The blocky Soul has actually been a signature model for Kia, one that assisted put the brand name on the map in the U.S. market, and it gets a complete redesign on a new platform for 2020. However even as Kia presents new models on top end of the lineup, such as the hot Stinger sports sedan and huge Telluride SUV, it appears clear with the development of the new Soul that Kia is intending to maintain the car’s quirkiness and friendly beauty. Revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 renovate is a little tougher-looking, however it’s still charming and friendly, and hasn’t lost its soul the method Toyota frittered away the eccentric appeal of the initial Scion xB.
That competitor reoccured, however the new Soul now will take on Toyota’s C-HR and Nissan’s new Kicks amongst city-friendly, front-wheel-drive, small-and-tall hatchbacks that use area and usefulness without the size, rate or pretense (or all-wheel drive) of attempting to be a full-on SUV.
It might attempt to poach more buyers lured by those SUVs, nevertheless, with a new X-Line trim level that butches up the Soul’s intrinsic cuteness with more SUV-like styling hints. The X-Line will sign up with 5 other trim levels, and the new trim names lose the quirkiness: Gone are the 2019’s base, Plus and Exclaim in favor of the more standard LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX and EX Designer Collection.
2020 Kia Soul Release Date and Price
The 2020 Soul goes on sale mid-2019. In 2020, try to find another all-electric variation of the Soul that once again will be provided just “in choose markets with restricted schedule.” Rates will come later on, however we anticipate moderate boosts over the present Soul’s prices, which varies from $19,130 to $23,930.
The 2020 Kia Soul will fight the Honda HR-V, Jeep Renegade, and Mini Cooper Countryman.
2020 Kia Soul Exterior
The new Soul keeps its city-friendly width and height and grows simply 2.2 inches in length. It keeps the old model’s unique squared-off shape, flat roofing system and fundamental box shape, however improves it with trendier information and much deeper sculpting.
The back pillar gets a more noticable “hockey stick” shape and now sports a black divider that triggers the roofing in the presently fashionable drifting roofing system design. Contrasting roofing colors are offered on some trim levels, signing up with the Kicks and C-HR with that customization choice.
In front, the Kia “Tiger Nose” grille has actually vanished, however a lot more significant changes include the lighting. A style aspect sure to be spoken about is the new Soul’s cool low headlights where you ‘d anticipate to see foglights. It’s an arguable positioning attempted and deserted by Jeep for the Cherokee, now restored by Kia’s brother or sister Hyundai brand name on its most current Santa Fe and Kona SUVs. The headlights flank a new variation of the huge lower grille, and above sit slim turn signal and daytime running light pods. Another eyebrow-raising information are its slim lights on the corners that link to develop a thin, full-width “unibrow.”.
A comparable coast-to-coast lighting style appears in the back throughout the top of the liftgate, linking more significant versions of the Soul’s familiar high, boomerang-shaped taillights. The liftgate window, shaping and bumper echo previous Souls, however the liftgate is larger and lower to make packing much easier.
The more rugged X-Line trim level includes extra body and fender cladding, together with its own 18-inch wheels and accents. The new, sportier GT-Line includes more black trim, red accents, foglights and a D-shaped wheel.
2020 Kia Soul Interior
Inside, Kia keeps things cool with textures, 3-D patterns and bright-color trim differing by model. Guest space stays about the like the existing Soul, however much better product packaging has actually increased freight area by 5 cubic feet, and it now provides a dual-level freight flooring to aid with taller products. Door panel cutouts likewise increase interior storage.
The 2020 model keeps the Soul interior’s signature music style and broadens beyond those pulsing-light speakers with offered sound state of mind lighting on the door panels in selectable colors in addition to the capability to integrate to the beat of the music. Selectable light “state of minds” consist of: Hey! Yo!; Party Time; Traveling; Romance; Midnight City; and Café.
Updated features consist of optional cordless phone charging and dual-zone automated environment control, multiconnection Bluetooth, an 8-inch head-up display screen and a 640-watt (double the existing Soul) Harman Kardon stereo with 10 speakers consisting of a center channel and subwoofer. There is basic Android Auto and Apple CarPlay performance and leading trim levels likewise provide a 10.25-inch touchscreen with split-screen ability.
2020 Kia Soul Under the Hood
The new base engine is a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed handbook or a new constantly variable automated transmission established internal. The new CVT initially appeared in the redone 2019 Kia Forte compact car. Dropped is the previous base 1.6-liter and midrange 161-hp 2.0-liter.
The more-grins power upgrade is the carryover 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with the seven-speed dual-clutch automated that was basic on the 2019 Exclaim trim level. Kia was not particular about which trim levels will provide the turbo for 2020, though it did state that the sportier GT-Line provides the turbo as an alternative in addition to bigger brakes and a sport-tuned suspension.
All models are front-wheel drive, laying to rest– in the meantime, a minimum of– reports of an all-wheel-drive variation, despite the fact that the new Soul now shares a platform with the Hyundai Kona subcompact SUV that does provide AWD. However the new platform does bring a new suspension setup that Kia guarantees will provide better handling, a quieter cabin and smoother flight.