cloth Seat Trim
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Colors and Styles

2021 Kia Soul in Neptune color 2021 Kia Soul in Black Cherry color 2021 Kia Soul in Snow White Pearl color 2021 Kia Soul in Sparkling Silver color
Neptune

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

7.0

Engine And Performance

6.5

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

9.1

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


"The new Soul’s left some of the funk behind, and it's moved into a more angular theme that reminds us of late, unloved Scion." -The Car Connection

The 2021 Kia Soul carries over from the 2020 model with minor technological improvements in terms of convenience features. It comes with two engines - a 2.0L inline 4 engine and a 1.6L turbocharged inline 4 engine producing 147hp and 132lb-ft and 201hp and 195lb-ft respectively. It is available in six trim levels- LX, S, GT-LINE, X-LINE, EX, and Turbo, with prices starting at an MSRP of $17,590.

The interior of the 2021 Kia Soul is simple coming with cloth upholstery in black, but there is the option of two-tone and gray and black. There is black synthetic leather with red stitching but that is exclusive to the Turbo trim. Safety features include many driver-assist features like lane keep assist, forward collision avoidance assist, blind-spot collision warning, rear-cross traffic assist, and a few more available on all except the base LX trim.

2021 Kia Soul Right Side View
2021 Kia Soul Left Side View

7.0/10
Pricing and Features

6.5/10
Engine and Performance

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.6/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety

9.1/10
Competition


2021 Kia Soul Pricing and Features

7.0/10

The 2021 Kia Soul is offered in six trims - LX/ S/GT-LINE/ X-LINE/EX/Turbo prices starting at $17,590 going up to $27,650. The vehicle offers two engines - a 2.0L Inline-4 engine that produces 147 hp and 132 lb-ft, available on all the trims except for the Turbo trim which comes with a 1.6L turbo 4 engine making 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. 

There are options available but, they just upgrade your trim level, however, accessories are available on all trims which also include puddle lamps, but mostly include cargo nets, sports pedals, crossbars, and few more items, the most expensive being remote start for $425.

Trims

LX

S

GT-Line

X-Line

EX

Turbo

MSRP (Manual)

$17,590

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-

-

-

-

MSRP (Auto)

$19,090

$20,690

$21,790 $21,790

$23,350

$27,650

Key Features

6-Speed Manual Transmission

All the Features in LX included and

All the Features in S included and

All the Features in GT-Line included and

All the Features in X-Line included and

All the Features in EX included and

 

7-inch Touch Screen Display

Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSW)

18-inch alloy wheels

Fog lamps

10.25-inch touch screen with navigation system

7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters

 

Privacy Glass

Intelligent Variable Transmission(IVT)

High Gloss Black Exterior Trim

Roof Trim

LED Positioning Lights

Chrome Tipped Center Exhaust

 

Rear Camera Display

Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)

Unique Exterior Appearance including red accents.

Rugged Black Exterior Trim

Heated Outside Mirrors

Sunroof

 

All around power windows

 

Automatic day and night rearview mirror

Push Button Start

17- inch wheels

SOFINO and Cloth seats


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2021 Kia Soul Buying Advice

Priced at 21,790, the GT line is the trim to get 18" wheels, premium cloth seats on the interior and privacy glass and many safety features like Auto Emergency Braking & Warning Technology, Lane Keeping Technology, Driver Attention Warning, and a few more, not to mention a large amount of space available in the trunk.

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2021 Kia Soul Engine and Performance

6.5/10

"Maximum acceleration from the 2.0-liter engine is a little lacking, but the Soul feels perfectly spry around town." - Edmunds

The 2021 Kia Soul comes with two engines - 2.0L inline-4 making 147hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, available on all trims except the Turbo, which gets a 1.6 liter turbocharged inline-4 making 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0 liter engine comes with a 6-speed manual on the base LX, available a intelligent variable transmission. The Turbo gets a 7 speed dual clutch gearbox. All versions are FWD only.

2021 Kia Soul Engine

The 2021 Kia Soul does the 0-60 sprint in 8.1 seconds which is at least 0.5 seconds faster to 60 mph than the competition and does the quarter-mile in 16.4 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. The Kia Soul Turbo does the 0-60 sprint in 6.4 seconds and quarter-mile in 15 seconds and comes with a top speed of 128 mph.

