2020 Kia Soul
The Kia Soul got a complete redesign for 2020 that matches up with most of the other subcompact cars and compact SUVs. It's comfortable and spacious, that has plenty of personalities. The Kia Soul is a great vehicle, whether as a hatchback, small car, or a subcompact SUV. The Soul stands out for being a generous cargo and passenger space, comfortable interior, and a lengthy available features list. The Soul has an adequate performance from its powertrain, and on the road, the Soul is easy to drive.
Avail. Engine Type
There are two gasoline engine options in the new Soul which offers 147-horsepower four-cylinder base engine, and there is also a 201-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder found in the GT-Line Turbo trim. They get the job done as far as daily driving goes, but the turbocharged engine feels peppier, and it delivers quick acceleration. It can be paired with a silky CVT, which is a type of automatic transmission.
If alternative powertrains are your thing, there's also a Soul EV, which features a 201-horsepower electric motor. It delivers 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with its base engine. The turbocharged engine gets about the same ratings at 27 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the road.
Transmission & Towing
The Soul still offers satisfactory powertrains. Which include an electrified version as it delivers composed handling. The ride is generally comfortable.
Most of the 2020 Kia Souls will feature a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine which is teamed with a continuously variable transmission. There is a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine which is offered in the GT-Line. It delivers powerful acceleration with a bit of turbo lag at noticeable tugs through the steering wheel at full throttle and low revs.
The 1.6-liter engine proceeds with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Kia's automatic engine has a start/stop system, comes standard on all trims aside from the LX, where it's optional and comes dubbed with ISG. It can be deactivated, but the quick, smooth restart can make anyone want to leave it on.
In its third generation, the Soul's upright profile remains. But now the nose and tail possess a technical essence and modern that adds the dignity from the previously playful Soul's design. The LX trim base vehicle has a 16-inch steel wheel that comes standard, but the other models offer alloy wheels which range from 16 to 18 inches in size.
Adding to the standard Soul's stylistic panache is the Soul X-Line. It presents a sturdy plastic body cladding and 18-inch wheels. There's also the GT-Line, whose red accents, aggressive front, and rear fascias, and unique wheels paint a distinctly sporty picture.
The Kia Soul hides a colossal interior. There is enough space thanks to the great head and knee clearances, which includes the generous rear-passenger foot space under the front seats as well. The material quality varies depending on the higher trims.
Cargo capacity tops at 24.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats. That's a competitive figure for a small car. Adding more functionality to the vehicle is an optional dual-level floorboard that can be positioned low for maximum luggage space or raised to create a flat load area that smoothly merges with the folded rear seats.
Standard on all trim levels are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the infotainment screen starts at 8 inches, but it has a 10.25-inch screen available on higher trims. Fancier features available on higher trims include a 360-degree camera system, a premium 10-speaker audio system and Kia's Highway Driving Assist system, which can match the Telluride's cruising speed to changing speed limits.
Safety Features and Warranty
The outstanding durability and quality of every new Kia that rolls off the assembly line is something that Kia stands behind. Let their confidence be yours with their industry-leading Kia 10-year/100,000-mile warranty program.
The program consists of:
5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty
10-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty
5-year/60,000 mile roadside assistance plan
5-year/100,000 mile limited anti-perforation warranty
The warranty program applies to any newer Kia vehicles (2008 and up). Each warranty provides coverage until the mile or year is reached, whichever comes first.