2020 Kia Soul: This Is Most Of It

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The Kia Soul is a good car. It’s practical, it’s boxy, it’s weird, and while it’s hardly a hot hatch or an enthusiast’s car, it can be pretty fun to drive under the right circumstances. That’s why I’m glad Kia didn’t second-generation-Scion-xB the Soul, and appear to be sticking with what works for this new one.

The Soul is getting a total overhaul for 2020, sharing a platform with the new Hyundai Kona. While we haven’t seen it in all its glory yet, we will at the LA Auto Show next week, and the teasers that Kia’s dropped so far reveal... well, most of it.

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It’s still a box, but it has a more creative D-pillar design and what looks like a narrower front grille and headlamps. Beyond that it’s expected to be the pragmatic, fun, affordable box that many of us have come to appreciate over the past few years.

Kia says the new Soul will be offered with two choices of four-cylinder engines: a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter or a turbocharged 1.6-liter. The latter is the sportier one and can be had with a seven-speed DCT. An electric version is also coming soon.

In the meantime, enjoy more teaser pics.

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The Soul is easily one of the best vehicles on the market today. I don’t like crossovers at all, but that’s okay, since I would call the Soul a hatchback instead.

I’ve rented them many times, and my business partner has a first-gen of his own. In my recent car purchase, it was in the same consideration set as a Golf, Mazda3, and a subscription to the Volvo XC40. What you get for your money on a Soul is outstanding.

You can equip a Kia Soul with adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, heated seats, a dual-clutch transmission, CarPlay, and all the goodies, and still come in around $27k.

Not to mention that they’ve somehow found a way to be both funky & different and good-looking for the mass market.

Kudos to Kia, glad it looks like they’re going to keep it good.