Models

2021 Kia Soul wagon 

2021 Hyundai Kona SE

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

MSRP

$17,490

$20,100

$20,620

$21,895

Engine

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

2.0L Flat-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6-speed Shiftable Automatic

CVT-Automatic

6-speed Manual

Power 

147hp@6,200rpm

147hp@6,200rpm

141hp@6,500rpm

152hp@6,000rpm

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

132lb-ft@4,500rpm

132lb-ft@4,500rpm

127lb-ft@4,300rpm

145lb-ft@4,500rpm

0-60 MPH

8.1 secs

9.7 secs

8.6 secs

8.7 secs

Quarter Mile

16.4 secs

16.3 secs

16.3 secs

16.3 secs

Top Speed

120 MPH

132 MPH

N/A

N/A


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2021 Kia Soul Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 2021 Kia Soul fuel economy changes according to its configuration, in its base configuration of 2.0-liter engine with the manual transmission gives 25 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, 27 mpg combined, which is lesser combined mpg than the Hyundai Kona and the Honda HR-V, but more than the Subaru Crosstrek.

2021 Kia Soul offers 27 MPG in the city

The 2021 Kia Soul with an automatic transmission with 16 and 18-inch wheels gives 28/33/30 in the city/highway/combined respectively, and with 17-inch wheel gives 29/35/31 in the city/highway/combined, which is more than the competition. The 2021 Kia Soul Turbo comes with 27/32/29 mpg in the city/highway/combined.  

Models

2021 Kia Soul wagon 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

MPG (City)

25

27

28

23

MPG (Highway)

31

33

34

29

MPG (Combined)

27

30

30

25

Fuel Capacity 

14.3 gallons

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

16.6 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

357/443/386 miles

356/435/396 miles

370/449/396 miles

448/548/415 miles


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2021 Kia Soul Interior

8.6/10

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. -CarBuzz

The 2021 Kia Soul interior comes with space for 5 occupants. The LT, X-line, and GT-Line come with a 6-way adjustable drive's seat and a 4-way manual front passenger's seat. The S and EX trim comes with an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with a front row heating function (EX only). The Turbo trim comes with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar. 

2021 Kia Soul Front Seat

The Kia Soul comes with woven cloth upholstery on the LX and X-Line trim, the S, GT-Line, and EX trim comes in Premium cloth seat and the Turbo strim comes with Sofino leather and cloth upholstery in black with red stitching. The Kia Soul comes with 24.2 cu.ft. of cargo space which is more than the offering of the Hyundai Kona and the Subaru Crosstrek, but 0.1 cu.ft. less than the Honda HR-V

Models

2021 Kia Soul  

2021 Hyundai Kona 

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.4/55.5/41.1

39.6/55.5/41.5

39.5/56.8/41.2

39.8/56.7/43.1

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.5/54.7/38.8

37.8/54.7/38.8

38.3/54.5/39.3

38.0/55.6/36.5

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

24.2

19.2

24.3

20.8

The 2021 Kia Soul comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that runs on the latest UVO system and comes with the basics of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, steering wheel-mounted controls, and a 6-speaker sound system.

2021 Kia Soul Infotainment System

The EX trim ($23,350) comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and adds Navigation along, SiriusXM satellite radio, wireless phone charger. The Turbo trim ($27,650) includes all this and adds a Harmon Kardon premium sound system.


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2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon rear seats
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon steering wheel

2021 Kia Soul Exterior

8.0/10

While Kia markets the Soul as an SUV, the vehicle's lack of all-wheel drive and limited ground clearance make it seem like more of a large hatchback.  - Car And Driver

The 2021 Kia Soul does not go under any design changes since its previous model and offers. The car gets LED headlights with a big grille and gives an overall bold look. The vehicle has a decent length of about 165.2 inches and is the lightest amongst all its rivals with a curb weight of 2802 lbs.

2021 Kia Soul Third Quarter View

It is offered in 10 different colors which gives a bold and broader look, the few color options are Snow White Pearl, Sparkling Silver, Cherry Black, Gravity Gray, Inferno Red, Mars Orange, Neptune Blue, Undercover Green, and 2 two-tone options - Mars Orange/Cherry Black and Neptune Blue/Cherry Black. There is a range of wheel options too - from 16-inch to 18-inch with each trim getting a unique design.

Models

2021 Kia Soul wagon

2021 Hyundai Kona 

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Curb Weight

2802 lbs

2890 lbs

2902 lbs

3113 lbs

Length 

165.2”

164.0”

170.4”

175.8”

Width

70.9”

70.9”

69.8”

71.0”

Height

63.0”

61.0”

63.2”

63.6”

Ground Clearance

6.7”

6.7”

7.3”

8.7”

Wheelbase

102.4”

102.4”

102.8”

104.9”


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2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon three quarter view

2021 Kia Soul Safety

7.0/10

The 2021 Kia Soul comes with a 4-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS has given it high scores in all its tests with an acceptable in Latch, this has managed to get the award of Top Safety Pick from the organization.

The 2021 Kia Soul safety features include a forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking as standard on all except for LX. Various trims offer different safety features which also include automatic stability control, front-impact airbags, side-impact airbags, and many more features.


