2019 Kia Soul
Going onto the 2019 model year, the Kia Soul is just as funky fresh as ever. The major change some will notice is the smaller frame and platform of the Soul, downgrading in the SUV segment. 2019 also marks the next generation of the Kia Soul, so expect to see the more compact version on the roads going forward. Who ever looked at the Kia Soul and said “That’s a SUV” anyway? Not very cool.
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The next-generation 2019 Kia Soul keeps its lineup of three trims, the Base, Plus (+), and Exlaim (!). Each is its own special unit with a configuration engine for each. The Base is powered by a 130hp 1.6-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission (optional automatic); the Plus is powered by a 161hp 2.0-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed automatic transmission; the Exclaim is powered by a 201hp turbocharged 1.6-liter DOHC inline four-cylinder engine paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Three transmissions, three fuel economy ratings. The 2019 Kia Soul Base has a fuel economy of 24 mpg in the city/20 mpg on the highway with a six-speed manual transmission. That number jumps to 26/30 mpg city/highway with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the same fuel economy can be found in the Exclaim trim with the seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The Soul Plus trim gets 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway with the standard six-speed automatic transmission.
Each engine is optimized by the Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) design, dual continuously variable valve timing (CVVT) technology, and gasoline direct injection (GDI) fuel delivery. CVVT alters the frequency of an engine cylinders valve lift events for the intake of air/gas and exhaust for better performance and fuel efficiency; DOHC designs make this process easier by splitting the work between to camshafts versus one. GDI injects the gasoline directly into the combustion chamber, further improving the work of the engine by only using the cylinders for air flow and exhaust.
Small changes have taken place for the exterior of the 2019 Kia Soul. Multi-reflector headlights, privacy glass, solar glass, and a rear windshield wiper with heated rear glass are all still lineup standards, but auto on/off headlights have been added to the Base trim for 2019. For heated exterior mirrors, consumers will find that, along with the option for LED turn-signal indicators on the Plus and Exclaim trims. The option to add a panoramic sunroof with a power sunshade is also available for the Plus and Exclaim trims.
Not much has changed for the interior, either. The 2019 Kia Soul Base and Plus come with cloth upholstery, with leather on the Exclaim trim. 60/40 split-folding rear seat is standard across the lineup, along with a six-way adjustable driver's seat, a day/night rearview mirror, a FlexSteer system with three driving modes (Normal, Comfort, and Sport). Ventilated front and rear seats and a heated steering wheel are surprisingly only add-on options and not standard on either trim. There are also options for LED interior lighting, an 8-way power adjustable front passenger seat and 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar sport. Cargo room is still decent, with 61.3 cubic-feet of space with the rear seat folded when not opting-in for an interior cargo under tray option.
All 2019 Kia Soul trims come with a six-speaker system with an AM/FM/MP3/SiriusXM stereo, Bluetooth wireless technology with steering wheel-mounted buttons, Siri® Eyes Free, and voice recognition. A 7-inch touchscreen with UVO eServices and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto comes standard on the 2019 Kia Soul Plus and Exclaim trims; a 5-inch touchscreen comes standard on the Base trim. The 2019 Soul Base can upgrade to UVO on a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the Plus and Exclaim trims can upgrade to an 8-inch touchscreen with premium navigation and HD Radio. A Harman/Kardon audio system with a subwoofer is available on the Plus and Exclaim trims as well.
Safety Features and Warranty
Many modern and standard features can be found on the next-generation 2019 Kia Soul. These include dual-stage front and seat-mounted side airbags, side curtain airbags, ABS, traction and stability management systems, LATCH anchor systems for child seats, and body construction with specific crumple zones. There are also options for advanced safety systems available on select trims - autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, smart cruise control, blind spot detection, and rear cross-traffic alert.
All Kia models are backed by an industry leading warranty. The Kia Soul is backed by a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.