2020 vs 2019 Kia Soul

2020 Kia Soul vs 2019 Kia Soul
2020 Kia Soul 2019 Kia Soul


2.0L I4 1.6L I4


147hp 130hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

27/33 * 24/30 *


6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Manual

2020 Kia Soul vs 2019 Kia Soul

Serving Tuscaloosa, AL

Style, performance, and safety are features that distinguish the Kia Soul from its competitors. But when you’re comparing one model year of the Kia Soul to the next, how do they stack up? In this case, you might be wondering how the two newest versions of the Soul – the 2020 and the 2019 edition – compare to each other. Both versions belong to the class of subcompact SUVs, which is one of the most quickly-growing on the market. Both are noted for their ample space, distinctive design, and considerable value. But the 2020 edition gets some exterior modifications and amenities that set it apart from past model years. While you’ll pay more for the top-level trim than the top trim in the 2019 model, both still offer tremendous value.


The 2020 Kia Soul offers two engines. The first, which is standard on all but the top trim level, is a two-liter engine with four cylinders that have a top power output of 147 HP at up to 6,200 RPM. The engine on the GT-Line Turbo is a 1.6L with four cylinders. This turbo-charged engine has a greater power output of 201 HP at 6,000 RPM. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base trim, while the rest come with a variable transmission that provides the flexibility of manual and automatic control. Each of the three 2019 Kia Soul trims has a different engine. The base engine is a four-cylinder with a top horsepower of 130 at 6,300 RPM. The mid-level engine is a four-cylinder that produces 161 HP at 6,200 RPM. The top level is a turbocharged four-cylinder with the same power capacity as the top trim offered in 2020. A six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission are standard on the first two trims, respectively, while the highest trim gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.


The 2020 Kia Soul departs in minor but still noticeable ways from its predecessors. One of the biggest changes is its significantly wider front grille. The LED headlights have a narrower shape this year, which makes the bold grille stand out even more. The tail lights have also been redesigned with a more three-dimensional appearance. Creases and accented angles replace the smooth curves of previous editions to give the 2020 Soul a more distinctive look. The 2019 Soul offers available LED lights and a custom designer finish package that offers four unique paint colors. The 2019 Soul has a narrower front grille and more prominent headlights than the 2020 Soul. Its standard wheel sizes range from 16 to 18 inches.


There are a number of notable features on both the 2020 and the 2019 Kia Soul. The 2020 Soul has a standard seven-inch infotainment screen on the first four trims and a 10.25-inch color screen on the top two. Multiple USB charging ports are standard on all six trims, and a wireless charger is standard on the top two. Heated seats, leather seats, a heated steering wheel, and a sunroof are all either standard or available based on trim level. The base trim of the 2019 Kia Soul has a seven-inch touchscreen. An eight-inch touchscreen is available for the two highest trims. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard on the two highest trims. A leather-wrapped shift knob and wheel are standard on the highest trim, while heated seats, leather seats, and a heated wheel are optional.

The Kia Soul stands out in its class for value, innovative looks, and technology. You can’t go wrong with either the 2020 or 2019 model. There are more trims offered on the 2020 Soul and a few more options. But you’ll have to try them yourself to see which one you like best. At your convenience, call or submit a request online for a test drive.

* EPA fuel economy estimates. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and your vehicle’s condition