2019 Kia Soul

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2019 MODEL
$16,490 - $22,990 See Inventory Prices

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2019 Kia Soul Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Kia Soul is one of those compact cars that doesn't try to mimic a crossover. It sticks to a boxy design and stands out for it. 2019 Kia Soul will not appeal to all, for some its boxy design is downright ugly but it is hard to disagree on the fact that the boxy stance lends it some character. It combines a clever design, well laid out choice of powertrains and a long list of standard features. Kia Soul started off something very new by occupying the space between hatchbacks and crossovers.

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Pros

Cabin space is better than some crossovers

Turbo-four engine is quick on its toes

10-year\/100,000-mile powertrain warranty

Road visibility is excellent

Stellar performance in the crash tests

Cons

Fuel economy is below segment average

Lack of AWD even as an option

What's New?

Remains unchanged for 2019


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$16490

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

97

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

118 lb.-ft. @ 4850 rpm

transmission

6-speed manual

chassis

suspension front

independent suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

2707 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

18.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

931 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/31/37 mpg

ev range

340.8 mi.

highway range

518 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 years/60000 miles

drivetrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

powertrain warranty

10 years/100000 miles

corrosion warranty

5 years/100000 miles

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


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Styles

 2019 Kia Soul in Alien Green color  2019 Kia Soul in Bright Silver color  2019 Kia Soul in Caribbean Blue color  2019 Kia Soul in Clear White color  2019 Kia Soul in Inferno Red color  2019 Kia Soul in Shadow Black color  2019 Kia Soul in Wild Orange color
Alien Green

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.0

Engine

6.5

Fuel Economy

5.0

Interior

8.6

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Comfort

7.0

7.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Kia Soul base

base

power
130 hp @ 6300 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$16,490 - $18,190


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6M) Starting at $16,490 MSRP (24 mpg/27/30 mpg) 130 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed manual front wheel drive 5
4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $18,190 MSRP (26 mpg/28/31 mpg) 130 hp @ 6300 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5

 2019 Kia Soul +

+

power
161 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
27 combined

$20,490


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
+ 4dr Wagon (2.0L 4cyl 6A) Starting at $20,490 MSRP (25 mpg/27/30 mpg) 161 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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6-speed shiftable automatic front wheel drive 5   Shadow Black
  Clear White w/Red Roof
  Inferno Red w/Black Roof
  Mysterious Blue
  Alien 2)
  Titanium Gray
  Inferno Red

 2019 Kia Soul !

!

power
201 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
28 combined

$22,990


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
! 4dr Wagon (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $22,990 MSRP (26 mpg/28/31 mpg) 201 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, I-4, regular unleaded
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7-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5   Shadow Black
  Titanium Gray
  Inferno Red
  Bright Silver

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MPG: 25 combined

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9.1/10

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MPG: 42 combined

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8.1/10

Engine: 185 hp @ 6000 rpm, 2.4 L I-4

MPG: 25 combined

2017 Kia Soul EV Wagon
8.2/10

MPG: 105 combined

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.0

Overall Rating


Kia Soul has got a sprightly 1.6-liter turbo-four engine that makes a good 201 horsepower. To make things even more livelier, the Soul comes with an array of interesting transmission options. This makes Kia Soul an absolute standout in segment full of small crossovers. Kia Soul used to be one of a kind but after the arrival of the Toyota C-HR things are starting to change. Kia Soul competes Hyundai Kona, Buick Encore and Mazda CX-3.


7.0/10
Features

 

6.5/10
Engine

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

8.6/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 

7.0/10
Safety

 
 
 

2019 Kia Soul Features

7.0/10

2019 Kia Soul model comes with three trim options. The base trim is offered with a 1.6-liter engine (130-hp) and 6-speed manual transmission. Base trim comes with automatic headlights, rearview camera, 60/40-split folding rear seats, air conditioning, 5-inch touchscreen and a six-speaker sound system.

Plus trim adds a larger 2.0-liter engine (161 hp) mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. This trim adds more comfort and convenience features. It offers keyless entry, cruise control, a front center armrest and bin, and rear center armrest.

The top-spec Exclaim trim is offered with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine (201-hp) and a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. It also offers upgraded instrument cluster, leather seat upholstery and leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Trim

Base

Plus(+)

Exclaim (!)

