A stylish and compact-yet-roomy car.

2019 Kia Soul Review | CarMax

A practical and stylish compact car, the Kia Soul is a great daily driver offering generous passenger space and cargo capacity. The Soul is known for its smooth and comfortable ride both in urban settings and on the open road. Larger than a typical hatchback but smaller than a crossover SUV, the Kia Soul combines utility with convenience—and lots of standard and available features to make every trip as enjoyable as possible. In this 2019 Kia Soul review, you can learn more about:

Key Specs & Features (2019)

  • Comes standard with a 1.6L four-cylinder engine generating 130 horsepower and paired to a six-speed manual transmission.
  • An infotainment system featuring a five-inch screen is part of the standard equipment, as well as Bluetooth® connectivity and Siri® Eyes Free.
  • The Kia Soul has a maximum seating capacity of five with a total passenger volume of 101 cubic feet.
  • Rearview camera, brake assist, and electronic stability control are some of the standard features on the 2019 Kia Soul.
  • Comes standard with one USB port and two 12V DC power outlets.
  • Full leather upholstery available as an option.


5 Reasons to Buy


2019 Kia Soul Review: Front Seats | CarMax

Thanks to its boxy shape and strikingly tall roof, the 2019 Kia Soul makes for a spacious cabin that can seat you and four friends comfortably. With an overall height of 63.5 inches, it offers generous overhead room even for taller drivers and passengers. There is abundant legroom for all occupants, as well. In the back, it measures 39.1 inches, with 40.9 inches in the front. These dimensions help make even the longest trips as comfortable as possible.

2019 Kia Soul Review: Backseats | CarMax


2019 Kia Soul Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2019 Kia Soul has some exciting optional powertrain options you can choose from. The Soul Exclaim trim, for instance, comes with a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine that's combined with a seven-speed automatic transmission and delivers 201 horsepower. With this kind of power, the Kia Soul becomes a good choice for those looking for a more dynamic and thrilling ride, too. This turbocharged engine really makes the boxy car much sportier and agile than you might think at first glance.


2019 Kia Soul Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

In addition to the roomy interior, high cargo capacity is one of the main factors that make the 2019 Kia Soul so appealing. With a maximum of 61.3 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down, there is more than enough room to haul all kinds of items without a hassle. This means that you can fit lots of groceries in there, several suitcases for your family road trips, or the kids' sporting equipment.


2019 Kia Soul Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

The Kia Soul doesn't fall short when it comes to technology, either. It comes standard with a rearview camera, brake assist, a five-inch touchscreen as part of the infotainment system which can be controlled through voice commands, and wireless phone connectivity. There are lots of available options to choose from, too, including Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ and remote keyless entry.


The fact that it has an abundance of cargo capacity and plenty of passenger room while managing to be a relatively compact vehicle makes the 2019 Kia Soul stand out from the pack. Although it might look like one, it's smaller than many crossover SUVs. This is thanks to the upright design that allows for more interior and cargo space than a similarly sized vehicle with a curvier shape and a lower roof. With this kind of design, the Kia Soul offers a great amount of utility while also managing to keep the characteristics of an easily maneuverable and practical daily driver.

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What You Need to Know

2019 Kia Soul Trim Configurations

The 2019 Kia Soul is available in 3 trims:

  • Base - Comes standard with one USB port, two 12V DC power outlets, air conditioning, telescoping steering wheel, and infotainment with a five-inch screen.
  • Plus - This trim includes several upgrades over the Base trim, such as a seven-inch touchscreen, remote keyless entry, one additional power outlet, and automatic temperature control.
  • Exclaim - The Exclaim trim includes everything from the Base and Plus trims, plus leather-trimmed seats, leather dashboard, and aluminum wheels, among other additional features. The main distinction though is the fact that it comes with a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine that generates 201 horsepower and is paired to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Available Color Options

The 2019 Kia Soul is available in 11 colors:

  • Alien 2
  • Bright Silver
  • Caribbean Blue
  • Clear White
  • Clear White/Red
  • Inferno Red
  • Inferno Red/Black
  • Mysterious Blue
  • Shadow Black
  • Titanium Gray
  • Wild Orange

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Jeep Renegade

The 2019 Jeep Renegade comes standard with a 2.4L four-cylinder engine, delivering 180 horsepower. It's a very practical daily driver suitable for running errands and commuting. On top of that, this subcompact SUV is also a capable off-road vehicle. It has a high cargo capacity (50.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down) and all-wheel drive is available as an option. It comes standard with Jeep's Uconnect® infotainment system, featuring a five-inch touchscreen, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and six speakers.

Honda Fit

If you are looking for an even more compact car that still has lots of passenger and cargo room, then the Honda Fit could be a great choice for you. Although it falls under the subcompact car class, it offers a great amount of cargo space, measuring at 52.7 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down in the 2019 model.

The base version of the 2019 Honda Fit is powered by a 1.5L four-cylinder engine paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available, and infotainment with a five-inch touchscreen is standard across the board. As per EPA estimates, it gets 33 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway with the 1.5L engine.1

Honda HR-V

For those interested in a larger but agile and convenient vehicle, there is the Honda HR-V. With a 102.8-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 170 inches, the 2019 Honda HR-V offers plenty of room for passengers and a lot of cargo space (a total of 58.8 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down). The 2019 Honda HR-V comes standard with a 1.8L four-cylinder engine that generates 141 horsepower. It's available in five trim configurations: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L, and Touring. It gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway with the 1.8L engine.1

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Kia Soul is one of the most easily recognizable compact cars out there thanks to its boxy design, but it has a lot more to offer than stylish looks. With its spacious cabin, ample cargo room, and smooth and refined ride, it's perfect for your daily errands, regular trips to the grocery store, and you can even use it to haul sports gear and luggage for your next vacation.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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