2019 Kia Soul Walk Around

The perky Soul still is fun to look at. Meaty sheetmetal is spread over sharp angles, and the roofline has motion to it, suggested by the slightly sweeping windshield pillars. The Plus and Exclaim benefit from their body-color bumpers and trim. You have to give it credit for having a shape and style that’s been around for a decade and still looks new. Kia scored a very tricky ace with the Soul.

Interior

Less outgoing than the exterior, the interior is rendered in nice finishes, pleasant shapes, and high-quality materials, including the soft trim on the dash and door panels. We like the stout steering wheel and racy gauges, and the center stack that’s canted toward the driver.

Packaging might be the Soul’s best aspect. The tall roof creates good head room, making the cabin feel spacious even with dark upholstery.

The comfort of the seats is okay, as the front seats are high and the instrument panel low. They’re firm enough but could use more leg support. There’s excellent head and legroom, although tall drivers might feel squeezed by the optional sunroof.

Two tall passengers fit well in the back, as there’s an amazing 39 inches of rear seat legroom, more than many mid-size crossovers. An armrest can be lowered to separate the two rear positions.

There’s 24.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat, which is also more than some crossovers. And with the rear seat folded, there’s 63 cubic feet of room. These are truly crossover numbers, not the kind of cargo space you usually see in a compact hatchback.

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