MSRP 2WD

$16,490

$20,490

$22,990

Key Features

 

Adds or replaces features from Base trim:

Adds or replaces features from Plus trim:

 

1.6 liter DOHC 16-valve I-4

2.0 liter DOHC 16-valve I-4

1.6 liter DOHC 16-valve I-4, w/ Turbocharger

 

6-Speed Manual

6-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT)

 

16" Alloy Wheels

17" Alloy Wheels

18" Alloy Wheels, 10 Spoke

 

Rear-Camera Display

   
 

5" Touch-Screen Display

UVO with 7" Touch-Screen Display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

 
   

Cruise Control with Steering-Wheel-Mounted Controls

 
     

Supervision Meter Cluster with 4.3" Thin Film Transistor (TFT) Color LCD Display

We Recommend

Most buyers will be satisfied with the performance of the 2.0-liter engine. The Soul Plus trim with its 2.0 L engine and generous list of features will make your overall ownership experience a hassle free affair.

2019 Kia Soul Engine

6.5/10

The Plus trim's standard engine has more guts than most competitors, and the Exclaim's turbo engine really can't be matched. Right off the line, there's a little hesitation, but power builds steadily to highway speeds. Sport mode sharpens response.-Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

Kia Soul's base trim is powered by 1.6-liter engine but the plus trim brings a 2.0-liter engine which generates 161 horsepower, good enough to take care of most of your driving requirements. The 2019 Soul is by all means affordable transportation but it wouldn't disappoint you as you potter around the town or roam the freeway at the weekend.

A traditional six-speed transmission takes care of gear shifting work. It is a refined unit and makes its presence hardly noticeable in the cabin. It isn't lightning fast but at the same time it doesn't hesitate while shifting gears. The Soul has various drive modes on offer and depending on the mode, the transmission holds gear for better acceleration or shifts in favor of better fuel efficiency.

Models

Kia Soul

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MSRP

$20,490

$20,945

$19,500

$23,200

$20,390

$21,859

21,300

$20,945

Engine

2.0L I-4, DOHC Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI)

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

1.4 Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Boxer-4

1.4 Liter Inline-4

2.0 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

6-speed automatic

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and auto-manual

6-speed automatic with Overdrive and auto-manual

6-speed automatic with Overdrive and auto-manual

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

6-speed manual/7-speed automatic with auto-manual

6-speed automatic

2-speed CVT with Overdrive and Manual mode

Horsepower

161 hp @ 6,200 rpm

144 hp @ 6100 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6000 rpm

152 hp @ 6000 rpm

138 hp @ 4900 rpm

148 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

150 lb.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

139 lb. ft. @ 3900 rpm

132 lb. ft. @ 4500 rpm

148 lb. ft. @ 1850 rpm

146 lb. ft. @ 2800 rpm

145 lb. ft. @ 4000 rpm

148 lb.-ft. @1850 rpm

145 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm

The vehicles in this segment have three displacements on offer, from tiny 1.4 liter mills, 1.6 liter and the 2-liter ones. With a lot of products in this segment, if you have a special requirement you can easy chose one. Kia Soul in its base configuration is currently the most affordable car in this segment. Buick Encore is the most expensive, starting at a base price of 23,200 dollars.

Acceleration

Performance figures for 2019 cars are unavailable right now. Most of the cars don't receive major changes to their powertrain. As such, we have included the specs from 2018 Kia Soul. For comparison purposes, other cars also sport performance figures for their 2018 models.

The Kia Soul is offered with a manual transmission in the base trim, if you are on a budget and fancy a fun to drive car. For those who are looking for more performance in their crossover, then Kia Soul's Exclaim trim comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that puts class leading performance (0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds)

Models

Kia Soul

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.5

11.0

10.0

8.4

8.6

9.0

9.3

8.9

Quarter mile (sec)

16.7

18.4

17.3

16.2

16.3

16.9

16.8

16.6

Engine

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

2.0-L H-4

1.4-L I-4

2.0-L I-4

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.0

5.9

6.3

5.7

7.0

6.3

7.1

Compared to the competition, the Kia Soul doesn't feel too slow. Most of the competitors are slower to the 60 MPH mark, with the exception of Buick Encore. Kia Soul with its 2.0-liter engine is comfortably placed in the upper echelons of the segment.

Ride and Handling

Don't let that boxy look fool you into assuming the Kia Soul to be bland little vehicle. Like other subcompacts, Kia prioritizes comfort over sportiness, but that doesn't mean you can't drive it hard. Around the corners, this Kia can surprise you with its agility. And when we talk about maneuverability in tight spots, Soul's dimensions are perfectly suited to tight parking spots.

