The 2020 Kia Soul hatchback scopes in its target viewers by aiming at the fringes.
Outre design, light-weight-up speakers, and a reduced value converse to periphery purchasers who don’t intellect investing design for material. The Soul’s top secret? Its hatchback practicality, gasoline-effective powertrains, and silent experience are appropriate down Broadway for many buyers.
This calendar year, the Soul is new but retains the properties that manufactured it a shock strike in the U.S.
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We price the new edition at six.3 out of 10. (Go through a lot more about how we price automobiles.)
The new Soul is out there in LX, X-Line, S, EX, and GT Line trim ranges. Kia has not however mentioned how a great deal each and every will expense, but base automobiles will commence close to $eighteen,five hundred and prime trims will tempt $29,000. The Soul’s sweet place will be shut to $21,000, nonetheless.
This year’s Soul is subtly unique than the automobile it changed. It is larger by inches, but the identical boxy profile has returned. We like the new facial area, which is a lot more unified than the outgoing version’s break up grille. Various trim ranges don unique accents.
Within, the interior lights are larger and the speaker covers are different—but it is still purposeful and comfortable for grown ups.
The base powertrain is the greatest: a 2.-liter that makes 147 horsepower mated to an computerized transmission. The Soul is barely fast, but it is agile close to city and its gearing makes it a very good urban runabout at slower speeds.
The optional engine is a 1.six-liter turbo-four that is peaky and teamed with a finicky computerized transmission. We don’t endorse it.
The Soul is also out there with an electric powertrain that we include independently.
The Soul’s pleasure is in its packaging: it is comfortable for four grown ups, with a good deal of leg room for six-footers or taller. The hatchback has an uncomplicated entry (which appealed to more mature buyers who snapped up the previous generation in droves) and spacious cargo space that opens up to a lot more than sixty cubic toes with the rear seats folded.
It is silent down the highway and a lot more comfortable than its reduced value would advise.
Most Souls will be safe and sound (we could not help ourselves). Lively security capabilities are bundled on S trims and larger and incorporate computerized crisis braking and lane-departure warnings. Top GT Strains get the total residence: blind-place monitors, adaptive cruise regulate, and a head-up exhibit.
Base automobiles skip active security and a couple creature comforts but present sixteen-inch wheels, fabric upholstery, a seven.-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Car compatibility, just one USB port, and a reduced value.
A significant, bright 10.3-inch touchscreen is out there on prime trims alongside with a lot more USB ports, a wireless telephone charger and interior ambient lights.