2021 Kia Soul

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2021 Kia Soul Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: May 17, 2021

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The 2021 Kia Soul is available in six trims - LX, S, GT-Line, X-Line, EX, and Turbo with prices starting at an MSRP of $17,590 for the base LX trim. The would is available in two engine configurations - a 2.0L inline-4 turbocharged engine making 147hp and 132 lb-ft of torque and a 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder making 201hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The high-end trim of the 2021 Kia Soul, the Turbo trim costs $27,650 as its base price.  

2021 Kia Soul price, features, engine specifications, and dimensions infographics

If you would like a greener option the 2021 Kia Soul EV is being redone but is delayed till later in the year. The interior is simple and more functional with cloth upholstery coming in black unless you get the Turbo trim which adds red stitching. Kia for the exterior will continue to offer its usual range of eye-catching colors and a bunch of accessories for the Soul. The 2021 Kia Soul comes into competition with the Hyundai Kona, Honda HR-V, and Subaru Crosstrek.

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Fun to drive character


Fuel efficient

Easy on maintenance


Poor braking performance

Boxy design looks outdated

What's New?

Rear occupant alert standard in all trims

Keyfob remote wireless start-stop function in EX and GT Line Turbo trims.

New suspension setup for improved ride quality.

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vehicle bio

base price



4dr Wagon

passenger capacity


top speed

128 mph


front wheel drive

engine type


122 cu.in.


147 hp @ 6200 rpm


132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm


6-speed Manual


suspension front

Independent strut suspension

suspension rear

Torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11/10.3 in.



101.2 in.


166.6 in.


70.9 in.


66.5 in.

curb weight

2802 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.


passenger volume

12.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

62.1 cu ft.


zero to 60 mph

8.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

17 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.4 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

172 ft.


basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

1 yr./ 10000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ 100000 mi.

roadside assistance


Pictures & Videos

2021 Kia Soul Detailed Review video
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LX $17,590 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 16" Silver Steel Wheels
  • 1st Row LCD monitor
  • 7" Touch Screen Display
  • ABS and driveline Traction Control
  • AM/FM Stereo, Seek-Scan Radio
  • Gloss Black front Bumper
  • Manual Front Air Conditioning
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Camera

S $20,590 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 16" silver Aluminum Wheels
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning
  • Driver Lumbar Support
  • Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) 2-spd CVT w/OD Transmission
  • Keyfob (all doors) Remote Keyless Entry
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert

GT-Line $21,690 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" Machined w/Painted Accents Aluminum Wheels
  • Automatic day and night rearview mirror
  • Front Fog/Driving Lights
  • Heated Mirrors
  • Navigation System

X-Line $21,690 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" Silver Aluminum Wheels
  • Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
  • Fog Lights, Roof Trim
  • Push Button Start
  • Rugged Black Exterior Body Trim w/ Silver Accents

EX $23,250 onwards

147 hp @ 6200 rpm | 2 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 10.25" Digital Instrument Cluster
  • 17 inch Wheel
  • Driver and Front Passenger Heated-Cushion, Seatback
  • Front Air Conditioning, Dual Zone Automatic
  • Heated Outside Mirrors w/ LED Turn Signal Indicator
  • Keyfob & Smart Device Remote Keyless Entry
  • Premium Cloth Seat Trim
  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, Seek-Scan Radio

Turbo $27,650 onwards

201 hp @ 6000 rpm | 1.6 L | Inline 4 | Regular unleaded

  • 18" Alloy GT-Line Wheels
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Harman Kardon Audio System with Speaker Lights
  • Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel
  • Synthetic Leather and Cloth Seat Trim
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Colors and Styles

2021 Kia Soul in Neptune color 2021 Kia Soul in Black Cherry color 2021 Kia Soul in Snow White Pearl color 2021 Kia Soul in Sparkling Silver color

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Engine And Performance


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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Overall Rating

