2016 kia soul Model Overview
New for 2016
The 2016 Kia Soul gets alloy wheels across the range as standard, and the base model with the Convenience package now adds a 4.3-inch touchscreen, SiriusXM, satellite radio, and a rearview camera. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning are now part of the Premium package. A Design Collection package is now available and adds two new contrasting exterior colors: white with a red roof and red with a black roof. The Design Collection package also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels with black spokes, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Range-topping Exclaim models now come with leather upholstery while the Umber Color package now comes with HID headlights, and Nappa leather seating surfaces and armrests.
The 2016 Kia Soul is a tall, SUV-like, front-drive hatchback that’s available with gas engines or as an electric vehicle.
Two engines are offered in the 2016 Soul: a 1.6-liter I-4 with 130 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque in the base model and a 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 164 hp and 151 lb-ft in the Plus and Exclaim trims. The 1.6-liter can be paired to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission while the 2.0-liter is offered exclusively with the latter. Fuel economy is respectable at 24/30 mpg city/highway for the 1.6-liter regardless of the transmission and 24/31 mpg with the 2.0-liter.
The Soul EV uses an electric motor with 109 hp and 210 lb-ft that’s linked to a single-speed automatic transmission. On a single charge, the Soul EV can travel up to 93 miles or 120/92 mpg-e. Using a level three fast charger, the Soul EV’s batteries can be replenished back up to 80 percent in 30 minutes while the level two charger can fully charge the car in four hours. Compared to its rivals, the Soul EV has the most range, beating the Fiat 500e and Volkswagen e-Golf, which can do 87 miles and 83 miles, respectively, on a single charge.
Cargo space is generous in the gas-powered Soul at 24.2 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats up and 61.3 cubic feet with them down. The Soul EV’s cargo capacity is slightly less at 18.8 cubic feet with the split-folding rear seats up and 49.5 cubic feet with them down. Among EVs, the Soul EV is one of the roomiest, along with the Volkswagen e-Golf.
Standard safety features include dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags. Forward collision warning and lane departure warning can be had in the gas-powered Soul by adding the Premium package.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Base Souls gets 16-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, USB/aux jacks, 60/40-split folding rear seats, and cloth upholstery. The mid-level Plus trim adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a 4.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, a rearview camera, cruise control with steering wheel mounted buttons, a 12-volt power outlet in the cargo area, and a center console armrest. Stepping up to the range-topping Exclaim model adds leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, UVO eServices telematics, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and satin chrome inside door handles. Options include navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, keyless entry/start, Nappa leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, and 4.3-inch TFT display in between the gauge cluster.
The base Soul EV comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, solar glass windows and windshield, USB/aux ports, a six-speaker audio system, keyless entry/start, cloth upholstery, a heated steering wheel, a 3.5-inch TFT display, and heated front seats. Stepping up to the mid-level trim adds navigation with an eight-inch touchscreen, a rearview camera, side mirrors with integrated turn signals, a heat pump HVAC system, and a cargo screen. On the range-topping Plus grade, additional standard features include power-folding side mirrors, aero windshield wipers, projector fog lights, leather upholstery, heated rear seats, front and rear parking sensors, a luggage net, and ventilated front seats.
What We Think
In a 2014 First Test review, we said that the Soul has a roomier and more comfortable interior, and a quieter cabin than the previous model. We also noted that the larger 2.0-liter I-4 is the better engine because of its superior fuel economy; however, it doesn’t have much mid-range power and tends to fall flat when scaling up grades. The Soul’s ride, on the other hand, is much improved while the six-speed automatic shifts smoothly and unobtrusively.
The Soul EV also proved to be an excellent choice because it offers plenty of space, range, and technology. In a 2015 First Test review, we were impressed by the modified version of Kia’s infotainment system that’s specifically for the Soul EV because it helps the driver maximize the car’s range by showing how much electricity it uses on things such as climate control and other gadgetry. The torque from the electric motor and the low placement of the batteries also helps its driving dynamics by giving it a low center of gravity and plenty of power at any speed.
If you opt for a Soul with every option, select The Whole Shabang package.
- Spacious interior
- Relatively quiet cabin
- Generous range on the Soul EV
You Won’t Like:
- Not much mid-range torque on gas models
- Base engine is less fuel efficient
- Doesn’t come with free dancing hamsters