Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Kia Soul

Kia Soul interiorThe Kia Soul has a surprisingly roomy front seat interior and it’s a fun car to drive.  While I wish it had more rear cargo space, it works well for two or three people.  However, it doesn’t work so well to mount a phone, GPS or tablet.  There are so many curves and unconventional curves that I had a difficult time finding good places to mount a phone, GPS or tablet.

It’s not that the front of the vehicle doesn’t provide enough room for the driver and passenger.  I had plenty of leg room and didn’t feel confined but when it came time to find a suitable place to mount anything, it was difficult.  There are a few reasons for this which I will cover in this article.

A photo of the Kia Soul interior accompanies this article.  As you can see, there are things in the way almost all over.

Let’s start with the windshield.  We give this location a thumbs up as the best place to mount a smartphone or GPS in a Kia Soul.  Our go-to mount for this location which is the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount.  The suction mount features a vacuum locked suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm.  The phone can swivel into any orientation.

The mount also comes with an adhesive disk that you can stick to the dash to turn the mount into a console mount.  Here’s the issue.  The Kia Soul has the large black circular beveled disk right in the middle of the dash.  It serves no purpose and it’s there for the design.  Unfortunately, the concave shape means the dash disk will not work properly as the location needs to be flat.  This mount will work fine on the windshield, not so fine on the dash.

The same mount but for a Garmin GPS is the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount.  I have recommended this one over the many years it has been available and have used it myself.  It’s an excellent mount that comes with a 2-year warranty.  It’s more rugged and longer than the Garmin mount you received in the box.

So what about the dash for a tablet, smartphone or GPS in a Kia Soul?  We can do it with the Arkon Friction Dash Phone Car Mount. This mount includes an expandable cradle that opens to over seven inches.  The weighted dash base can sit on that concave circular structure.

My main concern with this location, especially for a tablet, is that it blocks part of the view.  If you decide to mount a tablet, or even a large phone, be sure that your view isn’t obstructed.  Have to stay safe.

This mount is different from others in that it includes a safety anchor to maintain stability.  The safety anchor is a small hook with an adhesive base and the weighted dash mount has a small loop that fits over the hook.  The use of the safety anchor is optional but I recommend using it for added safety.  Another terrific feature on this mount is the ability to use it on a windshield as well.  Just remove it from the bean bag and you have a suction cup mount.

This mount will work well on a small to midsize tablet up to the size of an Apple iPad Mini.  The mount fits practically any phone including my Apple iPhone 6s Plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.  Any Garmin vehicular GPS will fit the mount using the cradle that came with the GPS.

One of my favorite places to mount a GPS or smartphone is the air vent.  The middle air vents in the Kia Soul have a lip just beneath them which makes it difficult to mount anything on the center vents.  If mounting a phone, the bottom of that lip pushes the phone forward, so forget about anything that needs portrait mode.

If keeping your phone in landscape is your thing, an extended vent mount such as the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount would work.  The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin.  It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation.  This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep.  The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.

Remember this will only work well with a smartphone that is in landscape.  The bottom lip will get in the way of anything in portrait.  We reviewed the Square Jellyfish mount in detail in 2016.  It’s a solid mount and is worth considering.

What about a seat bolt mount?  Negative.  The seat bolts in a Kia Soul are accessible but inside a deep rail so you will not be able to use the claw of a seat bolt mount.

Cup holders on a Kia Soul are set too far back to be useful for mounting anything.  Sometimes, you can use the cup holder location for a tablet.  The location of the Kia Soul cup holders just aren’t going to work.

Maybe a CD Player mount?  Forget it.  There isn’t a CD Player in a Kia Soul.

This wasn’t easy.  The interior design eliminated many of my go-to mounting locations.  So bottom line:  windshield suction mounts attached low on the windshield work best for a phone or GPS.  The dash and vent locations might work well in a Kia Soul but it seems like the windshield is the best choice.