Kia Motor Soul - Problems, Statistics, and Analysis

Kia Motor Soul owners have reported a total of 986 problems for their cars built in the 9 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 (222 problems).

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

Model Year Number of Problems
  2018 Soul
10
  2017 Soul
20
  2016 Soul
36
  2015 Soul
116
  2014 Soul
222
  2013 Soul
133
  2012 Soul
165
  2011 Soul
143
  2010 Soul
141

  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 steering (147 problems). The second most common problem is related to the vehicle's electrical system (103 problems).

Table 2. Common problems of Kia Motor Soul

Problem Category Number of Problems
  Steering
147
  Electrical System
103
  Engine And Engine Cooling
94
  Exterior Lighting
81
  Equipment
78
  Air Bag
77
  Structure
62
  Service Brakes
59
  Visibility
49
  Power Train
45
   
  Vehicle Speed Control
37
  Wheel
32
  Seat Belt
22
  Suspension
21
  Other Fuel System
21
  Electronic Stability Control
18
  Tire
15
  Seats
8
  Interior Lighting
4
  Unknown Or Other
4
  Gasoline Fuel System
3
  Traction Control System
2
  Latches/locks/linkage
2
  Parking Brake
1
  Child Seat
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
  2017 2079,2651    
0.25
  2016 36182,7372    
0.10
  2015 116151,8343    
0.25
  2014 222128,1954    
0.43
  2013 133149,1345    
0.18
  2012 165100,9926    
0.27
  2011 14397,1877    
0.21
  2010 14175,9158    
0.23

  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
  2018 Soul
10
  2017 Soul
12
  2016 Soul
6
  2015 Soul
37
  2014 Soul
46
  2013 Soul
29
  2012 Soul
32
  2011 Soul
26
  2010 Soul
42


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