"The new Soul’s left some of the funk behind, and it's moved into a more angular theme that reminds us of late, unloved Scion." -The Car Connection

The 2021 Kia Soul carries over from the 2020 model with minor technological improvements in terms of convenience features. At a starting price of $17,590, the 2021 Kia Soul comes with two engine offerings-a 2.0L inline 4 engine and a 1.6L turbocharged inline 4 engine producing 147 hp and 132 lb-ft and 201 hp and 195 lb-ft respectively. It is available in six trim levels- LX, S, GT-LINE, X-LINE, EX, and Turbo. The high-end trim of the Kia Soul is offered at a price of $27,650.

The interior of the 2021 Kia Soul is simple coming with cloth upholstery in black, but there is the option of two-tone and gray and black. There is black synthetic leather with red stitching but that is exclusive to the Turbo trim. Safety features include many driver-assist features like lane keep assist, forward collision avoidance assist, blind-spot collision warning, rear-cross traffic assist, and a few more available on all except the base LX trim.

2021 Kia Soul Right Side View
2021 Kia Soul Left Side View

Pricing and Features

Engine and Performance

Fuel Economy





2021 Kia Soul Pricing and Features


"The Soul provides funky style and practical space at an affordable price." - Car and Driver

The 2021 Kia Soul is offered in six trims - LX/S/GT-LINE/X-LINE/EX and Turbo, prices starting at $17,590 going up to $27,650. The vehicle offers two engines-a 2.0L Inline-4 engine that produces 147 hp and 132 lb-ft, available on all the trims except for the Turbo trim which comes with a 1.6L turbo 4 engine making 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. 

There are options available but, they just upgrade your trim level, however, accessories are available on all trims which also include puddle lamps, but mostly include cargo nets, sports pedals, crossbars, and few more items, the most expensive being remote start for $425. The LX trim comes with a manual transmission as standard and all the other trims come with an IVT as standard. Except for the Turbo trim that's equipped with a 7-speed DCT.








MSRP (Manual)







MSRP (Auto)



$21,790 $21,790



Key Features

6-Speed Manual Transmission

All the Features in LX included and

All the Features in S included and

All the Features in GT-Line included and

All the Features in X-Line included and

All the Features in EX included and


7-inch Touch Screen Display

Blind Spot Collision Warning (BSW)

18-inch alloy wheels

Fog lamps

10.25-inch touch screen with navigation system

7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters


Privacy Glass

Intelligent Variable Transmission(IVT)

High Gloss Black Exterior Trim

Roof Trim

LED Positioning Lights

Chrome Tipped Center Exhaust


Rear Camera Display

Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)

Unique Exterior Appearance including red accents.

Rugged Black Exterior Trim

Heated Outside Mirrors



All around power windows


Automatic day and night rearview mirror

Push Button Start

17- inch wheels

SOFINO and Cloth seats

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2021 Kia Soul Buying Advice

Priced at 21,790, the GT line is the trim to get 18" wheels, premium cloth seats on the interior and privacy glass and many safety features like Auto Emergency Braking & Warning Technology, Lane Keeping Technology, Driver Attention Warning, and a few more, not to mention a large amount of space available in the trunk.

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2021 Kia Soul Engine and Performance


"Maximum acceleration from the 2.0-liter engine is a little lacking, but the Soul feels perfectly spry around town." - Edmunds

The 2021 Kia Soul with a price range that goes from $17,590-$27,650, is offered with two engines - 2.0L inline-4 making 147hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, available on all trims except the Turbo, which gets a 1.6 liter turbocharged inline-4 making 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter engine comes with a 6-speed manual on the base LX trim, also available is an intelligent variable transmission. The Turbo gets a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox. All versions are FWD only.

