2020 Kia Soul

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Kia Soul highlights

Customer rating


  • Captivating exterior styling
  • Well-designed and spacious interior
  • Enjoyable driving experience


  • High wind and tire noise on highways
  • Turbo engine's transmission response is clunky
  • No all-wheel-drive option

Mileage (EPA estimate)

25 city, 31 highway, 27 combined

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A striking and spacious subcompact SUV.

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.

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What is new for the 2020 Kia Soul?

  • The Soul is available in a variety of new trims, including the EX, GT-Line, GT-Line Turbo, LX, S, and X-Line.
  • The !, +, and Base trims have been discontinued for 2020.
  • Soul trims have been upgraded with Blind Spot Monitor, Lane Departure Warning, Front Seat Heaters, Power Seat(s), Head Up Display, Automated Cruise Control, Heated Steering Wheel, Sunroof(s), Navigation System, and Harman Kardon Sound as standard equipment this year.
  • Full Roof Rack features are now available as options on select trims.

2020 Kia Soul trims

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  • 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.

  • View all Kia Soul LXs in stock


  • Includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and more.

  • View all Kia Soul Ss in stock




  • Includes LED running lights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, a 10.3-inch touchscreen display, a navigation system, and more.

  • View all Kia Soul EXs in stock

GT-Line Turbo

Kia Soul photos

5 reasons to buy the 2020 Kia Soul

1. Exciting styling

2020 Kia Soul Review | CarMax 

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

2020 Kia Soul Review:Back Seats | CarMax 

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.

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.

Similar vehicles

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

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As a fuel-sipping hybrid, the 2017-2021 Kia Niro is a subcompact crossover that balances stellar fuel economy (an EPA-estimated 49 mpg combined with the standard hybrid engine) and space quite well.

With its larger-than-sedan body style, the Niro can easily fit your family and associated gear for a weekend away, and its compact shape makes it a snap to park.

You'll find these features and more on the 2017-2021 Kia Niro:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity

  • Drive mode select

  • Dual-zone climate control

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

The 2020 Kia Soul is a small car that looks like a little sports car and has lots of room inside. Customers say the car is fun to drive and gets great mileage on a tank of gas.

RepairPal gave the Kia Soul an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Kia Soul 3rd out of 8 among Subcompact SUVs.

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Kia Soul features and specs

GT-Line Turbo 2WD 4D Wagon

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leatherette & Cloth
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Leatherette & Cloth

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

Engine size




Torque (ft-lbs)


Engine type

Turbo Gas

Fuel capacity




Overall length






Leg room

F 41.1"/R 38.8"

Head room

F 39.4"/R 39.5"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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More about the 2020 Kia Soul

Color options

Exterior colors

  • Cherry Black

  • Gravity Gray

  • Inferno Red

  • Mars Orange

  • Neptune Blue

  • Platinum Gold

  • Snow White Pearl

  • Solar Yellow

  • Sparkling Silver

  • Undercover Green

Interior details

  • 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

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