The 2017 Kia Soul remains one of the most space-efficient, fashionable vehicles on the market for city-dwellers who don’t have a lot of parking space to work with—and simultaneously need to watch the price tag and mind their fuel budget.
The Soul continues to defy classification, and that’s mostly a good thing. It’s a small hatchback, but it doesn’t share the same swept-back profile that most small five-doors do; and it could be mistaken for a utility vehicle at times, but it’s low, lean, and small car-based.
Its boxy profile is like no other, and its capitalizing on that silhouette by providing more space for people and cargo. The design has a blunt front end, with a roof that appears to float over a blacked-out greenhouse. The rear end is dominated by tall taillights, while the front end uses bug-eye headlights. Inside, the Soul thankfully doesn’t get too overt with the styling; it feels sophisticated to the right amount, with grown-up soft-touch materials, as well as a few extras like ambient lighting.