In a class of quirky, boxlike cars, the Kia Soul stands out--mostly, because the quirks work in its favor, and give it a funky flair that's pretty absent in the Scion xB, Nissan Cube, and the like.
The urban-wagon concept wins on styling, hands-down. The bullnosed front end wears Kia's new corporate theme between big, alert headlamps (LED-lit on the top model). The angular roofline starts high, and boomerangs down the rear end in a way that reminds us equally of European hatchbacks and the In-N-Out logo. It's a rakish, crisp shape that doesn't depend on a lot of dazzling details to sell it, though it does have a lot of detail across the front. Over time, the rear end's started to look a lot thicker, especially in lighter colors like "alien green", but the square taillamps frame a nearly vertically aligned hatchback that draws the shape to a tight close. It's sharp piece of design punctuation to the Soul's more casual stance.