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A striking and spacious subcompact SUV.

2020 Kia Soul Review | CarMax 

Looking for a funky and spacious small crossover vehicle? With its eye-catching exterior and roomy interior, plus a packed feature list of equipment from standard, the 2020 Kia Soul should definitely be on your radar. Your daily around-town driving and family expeditions will be made that more fun by this vibrant little crossover SUV.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Kia Souls on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. If you love the 2020 model, you should also consider prior model years of the Kia Soul with similar features.

Below are average prices for prior model years of the Kia Soul.1

  • 2019 - Average price less than $16,5001

Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Kia Soul review:

Key Specs & Features

MPG:

  • The 2020 Kia Soul with FWD, the 2.0L four-cylinder engine, and continuously-variable transmission (CVT) can achieve an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined.2

Cargo Space:

  • 24.2 cubic feet of luggage volume
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats

Seating Capacity:

  • Seats up to five people
2020 Kia Soul Review:Back Seats | CarMax 

Engine Options:

  • Standard models come with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine mated to either a manual or continuously variable transmission (CVT) and producing 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque.
  • GT-Line Turbo models come with a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and outputting 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Tech Features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Hill-start assist
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Cruise control

Rankings:

The Kia Soul has a strong sales history at CarMax. It has been featured in these ranking lists:

5 Reasons To Buy

1. Exciting Styling

Since it was first introduced in 2008, the Kia Soul has set out to be a hip and trendy little compact crossover vehicle, emphasizing edgy and exciting styling. And this third-generation model for 2020 continues to stay true to that philosophy. Sharp lines, aggressive headlight and grille designs on the front, and swooping window lines along each side help make the 2020 Kia Soul look funky and eye-catching. When you're driving this out and about in the city, expect people to turn heads when they see it parked up.

2. Choice of Exterior Colors and Accents

Paired to such excellent exterior styling is an equally great selection of exterior colors—10 in total. And among the usual offerings are some seriously bold and bright color choices, like Inferno Red, Mars Orange, and Solar Yellow. Additionally, keep an eye out for different color combinations where a second color is used as an accent to give your Soul some seriously eye-popping style. Clear White with an Inferno Red roof is a particular favorite for us, but you should be able to find the combo that really speaks to you.

3. Spacious Interior

2020 Kia Soul Review:Cargo | CarMax 

The 2020 Kia Soul backs up all that exterior style with plenty to offer inside—chiefly, in terms of interior space. With a total of 120.9 cubic feet of interior volume, the 2020 Kia Soul offers you plenty of room inside to stretch out and get comfy. It can seat you and four other passengers with ease and storage capacity is no problem at all. A standard 24.2 cubic feet of luggage volume is enough for most grocery store trips while folding flat the 60/40-split-folding rear seat allows you to enjoy a total of 62.1 cubic feet of cargo volume.

4. Well-Equipped from Standard

2020 Kia Soul Review:Dash | CarMax 

The feature list on the 2020 Kia Soul is vast and contains plenty of tech and equipment across the range of trims. And the best part? Many of them are included as standard on the base model. The base LX trim includes features like rear privacy glass, a seven-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, hill-start assist, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. And should your LX be equipped with the CVT transmission, you can expect even more standard features, like engine start/stop, remote locking and unlocking, cruise control, and additional storage room under the armrest. There are plenty more tech and driver-convenience features across the range, but even from standard, the 2020 Kia Soul is well equipped for you.