2021 Kia Soul Engine

The 2021 Kia Soul does the 0-60 sprint in 8.4 seconds which is faster to 60 mph than the competition and does the quarter-mile in 16.4 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph. The Kia Soul Turbo does the 0-60 sprint in 6.4 seconds and quarter-mile in 15 seconds and comes with a top speed of 128 mph.


2021 Kia Soul wagon 

2021 Hyundai Kona SE

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Subaru Crosstrek







2.0L Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

1.8L Inline-4

2.0L Flat-4







6-speed Manual/IVT

6-speed Shiftable Automatic


6-speed Manual

Power (hp @ RPM)





Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

132lb-ft@4,500 RPM

132lb-ft@4,500 RPM

127lb-ft@4,300 RPM

145lb-ft@4,500 RPM

0-60 MPH (secs)

8.4 secs

9.2 secs

8.6 secs

8.7 secs

Quarter Mile (secs)

16.4 secs

16.3 secs

16.3 secs

16.3 secs

Top Speed (MPH)

128 MPH

127 MPH

124 MPH

123 MPH

Up against its competition, the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek delivers the most power and torque. The lag in the engine capacity of the 2021 Honda HR-V reflects on the numbers it puts out, however, it manages to keep up in terms of speed, clocking the quarter-mile in just 16.3 seconds. When it comes to top speed it is the 2021 Hyundai Kona that proves to be the best with a 127 MPH limit on-board, the Honda HR-V follows in at 124 MPH and the Subaru Crosstrek comes with a 123 MPH limit. Lagging behind with the least in class is the 120 MPH limit of the 2021 Kia Soul.

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2021 Kia Soul Fuel Economy


"Most Souls won’t spend a lot of time looking for gas stations." - The Car Connection

The 2021 Kia Soul's fuel economy changes according to its configuration, in its base configuration of a 2.0-liter engine with the manual transmission it gives 25 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, 27 mpg combined. The Turbo trim that is equipped with the 1.6L inline-4 engine delivers 27 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined.

2021 Kia Soul offers 27 MPG in the city

The 2021 Kia Soul has a fuel capacity of 14,3 gallons. For a wagon of its size, it delivers a good range of 386  miles on a combined mpg. The other competitors prove to be more fuel-efficient, let us go through the numbers given below to find out more about the same.


2021 Kia Soul wagon 

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

MPG (City)





MPG (Highway)





MPG (Combined)





Fuel Capacity 

14.3 gallons

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

16.6 gallons

Range (City/Highway/Combined)

357/443/386 miles

369.6/422.4/392 miles

356/435/396 miles

368/481/415 miles

When compared with its rivals, the 2021 Kia Soul has the least efficient gas mileage. The 2021 Hyundai Kona and the 2021 Honda HR-V offer better gas mileage. The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek offers the best fuel range, credits to its 16.6-gallon fuel tank. The 2021 Crosstrek betters the Kia Soul by 30 miles in its overall range offered.

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2021 Kia Soul Interior


This is yet another area where the Soul steals the hearts of many shoppers; the interior of the little Kia is remarkably fun and rather impressive in terms of quality. -CarBuzz

The 2021 Kia Soul interior comes with space for 5 occupants. The LT, X-line, and GT-Line come with a 6-way adjustable drive's seat and a 4-way manual front passenger's seat. The S and EX trim comes with an 8-way power-adjustable driver's seat with a front-row heating function. The Turbo trim comes with a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat with 2-way power lumbar. 

2021 Kia Soul Front Seat

The Kia Soul comes with woven cloth upholstery on the LX and X-Line trim, the S, GT-Line, and EX trim comes in Premium cloth seat and the Turbo trim comes with Sofino leather and cloth upholstery in black with red stitching. The Kia Soul comes with 24.2 cu.ft. of cargo space which is more than the offering of the 2021 Hyundai Kona and the Subaru Crosstrek, but 0.1 cu.ft. less than the Honda HR-V


2021 Kia Soul  

2021 Hyundai Kona 

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Seating Capacity





Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)





Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)





The 2021 Kia Soul comes with a 7-inch touchscreen that runs on the latest UVO system and comes with the basics of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, steering wheel-mounted controls, and a 6-speaker sound system.

