2020 Kia Soul - A Boxy, Ruggedly-Elegant SUV with Great Features Inside, Outside and Underneath the Hood

The 2020 Kia Soul is among the most attractive choices in the subcompact crossover category, a safe, powerful and dynamic hatchback packed with the great safety and infotainment features that make modern Kia models stand out. The 2020 model-year comes with a complete redesign compared to the 2019 Kia Soul - the "boxiness" of the body has been reduced to ensure more aerodynamics, the accents and details confer a more rugged look on the outside and add more comfort on the inside and the car is packed with lots of great tech features all around.


Comfort Features on the 2020 Kia Soul

The Soul’s boxy body has lots of perks when it comes to cabins space, making the crossover’s interior spacious and comfortable, with almost 40 inches of headroom in the front as well as in the rear. Visibility from the cabin is excellent. The base model comes with 60/40 foldable seats in the rear and a 6-way adjustable driver seat, a camera display and privacy glass in the rear, a tilting, telescopic steering column, a single-zone, manual AC, with each trim adding its own specific set of further comfort features. The seats are upholstered with woven cloth or tricot cloth, some trims, such as the EX being available with leatherette, too.

Options for the Exterior

The members of the line-up come with lots of exterior color options – the base trim is offered in 3 shades, with the EX trim you can choose from 10 colors, the GT comes in five hues, while the rest of the range is available in seven colors. The X-Line features an exclusive an exclusive body kit and roof rails, the GT-Line Turbo adds sportiness with its special fascia design, but each of the trims has its own specific design components to distinguish them.

The Conclusion

Kia has created a one more small SUV that will be highly appreciated for its appearance, its performance as well as for the safety and the comfort it offers. The 2020 Kia Soul offers lots of value and feels great to drive, so all the ingredients for success are there.

Trim Levels and Configurations

The 2020 Kia Soul comes with a varied line-up. The range includes six trim levels, all of them front-wheel driven: the LX, the S, the X-Line, the EX-Line, the GT-Line and the GT-Line Turbo. The range comes with two engine variants: the base configuration is a naturally aspirated, four-cylinder, 2-liter engine, able to deliver 147 HP offered across the line-up and a turbo-charged, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine, capable of 201 HP, offered as an option for the top-of-the-range GT. 

The LX models are available with two transmission versions, a 2-speed CVT with auto-manual mode and a 6-speed manual, the highest trim, the Turbo version of the GT line pairs the turbo engine to a 7-speed auto-shift manual, the rest of the family being fitted with the 2-speed CVT. MPG varies depending on the configuration, the 147 HP engine teamed with the 2-speed CVT offering a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg, the 2-liter engine with the 6-speed transmission being rated at 27 mpg, the GT-Line configuration offering 29 mpg.

2020 Kia Soul trims can be distinguished by the subtle accents that confer each line in the range its specific sportiness as well as by wheel size: the LX and the S come with 16-inch wheels, steel on the LX and alloy on the S, the X and the GT-Line come with 18-inch alloy wheels, the EX-Line being equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels.

What makes the 2020 Kia Soul line-up special is maneuverability – a feature that contributes to the overall harmony of the driving experience. All new Soul models are great fun to drive – the chassis responds well and fast, making maneuvering quick and safe.

Safety and Infotainment Features

The 2020 Kia Soul comes with a wide range of infotainment features offered as standard on most trims, plus special configurations available with each of the lines. All trim levels, except the EX and the GT Turbo, are fitted with 7-inch touchscreens, the two higher trims being equipped with a much larger, 10.25-inch screen that also offers the great and useful split-screen function. Cross-platform smartphone integration is standard throughout the line-up. The standard audio is a six-speaker system that delivers decent sound, the GT Turbo being available with a 10-speaker premium audio from Harman Kardon. The audio can be controlled with the help of the buttons mounted on the steering wheel.

In terms of safety features, the base-level LX trims does not include any advanced safety bundle offered as standard, but the safety equipment becomes quite impressive from the S trim upwards and includes forward automatic breaking, lane keep and lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blond-spot warning as well as driver attention warning, the different trims having different components of the bundle offered as standard. Smart cruise control comes as standard only on the GT-Line Turbo.

Video from the LA Auto Show

Take a look at the 2020 Kia Soul at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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