5. Good Engine Selection

2020 Kia Soul Review:Engine | CarMax 

There are two engines available on the 2020 Kia Soul, with each one excelling at its chosen purpose. The standard 2.0L four-cylinder is a great all-around engine for everyday city driving, capable of an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined when coupled with the CVT transmission.2 If you want a little more excitement and fun in your day-to-day driving, that's where the GT-Line Turbo model comes in. Featuring a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, it's good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Should you want your 2020 Kia Soul to be just as exciting to drive as it is to look at, the GT-Line Turbo is a great choice.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • LX: Includes rear privacy glass, 60/40-split-folding rear seat, six-speaker sound system, seven-inch touchscreen display, a rearview camera, hill-start assist, and more.
  • S: Includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and more.
  • X-Line: Includes fog lights, roof rails, 18-inch wheels, exterior body cladding, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and silver mirror caps.
  • GT-Line: Unlocks the GT-Line Sunroof package featuring keyless entry and ignition, and includes a triangle-pattern grill and drowsy driver warning system.
  • EX: Includes LED running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a 10.3-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, and more.
  • GT-Line Turbo: Includes adaptive cruise control, a heads-up display, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon® sound system, a chrome exhaust, a sunroof, and more.

Available Colors

  • Cherry Black
  • Gravity Gray
  • Inferno Red
  • Mars Orange
  • Neptune Blue
  • Platinum Gold
  • Snow White Pearl
  • Solar Yellow
  • Sparkling Silver
  • Undercover Green

Interior

  • Seats up to five passengers
  • Total interior volume of 120.9 cubic feet
  • Cargo volume of 24.2 cubic feet; 62.1 cubic feet with rear seats folded down
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seat

2020 Kia Soul: Average CarMax Prices1

The 2020 Kia Soul is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. See below for average CarMax prices for previous model years of the Kia Soul.

  • 2019 - Average price under $16,5001

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Kia Soul, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

2020 Kia Soul Review:RepairPal | CarMax 

Safety and Reliability

RepairPal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Kia Soul3

The 2020 Kia Soul is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Kia Souls with similar features. Below are RepairPal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Kia Soul.

  • Overall RepairPal Reliability Rating - 4.5/5.0
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $437

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010-2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Kia Soul

The 2020 Kia Soul is currently not rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Kia Soul, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is a midsize crossover SUV with a real ace up its sleeve for city driving—its hybrid powerplant. The combination of a 1.6L four-cylinder gasoline engine and electric motor gives the new-for-2017 Niro great gas mileage; the 2019 model is able to achieve an EPA-estimated 49 mpg combined and 51 mpg city.2 Additionally, a wealth of equipment comes standard on 2017–2019 models:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats
  • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • UVO eServices suite of in-car technology
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration

Kia Forte

If you're looking for a small to midsize sedan, consider the Kia Forte. With a new generation introduced in 2019, the Forte now features exciting styling inspired by the Stinger performance sedan. Meanwhile, its continuously-variable transmission (CVT) and 2.0L engine get the 2019 Forte an EPA-estimated 34 mpg combined and 40 mpg on the highway, great for long-range cruising.2 And to make all your journeys that much more pleasant, the 2019 Kia Forte comes with an impressive array of tech features, including:

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display
  • Rearview camera
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking

Honda Fit

Part of the third generation introduced for 2015, recent-model-year Honda Fits are a great blend of charming city runaround and practical family car. Its small size makes it fun to drive and easy to navigate through city roads. The CVT-equipped 2019 Fit can achieve an EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined with its 1.5L engine.2 And with a useful 96 cubic feet of passenger volume, five seats, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, and 17 cubic feet of luggage volume in the trunk, the Fit can carry your family, friends, and groceries with ease. And on top of all that, there's plenty of equipment to enjoy from standard. On 2017–2019 models, this includes:

  • Cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Five-inch display screen
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking (CVT-equipped models only)
  • Lane departure warning (CVT-equipped models only)

The Bottom Line

The 2020 Kia Soul is a great choice if you need a family car or city runabout for daily driving. With a stylish exterior, spacious interior, and an impressive array of standard equipment and features, the 2020 Kia Soul is the subcompact SUV with all the personality and practicality to make your everyday trips easy and fun.

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1 Based on CarMax average prices from December 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.
2 Fuel 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.
3 RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of December 1, 2019. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability
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