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2021 Kia Soul Competition

9.1/10

2021 Kia Soul Wagon Vs 2021 Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona gives a neck-to-neck competition as it is also a Korean-based car like Kia Soul. It comes with the same 2.0L inline 4- engine and produces 147hp and 132lb-ft of torque whereas Kia Soul is a better car in terms of performance. It also has better cargo capacity and cabin space. So overall Kia Soul is the most recommended one as it is a complete package and is also the least expensive among its competitors.

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Kia Soul Wagon Vs 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

The Subaru Crosstrek gives a head to head competition to Kia Soul with its powerful performance, cargo space, ample amount of legroom/headroom and towing capacity but the Kia Soul takes the charge with its safety features, fuel efficiency, and pocket-friendly price where Subaru Crosstrek lacks. That makes it a value for money offer for buyers but for those who are looking for a powerful engine and an ample amount of space inside the car, the Crosstrek is the best choice for the buyers. 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Kia Soul Wagon Vs 2021 Honda HR-V

The Honda HR-V is a decent choice due to its excellent build quality and frugal maintenance costs. Add to the fact that the powertrain is better and that it has more cargo space. However, one misses out heavily on the funkiness and quirks of the Kia when one compares the two. Since the cars are nearly evenly matched in terms of everything else, our pick would be the Kia Soul.

2021 Honda HR-V

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2021 Kia Soul Final Verdict

The 2021 Kia Soul is a good car and comes with a good engine for daily driving, and has better performance than its competition and comes with SUV like cargo space of 24.2 cu.ft. and comes with good safety ratings as well as a top safety pick, however, if you want something with AWD and offroading capabilities the Subaru Crosstrek.

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2021 Kia Soul FAQs

How many colors is the 2021 Kia Soul offered in?

The 2021 Kia Soul is offered in 10 colors including Snow White Pearl, Sparkling Silver, Cherry Black, Gravity Gray, Inferno Red, Mars Orange, Neptune Blue, Undercover Green, and 2 two-tone options - Mars Orange/Cherry Black and Neptune Blue/Cherry Black.

What powers the 2021 Kia Soul?

It comes with two engines - a 2.0L inline 4 engine making 147hp and 132lb-ft and a 1.6L turbocharged inline 4 engine 201hp and 195lb-ft respectively.

What is the starting price of the new 2021 Kia Soul?

The prices of the base LX trim starts at $17,600 and the top-of-the-line GT-Line Turbo trim is priced at $27,550.

Is there a 2021 Kia Soul EV?

The 2021 Kia Soul also offers an electric variant that brings a 64 kWh battery pack and will have a range of 243 miles and will be available later on in the year.

How many trims and configurations is the 2021 Kia Soul offered in?

The 2021 Kia Soul is offered in six trims - LX, S, GT-LINE, X-LINE, EX, Turbo.

Car Rating

7.9

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7.8/10 Design
7.9/10 Safety
7.9/10 Reliability
7.9/10 Deal Value
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William L. Daniels

2021 Kia Soul

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

daily car for household works

Pros - Very cheap total budget car, design is more like joy ride car, decent interior

Cons - Avoid the long distance comfort from this car, slow acceleration

decent comfortable interiors, ventilation is good, small but car has top speed range of 128mph which is pretty great, and fuel economy is really good at 27mpg decent 7 inch display for infotainment, steering has got controls for driver assist, decent navigation system, gives a powerful appeal from front design, rear hasn't been worked yet but i like the decent design making it a really good regular household car for me, blind spot assist, lane assist, hill climb assist decent, if you have a budget that says go for a small extra car well this is where you come to spend bybuying it.

8/10
Features
8/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
7/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
8/10
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Michael E. McElroy

2021 Kia Soul

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

small regular car

Pros - Small size regular car,easy to maintain not much of expenses, long term materials on interiors

Cons - Very small car indeed for tall people, not meant for long distance

good mileage, manual transmission with fwd, good top speed range of 128mph for a small car materials used are plastics, cloth upholstrey, soft touch materials on surroundings, i like the grille design, led daytime headlights, car looks really good for a small car, cruise control, driver assist, crosstraffic assist, it's decent, i would say buy worthy car.

7/10
Features
6/10
Interior
7/10
Design
7/10
Safety
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Charles L. Swain

2021 Kia Soul

GT-Line 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

budget friendly hatch

Pros - Looks, driveability, easy to use tech

Cons - Mpg figures are low

push button ignition, keyless entry acceleration is fast and the handling is great the only downside is the low mpg figures. good legroom and headroom, plenty of storage options well designed, plenty of standard safety features. good

8/10
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7/10
Interior
8/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
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decent comfortable interiors, ventilation is good,

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budget friendly hatch

push button ignition, keyless entry

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