Kia Soul
Kia Soul
Kia Soul

2019 Kia Soul Exclaim

Pros: Impressive room for four adults, despite the small overall size; generous levels of standard equipment; lots of “with-it” available features; classy-for-the-class interior materials

Cons: Gas-engine drivetrains are a bit unpolished at times; significant engine noise in some driving situations

CG Says: The 2019 Kia Soul has few changes. A rearview camera and automatic on/off headlights are now standard. Soul is a subcompact wagon with seating for five. Soul offers three gas engines and is also available as the all-electric Soul EV. The base engine is a 130-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder that is paired with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The midrange Plus is powered by a 164-hp 2.0-liter four that is mated to a 6-speed automatic. The Exclaim has a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. Meanwhile, the all-electric Soul EV is powered by a 109-hp electric motor. Navigation, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot alert, heated/ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available. The Soul’s tall, boxy body proportions mean that it packs a surprising amount of passenger and cargo room in a small overall package. In optioned-up form, the Soul also packs a surprising number of comfort and convenience features and a convincingly upscale feel for its class. The expressive, funky-box styling might turn off some shoppers, but the Soul’s handling is a bit more nimble that its looks might suggest. The ride quality is quite pleasant for a subcompact as well. The competitively priced Soul is a very compelling mix of personality and practicality.

The Facts
Class Subcompact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door wagon
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Kia
Nation of Manufacture South Korea
Base Prices Base: $17,430
Plus (+): $21,430
Exclaim (!): 23,930
Soul EV: $34,845
Soul EV +: $36,845

Base Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder (Base)
Horsepower
130
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
24-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30-31

Optional Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (Plus)
Horsepower
164
Std. Transmission
6-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
30

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (Exclaim)
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31

Optional Engine
electric motor (EV)
Horsepower
109
Std. Transmission
single-speed
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range
124 MPGe
EPA Hwy Range
93 MPGe

Kia Soul Exclaim
2019 Kia Soul Exclaim
Kia Soul EV
2019 Kia Soul EV
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - 5
100%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - 5
100%
Side Crash - 5
100%
Rollover - 4
80%

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