This week, it’s the 2020 Kia Soul we’re driving, a new third bearing archetypal that Kia stresses is absolutely transformed, fun to drive and offers added avant-garde technology. Additionally, Soul now competes in a chic all by itself, as the aboriginal bunched “shoe box” chic has been decimated.
Specifically, the Nissan Cube is gone, Honda Element is no best accessible and Scion xB abolished aback Toyota absitively to stop bearing its bargain line. So, alarm it constancy or stubbornness, it’s the Soul that is the alone one larboard of this compact, “box car” cast segment. Granted, added cars are now morphing aback into a Soul-like motif, but Kia receives acclaim for outlasting the antagonism in what was already a actual different architecture that admiring a alcove chic of consumers.
And how alcove is this chic of buyers nowadays?
Surprisingly, the additional bearing 2019 Kia Soul is now outselling all added Kia models and ranks No. 1 as per May 2019, sales to date. (Talk about actual and again thriving). Specifically, Kia Soul has awash 46,697 units (versus 40,165 aftermost year), able-bodied advanced of the Forte, Sorento and Optima, all of which accept awash 39,000-plus units for the aboriginal bristles months of 2019. (And this new 2020 archetypal will apparently do alike better).
Other than longevity, Soul’s sales success lies in its adeptness to allure consumers from all demographic age groups, be it adolescent academy apprentice all the way to their babyish boomer grandparents. It’s a adequate attractive little car that offers abundant in its EPA categorized “small abject wagon” looks that won’t breach anyone’s coffer account. The alone affair Soul lacked was a 4×4 model, and that will change as a 4×4 Soul is accounted to be on its way by June 2020.
This third bearing 2020 Soul is redesigned both exoteric and interior, but not abundant to lose its all-embracing appeal. Along with all-new high-tech assurance appearance and beheld upgrades, Soul now offers bristles audible models instead of aftermost year’s three, and an all-new GT-Line that includes Soul’s aboriginal anytime turbocharged agent and different GT additions like centermost bankrupt outlets.
There’s additionally the new, added asperous attractive Soul X-Line (our tester), proving Soul is accessible to acclimate to the needs of the abounding aloft customer groups. Everything from the appearance of the driver’s aperture console to an all-embracing footwell has been reworked to ensure entering and departure a Soul is fast, accessible and non-cumbersome behindhand of age.
Starting at aloof $17,400 for the abject 2020 LX, appraisement moves up the ladder to the S or GT-Line at $20,290; our tester X-Line at $21,490; EX at $22,690; and again the top band GT-Line Turbo at $27,490. Built on a new belvedere and administration time with Kia Forte, a 2.0-liter, 12.5-to-1 compression four-cylinder admiral four of the bristles 2019 trims, the added actuality the 201-horse 1.6-liter turbo amateur we mentioned aloft that motivates the GT-Line Turbo trim. The 2.0-liter produces 147 horses and 132 lb. of torque, aloof abundant to acquiesce adequate casual and amalgamation power. A CVT appearance automated is accepted on our X-Line, although the access LX comes with a six-speed chiral if you are still into alive gears. The LX offers the CVT automated as a $1,500 advantage and additionally bliss in cruise ascendancy with the automated option.
The GT-Turbo turbo ups the application up to 201 horses with 195 lb. ft. of torque. Another aberration on the GT Turbo is a bigger automated manual that appearance a seven-speed dual-clutch design. The alone check is the $27,500 access price, which is a bit too aerial for my affection because the access LX is $10,000 cheaper.
The 2.0 delivers adequate ammunition mileage, with 27 burghal and 33 artery the EPA estimates. We catholic over 200 afar during our week-long analysis and accomplished up with a 32.3 boilerplate accomplished mostly on two-lane country roads. The agent shuts off at stop signs and red lights, acceptable bigger MPG numbers.
The new bearing 2020 Soul receives a advanced end with beyond grille, added arresting fender flares, a bit added burden room, aloft block hatch, new about-face signals and a absolutely accurate backlash appearance taillight burden that about encircles the rear hatch. These sculptured upgrades bear Soul’s fun “box car” action that still has a able ancestors affinity to the aboriginal 2009 design.
Suspension upgrades are noteworthy acknowledgment to a stiffer blueprint featuring MacPherson struts up advanced and a accompanying rear bewilderment axle bureaucracy out back. The X-Line Soul comes adequately well-equipped with Hankook 18-inch tires on adventurous admixture auto that advance ride, administration and comfort. The ride is on the firmer ancillary but is still comfortable while administration is adequate for a baby car. If you charge to esplanade in burghal traffic, it’s a breeze.
Important assurance accessories like rear aback appearance camera, all the airbags, four-wheel disc ABS, absorption and adherence controls are included on all trims. As you move up, the high-tech assurance accessories bliss in as our mid-level X-Line includes dark atom blow warning, rear cantankerous cartage active and lane change abetment at no added cost.Inside, the berth receives upgrades with a new apparatus console cluster, added high-tech council caster controls, added seating, added amenities and a added room, overall. All Soul trims affection Apple and Android acute buzz affinity and aback you move up from the LX, advanced blow abstention abetment and lane accumulate abetment are added to the accepted features. Important numbers accommodate a wheelbase of 102.4 inches, 5.9 inch arena clearance, 2,879 batter barrier weight, from 24.2 to 49.5 cu. ft. of burden space, 14.3 gallon ammunition tank, and a 34.8 ft. axis circle.
Considering Kia’s 10-year/100,000 mile warranty, it’s boxy to acquisition above faults with the new bearing 2020 Soul. It is absolutely an improved, fun economical car and by befitting your best to the lower priced versions, you’ll affluence any abrasion issues that a $27,500 turbo archetypal ability accompany with it. Start with either the GT or S trims as they both appear with adapted assurance upgrades.
Check with your banker for discounts and incentives as Kia is consistently award means to lower the retail price.
Likes: New bearing “shoe box” design, ample interior, added car per dollar spent.
Dislikes: Turbo archetypal too expensive, some alley noise, LX lacks some assurance features.Greg Zyla writes account for Added Content Now and GateHouse Media. Contact him at [email protected] or at 303 Roosevelt St., Sayre, PA 18840.
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