2020 Kia Soul Review

I spend quite a few summer days hitting the beach with my friends. On one of our beach outings, we hopped inside the newly redesigned 2020 Kia and headed to one of our favorite hot spots along the Jersey Shore. During the scenic three hour trek, the tiny Soul proved that it’s no slouch when it comes to effortlessly ferrying folks for a weekend getaway or a long daily commute.

 

For 2020, Kia gets mad props for elevating the Soul’s street cred. Kia gave its iconic pint-size people hauler a splendid overhaul, while still retaining the Soul’s distinctive boxy exterior and quirky charm. I’m here for all of it.

Even better, the Korean manufacturer doled out more nice touches by adding standard features like a bigger touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the redesigned Soul.

 

The goodies don’t stop there. Soul 2020 comes loaded with more available features as well.

 

The Soul is a five-seat, front-wheel drive hipster hatchback that elicited a favorable fist bump from my passenger. Half-way into our drive there were no complaints about aches and pains. We liked that Kia’s seats were adult-sized and comfortably supportive.

No matter where you sit, there is plenty of head- and legroom to move about-even for my 6’2 passenger. From the driver’s seat, I especially liked the commanding view of the road that Kia’s high seating position afforded me.

 

While I dug the Soul’s fly exterior, the interior isn’t going to win any beauty contests, but that’s ok. I was more impressed that the materials were durable enough to withstand normal wear and tear.

The redesigned 2020 Soul comes in seven trim levels, that’s four more than last year’s model. This makes it even easier to customize the Soul for your preference and personality. Kia kinda divides those trims into up in three groups. You have normal, SUV-like or the GT sportier option.

 

Our beach excursion also gave us the chance to put the Soul’s cargo capacities to the ultimate test. We loaded it up with chairs, an umbrella, cooler, volleyball, football, and a couple of backpacks.  We were able to fit it all inside the 24.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. Our loading efforts were a cinch with the rear hatch's wide opening. There’s also a hands-free power liftgate that’s available to make loading even easier.

For the base Soul, there’s a standard, simple to use UVO infotainment system, seven-inch touch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, six speakers, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If you want a sunroof in the Soul, that’s available too. Also available features are a 10.25-inch touch screen, a head-up display, wireless device charging, lane keep assist, driver drowsiness monitoring alert, navigation, a Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, and two additional USB ports.

On the road, I found my Soul X-Line tester to be nimble and easy to drive. I like that Kia gives you two gas engines to choose from to power the latest Soul. There’s a smooth 147-horsepower four-cylinder base engine. You also have the option of the 201-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that’s tucked under the hood of the GT-Line Turbo trim. There’s also another cool component with the base engine. It can be paired with a continuously variable transmission or CVT.

The base Kia X-line gets 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

 

Pricing for the 2020 Kia Soul starts at $ $17,490.

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