Since it's addressed to a young market, Soul's interior is specifically optimized with catchy features that capture your attention in a minute. And we must admit that, in the beginning, we were amazed and surprised too but, after a few hours spent behind the wheel, some of them became annoying or just boring.
The two-tone dashboard is surprisingly well-made and the plastics used inside provide a soft feel, rather than a cheap-like sensation. Furthermore, the round console buttons, which give you access to the audio system and air conditioning features, are surrounded by some sort of rubber that, once again, feels nice to the touch.
Overall, the interior is built around the audio system, with top Soul versions (such as ours) offering a dashboard-mounted center speaker plus two twitter speakers placed at the base of the A pillar, adjacent to the air vents. The audio system is completed by two speakers on the front doors, two on the rear doors, plus a subwoofer inside the trunk.
The center console hosts the majority of buttons, most of them allowing the driver and/or the passenger to browse among the audio system's or air conditioning system's features. There's a small LCD screen indicating the current exterior temperature, the time and the selected radio station or MP3 file.
Although we initially doubted it, Kia Soul is spacious enough to fit our 2-meter high colleague, so here at autoevolution we think this is a real major achievement, given the fact that Kobe Bryant (who is a slightly shorter than our mate) would surely struggle to get into a similarly priced car. There is enough legroom (1070 mm front and 990 mm rear) when traveling as a passenger, but getting in the driver position could be a bit problematic. Adjusting the steering wheel to the highest level does solve the space issue though.
And speaking of the driver role, the amount of light inside the car is somewhat surprising, despite the private rear glass we've mentioned before. Still, the large windshield and the high driving position provide impressive visibility, while rear view is ensured through a large auto-dimming interior mirror and two large folding exterior mirrors.
What we found pretty awkward is the central locking system that only allows the driver to block all four doors (plus the hatch) from a separate button placed near the power windows controls. Supposing that the front passenger wants to lock the rest of the doors besides the one on his right, the only viable solution is to lean towards the driver's door and press the button we were talking about. There's no corresponding control on the dashboard, so each passenger is only capable of locking the door on his side.
Unlike most cars on which the trip computer is controllable through the steering wheel-adjacent levers, Kia Soul provides access to these functions through a separate “Trip” button that actually consists of three functions: odometer, Trip A and Trip B.Continue reading