• All-New For 2020
  • Multiple Trims from sporty GT-Line to rugged X-Line
  • 201-Horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder available
  • Standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Optional 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • On sale spring 2019
  • Pricing starts at $18,485 including $995 destination
  • Be sure to read our full expert review of the 2020 Kia Soul

 

Ten years ago, Kia introduced the Soul; a small, spunky runabout with a modest asking price, SUV-inspired functionality, and a liberal blast of style. Unlike its competitors of the day (Honda Element, Scion XB, Nissan Cube) the Soul endures, as signified by the recent launch of the 3rd-generation 2020 Kia Soul.

We just returned from San Diego having driven the 2020 Kia Soul in two forms; the X-Line and the GT-Line. The X-Line sports plastic body-cladding and a rugged demeanor (but doesn’t offer all-wheel drive) while the GT-Line injects sporty flair into the Soul formula via racier front and rear fascias, 18-inch wheels, and red accents. The GT-Line can also be equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine making 201 horsepower. That a notable bump from the naturally-aspirated 147-horsepower 2.0-liter powering all other Soul trims.

Electric Soul coming

The Soul’s lineup will also include trims ranging from the simple LX, the distinct EX Designer Collection, a cheaper GT-Line featuring the base engine, and a pure-electric Soul EV. That last one might be the most interesting of the bunch, delivering a predicted 243 miles of range, and utilizing an independent rear suspension as opposed to the simpler twist-beam setup found on all other Kia Souls.

Our first taste of the 2020 Soul was brief but left us filled with good vibes. Ride quality has improved, the exterior design looks both familiar and fresh, and the interior remains unexpectedly spacious given the Soul’s size. We look forward to spending more time behind the wheel…especially that Soul EV.

Class of 2020: The New and Redesigned Cars, Trucks and SUVs

The Soul’s upright SUV-like stance seemed novel when it debuted a decade ago. These days desire for an upright form factor is stronger than ever among car buyers. The latest Soul comes competitively-priced in a single body style that is well-poised to battle tall front-drive SUV competitors like the Nissan Kicks and Toyota CH-R.

Models, Features and Prices

The new Soul is offered in seven trim levels, with the base LX featuring modern necessities like air conditioning, power accessories, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The manual transmission is limited to the base LX trim while the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine can only be found as an option on the sporty and comparatively pricey $28,485 GT-Line 1.6T. Prices below include $995 destination charges.

2020 Kia Soul LX 6MT
Starting Price: $18,485
2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine

6-speed manual transmission
16-inch steel wheels with wheel covers
Auto on-off headlights

Power mirrors
6-way manual driver’s seat
60/40-split folding rear seat

7-Inch touchscreen
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
Bluetooth
USB charge port

6-speaker audio

2020 Kia Soul LX CVT
Starting Price: $19,985
2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine

CVT automatic

2020 Kia Soul GT-Line CVT
Starting Price: $21,285
Forward collision avoidance

Lane keep assist

Driver attention warning

Illuminated sunvisor

GT-Line front and rear fasicas

GT-Line 18-inch wheels

2020 Kia Soul S CVT
Starting Price: $21,285
16-inch alloy wheels

Body color mirrors

Premium cloth seats

Blind spot warning

Rear cross collision warning

2020 Kia Soul X-Line CVT
Starting Price: $22,485
X-Line 18-inch wheels

Front fog lights

Roof rails
Plastic body cladding

2020 Kia Soul EX CVT
Starting Price: $23,685
10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation

Smart key with push button start

Dual-zone automatic climate control

Dual USB center console chargers
Bluetooth with voice recognition

Wireless phone charging

Heated front seats

Rear center arm rest

LED position lights

17-inch alloy wheels

2020 Kia Soul GT-Line 1.6T
Price: $28,485
1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

7-speed dual-clutch transmission
GT-Line front and rear fasicas

GT-Line 18-inch wheels

Center exhaust with dual finisher

Sunroof with power sunshade

LED interior lighting

10-way power driver’s seat

Heated steering wheel

Harman Kardon premium audio

Speaker lights

Smart cruise control

Head up display

Forward collision warning with pedestrian detection

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