Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Should-you-buy Should You Buy a 2021 Kia Soul?

Should You Buy a 2021 Kia Soul?

The 2021 Kia Soul offers a very complete collection of trims including the very cool GT-Line

  • Pricing for the Soul starts at $21,195 in Canada, $17,490 in the US.

  • The new GT-Line is the top trim in Canada.

  • The Soul is one of the most unique vehicles on the market today.

When the Kia Soul arrived just over a decade ago, no one expected it to reach critical mass so quickly. The desire for something different and unique was apparently very strong and the Soul perfectly fit that bill. Now in its third generation, the 2021 Kia Soul is as inimitable as always and now features new trims.

The Kia Soul is the consummate crossover where it’s not a car nor is it an SUV. It blends compact car dimensions with a small SUV’s road presence. Factor into this Kia’s legendary ability to load up its vehicles with value, styling, and desirable features and it remains an incredibly interesting proposition. Things is that, in the last decade, other manufacturers have come up with their own outside-the-box products.

2021 Kia Soul GT-Line | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

From the most affordable LX trim to the newest GT-Line trim, the Soul continues to provide buyers with a special experience. Should it then be your next purchase?

Why you should buy a 2021 Kia Soul GT-Line:

  • The Soul is one of the most affordable vehicles in which you will find a huge array of active safety features such as lane keep assist as well as a heated steering wheel and wireless charging. All of this is included with the $22,995 EX trim.
  • The standard 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine and impressively well-sorted IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission) make for a good driver.
  • The chassis and structure are well sorted for a comfortable ride.
  • Passenger space is impressive and trunk volume is more than acceptable.
  • The infotainment system with its 10.25-inch display (EX Premium and tested GT-Line) bests many setups in similarly priced vehicles.
  • Physically, the new Soul retains its distinct styling.
  • The GT-Line’s visual upgrades are quite attractive.
  • Initial quality is always outstanding.

2021 Kia Soul GT-Line | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Why you should not buy a 2021 Kia Soul GT-Line:

  • The Soul is not available with AWD as are most of its competitors such as the Crosstrek.
  • In most respects, the new Kia Seltos is a better proposition. AWD is included as of $24,995.
  • Kia products typically suffer from quality issues after only a few years.
  • The more you pay for a Soul, the less advantageous the purchase becomes. Best to stick with the LX and EX trims.


It’s nearly impossible to fault the Soul. It is the result of Kia taking chances (the Hyundai Motor Group excels at this) on an idea that helped spawn a number of crossovers that might not have received a green light for production had it not been for the Soul.

2021 Kia Soul GT-Line | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

In its second and now third generation, the Soul has remained true to its roots which may have hurt its potential rise. Although sales continue to be fairly strong, the competition in the $25,000 – $30,000 price range from the Subaru Crosstrek, Nissan Qashqai, Mazda CX-30 and a few others have tarnished the Kia’s star. Ongoing and emerging quality and reliability bugs are not helping out.

In Canada, AWD is a must. And perhaps Kia thought of this (many other markets also have harsh climates) which is probably why the all-new Seltos is tremendously popular and almost immediately outpaced the Soul in sales after its recent release.

2021 Kia Soul GT-Line | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Kia Soul GT-Line | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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