The 2020 Kia Soul Hatchback offers comfort, versatility, and innovation. The 2020 Kia Soul is available in LX, S, X-Line, GT-Line, EX, and GT-Line Turbo models. The finished structure is surprisingly confusing, with the X-Line, GT-Line, and EX models building the S finish rather than each other. The Kia Soul LX is pretty basic, but choosing the Constant Variable Automatic Transmission adds a few extra features. The S primarily adds advanced driver aids. The X-Line is the robust variant, while the GT-Line delivers a sporty atmosphere. Finally, the EX adds extra luxury features, and the GT-Line Turbo is a combination of the GT-Line and EX finishes plus a more powerful engine.
2020 Kia Soul Features
The basic 2020 Kia LX model comes with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, rear privacy glass, height-adjustable driver’s seat, a split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth, a 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and a six-speaker audio system. Standard safety features include a rear-view camera and a hilltop assist. If you choose the LX model with the CVT automatic, you also add an engine stop, body-colored mirrors and door handle, remote control/lock, cruise control, choice mode, and a storage arm under the armrest.
The 2020 Soul S-trim, you will find alloy wheels, upgraded cloth upholstery, and a long list of advanced driver aids. This includes an automatic emergency braking collision warning, lane assistance assistant, a blind spot traffic monitor with rear cross-traffic warning, and a dormant driver alert system. The 2020 Soul X-Line is a robust model with unique 18-inch wheels, special exterior trim, fog lamps, silver mirror covers, roof rails, the LX’s cloth upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. However, it lacks some of the S-trim’s driving aids and only has the blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic warning.
The 2020 Soul GT-Line adds sporty exterior maps, various 18-inch wheels, fog lights, glossy-black mirrors, a triangular pattern grille, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel. The forward collision warning systems, lane warning systems, and sleepy driver warning systems are standard here. A sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a wireless charging pad, and the blind spot monitor are available via the GT-Line Sunroof package.
The 2020 Soul EX model gets 17-inch wheels, upgraded headlights, LED operating lights, fog lights, a triangle pattern grille, heated mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a wireless charging pad, a second USB port, a rear center bracket, rear adjustable headrests, a removable floor, and a cargo lid. The infotainment system also gets an upgrade, with a 10.3-inch screen, HD and satellite radio, voice recognition, and a navigation system. A
2020 Kia Soul Interior
Inside, the interior design means there is not much to waste. Easy to navigate through the touch screen menus thanks to an intuitive interface and physical buttons for high-level features. An adjustable front seat and a spacious set of adjustable steering wheel help accommodate drivers of all sizes. The long roof and wide doorways provide easy access to the front and rear of the deceptively large cabin. Upfront and back, there is plenty of space and leg space – four adults have no problem taking road trips. All the windows are long and narrow, with the exception of the small, inverted frame in the rear three-quarter view.
Like most Soul trim levels, the X-Line has a basic six-speaker sound system. Without a dedicated subwoofer, basic sounds sound from the speakers but don’t have a punch. At least the loudspeakers are not rattling at high volume. At this trim level, there is only one USB port, but it is lit so you can see it at night. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. A blind-spot monitor is standard on the X-Line. If you can get the style upgrades of the X-Line, the cheaper S and the 2.0-liter GT-Line both get automatic emergency braking and lane mitigation. More features, such as a second USB port, navigation, and voice controllers, are available if you pay extra for another version.
2020 Kia Soul Engine
2020 Kia Soul is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (147 hp, 132 lb-ft). The LX comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission. A CVT automatic is optional on the LX and standard for all other finishes with the 2.0-liter engine. The GT-Line Turbo has a driving range unique to this model: a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder (201 hp, 195 hp), mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. All souls are front-wheel drive and the four-wheel drive is not available.
2020 Kia Soul Safety
Important safety features include automatic emergency braking with a forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane assistance, and customizable cruise control. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not yet announced the outcome of the accident crash for the Soul in 2020, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has done so and the boxy Kia has done well with the agency see the Top Safety Pick honor. Kia does not offer driver assistance standards on the base LX finish, but many of these features are standard on the next 2020 Kia Soul S model.