The new GT-Line archetypal acme the redesigned 2020 Kia Soul’s broadcast lineup.
The auto Kia Soul auto has continued been a standout for its alluring aggregate of acumen and personality. Entering its third bearing for 2020, a abounding redesign infuses the urban-funky Soul with added all-embracing sophistication, active styling, and an broadcast archetypal line. Fortunately, as we apparent in a weeklong analysis drive, it loses none of its inherent agreeableness in the process.
Continuing as a carefully front-drive model, the 2020 Kia Soul now comes in no beneath than six trim levels. They ambit from the bare-bones LX to the added rugged-looking X-Line, the alluringly akin EX Designer Collection and the adventurous GT-Line adaptation we tested.
Slightly best (by 2.2 inches) than its predecessor, the Soul retains its signature boxlike shape, admitting with a more-aggressive all-embracing appearance. Up front, abbreviate high-tech headlamps/running lights/turn arresting indicators abide aloft attenuated air intakes and a massive trapezoid-shaped grille. Muscular caster arches analyze the Soul’s profile, with abysmal angular creases forth the sides, and advancement sweeps at the angular rear windows Kia says is meant to resemble aeroplane wings. There are beautiful boomerang-shaped taillights at either ancillary of the tailgate, which is added and lower than afore to accomplish loading and auction easier.
Most trim levels backpack a 2.0-liter four-cylinder agent with a aloof acceptable 147 application and 132 pound-feet of torque. On all trims but the abject archetypal it comes with an automated start/stop action to save ammunition while at idle. By comparison, aftermost year’s 1.6-liter abject agent generated aloof 130 horses, admitting the 2.0-liter advancement was at 161 horsepower, so that’s article of a push.
A six-speed stick about-face is accessible for chiral chiral lovers, admitting it’s belted to the direct abject LX version. Otherwise, the abject agent gets a gearless continuously capricious automated transmission; we haven’t yet apprenticed a Soul with a CVT, so it’s adamantine to acquaint whether this is or isn’t an advance over the above-mentioned generation’s six-speed accepted automatic.
The 2020 Kia Soul’s rear end appearance a added and lower tailgate for easier loading and unloading.
The accessible 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder carries over and puts an active 201 application and 195 pound-feet of torque to the pavement via a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission. This aggregate absolutely energizes the Soul with active dispatch and enables a throatier bankrupt note, but it’s alone offered on the top GT-Line archetypal we tested. Ammunition abridgement is bigger hardly at 27/33 mpg with the accepted agent and 27/32 with the turbo-four.
Engineering upgrades for the 2020 afterlight abbreviate noise, beating and harshness. While it’s still no sports car, the Soul delivers analytic absorbing ride and administration qualities, abnormally in the top archetypal we tested. Riding on 18-inch admixture auto and an upgraded suspension, the GT-Line hugged the curves competently, acquainted abiding at artery speeds, and maintained a abundantly bland ride over best surfaces. A selectable action approach enlivens the car slightly, but in the action makes it feel a bit like an over-eager puppy.
The 2020 Kia Soul’s redesigned autogenous is amply casting and makes all-encompassing use of top-quality abstracts for an flush attending and feel. Instrumentation is ample and legible, with a 7-inch touchscreen and at the centermost of the dashboard with Kia’s refreshingly automatic infotainment system. Our tester came with a widescreen 10.25-inch assemblage that can accompanying affectation a baby aeronautics map, audio arrangement advice and the bounded weather. There are additionally ample analog buttons and dials for the altitude ascendancy system. Mood lighting is accessible to clothier the autogenous ambiance via assorted selectable blush schemes.
The berth is arguably the roomiest in the auto class. Rear bench head- and legroom is acceptable abundant to board bona fide adults in comfort, and the Soul makes it accessible for six-footers to access and avenue after adversity aching heads, acclimatized its alpine and abundantly accumbent roofline. An 8-way ability driver’s bench is included with the EX trim, and it’s upgraded to 10-way adjustments in the GT-line with the turbo-four engine. The advanced seats are acrimonious in both those versions, and the top GT-Line gets a acrimonious council wheel. We initially begin the driver’s bench in our tester to be a bit stiff, but got acclimatized to its added abutment over the advance of the week.
Cargo amplitude is at 24.2 cubic anxiety with the rear seats in their cocked position, but it swells to a acceptable 62.1 cubic anxiety with the 60/40-split seatbacks bankrupt flat.
The 2020 Kia Soul’s adapt autogenous is accurately advised and is akin in aerial affection materials.
As before, the Kia Soul can be able-bodied able and comes with abounding avenues for connectivity, including the Bluetooth, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay interfaces. Additional amenities, like keyless access/push-button start, a wireless buzz charging, and a exceptional 10-speaker Harmon Kardon audio arrangement appear with college trim levels, with options bound to a brace of bales on the top two models.
While they’re not offered on the abject Soul, the blow of the band comes with countless driver-assist features. Depending on the adaptation these accommodate advanced auto-braking, lane-departure warning, a lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, and blind-spot admonishing with a rear cross-traffic alert.
As with its added models, Kia sweetens the accord with a acceptable 5-year/60,000-mile absolute warranty, and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
On the bottomward side, the 2020 Kia Soul is priced college compared to aftermost year’s model, abnormally at the top of the line. The abject LX with the chiral chiral starts at $18,535, which includes a ample $1,045 destination charge. It’s $1,500 added with the CVT transmission. Meanwhile, our absolutely loaded GT-Line with the turbo agent and dual-clutch chiral came in at $28,710. Admitting it’s loaded with gear, that’s a lot of money for what is contrarily a auto hatchback.
Fortunately, the added models in the 2020 calendar go for amid $21,335-$23,735, which is about the amount of a baby crossover SUV like the Honda HR-V, but with added appearance and bags added vehicular personality.