It is hard to find more than a couple of subcompact crossovers that can match Soul’s overall quality. Spacious cabin, tons of functionality, funky styling and excellent value for the price are some of the main reasons why this crossover stands out. It started to stand out even more, as the new, third generation has been launched recently. The new model sticks to its proven formula but comes with plenty of improvements as well. The new model features similar styling, but there is a lot of improvement under the skin. Finally, the new model is technically superior, with better driving characteristics, higher comfort and more advanced technologies. It is also important to mention that the new 2020 Kia Soul has grown bigger for a bit. Finally, there is a choice of two gasoline engines, though latest reports suggest plenty of interesting novelties in the following years.
2020 Kia Soul Design
Although you won’t notice a bigger difference, at first sight, the new model has been completely re-engineered. The first thing you’ll notice on 2020 Kia Soul specs is that the new model is slightly bigger. You can count on additional 1.2-inches in wheelbase and 2.2 inches of overall length, which will surely be beneficial in term of interior space, which was pretty generous in the previous generation as well. In terms of aesthetics, as we already mentioned, the new model doesn’t go far away from its predecessor.
The recognizable boxy shape is here, while the front end gets minor tweaks only. Interestingly, changes at the rear end seem more prominent, as there are new taillights, which are almost completely surrounding the tailgate. Other than that, you won’t notice too many differences. The 2020 Kia Soul EV is also about to come and this version could possibly come with a couple of distinctive details, in order to accentuate its all-electric character.
The 2020 Kia Soul interior also comes completely new. This redesign included a significant rework of the interior. Of course, this is most notable on the dashboard, which gets new design and materials. Pretty much complete cabin came with new materials, which feature higher quality. Still, the overall layout somehow looks bland, compared to many competitors, which somehow look more opulent. Still, that doesn’t mean you will miss any essentials when it comes to standard equipment. Even the most basic versions come with things like 7-inch touch screen, six speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. In higher trim levels, you can also get things like 10.25-inch touch screen, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, wireless charging, etc.
When it comes to safety, a rearview camera is the only standard features. Still, many advanced systems are available, including things like head-up display, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane change assists, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control and many more.
The thing that might look confusing to you is the trim level organization. There are six trims in total in the offer. Base models wear the LX badge. Already in the S model adds a lot of safety features and a few more things. Interesting, all upper trims are actually based on this one. One of them is the X-Line, which adds a bit of off-road flavor. On the other side, the GT-Line is more performance oriented. If you prefer something more luxurious than the 2020 Kia Soul EX might be a good choice for you. Finally, there is the GT-Line Turbo, which comes with the more powerful powertrain.
2020 Kia Soul Engines
At this point, the 2020 Kia Soul comes with two engines in the offer. Most trim levels include the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which is good for about 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. This engine comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, while CVT is optional. If you prefer a peppier ride, the 2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo comes with a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine, which delivers 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Also, it is important to mention that it comes with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the new model is also available only with front-wheel drive.
We are also waiting for the all-electric version to come in the near future. This model will come with a completely new system, more powerful and more efficient than the one from the previous generation. The new system will be based on a 64-kWh battery, with pretty impressive output that goes up to 201 hp and 291 lb-ft of torque.
2020 Kia Soul Pricing
When it comes to the 2020 Kia Soul price, it goes in a rough range from 17.500 to 30.500 dollars. Models with turbo engine start at around 27.500 dollars. On the other side, pricing details about the electric version are yet to be announced.