The Kia Soul was an unexpected success when it launched way back in 2009. Kia’s wisely caught on and has delivered impressive updates, upgrades and versions ever since. For 2020 however, Kia’s taking the Soul to the next level.
It begins with an all-new platform that is slightly longer overall which increases the wheelbase, without affecting height or width. By keeping the compact Soul compact, it retains its title as the ideal urban assault vehicle. The big change occurs in the boot, which grows by over 140 litres, for a total of 670. For all the highlights for 2020, this one may have the greatest impact for potential consumers.
Base 2020 Souls gain the 2019 Forte’s powertrain which involves a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that provides 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft. of torque. A CVT, or Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) becomes optional from the standard 6-speed manual. The turbocharged 1.6-litre returns with its 201 horsepower and 195 lb. ft of torque along with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Also making a return is the 100% electric version. This time however, power and range numbers are set to impress. The new state-of-the-art liquid-cooled lithium ion polymer 64 kWh battery and 201-horsepower and 291 lb.-ft. of torque electric motor will provide more fun and miles behind the wheel. Range numbers have yet to be announced but we’re expecting that it will be well north of 300 km.
On top of more space, the cabin has moved into the 21st century with some surprising features such as an available 10.25-inch color touchscreen, Head-Up Display, wireless charging, 640-watt Harman Kardon audio system and the Soul’s signature sound mood lighting.
Aesthetically, the new Soul’s design has properly evolved and avoided frivolous changes. We love the high-tech front headlight configuration with connecting trim piece and the new “GT-Line” and “X-Line” models.
The 2020 Kia Soul is expected in the first quarter of 2019 while the Soul EV will land later in 2019.