The new Kia Soul will continue to impress. The vehicle is something between the hatchback and the crossover. However, the versatile model is very agile and reliable. It is not delivering too much power, but the 2020 Kia Soul will perform nicely in urban areas, or on the open road. Of course, there is again an all-electric version. A green model will deliver more miles from larger batteries. The base Soul will cost $18,500 and it is another big advantage of this crossover.
There are first impressions about this vehicle. The 2020 Kia Soul brings again the traditional boxy shape. Although it looks old-fashioned, the crossover is still appealing and modern. Furthermore, the interior is also refined. More options and connectivity systems will attract younger buyers and technology freaks. We already mentioned the price as one of the strong sides. Downsides are somehow usual – electric model is expensive, turbo lags need fixes, and the compact vehicle can’t offer too much space or power.
2020 Kia Soul Changes
The new 2020 Kia Soul is larger than its predecessors. The crossover gained 1.2 inches for wheelbase and 2.2 inches overall. However, this extra length is not used to add more room for legs. All contrary, passengers on the rear seats will have even less space. Front row gains only 0.3 inches. On the other hand, the storage room is now larger. The new 2020 Soul is offering 62 cubic feet of space behind front seats, and 24 cubic feet when the second row is up. Doors are bigger, so the entrance is easier.
Designers spent more time inside the cabin to tune the crossover. Well, the entry-level model is not too different than before. A lot of plastic everywhere, with soft materials in upper trims, are standard. Now, the center of the infotainment system is a 7-inch touchscreen display. Higher classes of vehicle offer 10-inch screen. Also, there are USB ports and power outlets. You can easily charge your smartphone or tablet. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are part of the base package.
It is still a topic of discussion. Soul is on market as the crossover, but fans sometimes call it a hatchback, or even mini multi-purpose vehicle. Either way, the 2020 Kia Soul is going to be pretty intriguing and attractive. Outside, you will spot the large ground clearance for this segment of vehicles. The new Soul will offer 6.7 inches under the body. That is almost an inch more than before. The entire offer is coming through four trim levels. The base model is LX, and there are also S, EX, and GT-Line. The last one is the most aggressive. With sporty details it is eye-catching crossover young people want to drive.
2020 Kia Soul Specs
The new 2020 Kia Soul doesn’t only look different. A lot of modifications happened under the hood as well. We used to see 1.6 and 2.0-liter units. Now, the larger one is capable to deliver more power and torque. However, further tuning makes the ride smoother and more efficient. The drivetrain can produce 150 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. Also, the company replaced an old transmission. Now, the power router is a CVT gearbox. The new system will fix all the lags you can expect from such transmission. Well, the base models are using a manual gearbox, and upgrade to automatic costs $1,500. Fans are already mulling about it.
If you want more power, then you can choose to drive 2020 Soul with a 1.6-liter turbo engine. this time, there are no options. The drivetrain is sending power to the CVT and then to front wheels. The GT-Line will also offer an AWD and many other options. That makes it a lot more expensive than the model with a 2.0-l engine. The total output of this system is 200 horsepower.
Besides the turbo engine, the new GT-Line model will add a lot more of other features. Among others, we want to highlight 18-inch wheels, sporty details, and special colors. Also, this trim is getting special headlights and keyless entry feature. Inside, we will find a larger touchscreen display and more safety features. Of course, premium audio and soft materials will improve the overall comfort and sportier drive impression.
2020 Kia Soul Price
The base model starts at $17,500, but that is the MRSP. You can add a grand more for the destination fee. S model is just above $20k. Then, Kia also offers GT- and X-Line vehicles. The most expensive offer is GT-Line Turbo with a 1.6-liter engine. For $22,500 you can purchase the EX trim. Hyundai Kona, Jeep Renegade, and Honda Fit are alternatives to this subcompact crossover. Although it offers nearly 7 inches of ground clearance, try to keep the new Soul on the road. Details about the new electric model are not available yet, and this version will be announced early next year.