The Soul has been fully redesigned for the 2020 model year. Like we mentioned, it keeps its familiar boxy profile because if it didn't, it wouldn't be a Kia Soul anymore. Although the shape is mostly unchanged, the details like the front and rear fascias, and even the size of the car, are a little different. We think its new aesthetic makes it look a little more premium from the thin horizontal lighting up front to the boomerang taillights in back. Dare we say this looks a little bit like a baby Land Rover from the front?
The Soul is still decidedly compact, but it has grown a few inches. The Soul has always been roomy on the inside thanks to the inherent space efficiency of its boxy shape and now it's even bigger on the inside, particularly in the cargo area which has grown 5 cu ft. It's also easier to get in and out of thanks to bigger front door openings. Ease of entry and exit has always been one of the Soul's strong suits and a big reason why it's popular with seniors and now that perk has gotten even better. See the 2020 Kia Soul models for sale near you
The new third-generation Kia Soul is the logical next step for the funky hatchback. It takes a great little crossover and makes it even better with updated tech, a fresh new look, and better fuel economy, making for an overall enhancement over the outgoing model. It may have gotten a little too pricey on the top end, but lower-end and mid-range models are still fantastic values for anyone looking for a small, practical, efficient car that's a little more interesting than more mainstream offerings. Find a Kia Soul for sale
The Kia Soul is thankfully no longer using punctuation marks as trim names and has switched to a more conventionally named model range in line with other Kias. Moving up the model range can change the appearance and the equipment of your Soul quite a bit.
The Soul LX ($17,490) is the base model and the only one available with a manual transmission. Upgrading to the IVT will set you back an extra $1,500. Standard features include the 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine, a 7-in UVO infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, automatic headlights, woven cloth seat trim and air conditioning. This trim doesn't have a lot of options available aside from the IVT.
The mid-range Soul S ($20,290) adds quite a bit more equipment including forward-collision warning assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, alloy wheels and premium cloth seat trim.
For the same price, you can get the Soul GT-Line ($20,290) which adds a sporty appearance package that includes 18-in alloy wheels that are exclusive to the GT-Line, red accents, and a unique front bumper and side sills. It comes with some of the same safety tech as the S trim, but blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change assist are all optional rather than standard.
The next step up is the X-Line model ($21,490) which, we must admit, is a little confusing. The Soul X-Line is a rugged appearance package that makes the Soul appear to be more of an off-roader, but doesn't actually add anything mechanically to make it more off-road capable -- not even AWD. It has X-Line exclusive wheels, plastic fender cladding, and roof rails that are all writing a check that the Soul's off-road chops can't cash. Its standard safety tech is limited to blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist.
Creeping into luxury territory is the Soul EX ($22,690), which throws in push-button start, heated front seats with a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat including two-way lumbar support, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10.25-in UVO infotainment system with navigation, wireless charging, forward collision avoidance assist, lane-keeping assist, driver attention warning, rear cross-traffic alert and lane-change assist. Some optional features on the EX trim include leatherette seat trim, a 2-tone roof treatment, LED exterior lighting and nicer alloy wheels.
Finally, there's the top trim: the Soul GT-Line Turbo ($27,490), which is pretty pricey for a compact Kia, but it brings a lot to the table. It's the only trim that comes with the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine and it also comes standard with a slew of other features. It has all of the cool standard features you just read about in the EX model plus the GT-Line appearance package with standard LED lighting, a power sunroof, Harman/Kardon premium audio with mood lighting that can pulse with the music, a head-up display, and all of the aforementioned driver-assistance tech plus adaptive cruise control.
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2019 Nissan Kicks -- The Nissan Kicks is another outlier in its segment in the sense that it doesn't offer AWD. The Kicks is the second most affordable new SUV right after the Soul and it has many of the same virtues as the Kia, like a low base price, a surprisingly big cargo area, great fuel economy and some interesting available features including Bose speakers built into the driver's headrest.
2019 Hyundai Kona -- The Hyundai Kona is the Soul's corporate cousin offering very similar engines. This subcompact crossover has a slightly higher starting price than the Soul at $19,240, but it also offers more standard safety tech on the base trim like forward collision avoidance assist. One of the biggest distinctions between the two is that the Kona is available with AWD. The Kona even has a cool Iron Man Edition available for you Marvel fans.
2019 Toyota C-HR -- Another one of the quirkier little crossovers available is the Toyota C-HR, which is a Scion design that was inherited by Toyota. The C-HR is extremely generous with standard safety tech with a pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert with steering assist, and automatic high beams all coming standard on every model. However, the C-HR also has a higher base price and worse fuel economy than the Soul.
Used Kia Soul -- If all of the new stuff on the 2020 Soul that you just read about isn't all that important to you, the second-gen Kia Soul that ran from model years 2014-2019 is a great little car. It was an excellent bargain on the new market meaning it's an even better deal on the used market if you don't mind a few miles on the clock.