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2020
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Kia Soul 2020 wagon
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
The redesigned 2020 Kia Soul retains the blend of personality and versatility with its familiar boxy shape and cheerful character. Although it looks familiar, the new Soul is based on a more substantial platform now and gets a new engine and transmission combination. An EV model also returns boasting 92 more horsepower, for 201 total. The old Soul’s base 1.6-liter engine has been replaced by a 2.0-liter, and the old 6-speed automatic was replaced by a continuously variable transmission, similar to the one in the Forte. These changes are likely to improve the Soul’s formerly lackluster fuel economy. The top-of-the-line 1.6-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine and 7-speed automated manual have been carried over. The interior gets an optional 10.25-inch center touch screen that's easy to use. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard. Advanced safety and driver-assist features are standard on most trims, but none are available on the base LX trim.
All Ratings & Reliability
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
There is more to the boxy Soul than quirky styling. It packs abundant interior space, with chairlike seats and big windows providing an excellent view out. Though fundamentally a budget hatchback, the Soul can function as an SUV alternative. The driving experience isn't special: The ride is stiff, and handling is sound but unexceptional. Power delivery from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder feels just adequate, and its 26 mpg overall is not outstanding. A more powerful 201-hp, 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder is available, as is a fully electric Soul. An extensive options list includes heated seats and touch-screen navigation. Available safety gear includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning, but only on higher trims. A redesigned 2020 Soul goes on sale this spring.
All Ratings & Reliability
2014-2018
2014 Redesign Year
Kia Soul 2018
While this version of the Soul is a more mature and well-rounded package than its predecessor, the big draw continues to be Kia's long list of available features. Our loaded midtrim + (Plus) version included push-button start, an automatic climate system, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, a backup camera and a touchscreen navigation system. While the base Soul is a great deal if you can live with the less powerful engine, we'd go for the + trim, which gets the larger engine and automatic transmission. The 2016 models include forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems as optional equipment.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $15,000 - $18,950 $11,670 - $16,320
2017 $13,600 - $18,325 $10,420 - $15,320
2016 $12,300 - $16,775 $9,175 - $13,275
2015 $11,125 - $14,600 $8,090 - $11,240
2014 $9,225 - $12,500 $6,290 - $9,290
2010-2013
2010 Redesign Year
Kia Soul 2013
With one of the most efficient shapes on the road, the tall and boxy Kia Soul packs a lot of room and equipment into a small, inexpensive car. It has very easy access, abundant headroom, and a surprisingly spacious rear seat. Expect a noisy interior and a stiff ride, but handling is fairly nimble and secure. While the controls are simple, interior fit and finish are basic. Still, amenities abound and electronic stability control is standard. Large windows allow very good front and side visibility, but thick rear roof pillars create rear blind zones. A six-speed automatic transmission debuted for 2012, which boosted gas mileage from 25 to 26 mpg.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $7,350 - $9,325 $4,560 - $6,360
2012 $6,375 - $7,675 $3,650 - $4,850
2011 $5,375 - $7,450 $2,730 - $4,630
2010 $4,875 - $6,375 $2,260 - $3,610
2020
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2020 Kia Soul Ratings & Reliability
The redesigned 2020 Kia Soul retains the blend of personality and versatility with its familiar boxy shape and cheerful character. Although it looks familiar, the new Soul is based on a more substantial platform now and gets a new engine and transmission combination. An EV model also returns boasting 92 more horsepower, for 201 total. The old Soul’s base 1.6-liter engine has been replaced by a 2.0-liter, and the old 6-speed automatic was replaced by a continuously variable transmission, similar to the one in the Forte. These changes are likely to improve the Soul’s formerly lackluster fuel economy. The top-of-the-line 1.6-liter, turbo four-cylinder engine and 7-speed automated manual have been carried over. The interior gets an optional 10.25-inch center touch screen that's easy to use. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard. Advanced safety and driver-assist features are standard on most trims, but none are available on the base LX trim.
2019
  • Road Test
  • Predicted Reliability
  • Predicted Owner Satisfaction
2019 Kia Soul Ratings & Reliability
There is more to the boxy Soul than quirky styling. It packs abundant interior space, with chairlike seats and big windows providing an excellent view out. Though fundamentally a budget hatchback, the Soul can function as an SUV alternative. The driving experience isn't special: The ride is stiff, and handling is sound but unexceptional. Power delivery from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder feels just adequate, and its 26 mpg overall is not outstanding. A more powerful 201-hp, 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder is available, as is a fully electric Soul. An extensive options list includes heated seats and touch-screen navigation. Available safety gear includes automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning, but only on higher trims. A redesigned 2020 Soul goes on sale this spring.
2014-2018
2014 Redesign Year
Kia Soul 2018
While this version of the Soul is a more mature and well-rounded package than its predecessor, the big draw continues to be Kia's long list of available features. Our loaded midtrim + (Plus) version included push-button start, an automatic climate system, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, a backup camera and a touchscreen navigation system. While the base Soul is a great deal if you can live with the less powerful engine, we'd go for the + trim, which gets the larger engine and automatic transmission. The 2016 models include forward-collision and lane-departure warning systems as optional equipment.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2018 $15,000 - $18,950 $11,670 - $16,320
2017 $13,600 - $18,325 $10,420 - $15,320
2016 $12,300 - $16,775 $9,175 - $13,275
2015 $11,125 - $14,600 $8,090 - $11,240
2014 $9,225 - $12,500 $6,290 - $9,290
2010-2013
2010 Redesign Year
Kia Soul 2013
With one of the most efficient shapes on the road, the tall and boxy Kia Soul packs a lot of room and equipment into a small, inexpensive car. It has very easy access, abundant headroom, and a surprisingly spacious rear seat. Expect a noisy interior and a stiff ride, but handling is fairly nimble and secure. While the controls are simple, interior fit and finish are basic. Still, amenities abound and electronic stability control is standard. Large windows allow very good front and side visibility, but thick rear roof pillars create rear blind zones. A six-speed automatic transmission debuted for 2012, which boosted gas mileage from 25 to 26 mpg.
Average Retail Price Trade-in Price Reliability Verdict Owner Satisfaction View Local Inventory
2013 $7,350 - $9,325 $4,560 - $6,360
2012 $6,375 - $7,675 $3,650 - $4,850
2011 $5,375 - $7,450 $2,730 - $4,630
2010 $4,875 - $6,375 $2,260 - $3,610