Gotta love threads that were thought dead. That's what happens when a search is done on a topic and they don't look at the date before responding.Strange !!! In the 60 years I've been doing oil changes on cars, motor cycles, trucks, tractors, etc., I've never pre-filled an oil filter. I wonder who ever thought up that ridiculous ritual. ???
The oil pump in the engine has always taken care of that little chore, in less than five seconds.
It it were necessary, it would be very easy on the kia Soul, but it's NOT Necessary.
In regards to filling filters I have almost always done this on large motors with deep sumps. There is something I don't like about hearing the valve train and rockers rattle until the lifters pressurize. Also some diesels have a heui that uses oil pressure to control fuel pressure. On my C15 Cat it took almost a gallon of oil just for the filter and it lasted 1.2 million miles. And I ALWAYS fill the oil filter after a rebuild. It may be a ritual but it is one I do.
All this being said on a small engine like the Kia doing this is a messy waste.