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I knew it was small but I was shocked how bad it truly was. I mean its supposed to be 19+ cubic feet (rear seats up). My Subaru Impreza has only 11 cubic feet and its really isn't that different. After our test drive of the Soul today I got out our largest suitcase we use (I brought just to test the cargo area) and tried to fit it. I couldn't get to to stand upright back there. And laying it down meant little room for any other cargo next to it. I figure at best I could fit 2 of those large suitcases and maybe 1 small bags next to it without blocking the view of the rearview mirror. 3 large suitcases + 2 small bags at best when blocking the reaview. Yes, it is still better than my Subaru but not by much. I have my doubts it can fit more than the trunk of our 96 Altima (14 cbuic feet).


Its a shame too... The Soul felt like it had a nice ride, great set of options, comfortable interior, great price, great warranty, great look... Everything was impressing me about the Soul until I tried the luggage test. The saddest thing is that we're sure that at least 95% of the driving of our next vehicle will not require much in terms of cargo space. But those few times a year when we do want to travel I don't think the Soul will work for us.

Anyone know of the viability of getting a roof rack and one of those roof mounted cargo thingys for the Soul in the US? Do they make an already top heavy car more dangerous? Does it kill mileage?
 

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For extra room without sacrificing mileage consider a trailer hitch that you can attach a platform to. I've seen them on larger SUV's and I'm sure they would work well on a soul. You could pack your extra suitcases without sacrificing mileage because your wind resistance would be about the same.
 

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Hm, Wow I am really impressed with the cargo space, it is after all a 30+mpg vehicle, just today we hauled 300+ pounds of groceries and supplies from the warehouse store 90 miles away, and that's with me my wife up front and the kid in the car seat in the back... the soul handled it very easily. We did use some of the back seat area for out big load.. but nothing was above the windows in the trunk space. However we have a base model so we gain a bit of cargo space, we don't have that Styrofoam tray above the spare tire, so we get a 6" deeper cargo area.

There is no way I could have gotten all that stuff in a Rio or any other compact 30+mpg sedan styled car.. Maybe a Honda fit there pretty big inside... but the fit was uncomfortable as hell when we test drove it..
 

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It sounds as if you haven't bought the SOUL yet, but I would encourage it.
You can add a roofrack or basket for those 5% (estimated) times you need more.

http://www.rackwarehouse.com/ is one source for racks and baskets, along with www.Perrycraft.com This cool little ride is no Expedition, to be sure.

You may have good luck getting good info from SlartyBartFast on this forum. He has added a roof mounted basket and has driven with it for a while now. I will be adding a rooftop basket, not only for appearance, but for the added usability for the wife's weekend shopping junkets...

Good luck,
 

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As someone stated above the trailer hitch style, add on back is a great option , we have been considering it instead of taking a pickup on vacation to our off grid getaway this year, as we need to haul a gen set and gas cans ect. and dont really want to put them inside the Soul.. also a then you can haul a small trailer if needed.
 

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Hmm I just packed two tents, a cooler, two air mattresses, 4 tiki torches, tiki torch oil, a portable water heater, 200' of hose, sheets, a comforter and pillows in mine.

could have gotten the queen sized slat bed in too if it hadn't laid right on top of the manual shifter...

Of course that was with one seat down so YMMV
 

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tktruckster, unless I'm mistaken even Kia recommends against pulling a trailer. I'm probably going to shy away from that option.

Ebacherville, glad to hear you were impressed with the cargo space. It does give hope for any chance of us picking the Soul.

10 ball, thanks for the roof rack info. We haven't picked out any car just yet. We headed to a Scion dealership (xB was the top choice before finding the Soul) after being disappointed in the Soul's cargo space. They had nothing left to even look at. I'll have to get more info on the roof rack for the Soul. The fact that Kia doesn't have one readily available in the US is disappointing but given that the car is designed with the roof rack in mind it sounds like it wouldn't be too difficult to have it done. I just hope cost isn't significant.
 

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like I said before. the soul isn't meant to tow a trailer. it's meant for a hitch bike rack or hitch luggage carrier only.

you're gonna burn up your transmission if you tow a trailer. My dad had a V6 toyota truck a long time ago. 2.8L I think. He used it to haul logs every weekend to our summer cabin which was around 140 miles away. Only took one year to fry his transmission. He got it rebuilt and never hauled anything heavy with it again.
 

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No cargo room? I carried three adults, three coolers, three lawn chairs, three sets of costumes that had to lie flat and have nothing on top of them, plus instruments, blankets and odds and ends. That was with the small side seat laid flat! Then we took two adults, a tent, tent accrutroments (mattress, blankets, pillow, etc.) large cooler, lawn chairs and costumes, and still had room!
 

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With the seats up it has about 1/3 less room than my Mazda Tribute..with the seats down you get a nice flat floor cargo space....again small than my Tribute but I get twice the gas mileage.
 

