2020 Kia Soul Looks Utterly Familiar But Is Totally Different

The Kia Soul has grown up for the 2020 model year and it’s now in its third generation. The boxy look is still there, as it has become kind of a signature for the model that used to take on the Nissan Cube and such, but everything else is pretty much new.

Besides the redesigned front and rear ends, the interior has also undergone a significant makeover. It comes with a 10.25-inch color touchscreen display as an option, which has a split-screen function, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard across the range and it can be specced with a head-up display, too. Audiophiles will find that the mood lighting can sync to the music playing through the on-board speakers, which is nice to have if that’s your thing.

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The engine lineup includes a 177 hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder in lesser models and a 1.6-liter turbo-four rated at 201 horses in upper grades. Kelley Blue Book jumped in the latter at the 2020 Soul’s launch event, finding that it does have a little lag, but once boost builds up, it feels zippy.

The overall driving experience is very good and so is the ride quality. All in all, it could be said that the Soul is more mature than its predecessor, and it won’t disappoint users, unless they’re too picky, in which case they will notice some hard plastics inside, although those are probably some of the compromises made to keep the price as low as possible.

Pricing for the new generation Soul starts at $18,485 for the LX trim level with the naturally aspirated engine and a six-speed manual gearbox. Buyers looking for the CVT will have to fork out an additional $1,500, while the turbocharged engine begins at $30,825 for the GT-Line Turbo grade. An all-electric model will arrive later on with a 243-mile (391 km) range, but until it does, let’s see how its ICE-powered siblings perform in the video review that follows.

 

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    The front is very attractive, but the rear is kinda too much

    • Jawohl

      Omg.

  • Paul

    I like it, especially the front end.

  • Rocket

    Much improved, but I think Kia is underestimating the number of sales they’re missing without an AWD option.

    • diesel_vdub

      AWD really isn’t needed if you have good snow tires, assuming you’re in a climate that requires such things.
      My biggest gripe with the new Soul is the change from a panaromic sunroof to a normal sunroof, majore downgrade.

      • Justin Spencer

        You must not get any real measurable snow! Where I live, it snows ALOT in the winter and all-wheel drive is a must…..especially getting around corners and into/out of driveways where the snow piles up and you get stuck! “AWD really isn’t needed if you have good snow tires”….LOL

        • ace_9

          Getting around snowy corners? In a 4WD kia soul? You are just a step away from explaining us how the 4WD in a crossover is pulling you on an icy highway and you can go much faster than everyone else 😀
          I agree with driveways with a lot of snow, especially if they are also on a hill, but even most 2WD cars can do that, but it takes longer to create a path.

          • Justin Spencer

            Snowy city corners and those right hand turning lanes are the worst. All of the snow from the rest of the road gets pushed over to the edge and yes, you’ll get stuck just trying to make a right hand turn. I have all-wheel drive and still have managed to get stuck…..life in the north!

          • ace_9

            Well for such roads I would say that a proper offroad car is quite necessary. I don’t believe in 4WD crossovers. The drive-train is 2WD almost all the time, but it can sometimes activate the brakes to power spinning wheels.

  • Bash

    KIA had a winning recipe and they they did it right. Its a good looking package.

  • stelvio

    it looks like it’s ready to fall asleep

  • Alberto Barrales

    Why is it squinting?

  • Wayne Alan Carr Heyes

    Utterly pissed that the UK ONLY gets an electric variant

    We should of had at least a petrol !

  • Jawohl

    Stinger is butt ugly but this takes it to a whole new level.

    • Bo Hanan

      The original was so much better looking I think.

      • Jawohl

        It was better but there is only so much you can do with a box

        • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

          no one cares

          • Jawohl

            True. It is a Kia after all.

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            No, no one cares about his opinion

          • Jawohl

            You cared enough to comment

          • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

            Are you that slow

          • Jawohl

            Not as slow as some it seems.

  • Maykel

    No AWD because it’d cannibalize the sales of Sportage and/or Kona.

    • Bo Hanan

      The one thing it needs to be perfect.

    • Rocket

      I don’t buy that argument since AWD would also bring customers from the competition. If cannibalization were that big a concern, they wouldn’t be offering an all electric model.

  • Dennis Scipio

    Are those the headlights placed below the drls?

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