2021 Kia Soul Infotainment System

The EX trim ($23,350) comes with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and adds Navigation along, SiriusXM satellite radio, wireless phone charger. The Turbo trim ($27,650) includes all this and adds a Harmon Kardon premium sound system.

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2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon dashboard
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2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon instrument cluster
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon shift knob
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon infotainment screen
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon cargo area
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon rear seats
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon steering wheel

2021 Kia Soul Exterior


While Kia markets the Soul as an SUV, the vehicle's lack of all-wheel drive and limited ground clearance make it seem like more of a large hatchback.  - Car And Driver

The 2021 Kia Soul does not go under any design changes since its previous model and offers. The car gets LED headlights with a big grille and gives an overall bold look. The vehicle has a decent length of about 165.2 inches and is the lightest amongst all its rivals with a curb weight of 2802 lbs.

2021 Kia Soul Third Quarter View

It is offered in 10 different colors, the few color options are Snow White Pearl, Sparkling Silver, Cherry Black, Gravity Gray, Inferno Red, Mars Orange, Neptune Blue, Undercover Green, and 2 two-tone options-Mars Orange/Cherry Black and Neptune Blue/Cherry Black. There is a range of wheel options too - from 16-inch to 18-inch with each trim getting a unique design.


2021 Kia Soul wagon

2021 Hyundai Kona 

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

Curb Weight

2802 lbs

2906 lbs

2906 lbs

3117 lbs
















Ground Clearance










The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek is the longest, highest, widest and heaviest car in the comparison, it does get its share of advantages in terms of ground clearance and wheelbase, but it has to bear with the curb weight it owns. The heavyweight of the vehicle will reflect in the handling and braking aspect and hence tamper its overall performance and driving experience.

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2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon wheel
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2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon rear three quarter view
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon hradlamp
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon grille
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon three quarter view
2021 Kia Soul basic Wagon three quarter view

2021 Kia Soul Safety


"Every 2021 Kia Soul except the base LX grade gets a generous range of standard driver assistance technologies." - Motor trend

The 2021 Kia Soul comes with a 4-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. The IIHS has given it high scores in all its tests with an "Acceptable" in Latch, this has managed to get the award of Top Safety Pick from the organization.

The 2021 Kia Soul safety features include a forward-collision warning system with automatic emergency braking as standard on all except for LX. The trims offer different safety features which also include the following:

  • Automatic Stability Control,
  • Front-Impact airbags,
  • Side-Impact airbags,
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning, and more.

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2021 Kia Soul Competition


2021 Kia Soul Wagon Vs 2021 Hyundai Kona

The 2021 Hyundai Kona gives a neck-to-neck competition as it is also a Korean-based car like Kia Soul. It comes with the same 2.0L inline-4 engine and produces 147hp and 132lb-ft of torque whereas the Kia Soul is a better car in terms of performance, faster in the 0-60 mph. It also has better cargo capacity and cabin space. So overall Kia Soul is the most recommended one as it is a complete package and is also the least expensive among its competitors.

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Kia Soul Wagon Vs 2021 Subaru Crosstrek

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek gives a head-to-head competition to Kia Soul with its powerful performance, cargo space, ample amount of legroom/headroom, and towing capacity but the Kia Soul takes the charge with its safety features, fuel efficiency, and pocket-friendly price where Subaru Crosstrek lacks. That makes it a value for money offer for buyers but for those who are looking for a powerful engine and an ample amount of space inside the car, the Crosstrek is the best choice for the buyers. 

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Kia Soul Wagon Vs 2021 Honda HR-V

The 2021 Honda HR-V is a decent choice due to its excellent build quality and frugal maintenance costs. Add to the fact that the powertrain is better, the vehicle is more reliable, and that it has more cargo space. However, one misses out heavily on the style and quirks of the Kia when one compares the two. Since the cars are nearly evenly matched in terms of everything else, our pick would be the Kia Soul.

