Kia Soul 2023

With 147 horsepower, the 2L normally-aspirated four furnishes more than adequate power under all conditions and unless really pushed hard, is quite refined as well. The CVT transmission is well matched to the 2L four, and is smooth, keen to downshift, can mimic the operation of a conventional automatic and avoids the “rubber banding” that was so much a part of earlier CVTs. With a generally quiet engine and good suppression of noise from the wind and road, the Soul is a quiet highway cruiser. The steering of the Soul is nicely weighted and is geared to deliver both quick response and good directional stability at speed.
The Soul feels very solid and there is no suspension jiggling over large bumps or over curbs like those experienced when you enter a driveway from the street. The ride of the EX Limited is firmly compliant most of the time and copes well with most surfaces except for long wave speed bumps on side streets, where the need to slow down is more pronounced than it is with other cars driven on the same roads.
The brakes feel over boosted at first but once you are used to them they are strong, easy to modulate and are non-fatiguing in stop-and-go driving. The air conditioning of the Soul can keep occupants cool and refreshed in the hottest weather.

The Soul is built on the same architecture that underpins the Rio that debuted for 2018. Styling follows previous Soul themes and features the simple, logical controls that have come a Hyundai-Kia hallmark. A 10.25 inch infotainment screen with crisp graphics is available, as is a head up display system. Cabin materials are very attractive, especially for this segment. Seating is comfortable front and rear, and rear seat riders have good legroom and plenty of space under the front seats to rest their feet. Trunk space is good for a car in this segment and the trunk is deep below the window line.

The only gasoline engine is a 147 horsepower 2L four used in a number of Hyundai Kia products. The sole transmission offered with the 2L engine is a CVT marketed as the iVT. Two electrics, the 248 kilometre Premium and the 383 kilometre Limited, are available.

The base LX trim, with heated door mirrors, heated seats, air conditioning, a tilt and telescope steering wheel, the iOS-Android cellphone interface, cruise control and six speakers, is nicely equipped. The EX trim upgrade adds alloy wheels, a heated steering wheel, forward collision warning. autonomous emergency braking, blind spot and rear cross traffic monitors, wireless cellphone charging, leather wraps for the steering wheel and shifter, L.E.D. headlamps and a rear centre armrest, and is a tremendous bargain. The EX+, which adds a sunroof and the EX Premium, which includes dual-zone climate control, navigation, remote starting, auto-dim rearview mirror and bigger wheels reflect the value of the additional content. The range-topping GT-Line Limited offers leatther seating, power front seats, heated rear seats and ventilated from seats and junction turning intervention, and is a bargain.

Two battery packs are available. The EV Premium is powered by a 32,2 kWh pack that creates 134 ch and a massive 291 lb-ft. of torque. The EV Limited houses a 64 kWh battery pack that makes 201 ch and the same torque figure as the smaller battery pack. Even the base Premium is equipped with a full active safety suite including junction turning impact prevention, heated front seats and steering wheel, a power driver’s seat, alloy wheels, fog lights, a driver awareness system and deep-tint glass. Of the $9000 price bump to move from Premium to Limited adds leather seating, a sunroof, heated rear seats, a power passenger seat, a cargo tonneau cover, a Harman-Kardon branded audio system, a heat-pump system and ambient lighting, which account for about half of the total charged, with the balance going to the bigger battery. Government rebates of $7000 from Quebec and $5000 from the federal government, are available. The EV versions of the Soul account for about 10 percent total Soul sales. With ample seating for four and good cargo capacity, the Soul is a better package than the Hyundai Kona EV that shares the same drive components.

Average to above average reliability predicted during the warranty period.

Last update: June 27, 2023


  • Engine

    2L-4 (147 HP)*, Electric motor (134 HP (Premium; 201 HP Limited)
  • Transmissions

  • Fuel consumption

    City: 8.5L/100 km Road: 7L/100 km
  • Drive Layout

    Front-wheel drive
  • Body Style




What’s new this year?

Numerous content shuffles including standard cruise control and an optional Junction Turning prevention option.

Starting from  $ 22 595

What dealers pay$ 22 222

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Report - October 1, 2023
Base vehicle
$ 0 $ 22 595
$ 0 $ 24 494
$ 0 $ 25 295
EX Premium
$ 0 $ 27 195
GT-Line Limited
$ 0 $ 29 495
EV Premium
$ 0 $ 43 095
EV Limited
$ 0 $ 52 095
Optional Paint

Available on select trims.

$ 0 $ 250
Freight & PDI

Required for all vehicle purchases.

$ 0 $ 1 800
Federal Air Conditioner Excise Tax (Recovery)

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$ 0 $ 100

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