Why the 2016 Kia Soul is an Excellent Choice for Millennials




Millennials might have lofty and ambitious hopes and dreams, but at the moment, these young adults need to be relatively realistic about their finances. This lesson certainly applies to car buying. While a millennial may envision themselves driving around in a sports car or luxury SUV, their budget is actually pretty limited.

These young car buyers may assume that they'll never be able to find an affordable vehicle that offers all of the capabilities and features that they desire. However, there is one option that can appeal to these millennials: the 2016 Kia Soul. The subcompact car offers everything these young drivers could want: technology, roominess, and impressive, efficient engines. Plus, with an eye-popping MSRP, it's more than a realistic option.

Are you a Millennial in need of a new vehicle? Or perhaps you're just a car buyer seeking a modern ride? Either way, check out why the 2016 Kia Soul may be the perfect choice for you...



Most Millennials don't have a bunch of money sitting in their bank accounts. Therefore, they're likely seeking an affordable vehicle that won't set them back financially. As a result, the Soul's $15,900 MSRP is worth considering, as potential buyers won't have to break the bank to purchase the ride.

Luckily, the vehicle also has a relatively low cost of ownership. Drivers can generally expect a 24 city/30 highway mile per gallon fuel efficiency from the 2016 Soul, so they won't be forced to dish out extra money at the gas station. Plus, the assortment of safety features and technologies (which we'll get to in a bit) will keep your vehicle out of harm's way, thus preventing any unexpected trips to the mechanic.


Lush Interior



Style, style, and more style. If there's anything that a young driver truly values about a particular ride, it's the aesthetics. The 2016 Kia Soul certainly delivers in that respect, especially when it comes to the vehicle's interior.

The cabin is luxurious, comfortable, and enjoyable. Occupants can sink into the soft leather seats, and the upholstery options are as cozy as they are luxurious. Accompanied by meticulous stitching, the Soul's interior undoubtedly screams opulence. Plus, thanks to the heated/cooled seats, each passenger can sit in their optimal comfort setting. If that doesn't do the trick, the panoramic sunroof provides plenty of fresh air to your cabin.

Speaking of comfort, the Soul offers more than enough room for each of your passengers to spread out. Rear passengers will appreciate the 39.5-inches of head room, 54.7-inches of shoulder room, 39.1-inches of legroom, and 49.3-inches of hip room, and these numbers are predictably improved up front. Millennials can also utilize this roominess during road trips, as the 24.2-cubic-feet of space behind the rear seat (or the incredible 61.3-cubic-feet from the rear seats folded) will allow the driver and passengers to fit any luggage or equipment.

If you're looking to entertain or impress your passengers, you can access the Soul's interior lighting display. These brightly-colored lights will change colors based on the audio, and drivers can even activate a full light show to accompany their tunes.

Finally, we know that Millennials like to keep themselves busy, and they can't be inconvenienced by even the smallest task. They'll certainly appreciate the Soul's push-button start/stop. With a simple click, drivers can operate the engine, meaning you no longer have to fumble for your keys in an attempt to start your car.


Innovative Technology



About the interior, the Soul's cabin offers a number of technological amenities to keep any occupant entertained. The technology is led by the 4.3-inch color touch screen, which provides access to a number of applications, including SiriusXM Satellite Radio. Drivers can enjoy all of their favorite tunes via the Infinity Audio System, which includes a center speaker, subwoofer, and external amplifier.

Meanwhile, the 4.3-inch thin film transistor LCD display provides drivers with a number of useful functions, as well as an abundance of helpful information. Drivers can receive vehicle diagnostics, and can even view their rear-camera via the display. This way, drivers can access this essential information without taking their eyes off the road.


Eye-Catching Exterior



As much as owners may value their interior, they'll still be concerned about what others think of their ride. Luckily, fellow drivers will admire the sleek design of the 2016 Kia Soul. The subcompact car's boxy exterior is stylish and muscular, with the sudden edges and smooth curves giving the nameplate a distinctive look.

Many drivers will instantly recognize the vehicle's bright lighting options, including the High-Intensity Discharge headlights. Drivers' visibility will be greatly improved thanks to this inclusion, as they'll be better able to operate their vehicle on those dark and stormy nights. The rear LED lights also add a singular look to the Soul, allowing other drivers to better see when you're applying the brakes.


Dependable Engines



The Kia Soul's two engine options provide enough punch to keep any Millennial happy. The standard 1.6-liter Inline-4 engine is accompanied by either a six-speed manual transmission or the electronically controlled six-speed automatic transmission (with Overdrive). Drivers can expect the unit to pump out 130 horsepower and 118 pounds-feet of torque, perfectly adequate numbers (especially in the subcompact segment).

The 2.0-liter Inline-4 improves on those numbers. Coupled with the electronic six-speed automatic transmission, drivers will enjoy the Soul's 164 horsepower and 151 pounds-feet of torque. Millennials will want to keep up with all of their fellow commuters, and that will certainly be possible in the Kia Soul.


Reliable Safety



Millennials can get rather distracted at times, and this absent-mindedness could lead to a collision. Luckily, the Kia Soul offers a number of technologies that should keep the car and the occupants out of harm's way.

Technologies like Electronic Stability Control and Vehicle Stability Management will overcome any weather conditions to keep your Soul on its intended path. The Hill Start Assist Control will provide some necessary braking as you're traveling on an incline or decline, and the Antilock Braking System will allow for maximum stopping ability.

If you do find yourself in a wreck, the variety of interior airbags will provide the necessary amount of padding. Of course, the energy from the crash should be dissipated elsewhere, as the side-impact door beams and front and rear crumple zones should help absorb the majority of the impact's energy.


Could a young driver possibly need anything else? The subcompact offers plenty of technology, a pair of reliable engine options, and enough room to fit all of their friends. Plus, thanks to the incredible MSRP, these Millennials don't have to dish out an excessive amount of money. When it comes down to it, the 2016 Kia Soul is the perfect choice for Millennials.