2021 Honda HR-V

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2021 Kia Soul Final Verdict

The 2021 Kia Soul is a good car and comes with a good engine for daily driving, and has better performance than its competition, and comes with SUV-like cargo space of 24.2 cu. ft. and comes with decent safety ratings as well as a top safety pick, however, if you want something with AWD and offroading capabilities the Subaru Crosstrek might be your car.


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How many colors is the 2021 Kia Soul offered in?

The 2021 Kia Soul is offered in 10 colors including Snow White Pearl, Sparkling Silver, Cherry Black, Gravity Gray, Inferno Red, Mars Orange, Neptune Blue, Undercover Green, and 2 two-tone options - Mars Orange/Cherry Black and Neptune Blue/Cherry Black.

What powers the 2021 Kia Soul?

It comes with two engines - a 2.0L inline-4 engine making 147hp and 132lb-ft and a 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 engine 201hp and 195lb-ft respectively. The latter is found only in the High-end Turbo Trim. 

What is the starting price of the new 2021 Kia Soul?

The prices of the base LX trim starts at $17,600 and the top-of-the-line Turbo trim is priced at $27,650.

Is there a 2021 Kia Soul EV?

The 2021 Kia Soul also offers an electric variant that brings a 64 kWh battery pack and will have a range of 243 miles and will be available later on in the year.

How many trims and configurations is the 2021 Kia Soul offered in?

The 2021 Kia Soul is offered in six trims - LX, S, GT-LINE, X-LINE, EX, Turbo.

2021 Kia Soul Consumer Reviews and Ratings


based on 115 ratings

7.7/10 Features
7.7/10 Interiors
7.8/10 Design
7.9/10 Safety
7.9/10 Reliability
8.0/10 Deal Value


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2021 Kia Soul Overall Reviews


Michael M. Donald

2021 Kia Soul

Turbo 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 21, 2021

Soul-cheap and best

Pros - "affordable, unique looks good mpg figure"

Cons - Could have been more spacious

Soul is a well rounded package Turbo soul is the best offering from Kia, It packs good amount of power under the boxy design and provides a mpg 30-32 on highways. the four star rating gives me confidence and the satelite radio, and apple carplay integration further handles entertainment division well Everything works as intended in the car and I'm quite pleased with the service we received at the dealership. Every one was so cheerful and greeted at the very first instance.

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Brent M. Romero

2021 Kia Soul

Turbo 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 21, 2021

budget friendly option

Pros - "easy handling, low price, realtime traffic monitoring"

Cons - Design is unattractive

Ugly looking best Soul The turbo provide good power to the Soul, I love the easy handling due to it's small body and responsive steering wheel. The heads up display and real time traffic monitoring is really helpful in city ttraffic. The design might not be soothing to the eyes and I agree on that but looks anyways fade away with time. Based on our needs, Matthew showed us the perfect car and the perfect trim. The sticker price was well within our budget and the features it came with are proving to be quite handy. Everybody went above and beyond to help us with our purchase.

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William L. Daniels

2021 Kia Soul

LX 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl CVT)


User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

daily car for household works

Pros - Very cheap total budget car, design is more like joy ride car, decent interior

Cons - Avoid the long distance comfort from this car, slow acceleration

decent comfortable interiors, ventilation is good, small but car has top speed range of 128mph which is pretty great, and fuel economy is really good at 27mpg decent 7 inch display for infotainment, steering has got controls for driver assist, decent navigation system, gives a powerful appeal from front design, rear hasn't been worked yet but i like the decent design making it a really good regular household car for me, blind spot assist, lane assist, hill climb assist decent, if you have a budget that says go for a small extra car well this is where you come to spend bybuying it.

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