When the Kia Soul first arrived on scene a few years ago people had strong feelings about it. They either loved it or hated it – there wasn’t a lot of in between, although I think quite a few may have been won over by some very talented hamsters.
However, it wasn’t long until the boxy design, and funky colors had people deeming the Kia Soul an economical car perfect for teenagers and young adults. But I recently had the opportunity to experience the 2013 Kia Soul in a family setting. Yup, my whopping family of five all in this bad boy!
With it’s chrome detailed exterior, fog lights and unique styling the Kia Soul can definitely be defined as a having a sportier look. It carried from the exterior to the interior with a power tilt and slide sunroof, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, sand and black color scheme and chrome accents. The leather on the seats looks really sharp too!
Even though the car is compact, you still have ample space in the glove department.
You get extra storage in the trunk too by lifting the panel. It is not big enough for a stroller, but plenty of room for groceries.
Even though we’re definitely no longer “young adults” our five person family found a lot to love about the Kia Soul, many of these are the same things that make it a fan for younger drivers. The Soul comes loaded with entertainment options – an AM/FM Stereo with a CD/MP3 player, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, and UVO infotainment system. Including, 3 12volt Outlets (bonus, one was in the back – perfect for charging the kids electronic devices) a USB Port, Auxilory Jack and Bluetooth hands-free talk. Sound pumped out of an Infinity Premium Audio System, speaker mood lamps and even a subwoofer. In addition to all of the bells and whistles it came with all of the standard features I’ve come to expect from Kia – things that make life easier. Like cruise and audio controls on the steering wheel, power everything, remote keyless entry, heated power folding mirrors and detailed instrumentation display. As an official soccer mom I did appreciate the 60/40 folding rear seats for extra storage options and the under-floor luggage tray – even if it wasn’t exactly carseat friendly.