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Class 1 - Reese Trailer Hitch $127.00
http://www.thehitchstore.com/class-i-receiver-hitch-p-2014.html

1 1/4" Receiver Adaptor - to 2" Receiver $39.53 {if necessary}
http://www.thehitchstore.com/1-14-to-2-receiver-adapt-extends-6-14-p-1414.html


Swing Away Cargo Carrier - Enclosed/or not - this one is pricey - but very nice. I'm sure it would be possible to find something less expensive. Also, with other types of cargo carriers - you may not need a swing away type. Personally I'd spend whatever money is necessary to make it very useful.
http://www.etrailer.com/c-ecc.htm

Example:
http://www.etrailer.com/tv-demo_thule_terapin_cargo_carrier_TH684.aspx

The rear hatch seems to need between 12 and 16 inches to swing out as it swings up - - so depending on how tall the extra cargo box is - you may or may not need the swing away - it does however make loading the Soul itself a lot easier.

FWIW,
Carl B.
 

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This. C'mon people, you want to tow a trailer with a 4 cylinder? :rolleyes:
Apparently in the UK the Soul has a tow rating, its the exact same car, actual its a 1.6l not even a 2.0.. My dad hauled his big 1970s fiberglass boat around with his 1983 Chevy cavalier wagon all the time, it was bigger than the car, never had any issues with it..no tranies nothing (it was a manual) just take it easy and steady and it should not be any worse that hauling around 3 overweight friends. IN the UK the tow rating is somthing insane like the weight of the Soul its self with trailer breaks! The Soul can tow!
 

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Eves, sounds to me that you've sold yourself on not getting a soul for luggage reasons. If that is the only reason then, maybe a mini van would work for you. that way if you get the type that has 3 rows of seats, you can remove the 3rd row and have luggage space as well as seating for four or five passengers. I hear Dodge is practically giving them away.
good luck, tell us what you end up doing.
 

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This is to crazy for me.
I heard about a Russian Kia Soul where the police found 13 bodies in.
The most crazy thing is the police man said: it dit not suprise him.

Regards,

Crazy Dutchman RelenaRelena
 

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Eves, sounds to me that you've sold yourself on not getting a soul for luggage reasons. If that is the only reason then, maybe a mini van would work for you. that way if you get the type that has 3 rows of seats, you can remove the 3rd row and have luggage space as well as seating for four or five passengers. I hear Dodge is practically giving them away.
good luck, tell us what you end up doing.
I wouldn't say I've sold myself to not getting a Soul (not yet anyway). I've briefly talked to my wife about the roof rack option and she's happy there is an option. She just wants me to get more info (like total cost and how badly the mileage is affected by a cargo container on the roof). So I'll look that info up in the next few days and hope for the best. Realistically the luggage issue wont be too much of a problem for a couple years (only 1 kid so far and his stuff doesn't take up too much room). Plus someone mentioned not having the styro form thing and false floor in the cargo area. Removing that stuff and getting that extra 7" depth could help. I just wish I had thought to try fitting my luggage in there without the false floor while I was at the dealer yesterday.

For the record I do not like minivans. Too big for my taste. I want as small a vehicle as possible...as long as it fits our needs. Our family car so far has been a tiny Impreza. We're not looking for a huge increase in space.

And as for the Russians finding all those bodies in a Soul... Is anyone surprised? Those Europeans can do a lot with tiny spaces.
 

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hey guys, I didn't say put a hitch on to tow, - though one guy on this forum has pictures of his soul towing his jet ski. The purpose of the hitch is to put a platform on the back of your soul. The platform can hold quite a bit of stuff and is easily removed when it's not needed because it is attached to the trailer hitch. I've seen them on quite a few SUVs.
 

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I gotta hand it to you, Eves, you certainly approach this in a matter-of-fact way. Whatever you decide, I'm sure you and, your wife, will be happy and, your decision will be the correct one. Please, make sure you let us know what you ultimately purchase.

Seems we like polls here. We should take one to see whether or not you and you wife buy the kia Soul:):):)




I wouldn't say I've sold myself to not getting a Soul (not yet anyway). I've briefly talked to my wife about the roof rack option and she's happy there is an option. She just wants me to get more info (like total cost and how badly the mileage is affected by a cargo container on the roof). So I'll look that info up in the next few days and hope for the best. Realistically the luggage issue wont be too much of a problem for a couple years (only 1 kid so far and his stuff doesn't take up too much room). Plus someone mentioned not having the styro form thing and false floor in the cargo area. Removing that stuff and getting that extra 7" depth could help. I just wish I had thought to try fitting my luggage in there without the false floor while I was at the dealer yesterday.

For the record I do not like minivans. Too big for my taste. I want as small a vehicle as possible...as long as it fits our needs. Our family car so far has been a tiny Impreza. We're not looking for a huge increase in space.

And as for the Russians finding all those bodies in a Soul... Is anyone surprised? Those Europeans can do a lot with tiny spaces.
 
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