When most compact cars turn into a sleek high-riding hatchback, the 2019 Kia Soul maintains its upright, boxy design. With its high-mounted taillights and pleasant interior, the Soul is always cool. But a new competitor like the Toyota CH-R means that the Soul cannot rest on its victory.
Its spacious and versatile interior continues to shine brightly, offering attractive features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Although it does not offer all-wheel-drive like the Mini Cooper or Fiat 500X, the 2019 Kia Soul still a competent and efficient daily car.
The 2019 Kia Soul comes in three trim levels: Base, Plus (+) and Exclaim (!). Notable standard equipment for the base models includes 16-inch alloy wheels, power windows and door locks, a drive-mode function, rearview camera, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, air conditioning, 6-way-manual-adjust driver’s seat, an updated audio system and Bluetooth wireless technology. Higher trim come standard with bigger engines, larger wheels including 18-inch alloys on the Exclaim and better interior materials.
The front-wheel-drive 2019 Kia Soul is offered with three different engines. The base Soul gets a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with 130 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque. Its offers the choice of manual or automatic transmission, but performance is fairly sluggish regardless. The 2019 Kia Soul Plus has a larger 2.0-liter engine good for 161 horsepower and a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The Soul Exclaim featuring a 1.6-liter turbocharged producing 201 hp and paired with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Surprisingly, the most powerful engine gets the same fuel economy as its least powerful, although all three of the Soul’s engines are pretty good about minimal gasoline consumption.
130 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
118 lb-ft of torque @ 4,850 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 26/31 mpg (automatic) and 24/30 mpg (manual)
161 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
150 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 25/30 mpg (automatic)
1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (DCT)
201 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 26/31 mpg
The 2019 Kia Soul is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base manual transmission has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $17,430 (including $940 destination fee). Add $1,700 if you want an automatic. The Soul Plus starting at $21,430, and the turbo Exclaim demand $23,930.