The steering has decent heft at all the speeds and it is accompanied by a good on-center feel. The ride quality is fine, with the suspension sprung neither too stiff nor too soft. With a ground clearance of 5.9 inches, don't expect the Kia Soul to do well on the detours through the B roads.

Braking

2019 Kia Soul gets disc brakes at all the wheels, the front discs are ventilated and the rear are solid. The Kia Soul is quite heavy for a subcompact crossover at 3163 pounds. The 2018 model performed well in the braking tests. This year too, the Kia Soul is expected to offer a similar performance.

Model

Kia Soul

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Brake Front (in.)

11.0

11.8

11.8

11.8

11

11.6

11.8

11.6

Brake Rear (in.)

10.3

11.1

9.0 (Drum)

10.6

11.1

10.8

9.0

11.9

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3163

3300

2890

3237

2809

3113

2805

3,032

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

The 2019 cars haven't been tested for panic braking, so there aren't any figures to talk about. The only significant fact to mention here would be that currently, the 2019 Kona offers drum brakes at the rear as standard. This is quite disappointing, although final judgment is reserved for after brake testing.

2019 Kia Soul Fuel Economy

5.0/10

By using a larger 2.0-liter engine, Kia has sacrificed fuel economy for better drivability. If you want more fuel economy from the Kia Soul, then pick the smaller 1.6-liter engine but if you don't want to compromise on performance then get the turbocharged engine which is available with the top-spec Exclaim trim. Kia Soul does a 27 mpg combined in the mid-spec Plus trim.

Model

Kia Soul

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

MPG (city)

25

27

27

26

29

23

25

24

MPG (highway)

30

31

33

31

34

29

33

30

MPG (combined)

27

29

30

28

31

26

28

27

The 2019 Crosstrek, with its wonderful boxer-4, is the least fuel efficient car in this comparison. Its average economy figure of 26 MPG is the lowest in the segment. The Mazda CX3 is the most efficient here, achieving a class leading 31 MPG combined, followed closely by the Toyota C-HR.

2019 Kia Soul Interior

8.6/10

The interior may feel a little snug with five people, however. Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Leather-trimmed seats, full leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available.- Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Kia Soul is a looker, with a white paint job it is hard to ignore the uncanny resemblance to a Stormtrooper vehicle. The front grille is there for the show and merely a part of the form but there are many bits and pieces that follow function, the boxy exterior has its share of curves that play their part to aid in achieving better aerodynamics. Even the windshield is curved to achieve a better drag coefficient and increase fuel efficiency.

A boxy car means lot of headroom. The doors open wide, it is fairly easy to get in and out. The driving position is also unique, it isn't as sporty as a sedan but due to the higher seating position you have a commanding view of the front. The front seats offer basic adjustments but with their good support you would be comfortable even after long journeys.

Model

Kia Soul

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

5

Front (cu. ft) Head room

39.6

38.1

39.6

39.6

38.4

39.8

39.6

39.4

Shoulder room

55.5

49

55.5

54.2

53.5

56.7

54.1

56.2

Leg room

40.9

43.5

41.5

40.8

41.7

43.1

40.8

41.6

Rear (cu. ft) Head room

39.5

38.3

37.8

38.8

37.2

38

38.8

37.9

Shoulder room

54.7

52.5

54.5

52.5

50.4

55.6

52.8

55.5

Leg room

39.1

31.7

34.6

35.8

35

36.5

35.7

36.3

Infotainment System

The Infotainment unit on the Kia Soul is a 5-inch LCD Screen as standard. Other standard features include:

  • Rearview Camera with Guidelines
  • Bluetooth Streaming Audio
  • USB Audio Interface
  • Remote Entry

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is available on all trims.

Interior Features

  • Power Windows with Driver One-Touch Auto-Down
  • Power Windows with Driver & Passenger One-Touch Auto-Up/Down and Anti-Pinch
  • Power Door Locks with Two-Turn Entry System
  • Remote Keyless Entry with Folding Key and Illuminated Ignition Ring
  • Smart Key w/ Push-Button Start and Immobilizer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Automatic Temperature Control with Cluster Ionizer
  • Glove Box with Illumination
  • Front-Seat Center Console with Armrest
  • Rear-Seat Folding Armrest with Cup Holder
  • Dual Front Cup Holders
  • Front & Rear Door Bottle Holders
  • Day/Night Interior Rearview Mirror
  • Interior Lighting with Delay
  • LED Interior Lighting

Cargo volume

The biggest advantage of purchasing an SUV is the magnificent trunk space that comes along with it. Anyone who has ever used Kia Soul will attest to the fact that this car simply gobbles up your luggage. It would shame most sedans in the market, and hold the top spot in the segment.

