Kia Motor Soul - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Kia Motor Soul owners have reported a total of 1,490 problems for their cars built in the 10 model years listed in the chart below. The chart shows the number of problems reported across all service years for each given model year of the Kia Motor Soul. The 2014 Kia Motor Soul cars have the most problems reported (350 problems).

Table 1. Total number of problems by model year for Kia Motor Soul

Model Year Number of Problems
  2019 Soul
8
  2018 Soul
27
  2017 Soul
33
  2016 Soul
103
  2015 Soul
190
  2014 Soul
350
  2013 Soul
227
  2012 Soul
237
  2011 Soul
162
  2010 Soul
153

  Common problems of Kia Motor Soul

The following chart shows the 25 most common problems for Kia Motor Soul cars. The number one most common problem is related to the vehicle's engine and engine cooling (290 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's steering (223 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Kia Motor Soul

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Engine And Engine Cooling
290
  Steering
223
  Electrical System
142
  Equipment
125
  Exterior Lighting
107
  Air Bag
91
  Structure
70
  Power Train
68
  Service Brakes
67
  Visibility
55
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
51
  Other Fuel System
44
  Wheel
36
  Suspension
28
  Seat Belt
26
  Electronic Stability Control
24
  Tire
15
  Seats
11
  Interior Lighting
4
  Unknown Or Other
4
  Gasoline Fuel System
3
  Latches/locks/linkage
2
  Traction Control System
2
  Child Seat
1
  Parking Brake
1

  Compare Reliability Across Model Years Using PPMY Index

It would not be fair to compare the Kia Motor Soul of an older model year to newer model years since older vehicles have been in service longer and thus are expected to have more problems. In order to compare the reliability across Soul model years, we use the PPMY index which is defined as the problems reported per thousand vehicles per Year. A smaller PPMY index indicates greater reliability of the given model year cars.

    PPMY = P / S / Y * 1000,

where P = total problems reported during the life of a Kia Motor Soul model year; S = total units sold of the model year; Y = years since the debut of the model year (the age of the vehicle).

The results are shown in Table 3.

Table 3. Use PPMY Index to Compare Reliability Across Soul Model Years

Soul
Model Year
Problems Sales [1] Vehicle
Age
PPMY Index
  2018 2771,2541    
0.38
  2017 3379,2652    
0.21
  2016 103182,7373    
0.19
  2015 190151,8344    
0.31
  2014 350128,1955    
0.55
  2013 227149,1346    
0.25
  2012 237100,9927    
0.34
  2011 16297,1878    
0.21
  2010 15375,9159    
0.22

  Number of Problems Reported During the First Year

Another way to measure the reliability across the model years of the Kia Motor Soul is to use the total number of problems reported during the vehicle's first year in service, as shown in the Table 4.

Table 4. Number of problems in vehicle's; first service year

Model YearProblems Reported
  2019 Soul
8
  2018 Soul
14
  2017 Soul
12
  2016 Soul
7
  2015 Soul
38
  2014 Soul
46
  2013 Soul
29
  2012 Soul
35
  2011 Soul
26
  2010 Soul
42


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