2020 Kia Soul – Since mid of 2019, 2020 version of Kia Soul has begun to be widely discussed as a subcompact SUV. This new edition is a redesign of the previous Kia Soul. Kia prioritizes the comfort side by providing a spacious space. The addition of features is the latest technology and elegant interior touches as an added value to compete with other subcompacts.

The 2020 Soul fashionably upgrades the hatchback’s boxy appearance and it is more enjoyable to operate, though maintains the functionality, worth and trendy identity. The Kia Soul comes straight to the 2nd decade as well as 3rd generation along with its soul in one piece.

Kia Soul 2020 Model Year
2020 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul

CARLITUS – The modern city-size hatchback 2020 Kia Soul is all-new, with additional modern-day technology and far better driving ways – however, it maintains the primary functionality and cost. So, let’s begin to discuss this new model of Kia’s vehicles in this article.

Details Specifications

In this table below, we try our best to make the easier specifications looking. Let’s take a look at 2020 Kia Soul specifications in the specs table below:

Model2020 Kia Soul
Vehicle TypeFront-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
Engine Type
  • DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-4, 147 hp, 132 lb-ft
  • Turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 1.6-liter inline-4, 201 hp, 195 lb-ft
Transmission6-speed manual, 7-speed dual-clutch automatic + manual shifting mode, CVT
Wheelbase102.4 inch
Length x Width x Height165.2 x 70.9 x 63.0 inch
Cargo Volume24 cu ft – 62.1 cu ft (second-row folded)
EPA Fuel Economy
  • Combined: 27-31 MPG
  • City: 25-29 MPG
  • Highway = 31-35 MPG
  • Zero to 60 mph: 6.3–8.6 sec
  • Zero to 100 mph: 17.7–25.5 sec
  • Top speed: 120–130 mph
Base Price$18,485 – $28,485 (pricing details)


The Soul is a hatchback with dimensions of 165.2 inches in length, 70.9 inches in width and 63 inches in height. The front has LED headlights with auto-off technology. The location of the grille is at the bottom with trapezoidal shapes framed with a chrome-list.

Fog lamp is placed in the grille so that the 2020 edition has a different design than the previous. Kia Soul uses All-Season tires on the front and rear. At first glance, the wheels are similar to a flower crown consisting of 5 parts and painted in two-tone silver and black.

On the side, the Kia mirrors are chrome. Unlike the door handling pieces that are colored with the body. At the rear, the Soul has no difference even though many parts are redesigned. The look of the car is still boxy with a circular stop lamp on the trunk door window.

The Kia logo is located at the bottom of the wiper, while the SOUL tag is to the left of the door. Parking reflectors and sensors are at the bottom of the cargo door. The car is also equipped with a silver rear bumper.


Soul passenger capacity is five passengers. The seat is comfortable enough to carry adults because the cabin and legroom are quite spacious. Unlike the previous edition, the position has been upgraded using synthetic leather. Especially for the driver, the position can be adjusted electrically.

For owners who have children, this car already has a LATCH connector to install a child-only seat. The interior features of this car are complete. In the head unit, the infotainment system consists of a 10.25-inch touch screen, Bluetooth, USB port, and connectors for smartphones.

2020 Kia Soul Interior
2020 Kia Soul Interior – Credits: Michael Simari

Apple users can use Apple Carplay, while Android users can use Android Auto. The audio speaker system consists of 6 units. 2020 Kia Soul edition also comes with a driver system feature.

If the previous Soul already had a parking sensor, a head-up display, pedestrian detection, and cruise control, now the car already has a monitor to detect drowsiness. This feature is an essential part of the overall side of the journey using the Soul.

At the rear, Kia has cargo space with a size of 24.2 cubic feet. If the second-row seats are folded as a whole, then the cargo space becomes 62.1 cubic feet. This spacious cargo is the hallmark of Kia Soul in the SUV subcompact class.

The second-row seats can be folded with a comparison of 60:40. Although not flat, the cargo is more comprehensive than the previous edition of Soul.

Engine Specifications

The type of engine used is a regular unleaded I-4 with 2000 cc capacity for LX manual types, IVX LX, IVT S, GT-Line, X-Line, and EX. and the GT-Line turbo series uses a 1600 cc capacity. Cars use a four-cylinder engine which has 147-HP/6200 RPM while the torque is 132 Nm/4500 RPM.

The power and acceleration of the car are considered good. In a variety of driving conditions, the car is quite powerful but isn’t as same as the acceleration. Even so, the turbo type engine feels more energetic compared to the subcompact SUV class.

While handling is quite smooth and responsive for car users for daily activities. Besides the engine capacity, the type of transmission is also different — all series except manual LX use automatic transmission types.

Kia Soul Engine Looks
Kia Soul Engine – Credits: Michael Simari

The manual transmission consists of 6-speed levels, and automatic transmission consists of 7 speeds. Soul fuel consumption is 25 MPG for trips in the city, 31 MPG for trips on the highway.

Car safety is guaranteed by airbags and brakes. Airbags consist of 5 parts for the driver, passenger, front, rear head, and front side. The car brake system also uses 4-wheel ABS and 4-wheel disc brakes. Other security features are child safety lock, DRL lights, stability control, lane departure warning, and keeping assists.

2020 Kia Soul Trims & Pricing

In the subcompact segment, Kia competes with various brands such as Mazda. However, the price of 2020 Kia Soul is the lower. The Soul price starts from $17,500 for the manual transmission version.

Other options, such as GT-Line, costs more than $25,000. If you want Kia with more complete features, then the level and price will also increase. The cheapest one is Soul LX, which costs $17,490.

Next is the Kia Soul S at the price of $20,290, X-Line at the rate of $21,490, Soul EX at the expense of $22,690, and GT-Line at $20,290. The GT-Turbo Line is the most expensive variant of the Kia Soul, which is $27,490. We got something to make the details look easier for you in the table below.

TrimsBase Price
2020 Kia Soul LX$18,485
2020 Kia Soul S$21,285
2020 Kia Soul GT-Line$21,285
2020 Kia Soul X-Line$22,485
2020 Kia Soul EX$23,685
2020 Kia Soul GT-Line Turbo$28,485


Levels of competition come with its new rivals such as the Nissan Cube and Scion xB but as new as new competitors with this new Kia vehicle consist of modern subcompact hatchbacks like the Toyota CH-R and Nissan Kicks. The latest rival from sibling manufacturer Hyundai will be part of the arena in the near future, also.

Each one is pursuing city customers and newcomer consumers planning to depart from used cars. In contrast to similar-size compact SUVs, these kinds of rivals prevent the intricacy and bodyweight of all-wheel drive, which makes them less costly to purchase and drive. Within this class, the Kia Soul is constantly on the head that has a modern-look and attractive redesign on the brand-new platform. – CARLITUS

Featured image credits: Andrew T. Maness