Kia’s trusty SUV, the 2022 Kia Soul, is a long-standing competitor in the subcompact crossover market. This cube-like roadster is still the same soul within, offering decent engine options and as much cargo and passenger space as you’ll ever need. Passenger comfortability is still top-notch and the features it has are well-worth as you go towards higher trim levels. Although there’s no option for all-wheel drive, it’s still a reliable front-wheel drive SUV. Overall, we highly suggest it to anyone and everyone who wants the best value for their money. This 2022 Kia Soul review will look into the different specs and features that make it such a great choice even after all these model years.
The Kia Soul hasn’t been subjected to many changes for this model year. Kia’s logo on the vehicle sees a quick change to the company’s modernized one and the premium touchscreen display is now offered on nearly all models. The base LX model gets some optional features such as a Technology Package which comes with driver-assistive features. The manual transmission option is no longer offered on any model.
The 2022 Kia Soul price differs among the 6 different trim levels made available by the company. With the base LX model, the features are a bit stripped down but get better as you upgrade to higher-tiered models. The GT-Line and X-line models are most likely the ones that will be the most enticing to new buyers as they offer features that are not available on lower trim levels. Other customization features are available such as choices regarding the 2022 Kia Soul colors and other accessories. All of these can be found on the company’s vehicle configurator and their official website. Below is our 2022 Kia Soul cost table detailing the various starting MSRPs:
|2022 Kia Soul LX||$19,290*|
|2022 Kia Soul S||$21,590*|
|2022 Kia Soul GT-Line||$22,690*|
|2022 Kia Soul X-Line||$22,690*|
|2022 Kia Soul EX||$23,590*|
|2022 Kia Soul Turbo||$27,890*|
Through the offers and financing options listed on Kia’s site, buyers can check for themselves the 2022 Kia Soul lease price among other details. Make sure to check in with your preferred car dealer as well to make use of certain deals available in your area.
The 2022 Kia Soul specs sheet makes mention of the 2 different powertrain options made available for buyers. First is the 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder engine which is available on the LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, and EX models. It’s capable of 147 horsepower and produces around 132 pounds-feet of torque across all trim levels. The next option, the 1.6-Liter Turbocharged In-Line 4-Cylinder engine, is only available on the Turbo model. It has a power output of 201 horsepower and 195 pounds-feet of torque. The transmission system found on this level is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission system.
FUEL EFFICIENT & ACTUAL MPG
The fuel efficiency of the 2022 Kia Soul is in the economical range as evidenced by the EPA’s released MPG ratings of the 2 powertrain options. For the more common 2.0-Liter engine, the organization estimates that drivers will save around $1,250 in fuel costs over 5 years. The 1.6-Liter Turbocharged engine saves $1,000 within 5 years when compared to other vehicles. All models have a tank size of 14.3 gallons. Below is a table detailing the various MPGs of the Kia Soul and its available powertrain options:
|Trim Mileage Estimates||City/mpg||Highway/mpg||Combined/mpg|
|2022 Kia Soul 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder||28||33||30|
|2022 Kia Soul 1.6-Liter Turbo 4-Cylinder||27||32||29|
INTERIOR, SOLACE & BAGGAGE
Kia has set their design philosophy towards a mixture of new design stylings with functional considerations for the cabin layout. With that in mind, we feel that the 2022 Kia Soul interior accomplishes what it sets out to do. The passenger capacity is recorded at 102.2 cubic feet which is enough to seat around 5 passengers. The cargo capacity of the Kia Soul is around 24.2 cubic feet with the rear seats deployed and 62.1 cubic feet with the rear seats folded up. This is well enough for a good number of bags and cases for longer journeys on the road.
The infotainment package onboard the Kia Soul should keep any passengers aboard it entertained for the whole trip. The Kia Soul is stocked with infotainment features that are controlled via the touchscreen display which can either be an 8-inch display or a 10.25-inch screen depending on the trim level. Some standard connectivity options include Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, capable of displaying apps and notifications from your phone. Bluetooth connectivity is also available for the hands-free operation of your mobile devices. For media streaming, audio is fed through a 6-speaker standard audio system which can be upgraded to one that’s been sourced from famed audio manufacturer Harman Kardon. Wireless phone charging is an option for the higher trim levels, but all models come with a few USB charging ports for your phones. Other features include Satellite and HD radio as well as a Premium Navigation system. Lastly, Kia Connect offers a slew of features available for all drivers to make use of.
The Kia Soul’s safety equipment and driver-assistive technologies have helped it score a 4-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA. Although the base Soul models have some technologies worked into their safety suite, only the top-tier Turbo model comes with Smart Cruise Control features. However, don’t let that dissuade you from the others as they have features such as lane-keeping assists and blind-spot collision warning systems as standard. Other safety enhancements include Driver Attention Warning, Lane Change Assists, Traction and Stability Control systems, and a Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance system.
Kia’s warranty plan tops those offered by other car manufacturers with the length of its terms. Their limited warranty plan spans for 5 years or the first 60,000 miles driven, whichever comes first. Their industry-leading powertrain warranty plan lasts for 10 years with a mileage limit of 100,000 miles driven. Kia has yet to offer any package or plan for complimentary scheduled maintenance which is something that we hope to see sometime soon in the future.