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4. Kia Soul
The Soul + and ! models feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces a respectable 164 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque. While it’s certainly not the fastest subcompact out there, the Soul packs a real punch when it comes to making a statement. The exterior has a chiseled yet strangely sleek look to it, making the car look futuristic in a way you don’t see with other subcompacts. The five-spoke wheels look like equipment you would find on a car twice the price, and the interior is fresh, original and highly functional. The steering has a level of precision that surpasses what you would expect to find on a compact wagon, making driving the Soul in crowded urban areas a fun experience.