If you had it to do over again would you buy another KIA Soul?
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    Junior Soul
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    If you had it to do over again would you buy another KIA Soul?

    New guy here, seriously considering buying a new KIA soul base model, 1.6 manual trans for my girl friend as her very first new ride. We both drove it and although wasnt thrilled about the power of the engine, we loved everything else. Its roomie, shifted well, rode smooth, nice radio, interior looks nice, and is priced right. I just want honest opinions from owners that have the base model SOUL.....If you had it to do over again, would you buy it again?

    If you would take the time to post your odometer mileage, and any repair work you have had to have done to your base model 1.6 engine SOUL as well.

    Thank You for any time spent to reply!

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    I had a 2014 Kia Soul Base MT until yesterday when I traded it in. I added Cruise Control to mine and the Homelink mirror. I also added "most" of the armrest. That was a huge improvement. I say most because my back piece and the insert under the Arm rest were on back order but I installed it anyway last weekend before trading it in. That said, I am getting the my old Soul back tomorrow (Saturday) to put the stock center console back in and will be happy to make you (or anyone) a smoking deal on a BRAND NEW center that needs the inside tray and back piece. They could both be readily available now, I just haven't looked. Mine was silver with the 2 tone interior that really set it off. The white base models look like storm troopers from the front LOL! Cool if you're into that in any way

    It was a little anemic on power, but if driven with a little sense, you can easily get over 30mpg. Just don't plan on winning many street races. It was really well equipped for a base model and you can get them for $12990...at least around here and that's brand new. For the price, that is REALLY hard to beat!

    I traded mine in on a 2015 Kia Soul Special Edition that was everything I wanted it to be. The 2.0 has the power the 1.6 was missing and all the pimp juice options that I really did want. All that said, I'm actually missing my base because the 2.0 is a few less mpgs so far, but its still early.

    Hope that helps.
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    Welcome. I have a base 2012 1.6, same engine as the 2014/15 automatic. yes, I would buy it again. It is used as a city car, average around 27 mpg. It is not as good on the highway but does OK on the few longer trips we made in it but it is a small engine. 35K plus miles. No work other than standard maintenance work done to the engine.
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    I traded it with 8000 miles on it and yes, I actually DID do it again
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    I traded a 2013 base Soul on a Charger. I'm sorry I traded it, it was an excellent car.
    BUT it did ride hard and its power was marginal. That said, its power was plenty adequate for its purpose, carrying me and occasionally my wife.

    I now have a 2015 2.0 and it has much more torque which makes it a much more pleasant drive. Elsewhere I posted a thread about our 2000 mile trip in the Soul, coming from around Spokane to Toledo. Lots of mountain passes. No power problems. We had a 500 lb. or more load and averaged 29.2 MPG.

    The stock 1.6 should have plenty adequate power.
    I've driven cars with much lower HP:weight ratio (e.g. Hondacar 36HP 2-cylinder 4M 1400 LB.) and it's more in your driving style than in the car's power.
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    Hey Bobbed,

    I bought mine in March. Only have 3500 miles on it. Zero problems. I added cruise and full factory armrest. The car is amazing and the cabin is upper quality (an I'm picky). I have never felt the car is under powered, but yes, it's no race car. It performs with good power on the freeway and contrary to some uninformed reviewers, you don't need to do any extra shifting to keep up with traffic. 6th gear on the highway still gives you good acceleration & the only time I downshift to 5th is if traffic conditions slow.

    The car is rock solid, no rattles, which have been in every new car I've owned in the past. Yes, I would buy this car again. If they didn't offer it in a manual, no, I wouldn't buy it.

    Best of luck!

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    2.0L 2012 owner here, I definitely plan on buying another Soul when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TSFR View Post
    I had a 2014 Kia Soul Base MT until yesterday when I traded it in. I added Cruise Control to mine and the Homelink mirror. I also added "most" of the armrest. That was a huge improvement. I say most because my back piece and the insert under the Arm rest were on back order but I installed it anyway last weekend before trading it in. That said, I am getting the my old Soul back tomorrow (Saturday) to put the stock center console back in and will be happy to make you (or anyone) a smoking deal on a BRAND NEW center that needs the inside tray and back piece. They could both be readily available now, I just haven't looked. Mine was silver with the 2 tone interior that really set it off. The white base models look like storm troopers from the front LOL! Cool if you're into that in any way

    It was a little anemic on power, but if driven with a little sense, you can easily get over 30mpg. Just don't plan on winning many street races. It was really well equipped for a base model and you can get them for $12990...at least around here and that's brand new. For the price, that is REALLY hard to beat!

    I traded mine in on a 2015 Kia Soul Special Edition that was everything I wanted it to be. The 2.0 has the power the 1.6 was missing and all the pimp juice options that I really did want. All that said, I'm actually missing my base because the 2.0 is a few less mpgs so far, but its still early.

    Hope that helps.
    Jeff
    Wow, Thank You all for replying, it really is nice to have so much feedback and helpful information!

    Jeff, I am located fairly close to you in the Wilmington area and would really appreciate the contact information for the dealer that has these for 12990!!!!!! I am willing to drive for a great deal, and Columbia SC isnt too far of a drive for me.

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    2012 2.0 Plus model here with 33K miles. It's been completely solid with no issues, but I'm getting the itch for a loaded 2015 Exclaim, so will probably trade for another Soul when KIA offers the lump sum option for the MPG settlement. No hesitation on another Soul. Good mileage, reliable, unique look, practical wagon/hatch design, etc.

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    If you had it to do over again would you buy another KIA Soul?

    Ask for Ernest at Kia Sales. He's a good guy and they gave me a GREAT DEAL! Feel free to drop my name, so I can get a referral oil change or something 😉.
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