Kia Soul (NEW)
STATUS: New for 2020 - This urban runabout retains the quirkiness of previous models, but with significant modernization. The front end has minimal grille area above a large air intake. In back, vertically shaped taillights are conjoined to a light bar extending across the roofline that almost encircles the wider hatch opening. The dashboard has modern graphic displays and an available mood-lighting system with six different settings that pulse to the beat of the music played through the audio system. The interior spacious, with plenty of head and legroom for even the tallest occupants. For 2020, a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine produces 147 horsepower, while the optional turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder carries over unchanged at 201 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard for the base Soul, while a continuously variable unit is available on that model, but standard on upper trims. The GT-Line 1.6T is the only model equipped with the turbo engine, which is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The Soul EV, which joins the lineup later in the model year, gets a new propulsion system with 243 miles (maximum) of range.
Base price (incl. destination): $18,500
Type: Compact wagon
Engines (h.p.): 2.0-liter I-4 (147); 1.6-liter I-4, turbocharged (201); 150-kilowatt electric motor (201)
Transmissions: Six-speed manual; continuously variable; seven-speed automated manual (turbo); single-speed controller (EV)
Base mpg (city/highway/combined): 25/31/27
Base weight (lb.): 2,800