The rear seats can fold traditionally with a 60:40 split for bulky luggage. Apart from that, you can also fold the seats upwards to use the under-seat area as well. As such you can fit taller cargo in the rear cabin and use the trunk for other luggage. Simple details like this add practicality points to the score.

Model

Kia Soul

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Trunk Volume (ft.3)

18.8

19

19.2

18.8

12.4

20.8

18.7

21.7

Cargo Volume with Rear seats folded (ft.3)

49.5

36.4

45.8

48.4

44.5

55.3

48.4

49.5

If you fold the seats, then the Crosstrek inches ahead to steal the second spot. The American contenders, i.e., the Buick and the Chevy, have smallest trunks in the segment. Thankfully, they gain a lot more space with the rear seats folded.

2019 Kia Soul Exterior

8.0/10

Despite numerous styling upgrades over the years, the 2019 Kia Soul still shares a common shape with the first-generation car. -KelleyBlueBook

On the exterior front, the Kia Soul wheels in at 163 inches. The wheelbase is just above 101 inches, which when combined with the high roof and the boxy design, it translates to a generous space inside. At 3163 pounds, the Kia Soul is amongst the heavy weights in the segment.

Model

Kia Soul

Toyota C-HR

Hyundai Kona

Buick Encore

Mazda CX-3

Subaru Crosstrek

Chevrolet Trax

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

3163

3300

2890

3237

2809

3157

2805

3,032

Length(in)

163.0

171.2

164.0

168.4

168.3

175.8

167.2

171.9

Width(in)

70.9

70.7

70.9

70.1

69.6

71

69.9

71.3

Height(in)

63.5

61.6

61

65.2

60.7

63.6

64.9

64.8

Ground clearance (in)

5.9

5.9

6.7

6.2

6.1

8.7

6.2

8.5

Wheelbase (in)

101.2

103.9

102.4

100.6

101.2

104.9

100.6

105.1

Track width (in) F/R

61.7/62.2

60.6/60.6

N/A

60.62/60.62

60/59.5

61/61.2

60.6/60.6

60.6/60.6

The Subaru Crosstrek has the most length, width, and height, giving it a very commanding stance. It also has the highest ground clearance, and it was built to take the lesser known path. On the other side of the segment is the Kia Soul which is only 163 inches long, smaller than a few hatchbacks!

2019 Kia Soul Safety

7.0/10

Safety Features

  • Full-Length Side Curtain Airbags
  • 3-Point Seat Belts for All Seating Positions
  • Front Seat-Belt Pretensioners
  • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/ Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
  • Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Tire-Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Side-Impact Door Beams
  • Front and Rear Crumple Zones

2019 Kia Soul Competition

Kia Soul vs Toyota CHR

Toyota and Kia know how to play their cards well. Kia Soul and Toyota C-HR possess distinct exterior design, roomy interior and good EPA ratings. Kia Soul gets standard Apple Carplay and Android Auto on all trims. Kia offers a massive 10-year/100,000 warranty.

CHR offers active safety features standard on all the trims and Toyota's brand value will also guarantee a better resale value. Overall Toyota CHR would be a better choice if you are in for brand-new design.

Kia Soul vs Mazda CX 3

Mazda CX-3 is offered with 44.5 cubic feet of cargo room while the Kia Soul is available with 61.3 cubic feet of room that can easily accommodate a lot of shopping bags, music equipment or even help you move apartments.

When we compare price, performance, and cargo room of these two vehicles then it is easy to find that Kia Soul is a offers better value for your money.

2019 Kia Soul Final Verdict

Kia Soul is scores big on style and street presence. Even after a decade of its introduction, it has maintained steady sales for Kia and helped to fill the void between hatchbacks and crossover SUVs in the market. 2019 Kia Soul is an all-rounder, it offers great value with its exuberant list of standard features. If you are car-shopping on a limited budget then Kia Soul offers a roomy, well-built cabin at an affordable price. For someone who wants a car that can do respectable 0-60 mph runs then Kia has also got you covered with its 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine.

Also checkout the 2020 Kia Soul Wagon.