Vincenzo Landino is an entrepreneur, speaker and host of the Brand Boost Podcast. Vincenzo is the the co-founder and Creative Director of Aftermarq, a creative studio that specializes in brand amplification, strategy and storytelling through video and live streaming. With experience as a brand correspondent, Vincenzo’s portfolio includes a 1 billion impression campaign launch for Applebee’s as well as work for Kia Motors, Paul Mitchell Schools, Homes.com, Barilla Pasta, DC United, Tinder, SAP, and Zoomph.

Yes, the 2015 Kia Soul “!” is the name of the model trim. I asked the same question when I first looked at the specs. I couldn’t think of a better way to name this little spunky car than with an exclamation point, anyway.

This particular model came to me in Inferno Red.

Something about the word inferno that gets me excited. While exact translation from Italian (my native language) is “hell”, the fire red color of this little Kia is a sight.

Seriously, I think Inferno is the perfect word for the color. Looking closely and sometimes with the suns reflections, I see hues of orange and yellow.

2015 kia soulLet’s get the specs out of the way:

  • 2.0L gas, 4-cylinder engine
  • 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Eco System
  • 23mpg city/ 31mpg highway
  • 5-stars on the government 5-star safety rating
  • Advanced airbag protection
  • Hill-start assist
  • UVO eServices Telematics with Rear Camera Display
  • SIRIUSXM Satellite Radio
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • Navigation with 8″ screen and Sirius Traffic
  • Infinity Audio System
  • 60/40 split rear seats
  • Heated & ventilated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • MSRP $26,835

That’s not all the specs, but those are the specs that struck me, and because this is my review, well, you get the point.

Candid Thoughts

This was the first Kia I have ever driven.

Ever.

Ever, ever.

It has to be said. It’s a funny looking car.

No one will argue with you on that. It’s looks like a rolling box. Some may like that style, it’s not personal preference, however, once inside, you’ll forget what the outside looks like.

The Soul was comfortable, great amenities, amazing sound and genuinely fun to be in.

https://youtu.be/mPAU7EYTV20

One could even say, it’s got Soul.

Was that punny?

With the Infinity sound system I was always wrapped in my favorite SIRIUSXM channel (Channel 18, Billy Joel or 56 The Highway). Belting out my favorite tunes was an absolute joy.

The coolest part of the interior was the sky-view panoramic roof (or whatever it’s called). It was the coolest view of the South Florida sky that one could get, aside from being in a floating glass box, I presume.

Whether I had to go to the grocery store or the beach, the 60/40 split rear seats were incredibly convenient. I’ve never had so much room in a car that was this “small”.2015 kia soul

Final Thoughts

I’m not a car review guy. I’m a regular guy that drives every day cars.

Would I buy the Kia Soul? No.

Would I buy a Kia? Definitely.

I am so impressed by the build and the amenities and thought put into this car, I can’t even imagine what their other cars are like. I’m definitely intrigued by the marque and want to check out some other vehicles in the Kia lineup.

This car is for you if you are looking for a great little roadtripper or something to bop around the city in. This car isn’t for you if you are looking for raw power or speed. It isn’t that type of car at all.

If you want something that turns heads and is an underrated little cruiser, the 2015 Kia Soul ! is the car for you.

Here’s some more photos:

2015 Kia Soul
The 2015 Kia Soul ! looks great out on the town too!

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